Patterson (10-0) used a short passing game in lieu of the run to wear down battle-tested Brusly.
“We saw that no one had really run on them and they’re big up front,” longtime Patterson coach Tommy Minton said. “So we thought we could tire them out running them sideline-to-sideline.”
PHS quarterback Justice Jones threw the ball a season-high 46 times, completing 28 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns.
The 15th-seeded ’Jacks jumped out to a 19-6 first-quarter lead on three Jones-to-Jaydrick Declouet touchdown passes.
Declouet had eight catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns to lead PHS while Earl Andrews had eight catches for 106 yards. Mark Jones added six receptions for 54 yards and a TD while Trevon Stewart had five catches for 41 yards and Deondre Skinner had two catches for 27 yards.
Brusly dual-threat quarterback Jay Christophe did most of the damage offensively. He opened the game with back-to-back runs of 34 and 33 yards on his way to 111 yards on 15 carries and 2 TDs.
Christophe showed his passing prowess on the Panthers’ first drive of the second quarter. After picking up a first down on a fake punt, Christophe hooked up with running back Sharrod Patterson on a 26-yard scoring strike with 10:03 to play. BHS added a two-point conversion to make the score 19-14.
Patterson answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by Stewart and a 41-yard J. Jones to M. Jones scoring pass for a 35-14 PHS halftime lead.
Stewart took the first punt of the fourth quarter 57 yards for a touchdown to extend the Patterson lead to 42-14 with 9:04 to play.
Brusly scored two late touchdowns to close the scoring.
“We let up in the fourth and that’s our fault,” Minton said. “I think the kids took a breath and Brusly kept playing and that’s a tribute to them.”
Brusly finishes the season (6-5) but battled its way out of the ultra-tough District 7-3A which includes St. Charles Catholic.
“Patterson is a very talented team, the better team won,” Brusly head coach Erik Willis said. “We didn’t have any easy games this season and I’m proud of this team but there is no way Patterson is a 15th-seed. I think they can win it all or get very close.”
St. Charles (11-0) took a 42-0 halftime lead en route to a 49-6 victory over Kaplan Friday in LaPlace.
The Comets played their first game without two standout players. St. Charles lost running back Lazedrick Thompson to a knee injury last week and Marcus Hall, another college prospect, to a broken forearm two weeks ago. The duo had accounted for 32 touchdowns and more than 1,900 rushing yards, but the Comets found production elsewhere Friday night.
Patterson beat Kaplan, 61-6, in district play.
“We are going to LaPlace to win,” Minton said. “We have to put a solid plan together and get ready to go; rankings don’t win championships.”
St. Charles has been ranked first in the sportswriter’s poll all season while Patterson has been second for the majority of the season. Patterson (10-0), however, was seeded 15th in the LHSAA power rankings.