Patterson will tangle with Franklin
By CORWIN MURRAY
PATTERSON — District 9-3A rivals Patterson and Franklin will get acquainted for their upcoming seasons when they meet Thursday in the Lumberjacks’ portion of the St. Mary Parish Jamboree.
The jamboree will feature a new format this year as the games will be played across two-nights and at separate stadiums. The Morgan City portion of the jamboree will be played Friday at Tiger Stadium in Morgan City.
“There’s some excitement there for the kids to play a jamboree game at home,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “They are part of something new, and they like that. It’s been (a) good motivational tool.”
Patterson is coming off a competitive scrimmage with Morgan City last week.
“I want to see us cut back on the penalties from the scrimmage,” Minton said. “I want them to go out and execute assignments, play with good intensity and get the season off to a good strong start.”
The ’Jacks first-team offense didn’t score until the scrimmage’s final play last week when junior receiver Daylon Charlot grabbed a pass from quarterback Spencer Landry and headed to the end zone for a 54 yard touchdown.
Patterson’s second-team recorded three touchdowns, one on Nehemiah Augustus’ 19-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Sirbatain Charles after slipping a tackle for Patterson’s first score of the evening, another on Ausama’s 70-yard touchdown run down the Patterson sideline; and another on Shay Ragas’ touchdown reception from Jake Lagrange.
Patterson’s first-team defense, however, had a banner day as Morgan City couldn’t get much going.
“I thought defensively we did a good job,” Minton said following the scrimmage. “We tackled well. We made a couple of mistakes … Defense is always going to be ahead of offenses at this point in the season, but I thought defensively, we played pretty well. The big thing we got to do in our scheme is we always got to tackle well because we’re going to have some free people to the football. We line up so many people around the ball, but we got to tackle when we’re there.”
The longtime Patterson coach doesn’t see any conflict scheduling a district foe in the jamboree.
“It’s not a big deal because we don’t play each other again until week nine,” Minton said. “We will both be different teams by then, but we do get to feel each other out a little.
Central Catholic will open play Thursday at 6 p.m. against Covenant Christian with Patterson-Franklin to follow 10 minutes after the first game ends, or around 7:20 p.m. Each game will consist of two, 15-minute halves.
The games are sponsored by Advanced Physical Therapy in Morgan City.