PHS (9-0, 6-0) jumped out to a 34-0 first quarter lead and cruised into the Class 3A playoffs.
“I’m happy with the way we came out and took care of our business tonight,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We got out of this game healthy and now the second season starts.”
Patterson is seeded 15th in the LHSAA football playoff pairings and will host 18th-seeded Brusly (6-4, 3-2 District 7-3A) Friday.
The Lumberjacks wasted little time demolishing the Bobcats in front of a large homecoming crowd. Erath (3-7, 2-4) opened the game with an on-side kick attempt that was plucked out of the air by Jacks’ up-man Tarrike Phillips, who raced 52-yards for the game’s first score with just 11 seconds on the clock.
Versatile standout Trevon Stewart capped the Jacks first offensive possession with an 18-yard touchdown run with 6:05 remaining.
After a three-and-out, PHS quarterback Justice Jones hooked up with Stewart on a 43-yard touchdown pass. With 2:53 remaining in the opening quarter, Patterson led 21-0.
Stewart was the team’s leading rusher with 106 yards on just four carries and 2 touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 86 yards and a TD to lead the Jacks’ receivers.
The University of Houston commitment has carried 50 times for 809 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Linebacker Lorenzo Phillips’ big hit on the first-play of the ensuing possession forced a Bobcats’ fumble that Kiyan Jones recovered at the EHS 16-yard line. J. Jones wasted little time hitting Mark Jones on a 16-yard scoring strike at 2:36.
The PHS defense forced another fumble on the next Erath possession, and M. Jones broke loose for a 33-yard score and a 34-0 lead with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.
The coaches agreed to a rolling clock in the second half and the game was over before 9 p.m.
“The game was decided and I wanted to get out of here healthy, so it was no big deal,” Minton said.
J. Jones was 6-of-7 passing for 101 yards and two TDs in one quarter of work. The senior finished the regular season competing 102-of-147 passes for 1,615 yards and 25 touchdowns. He threw just one interception in the regular season.
Fullback David Vincent led Erath with 69 yards on 22 carries and quarterback Jimmy Jordan had 63 yards on five carries and a late touchdown.
Jordan had the lone highlight for the Bobcats early in the game. The junior fooled the entire Patterson defense on a zone-read and broke free for 61 yards but was caught by defensive back LaRon Todd. Todd, also a standout on the PHS track team, tackled him at the 6-yard line. PHS held on a fourth-and-2, stuffing Vincent for no gain.
Brusly rallied for a hard-fought, 28-27, comeback win over Port Allen Friday.
Brusly scored with 6:29 left in the third quarter and ran off 28 unanswered points before stopping Port Allen’s two-point conversion attempt with 1:29 left in the game to seal the win. A big part of the Panthers’ comeback was the play of quarterback Jay Christopher. Although he lost 9 yards on a crucial sack in the first quarter and was bottled up most of the first half, he came back to finish with 99 yards on 19 carries and touchdown runs of 4, 2 and 46 yards. Brusly also had big rushing games from Brendon Alexander (six carries for 75 yards) and Sharrod Patterson (eight carries for 67 yards).