'Jacks to host East Ascension
By CORWIN MURRAY
Class 3A Patterson is set to tangle with another heavyweight Friday at the Sugar Dome.
A week after going toe-to-toe with Class 5A’s Brother Martin for three and a half quarters last weekend before falling 21-12, Patterson will return home to face 5A’s East Ascension, which features LSU commitment Sione Palelei.
Last season, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back ran for 828 rushing yards on 111 carries with 13 touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 283 yards and three scores. Palelei is Louisiana’s No. 27 prospect for 2013, according to rivals.com.
East Ascension beat Plaquemine, 38-34, last week in a shootout.
After his team lost a late lead, Palelei responded as he returned the ensuing kickoff for a 99-yard score for the winning margin. Palelei had 133 yards and three touchdowns in the contest.
Patterson’s defense gave up 191 yards rushing last week with the majority coming in the second half.
“We know we’ve got to tackle well this week because their running back is so good,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We had the Brother Martin running back (Jared West) stopped at the line of scrimmage before he broke loose for that 50-yard score last week.”
West’s run gave Brother Martin their first lead of the game.
Offensively, Patterson put up some big numbers Saturday.
Quarterback Spencer Landry was 26-of-44 passing for 329 yards and a touchdown while Patterson’s dynamic duo of Daylon Charlot and Mykel Jones each recorded more than 100 yards receiving. Charlot had 12 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, while Jones added six receptions for 104 yards.
“We played well in spots,” Minton said. “We have to execute in the red zone. It doesn’t do any good to move the hell out of the ball between the twenties.”
The ’Jacks came out the physical game last week with minor bumps and bruises, but everyone is expected to play.
Patterson, however, suffered a major blow last week in a junior varsity game as backup quarterback Sirbatian Charles suffered an injury.
“First of all he is a great kid,” Minton said. “He did such a great job this summer (when Landry was injured) and he gave (us) depth at quarterback.”
Friday’s kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Additional reporting by The Baton Rouge Advocate.