Lumberjacks take care of business against Kaplan

By: Staff Reports
The Patterson Lumberjacks are rolling.

PHS (5-0, 3-0) exploded for over 500 yards of offense Friday, blowing away Kaplan 61-6, to remain on top of the District 9-3A standings.

The second-ranked team in Class 3A has scored 120 points in its last two games.

“There is no doubt that we are physically stronger than the teams we have been playing,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We’re playing to get better every week. We have goals that go past week 10 and in order to accomplish those goals, we gotta work to get better. We have to focus on the little things and the kids have done a great job of doing that.”

Quarterback Justice Jones continued his pinpoint accuracy, connecting on 12-of-16 passes for 323 yards and five touchdowns. The senior has completed 63-of-102 passes for 1,138 yards with 16 TDs. The all-state selection last season is completing 62 percent of his passes.

The ’Jacks broke open Friday’s game with two touchdown passes in the final 30 seconds of the first quarter. Jones found standout receiver Jaydrick Declouet on a 44-yard slant route for the first score with 26 seconds to play. After recovering a short kick on the ensuing kickoff, Jones hooked up with Declouet on another slant pattern for 42 yards and another score with 12 seconds to play.

“Those kids have played together for a long time and they really work well together,” Minton said. “They can strike from anywhere on the field.”

Declouet finished with three catches for 93 yards and two scores. The University of Houston commitment has caught 29 balls for 478 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the ’Jacks’ receivers.

Jones’ hot hand continued when he dropped a screen-pass to running back Trevon Stewart who darted through the Pirates’ defense for a 67-yard score with 9:52 remaining before the half.

PHS scored on a 44-yard run by Lorenzo Phillips with 7:13 to play and again on a 27-yard run by Stewart to take a 34-0 lead.

Jones closed the quarter with a 48-yard strike to Deondre Skinner to send Patterson into the half with a 41-point margin.

The ’Jacks’ defense continued their domination, holding Kaplan (2-4, 1-1) to just 63 yards rushing and 38 yards passing in the first half.

The Pirates’ running attack was plugged upfront by defensive linemen Jade May, Josiah Parker and undersized run stopper Tarrike Phillips.

Jones’ night was over early in the third quarter when he hit Earl Andrews for a 20-yard score at the 10:00 mark. Andrews had two catches for 36 yards and a score while Skinner finished with two catches for 58 yards and a score. Stewart also had a big night receiving with two catches for 80 yards and a TD.

Denzel Johnson scored on a 10-yard run to push the score to 54-0 with just 9:00 left in the third period.

Kaplan finally got on the scoreboard on a Dylan Roussel 11-yard run with 6:37 remaining in the game.

The Pirates came into the game with two of Vermilion Parish’s top rushers, Jante Rutland and Sam Hoffpauir. Rutland came in with 350 yards on 44 carries, while Hoffpauir had 189 yards on 36 rushes from the fullback position.

Hoffpauir finished with 27 carries for 60 yards while Rutland had 18 carries for 76 yards. Roussel finished with six carries for 19 yards and a score. KHS quarterback Kameron Abshire only completed 2-of-12 passes for 38 yards with two interceptions.

Patterson’s starting defense still hasn’t allowed a touchdown this season. The ’Jacks forced four turnovers.

Freshman running back Shelby LaVergne scored the ’Jacks’ final touchdown on a 10-yard run with 4:46 to play in the game.

Patterson will travel to Abbeville (0-6, 0-3) Thursday for another district game.

“The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but it was moved to Thursday because there are so many games in the Lafayette area that the officials’ association didn’t have enough officials for all of Friday’s games,” Minton said. “They have moved a couple games to Thursday every week because of the shortage, and this week it just happens to be us.”

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