Patterson High School's Kylan Hawkins lines up against Franklin receiver J'Michael Gray during Patterson's week 1 contest against Franklin. Patterson will host its home opener Friday when it welcomes Assumption. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)
Patterson will host Class 4A Assumption Friday
Patterson braces for a showdown with Assumption Friday at the Sugar Dome.
The Lumberjacks beat rival Franklin 28-14 but didn’t put the Hornets away until the second half.
“We certainly didn’t play well, but in all defense of these fine young men and this program, this wasn’t their fault tonight,” Patterson Coach Don Jones said after the game. “Anytime I make a mistake, I’m going to take credit for it, and I did a poor job of getting these young men and this coaching staff ready for this football team. But I can promise you we’ll be a different football team next week.”
Patterson (1-0) led 14-8 at halftime, but a plethora of Patterson penalties led to Franklin tying the game at 14 in the third quarter.
From there, the ‘Jacks’ made the switch to its Raider package, which led to a James Butler 51-yard run down to the Franklin 5-yard line. Dajon Richard finished the drive with a touchdown run to give Patterson a 21-14 lead. Richard added a 24-yard touchdown run on the next possession for a 28-14 lead.
Richard lead the ‘Jacks’ offense as he had a hand in all four of the team’s touchdowns. He finished the game with 14 carries for 115 yards and three scores, and he had two receptions for 37 yards and another score. Butler added six carries for 84 yards.
Quarterback Randy Paul was 4-of-9 passing for 59 yards and a touchdown while Patterson had 227 yards of total offense.
Despite three turnovers, Assumption (1-0) held Donaldsonville’s to 16 total yards in the Mustangs’ 14-8 victory.
Donaldsonville’s points came on a pick-six.
“I think their defense is one of the best we will face this season,” Jones said. “Their four down linemen and linebackers are really good. They returned eight starters on that side of the ball, and several are being recruited.”
Quarterback Tajh Parker was 7-of-15 passing for 64 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. He also added 64 rushing yards. Javis Stewart carried 12 times for 25 yards and Tyran Cassie had 15 carries for 63 yards to lead the Assumption offense.
“We just have to play (with) some energy and enthusiasm, which we didn’t do last week,” Jones said.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Additional reporting by www.bayoupreps.com