All-state quarterback Justice Jones was very accurate tossing two touchdown passes to Deondre Skinner and Mark Jones.
J. Jones, a senior, completed 172 of 313 passes for 2,531 yards and 27 touchdowns with 10 interceptions last season, leading the Lumberjacks to a 12-3 mark and a state runners-up finish.
“It was a typical first game type of situation,” 13-year PHS head coach Tommy Minton said. “We had too many penalties but I thought we played hard on both sides of the ball.”
Trevon Stewart, a University of Houston commitment, had a 7-yard touchdown run and a 5-yard scoring catch from Patterson’s second quarterback Denzel Johnson.
Jaydrick Declouet, a Vanderbilt commitment, also made several big catches for the district favorite Jacks. The speedy receiver had 34 catches for 605 and seven scores in the regular season last year.
M. Jones also an 8-yard touchdown scamper in the first half. He carried 45 times for 340 yards with four touchdowns last season. He is also a dangerous kick special team’s player.
Patterson led 20-0 at the half.
The highly touted ’Jacks defense was in mid-season form. Franklin managed only three first downs in the game, two came by penalty.
“We wasn’t happy with the performance,” Franklin defensive coordinator Carlon Butler said. “We were hoping a positive performance could give this young team some confidence, but at the end of the day, jamborees don’t count. We have to work hard to get ready for West St. Mary Friday.”
Franklin was 1-9 last season but has a number of good athletes on the roster.
The Hornets’ defensive line did get some pressure on Patterson’s quarterbacks.
Senior defensive lineman Alan Lockett, an all-district selection last season, had a sack in the first half.
Patterson will host Crowley Friday at Lumberjack Stadium.
“Execution wise we have a ways to go but we showed a lot of promise,” Minton said.