The Daily Review
PATTERSON —Throughout the week in preparation for the Franklin High School Hornets, Patterson head coach Tommy Minton reminded his staff and defensive players they could not give up “the big play” if they wanted to be successful and win an important District 9-3A Friday.
And from the beginning to the end Friday, Minton’s defense disturbed Franklin’s offense and limited it to only 174 total yards (18 yards passing and 161 yards rushing) to win 14-0 in front of a pack crowd at the Sugar Dome.
Patterson improved its record to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in district play while the Hornets dropped to 4-5 overall and 1-4 in district.
During the first quarter, both schools showed emotions as penalties killed drives.
The Jacks took a 6-0 lead into halftime as running back Larry Turner scored on a 16-yard rush to put the game’s first points on the board with 2:20 remaining. Bryce Tabor’s extra point attempt following the score was blocked.
“During that drive, we had some penalties, and I thought if we could score first, our offense could set the tone,” Minton said. “I knew Franklin had a good defense, and they would be ready to play against us. Their kids always play against us hard.”
During the third quarter, Turner would see the end zone again as he scored on a 1-yard run. Nick Jones caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Denzel Johnson to make the score 14-0.
“During that drive also we had some penalties,” Minton said. “I think they backed us up to 2nd and 29, and we had to fight to get out of that hole. Denzel connected with (Mykel) Jones on a 42-yard pass for a big play on that drive. And throughout that possession, Denzel made some big plays, and Larry broke some tackles to set the offense up in good shape for a score.”
Minton said his team has been playing well in recent weeks, and they know they have to win out to make the playoffs.
“Defensively, we played a good game,” the ’Jacks’ coach said. “The kids were focused and took care of business.”
Offensively, Patterson had a fairly balanced attack with 136 yards rushing and 166 passing.
Franklin head coach J. Ina told his team after the game that penalties and mental mistakes hurt them. “We have to finish drives and put the ball in the end zone,” he said. “We will have to do better.”
Franklin finished the contest with 10 penalties for 65 yards, while Patterson was flagged seven times for 72 yards.
Patterson travels to Erath Friday for Week 10 action while Franklin also will travel to Berwick in week 10.
Daily Review Sports Editor Geoff Stoute contributed to this story.