Jacks match highest point total of the season

By: Staff Reports
Patterson mauled Jeanerette, 61-0, on the road Friday to remain unbeaten. The Lumberjacks manhandled the over-matched Tigers on senior night. JHS dressed just 30 players, including the four seniors honored at halftime.

Patterson (7-0, 4-0 District 9-3A) scored 27 first-quarter points to start the rout. The ’Jacks’ defense opened the scoring with a safety on Jeanerette’s first possession at 11:37. Trevon Stewart scored on a 3-yard run at 7:30 before Justice Jones hit Mark Jones on the first of two touchdown passes.

Jones was 6-of-10 passing for 58 yards and three scores in two quarters of work. The senior has completed 75-of-112 for 1,196 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.

Denzel Johnson replaced Jones on the next series and he raced 29 yards for another PHS touchdown with 4:47 remaining in the opening quarter.

Johnson was 2-of-3 passing for 28 yards and a TD.

Jones returned on the next possession to complete four passes, including a 12-yard score to Jaydrick Declouet for a 27-0 lead with just 13 seconds left.

“They were overmatched numbers-wise and they kind of wore out,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “Our kids really didn’t give them room to do anything; they took the fight right out of them.”

The Lumberjacks out-gained the Tigers 274- to 7-yards in the game.

“We have two games left and we have to try to stay sharp,” Minton said. “The last couple weeks our starters have played only a couple quarters so hopefully we can get them more work to get ready for the playoffs.”

PHS added 21 points in the second quarter to take a 48-0 lead into halftime.

“You never expect such a one-sided game but you tell your kids to play hard as long as they are on the field because if you don’t play hard that’s how you get hurt,” the 13-year coach said. “We tried to control the score with substitutions; sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t.”

The younger Lumberjacks’ players still managed to score 13 points in the third quarter.

The leading rusher for PHS was Stewart with 72 yards on just three carries while Johnson had 66 yards on two carries.

M. Jones had two touchdown catches while Stewart and Declouet each had a TD catch.

Patterson gets back to District 9-3A play Friday, traveling to Franklin (3-5, 2-2). The Hornets beat Erath, 36-7, Friday.

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