Second-seed St. Charles’ relentless defense and opportunistic offense upended 15th-seed Patterson, 31-6, in the regional round of the state playoffs Friday.
“We knew we had to try and make him move his feet and get some hurries,” St. Charles Catholic head coach Frank Monica said. “We didn’t know for sure whether we would get any sacks because he got rid of the ball quickly. What we really wanted to do was make him move his feet a little bit and make some premature throws.”
Jones was 18-of-30 passing for 161 yards and a TD with two interceptions. The Lumberjacks were held to a total of 6 yards rushing on 25 attempts. Jones finished with minus-61 yards rushing because in high school, sack yards are subtracted from the rushing total.
SCC (12-0) took a 14-0 lead into halftime before taking the first possession of the second half and marching 68 yards for a touchdown.
“We wanted to take away their momentum coming out of the half,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We didn’t do it and they had a great drive to start the third quarter.”
The Comets recovered a Trevon Stewart fumble and scored again for a 28-0 lead with 4:35 remaining in the quarter.
Stewart was the ’Jacks’ leading rusher with 53 yards on 14 carries. He also caught two passes for 18 yards.
St. Charles Catholic rushed for 143 yards, getting rushing touchdowns from running backs Jeffrey Hall and Austin Weber. Weber was the leading rusher with 90 yards on 15 carries and a TD while Hall carried 13 times for 51 yards and a score.
Comets quarterback Donnie Savoie was 9-of-17 passing for 141 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Patterson (11-1) scored on a 25-yard pass from Jones to Jaydrick Declouet early in the fourth quarter. Declouet had five catches for 46 yards and a TD while Mark Jones and Deondre Skinner each had three catches. Stewart and Earl Andrews had two catches apiece.
“I’m very proud of this team,” Minton said. “And after they get over the hurt of losing, they will be proud as well. This senior class won 41 football games. That’s a lot of wins at any school. I think we all know that in any other year, this team would have gone a lot deeper in the playoffs.”
Although Patterson was a 15th-seed, the team had been ranked second in the state football poll most of the season. The ’Jacks where hurt by strength of schedule.
“That’s the system we use. I can’t control my district being weak. That’s where I was put. We had three teams, two were 1-9 and the other was 0-10, so we end up with a 15 power ranking,” Minton said. “In a non-district game, I scheduled St. James. They go through a coaching change and end up going 0-10, too. It’s the system we have and it normally works well.”
St. Charles Catholic hits the road for next week’s quarterfinals game against surprising No. 26 seed Rayne.