Lumberjacks look to stay unbeaten with playoff rematch against Kaplan
By: Staff Reports
Patterson and Kaplan enter today’s District 9-3A showdown after big offensive performances a week ago.
Patterson (4-0, 2-0) scored 59 points in the first half to overpower Berwick, 59-7, while Kaplan (2-3, 1-0) hung 28 first-half points on Abbeville en route to a 41-20 win.
The ’Jacks rolled up 325 yards of total offense despite pulling their starters early in the second quarter. PHS passed for 173 yards and ran for 152 yards.
“We were pretty balanced offensively and that’s our goal this season,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We want to keep defenses on their heels.”
Senior quarterback Justice Jones completed 7-of-8 passes for 144 yards and two scores in a quarter and a half of work last Friday. He has completed 51-of-90 passes for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
His top receivers are Jaydrick Declouet and Earl Andrews. Declouet, a University of Houston commitment, has caught 26 passes for 385 yards and eight scores while Andrews has grabbed 11 balls for 175 yards. Running backs Trevon Stewart and Mark Jones have also combined for 14 catches and 141 yards.
Stewart, also a University of Houston commitment, is averaging over 15 yards per carry out of the backfield. He has rushed 23 times for 353 yards with six touchdowns. Jones missed last week’s game with an injured ankle.
“Mark could have played last week but we decided to rest him,” Minton said. “He will be good to go today.”
Jones has carried 18 times for 129 yards and a TD.
Patterson is averaging nearly 400 yards per game (396.5) to lead the district but Kaplan is second, averaging about 300 yards per contest (276.8).
Kaplan scored on every offensive possession in the first-half of last week’s win.
The Pirates opened the second half the same way they closed out the first with an impressive five-play 86-yard touchdown drive to take a 35-7 lead. Kaplan quarterback Kameron Abshire completed 2-of-2 passes on the drive for 82 yards including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Trey Choate.
“We can throw the ball,” Kaplan head coach Stephen Lotief said. “We’ve got some good guys with really good hands. I don’t believe my quarterback missed a pass all game. My receivers may have missed the ball, but the passes were all there.”
Abshire has completed 34-of-63 passes for 574 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Choate is the team’s leading receiver with nine catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Dylan Roussel is the Pirates’ second receiver with four catches for 179 yards.
KHS’ top rushers are Sam Hoffpauir with 36 carries for 189 yards and three scores and Jante Rutland has 27 carries for 183 yards and two scores.
Kaplan, however, has struggled defensively this season. The Pirates surrender about 300 yards per game while the ’Jacks give up only 114.3 yards per contest. KHS has scored 109 points this season but has given up 172, including 72 points to West St. Mary in a week four loss.
Patterson’s defense has been outstanding this season. They have given up just 18 points this season and the starters have yet to surrender a touchdown. The ’Jacks’ defense also scored three touchdowns a week ago. LaRon Todd returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown while Tremaine Lightfoot had a 37-yard return for a score and Stewart took home a pick-six for 60 yards.
Berwick managed just 75 yards of offense in the game.
“The kids responded well after we let them mix it up in practice last week,” Minton said. “They played with good intensity and effort.”
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.