'Jacks rally to beat Westlake 40-34 Friday
By CORWIN MURRAY
PATTERSON — Patterson and Westlake went blow-for-blow Friday with the Lumberjacks pulling out a 40-34 win.
The teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of total offense.
The fireworks started on the first offensive play of the game when Rams quarterback Tyler Johnson took a draw play 74 yards for a touchdown.
That was the first of many big plays for the senior quarterback. He rushed for 325 yards on 26 carries with touchdown runs of 74, 51, 69 and 2 yards. Johnson averaged 12.5 yards per carry.
“Their quarterback played great,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “He ran like a man, and we didn’t tackle well tonight.”
Patterson (3-2) answered late in the quarter when quarterback Spencer Landry found Daylon Charlot for an 8-yard score with 2:06 remaining. The touchdown was set up by a diving 40-yard catch by Rene Maillet.
Landry was 13-of-40 passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Westlake (2-3) responded with Johnson’s 51-yard scoring run just before the end of the first quarter for a 14-6 Westlake lead.
Patterson went three-and-out on its next possession and Westlake’s hot offense took advantage. Johnson found LSU commit Jacory Washington over the top for a 79-yard score with 10:12 remaining in the half to extend the Westlake lead to 20-6.
Patterson got another big connection from Landry to Charlot (40-yards) to set up the ’Jacks at the Rams’ 20 yard line. Tristen Ausama capped the series with a 4-yard touchdown with 9 minutes to play.
Ausama was the team’s leading rusher with 14 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. Charlot was the team’s top receiver with six catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Deontay Jones burst into the end zone from 6 yards out with 1:14 remaining in the half. Landry ran for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 20 at halftime.
Jones carried 14 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in the contest.
“This was one of those games you have to survive,” Minton said. “We spotted them a two-touchdown lead, and the kids kept fighting. When you are planning a championship run, you have to survive this type of game to build some character. A good team has to overcome adversity, and we did tonight.”
Westlake regained the lead with an 11-play, 80-yard drive capped by a Johnson 2-yard run with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
After a 41-yard punt by Patterson’s Shelby Lavergne pinned Westlake at the 1-yard line, ’Jacks’ defensive back Kendall Hunter tackled Rams’ running back Jamar Peltier in the end zone for a safety, cutting the Patterson deficit to 26-22 with 2:30 left in the quarter.
The momentum was short lived, however, as Johnson broke free for his fourth touchdown run, a 69-yard score with 1:01 left. A two-point conversion gave the Rams a 34-22 lead.
“They didn’t run that play in the film we watched,” Minton said. “The kid had good size, he ran hard and he made big plays.”
Patterson answered right away with a 51-yard strike from Landry to Charlot.
The ’Jacks trailed 34-28 at the end of the third quarter.
Patterson’s defense rose in the fourth quarter, led by linebacker Nehemiah Augustus. The sophomore blocked a Westlake punt and scored to tie the game at 34.
Augustus also had two sacks for the second week in a row.
“He’s a man,” Minton said. “When he makes up his mind, he’s hard to stop. I’m just glad I have him for two more years.”
Patterson’s defensive stand continued when Larry Turner, playing with an injured hand, made a one-handed interception. Lavergne got into the act as well, stepping in front of Washington for a pick with 3:31 to play.
Patterson capitalized on the turnover, scoring the winning touchdown with 1:28 to play when Landry hit Maillet for a 7-yard score.
Augustus put the game away with a fourth-down sack with 31 seconds left in the contest.
Patterson (3-2) will travel to Baton Rouge Friday to play Southern Lab (0-5).
Patterson’s game against Westlake was delayed for about 20 minutes in the first quarter when the lights at Lumberjack Stadium went out due to a vehicle hitting a telephone pole on the road by the stadium, Patterson Principal Rachael Credeur said.
Electrical crews arrived and restored power within several minutes, but it took about 20 minutes for the lights to come back on, Credeur said.
Additional reporting by Review reporter Zachary Fitzgerald.