'Jacks beat Wildcats in 9-3A play
By CORWIN MURRAY
PATTERSON —Denzel Johnson accounted for 363 yards and four touchdowns to lead Patterson to a 56-28 win against Abbeville in District 9-3A action Friday at the Sugar Dome.
Johnson, a senior, passed for 229 yards and three touchdowns, while he rushed for 134 yards and a score to keep Patterson (4-3, 2-2) in the playoff hunt.
Johnson opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run on the ’Jacks first possession of the game.
Abbeville (1-6, 1-3) responded after a PHS turnover when standout running back Patrick Landry broke free for a 68-yard scoring run with 2 minutes left in the first quarter.
The Wildcats added the kick to take a 7-6 lead.
“We played the best offensive game we’ve played in the last three weeks,” Abbeville head coach Larry Breaux said. “But we lost our best runner (Patrick Landry) to injury and that hurt us.”
Landry limped off early in the second quarter, but by that time, Patterson had regained the lead.
Johnson connected with Daylon Charlot on a 56-yard score at 7:39 of the second quarter, and D.J. Jones added a 3-yard score after a 50-yard punt return for a 20-7 lead with 6:25 remaining in the second quarter.
Abbeville added a 33-yard score when quarterback Ross Duhon found Xavier Roy for a 19 yard touchdown with 53 seconds left in the half. Patterson lead, 20-14, at halftime.
Patterson also lost standout running back Shelby Lavergne to injury before the half. He had three carries for 56 yards before leaving.
The team’s matched scores to open the second half with AHS answering a Patterson score with an 11-play, 94-yard drive capped with a Buck Morris 4-yard run with 7:37 to play in the third quarter.
But the ’Jacks took over from there, scoring on their next three offensive possessions.
“We learned a lesson from last week and continued to play hard throughout the game,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We kept competing and attacking tonight and that allowed us to put some puts on the board.”
Patterson had a disappointing 28-27 loss to Kaplan last week after leading by 21 points.
In Friday’s win, Johnson was 17-of-26 passing for 229 yards and three scores with two interceptions.
Charlot was the leading receiver with eight catches for 131 yards and two scores.
Patterson will host Jeanerette (0-7-0) Friday.
Jeanerette lost to Catholic High of New Iberia, 49-0, at home Friday.