Patterson held off Central Catholic, 20-6, in a driving rain storm Friday in the finale of the St. Mary Parish Jamboree at Tiger Stadium.
The rain started in the second half of the Morgan City-Franklin game and continued throughout the final game.
“It got bad out there,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “But we were able to stay focused and get the win; that’s the goal every time we take the field.”
Central Catholic also valued the opportunity to compete despite the weather.
“The conditions definitely weren’t ideal,” Central Catholic head coach David Fuhrer said. “But we were able to see what we need to work (on) going into the season.”
Patterson took a 6-0 lead with 4:36 remaining in the first half when Laron Todd scooped up a Josh Singleton fumble and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown.
After a CCHS punt, PHS quarterback Denzel Johnson hooked up with Shelby Lavergne on a 40-yard pass completion down to the Eagles’ 15-yard line. After two stops for losses by the CCHS defense, Johnson darted out the pocket and dashed 24 yards for a score with 56 seconds remaining.
Patterson led 12-0 at halftime.
“The kids competed well and that’s what we want to see in a jamboree setting,” Minton said. “But we still have a lot of work to do to be a successful team.”
Patterson opened the second half with a 22-yard touchdown run by Lavergne to push the lead to 20-0 with 10:37 remaining in the game.
Central Catholic got on the board with 36 seconds left in the game when Dontrell Brown took a handoff and out ran the PHS defense to the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
“We just need to cut down on the mental mistakes and tackle better,” Fuhrer said. “But those are things we can improve on.”
The start of the season may be in jeopardy because of Tropical Storm Isaac’s threat on south Louisiana.
Central Catholic is scheduled to host Loreauville Friday while Patterson is on the road in Crowley. Patterson’s season opener last season at Crowley was canceled due to inclement weather.
Tiger Stadium’s field was a concern after Friday’s games wrecked the field.
“I talked to (MCHS head coach Brandon) Nowlin, and he said they will see what the storm does and repair the field accordingly,” Fuhrer said. “The storm my help the field by washing away the mud and then we can pack down some dirt and let it dry out.”