Patterson’s football team had a big city visitor Monday, when Miami’s Northwestern High stopped in for 7-on-7 and other drills.
“I met their head coach at a coaching clinic,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “He called and said he had some of his guys coming to a football clinic at LSU, and he said he wanted to get his kids some work against some different faces while they were here.”
The school, located in the notorious Liberty City area of Miami, has had significant success in football throughout its history. The Bulls won a high school national championship (USA Today and ESPN) in 2007. Northwestern went to the 6A state championship again in 2008 but lost. The Bulls have eight current players in the NFL and numerous standouts playing college ball.
“It was good competition for both teams,” Minton said. “Both sides worked hard and are better for it.”
MNW uses the summer trip as a reward for players who follow the rules and do well in school.
“They try to get those kids out of that area,” Minton said. “Those kids live in a really tough area, and trouble is easy to find.”
Several of Northwestern’s pro athletes pay for the team’s summer getaway.
“It was also a good chance for our small town kids to meet some big city kids and realize that football is a huge influence on both despite their differences,” Minton said.
The teams shared a meal after the workout and got to know each other better.
Northwestern will finish the week in New Orleans working with West Jeff, Karr and St. Aug.
Patterson, meanwhile, will travel to Pineville this weekend for the Louisiana College 7-on-7 tournament. Approximately 20 teams will compete in the event, including Neville, Evangel, Bastrop, Mandeville, Calvary Baptist, Huntington and Bolton.