Curtis made no mention of the death of his father, who had been hospitalized for months on Thursday, but on Saturday, he said in an email to the Orange County Register:
“My dad John Curtis, passed away on Thursday afternoon at 2:20 p.m. after months of pain and suffering. The family decided that it would be best that I attend our game on Thursday night, despite our sadness.
“It would be where John Curtis would want his son and his grandson (Sean) to be. My sister also attended her son's final game as a senior at Santiago HS (Corona) where he caused two fumbles, recovered a fumble and was in on multiple tackles during his final game."
Sean Curtis, a former Northwood player, is an assistant coach with his father at Northwood.