Patterson and Central Catholic finish undefeated at 7-on-7 tourney

Central Catholic held its annual 7-on-7 tournament at its practice field Saturday. Patterson, Central Catholic and Morgan City joined four other schools in participating in the tournament. Patterson finished 5-0, while Central Catholic recorded a 4-0 mark and Morgan City, a 3-2 record. In the left photo, a Patterson participant defends a pass against Ellender. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

At left, a Morgan City player stops a Central Catholic participant. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

I thought we executed well on both side of the ball.

Patterson and Central Catholic both finished undefeated, while Morgan City won three games at Central Catholic’s annual 7-on-7 Tournament Saturday.
Patterson finished 5-0, while Central Catholic was 4-0 and Morgan City concluded the tournament with a 3-2 mark.
“I thought the tournament went well,” Central Catholic head football coach Tommy Minton said. “The weather was cooperative. I think all the teams were pleased. … Everybody got to play a lot of football. Looking at competition, I thought it was good competition all day long and then in talking with the coaches, they were pleased with the competition level.”
Patterson defeated Franklin, 21-16; Catholic High Pointe Coupee, 30-2; Ellender, 27-9; Morgan City, 25-6; and South Lafourche, 33-6 during its tournament action.
Patterson head football coach Chad Blanchard said he thought his team, which has done a lot of 7-on-7 work this summer but was in its first real tournament environment Saturday, performed well.
“I thought we executed well on both side of the ball,” he said. “The kids came out with a lot of energy. They are excited to play it, and I really thought they performed in a pretty dominant way.”
Central Catholic finished 4-0 with wins against Ellender, 13-10; Catholic High-Pointe Coupee, 22-20; Morgan City, 25-9; and Franklin, 27-9.
Minton said he thought offensively, his squad is picking up his scheme.
“The system we’re putting in is different from what they’ve done in the past,” he said. “There’s some things that are similar, but they were much more of an I-formation team than a spread team last year. But I think the kids are adapting well. They’re picking it up well. Blake (Byrne) has settled in at the quarterback position and is doing a good job of picking things up. I thought the first two games Saturday we dropped a lot of balls, and then we came back in the last two games and our focus and concentration level was a lot better and we made plays.”
Defensively, Minton said he saw improvement in his players’ technique and reads.
While Morgan City fell in its games against area competition, it defeated South Lafourche, 32-15; Catholic High-Pointe Coupee, 34-22; and Franklin, 16-15.
First-year head coach Scott Tregle, who has the Tigers’ playing 7-on-7 for the first time in at least a few years, said the squad did better than earlier this summer.
“We started off in (the) early part of June, and we looked pretty bad but from June until now I think we’ve improved like 100 percent,” he said.
He said Tigers still have room for improvement, though.
Tregle said his squad just needs to keep working hard, and it will pay off in the fall.
He said he has received positive feedback from other area coaches they have worked with in 7-on-7 action this summer, noting their improvement.
Saturday’s tournament sponsor was Advance Physical Therapy.
Minton thanked Chet Sternfels of Advance Physical Therapy for his hard work with the tournament.
“He’s been great to us, and the work he’s put in with this tournament has been phenomenal,” Minton said.

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