The all-state signal caller hit on 20-of-27 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns to lead the second-ranked Lumberjacks to a 36-0 season opening victory over Central Lafourche Friday in Raceland.
Patterson, the state runners-up in Class 3A last season, had its first game of season cancelled last week due to inclement weather.
Jones and his favorite target, wide receiver Jaydrick Declouet, were in midseason form.
“The offense looked good,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We did some good things on that side of the ball but we still have some things to clean up.”
The Jacks’ offense took the first possession of the season and marched 71 yards in 10 plays to pay dirt. Jones connected with Declouet on a 6-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter. The duo setup the score with a 30-yard hookup on the previous play.
Declouet, the team’s leading receiver last season and a Vanderbilt commitment, got his senior season underway in style, catching nine balls for 92 yards and three scores.
Mark Jones darted in for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 PHS lead.
J. Jones tossed his second touchdown pass to running back Trevon Stewart at 10:16 of the second quarter. Stewart took the screen pass 22-yards for the score. The University of Houston commitment caught two passes for 28 yards and he rushed fives times for 53 yards in the game.
Declouet added the kick for a 15-0 Patterson lead.
M. Jones, the Jacks’ other starting running back, had eight carries for 63 yards and a TD.
“We ran the ball well in spots,” Minton said. “But that’s to be expected breaking in a young offensive line.”
J. Jones and Declouet hooked up again for another 6-yard touchdown with 4:36 remaining in the first half. Declouet’s kick gave Patterson a 22-0 halftime lead.
Patterson held Central Lafourche to just 79 first-half yards. The Jacks’ defense kept young Trojans’ running game bottled up all night.
Central Lafourche (0-2) finished with 168 yards of total offense, all on the ground. Rashad Sims led the Trojans with eight carries for 62 yards, and Bryson Davis added 55 yards on 13 carries.
“I have to take my hat off to Patterson, they’re a good football team,” Central Lafourche head coach Travis Douglas said. “But I am proud that our kids kept fighting. That’s what we ask them to do; we’re very, very young.”
The PHS defense continued to dominate in the second half. All-state linebacker Lorenzo Phillips had two sacks while middle linebacker Tremaine Lighfoot forced one fumble and recovered another.
The Trojans finished with four turnovers (three fumbles and one interception). Linebacker James Tarleton had the Jacks’ pick in the third quarter.
Patterson added to its lead early in the third quarter when Jones found Declouet for the third time in the game on a 20-yard scoring strike.
PHS pushed its lead to 29-0. Junior wide receiver Earl Andrews also had five catches for 92 yards.
M. Jones capped the Jacks’ scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run with 8:49 remaining in the game.
“We were rusty and there are some things that we have to iron out,” Minton said. “Kickoff coverage was not acceptable, we had some young kids there and we have to clean up some things there. But like I told the kids, we can’t ever be satisfied, we just gotta keep working.”
Patterson (1-0) will host St. James (0-2) Friday at Lumberjack Stadium. The Wildcats lost to Destrehan, 45-22, on the road Friday. Destrehan finished with 399 yards, including 241 yards passing in the game. St. James tacked on two late touchdowns late in the fourth quarter when Destrehan had replaced its first-team defense.