Turnovers doom 'Jacks in quarterfinal loss
By CORWIN MURRAY
PATTERSON — It was a tale of two halves Friday at the Sugar Dome.
Patterson jumped out to an early lead before Jennings stormed back to eliminate the Lumberjacks 27-14 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A playoffs.
After a scoreless first quarter, Patterson’s offense got going early in the second. Taylor Harris intercepted a Kaleb Chaisson pass to set up the ’Jacks at the Jennings 29-yard line.
Four plays later, Patterson quarterback Jake LaGrange hit Daylon Charlot with an 18-yard touchdown pass for the game’s first score. A 2-point conversion run gave the ’Jacks an 8-0 lead.
The ’Jacks added another score when LaGrange found Mykel Jones streaking down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown with 5:23 remaining in the half for a 14-0 Patterson lead.
The ’Jacks’ defense dominated in the first half, holding Jennings to just 31 total yards.
However, Jennings (10-3) opened the second half with a four-play, 65-yard drive — all on the ground — that Lemontay Mouton capped with a 32-yard touchdown scamper. The Bulldogs added the kick to cut the ’Jacks lead to 14-7.
Mouton carried 17 times for 113 yards and a score.
“The first possession of the second half was critical,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We let them score pretty easily, and that gave them some momentum.”
The turnover bug struck Patterson on the next six possessions. Jennings linebacker Brance Baca-White returned a fumble 4 yards for a score with 2:57 left in the third quarter, but Patterson still led 14-13 after a missed extra point.
The ’Jacks’ offense took over at the Jennings 47-yard line and marched down to the 7-yard line.
However, LaGrange fumbled going in for a score, giving the ball back to Jennings at the 11:50 mark of the final quarter.
The Patterson defense held, but LaGrange fumbled again and Baca-White recovered.
Jennings turned that turnover into a touchdown when Chaisson hit Malik Williams for a 37-yard score with 6:38 remaining to give the Bulldogs a 20-14 lead.
After another turnover, Jennings went right back to Williams for a 52-yard score with 4:45 to play.
“They had single coverage on one of the best receivers in the state, and we took advantage of it,” Jennings head coach Rusty Phelps said.
Williams finished with three catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
“(Williams) is a big-time player, and he made some big plays,” Minton said.
Williams also intercepted two passes on defense.
Patterson had seven turnovers while Jennings had just one.
“You can’t beat a quality opponent turning the ball over that many times,” Minton said.
Patterson (10-3) still outgained Jennings 324 yards to 254 yards.
LaGrange was 14-of-27 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions.
Mykel Jones had six receptions for 85 yards and a score, while Tristen Ausama had three catches for 53 yards. Deontay Jones led the ground attack with 93 yards on 20 carries, while Ausama had seven carries for 33 yards.
Patterson will graduate 17 seniors from this season’s team.
“Most of those kids have played for four years and they did everything we asked them to do,” Minton said. “I told the team that there’s not a lot I can say to make you feel better, but as time passes, they will realize the great things they accomplished this year and the pain will go away.”
First downs: 16 10
Rushing yards: 137 141
Passing yards: 187 113
Total yards: 324 254
A-C-HI: 27-14-4 11-3-1
Penalty yards: 8-70 1-5
Fumbles-lost: 4-3 0-0
Score by Quarters
PHS 0 14 0 0 – 14
LHS 0 0 13 14 - 27
PHS: Daylon Charlot 18-yd. pass from Jake Lagrange (run good) 11:18
PHS: Mykel Jones 50-yd. pass from Lagrange (run failed) 5:23
JHS: Lemontay Mouton 32-yd. run (kick good) 10:26
JHS: Brance Baca-White 4-yd. fumble return (kick failed) 2:57
JHS: Malik Williams 37-yd. pass from Kaleb Chaisson (kick good) 6:48
JHS: Williams 52-yd. pass from Chaisson (kick good) 4:45
Patterson Individual Stats
Jake Lagrange 14-of-27 for 187 yds, 2 TDs, 4 Int
Deontay Jones 1-8; Tristen Ausama 3-53; Daylon Charlot 3-39, 1TD; Mykel Jones 6-85,
1TD; Rene Maillet 1-2
Daylon Charlot 1- (-1); Tristen Ausama 7-33; Deontay Jones 20-93; Jake Lagrange
6-0; Mykel Jones 2-12