“It’s definitely a rivalry,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “There’s the distance between the schools, the kids all know each other and now (J.) Ina and (Carlon) Butler are both coaching there.”
Franklin’s head coach J. Ina coached at Patterson for several years before getting the job at his alma mater. Carlon Butler, FHS’ defensive coordinator, coached and played at Patterson High school.
“Let’s just say there was more intensity in practice this week,” Minton said. “We didn’t have to worry about the kids’ focus this week.”
Franklin’s practices have also been spirited.
“They (the players) were more focused and we were able to get more work done,” Butler said. “We haven’t been more prepared to play this season.”
The Hornets (3-5, 2-2 District 9-3A) got a big win over Erath (37-6) on the road last week. Franklin’s defense swarmed the Bobcats, while the offense caught fire.
Running back Brandon McFarlane led the Hornets in rushing with 15 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Franklin’s offense ran the ball 36 times for 212 yards.
FHS quarterback Michael Poledore also completed 4-of-7 passes for 95 yards through the air for 307 total yards last week. He also ran for 34 yards.
“We’re a running team,” Butler said. “We’re gonna do what we do. But we also know what Patterson is gonna do. We’ve put in good schemes on both sides of the ball and all we need to do Friday is communicate and execute.”
Brian Robertson has been the Hornets’ bell cow this season with 345 yards on 52 carries with six touchdowns on the season. Raheem Robertson has also gained over 300 yards on the ground.
While Minton concedes the former coaches familiarity with the Jacks, he’s not losing any sleep.
“We had to consider that,” he said. “But the game still comes down to the game plan and execution. We have a process week-in and week-out, and we have to be true to that process. It’s worked for 13 years so we’re not worried; we just have to play Patterson football.”
The Jacks (7-0, 4-0), the second-ranked team in Class 3A, beat Jeanerette, 61-0, last week. Patterson scored 27 first quarter points to pull away early.
PHS quarterback Justice Jones was 6-of-10 passing for 58 and three scores in two quarters of work. The senior has completed 85-of-123 passes for 1,301 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He’s completed 69 percent of his passes.
Mark Jones had two touchdown catches while Trevon Stewart and Jaydrick Declouet each had a TD catch.
Declouet, a University of Houston commitment, has caught 33 balls for 548 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the Jacks. Earl Andrews also has 16 catches for 239 yards and two scores.
Stewart, also a Houston commitment, has been dynamic on offense, defense and special teams. The standout is the Jacks leading rusher with 575 yards on 35 carries with 11 TDs. He’s caught 17 passes for 238 yards and five scores and he’s scored two touchdowns on special teams. Stewart is also tied for the team led with three interceptions and he’s returned two picks for scores.
Patterson’s defense still hasn’t allowed a touchdown this season. Middle linebacker Tremaine Lightfoot leads the team with 81 tackles, while outside backer Lorenzo Phillips has 47 tackles, nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Franklin has been on the road for last month so the Hornets will be excited to see J.C. Dry Stadium.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.