Patterson defense has yet to allow a point this season

By: Staff Reports
After a big win in Starkville on Thursday, LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis made his way to Patterson’s Lumberjack Stadium on Friday. The Jacks’ defense made him a believer, shutting out St. James, 47-0.

Patterson’s defense hasn’t been scored on this season and they held the Wildcats to just 91 total yards in the game.

“We created some early turnovers, and we were able to capitalize on them.” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “That really took the wind out of St. James’ sail. Overall, I am very pleased with the way we took care of our business.”

PHS forced two Wildcat turnovers Friday after a three takeaway performance last week.

“We are forcing turnovers every week and a lot of those turnovers are contact turnovers from good hard hits,” Minton said.

Patterson has allowed just 259 total yards in two games — that’s only 129.5 yards per game.

The PHS offense also picked up where it left off last week. The Jacks rolled up 397 yards of total offense Friday. The offense is averaging 412.5 yards per game.

Standout running back Trevon Stewart was the catalyst this week with 166 combined yards, including two rushing touchdowns and a receiving score.

He also had a 47-yard kickoff return while a 53-yarder was called back on a holing penalty.

Patterson opened the scoring with an eight-play, 66-yard drive that was capped by a Lorenzo Phillips 1-yard touchdown run with 8:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Stewart then blocked a Shaquille Narcisse punt to give Patterson the ball at their 18-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Stewart darted 18-yards for the score with 5:53 to play. Patterson led 12-0.

Defensive back Jedrick Gunner picked off Narcisse’s first-down pass attempt to give the ball back to the offense at the 50-yard line.

Senior quarterback Justice Jones then hooked up with Stewart on a 23-yard touchdown pass with 3:40 remaining in the opening quarter. Phillips added the two-point run for a 20-0 PHS lead.

Jones, an all-state selection last season, was 14-of-22 passing for 178 yards with three touchdowns.

He has completed 34-of-49 passes for 441 yards and seven touchdowns in two games. Jones is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes.

Patterson (2-0) continued to dominate St. James (0-3) in the second quarter to take a 33-0 lead at halftime. Jones connected with Jaydrick DeClouet on an 18-yard touchdown pass, while Stewart scored again, this time on a six-yard run.

“We have to just keep working,” Minton said. “We cannot relax, we cannot be satisfied.”

The Lumberjacks closed out the scoring with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Jones and DeClouet hooked up on a 21-yard touchdown pass at 6:36.

DeClouet led the Jacks with seven catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He has 16 catches for 201 yards with five touchdowns this season. Stewart also had five catches for 68 yards and a score.

Sophomore quarterback Spencer Landry came off the bench to toss a 51-yard scoring strike to freshman Daylon Charlot for a 47-0 lead with 2:25 left in the quarter.

“Anytime your young kids can get on the field on a Friday night it’s good,” the 13-year head coach said. “They get work on Tuesday’s in the JV games but when they can experience the real thing on Friday, it’s a plus.”

Stewart led the Jacks’ ground attack with six carries for 65 yards and two scores, while Mark Jones had six touches for 40 yards. Sophomore running back Deontay Jones also carried eight times for 36 yards. Patterson had 155 yards rushing in the game.

“We did a better job of running the football,” Minton said. “We stressed that all week in practice and we did a pretty good job tonight.”

Lahron Cambre led St. James with six carries for 16 yards, and Claude Louis added 13 yards on three carries. Narcisse completed 3-of-10 passes for 21 yards and an interception.

The second-ranked Jacks open District 9-3A play Friday hosting North Vermilion (1-2). North Vermilion lost to Catholic High of New Iberia, 32-0, on Friday. The Patriots were held to just 77 yards rushing and 72 yards passing, about a third of which was achieved in the fourth quarter when the CHNI put in reserves. It was Catholic High’s first shutout since beating West St. Mary 70-0 in 2009.

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