KAPLAN – Kaplan stormed back from a 21 point deficit to stun Patterson, 28-27, in District 9-3A play Friday.
Patterson race out to a 27-6 halftime lead before Kaplan scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to steal the win.
“We didn’t execute in the second half,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We had opportunities to make plays and didn’t. We just didn’t make the plays we made in the first half.”
Kaplan (4-2, 2-0) opened the second half with a big play as the Pirates’ Nigel Pascual picked off a Denzel Johnson pass and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Patterson advantage to 27-12.
“That turned it around for us,” Kaplan head coach Stephen Lotief said. “We had really good defensive play.”
Patterson answered the score when Larry Turner broke free for a 72-yard touchdown run but the score was called back on a holding penalty.
“We had some big calls go against in the second half,” Minton said. “But we needed to continue making plays, and we didn’t.
The Patterson fans where in full throttle after the key calls went against the Lumberjacks.
Patterson was penalized nine times for nearly 100 yards while Kaplan had two penalties for 10 yards.
The Patterson drive stalled after the touchdown was called back when Johnson missed a fourth-down pass to give the Pirates the ball.
Kaplan took over on its own 24-yard line and marched downfield for another score when quarterback Devonte Davis leaped in for a 1-yard touchdown with 2:23 left in the third quarter. Kaplan also converted the two-point conversion on a Kaylon Rudd run to pull to 27-20.
In the fourth quarter, Patterson’s defense forced a Kaplan punt with 6:33 to play, but the officials said the punt touched a PHS defender, and Kaplan took over at the Patterson 40-yard line with the game in the balance.
While Pirates running back Chanse Caillouet seemed to be stopped on a run up the middle, he popped out of the pile and raced down to the PHS 7.
The Patterson defense rose to the occasion, though, stuffing three straight Kaplan runs to set up a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line.
Davis faked a handoff and tossed the ball to wide open tight end Slade Bouillion for the score with 2:43 left in the game.
Kaplan decided to go for the win with another two-conversion, which Rudd converted on a run to give the Pirates their first lead of the game, 28-27.
Patterson had another long play called back on an illegal procedure penalty, and the Jacks turned the ball over on downs with 1:27 to play.
Kaplan ran out the clock to seal the upset.
Patterson out gained Kaplan 366 to 191 yards, but the PHS offense was held in check in the second half.
Patterson (3-3, 1-2) will host Abbeville Friday with its playoff hopes on the line.
“The kids will bounce back,” Minton said. “We have to get ready for next week, and every game will be big for us going forward.”
Johnson finished the game 18-of-33 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Daylon Charlot was the leading receiver with five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, while Deondre Skinner had four catches for 81 yards and a score.
The top rushers were Shelby Lavergne and Deontay Jones, both with 39 yards. Jones had two rushing scores.
Information from VERMILLION TODAY and The Lafayette Daily-Advertiser was used in this story.