Minton talks about game

From Staff Reports

Patterson High School football coach Tommy Minton this morning addressed Saturday’s matchup with Crowley as well as his ejection from the game.

Minton said his squad, which fell 41-36, “… played like a team that wasn’t very well prepared. Bottom line.”

However, Minton said he doesn’t regret playing the game even though his squad had a shorter week to practice due to Hurricane Isaac.

Isaac also forced the game to be pushed back from its original Friday start in Crowley until Saturday afternoon.

Despite the tough outing, especially on defense, Minton said his young squad, which features six sophomores and one freshman starting on defense, is better for it.

“If we hadn’t done that (made mistakes) Saturday, we would have done that this week,” Minton said of the squad’s matchup at Central Lafourche in Raceland Friday at 7 p.m.

During Saturday’s matchup, the Lumberjack defense gave up nearly 600 yards of offense to Crowley.

As for his ejection, Minton said he was tossed because he disagreed with a no-call early in the third quarter on a pass interference penalty.

“It was very obvious offensive pass interference, which was substantiated with the film,” he said.

Minton said it was the first time he has ever been ejected from a game in 26 years of coaching.

As per Louisiana High School Athletic Association rules, he was given an official warning and was required to take the National Federation of State High School Associations Fundamentals of Coaching course. Minton said he took the course Monday.

Patterson High School Principal Rachael Wilson could not be reached for comment this morning.

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