Patterson High School seven-on-seven football drills are in full swing.
The Lumberjacks hosted New Orleans’s McDonogh 35 Wednesday after a strong showing at the prestigious “Air Attack Challenge” at Louisiana College in Pineville last weekend.
The Air Attack Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Army, pits the best Louisiana high schools against each other in a preview of the upcoming football season.
The 7-on-7’s have become a new way for high schools to test their best players against each other without the traditional boundaries of school size and districts. With the advancement of the spread offense, 7-on-7 has become a vital offseason training tool.
In Pineville, PHS opened a busy first day with a 28-9 win against Bolton. The Jacks then rolled up five consecutive wins, beating Calvary, 42-32; Zachary, 28-23; Cedar Creek, 43-0; Peabody, 30-19; and Riverfield (Miss.), 39-2.
The Jacks didn’t fare as well Saturday, finishing 2-2. PHS beat Peabody, 32-8, before losing to Evangel, 36-29. PHS regrouped to beat Pineville, 31-21, but lost to Calvary, 31-12.
“The guys competed really well,” PHS head coach Tommy Minton said. “It was another opportunity for us to face good competition and get better. We’re going to have to play some young kids this season, especially in the defensive backfield, and they made some strides last weekend.”
On Wednesday, Patterson looked sharp on both sides of the ball against Class 4A McDonogh 35. The teams didn’t keep score, but Patterson’s offense, under the direction of senior quarterback Denzel Johnson, certainly found the end zone more often.