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September 16, 2014
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Panthers take a bite out of Tigers
by Erick Torres
Sep 13, 2014 | 556 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Patterson Tigers came home on the evening of Sept. 12 with the hopes of continuing their winning streak in front of a raucous home crowd. The Modesto Panthers had other plans coming off a close game with Stagg High School winning 32-27. Both teams entered the contest with a 2-0 record on the season. Patterson would enter the game missing their spark plug on offense. Running back Michael Lawson did not play during the evening’s contest feeling some discomfort in his leg. The Modesto Panthers were able to beat Patterson in a thriller by a score of 21-20 handing Patterson their first loss on the 2014 season. The game was ridden with penalties with a total of 30 penalties being committed during the game by both teams. Patterson felt the worst of it when they had an 80-yard touchdown pass erased due to a holding penalty call at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter. Patterson compounded this frustration by committing several mental errors that cost them a chance at victory. Head coach Nick Marchy reflected these sentiments. “Penalty after penalty and mistake after mistake doesn’t help us no matter how good you are,” said Marchy. Modesto opened the scoring on the first drive of the game. Modesto started the game with successful runs to the inside with Antonio Perez. After a series of run plays Perez’s 20-yard run brought the Panthers to Patterson’s 27-yard line. Patterson’s defense was able to force a fourth down, but Modesto was able to draw a penalty and move the chains to the 13-yard line. Modesto then called a slew of option and power runs to the inside, and eventually scored with a quarterback keep play by Nathan Phillips. After converting for two points on the extra point play Modesto was able to go up 8-0 in the first quarter. Patterson would respond in kind scoring on their first drive of the evening . After starting the drive on the 43-yard line Patterson was able to gain huge yardage on a quarterback keep play. Damien Paulo ran for a big 34-yard run to set them up at their opponent’s 23-yard line. Penalties then moved Patterson to the 7-yard line where they pounded the ball with the run until they scored with Ruben Rosas Jr. pulling the score to 8-7 after Patterson optioned just to kick in the extra point. The score would remain 8-7 at halftime with only one point separating the two well matched squads. The scoring would resume with 3:36 left in the third quarter when Modesto’s Nathan Phillips threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Kendall Mcnair to take a 15-7 lead. Modesto would find another great opportunity to score following an interception thrown by Patterson’s Damien Paulo. Modesto started their drive on their own 8-yard line. Phillips would find Mcnair again for a 28-yard pass, but the big play of the drive came from the light feet and shifty hips of Phillips who scrambled for a 67-yard run that put the Panthers on the 6-yard line. On second and goal the Panthers pounded the ball with Antonio Perez who plunged in for a touchdown putting Modesto up 21-7 with only 20 seconds left in the third quarter. The scene looked grim for Patterson who hadn’t scored since the first quarter, but Patterson stood tall and kept grinding. Patterson would score to open the fourth quarter when Damien Paulo pounded the ball on a second-and-inches goal line play to score a touchdown and pull Patterson closer 21-14. Modesto started their next drive on the 11-yard line after a penalty pushed them back. They would drive the ball to the 35-yard line, but a sack by Patterson forced a long third down. Modesto was unable to move the chains and was forced to punt setting Patterson up with a chance to tie with 6:23 remaining in the game. Patterson would get out of trouble when Paulo connected with a 37-yard pass to wide receiver Damarrio Hammonds. Hammonds was able to jump up and beat his defender to the ball with an impressive reception that Patterson desperately needed to stay in the game. A holding penalty would move them back to their opponent’s 34-yard line, but a jaw dropping pass play allowed Patterson to escape another bad situation. Paulo would throw a pass to the sidelines near the end zone to receiver Ruben Rosas, but the Modesto defender beat Rosas to the ball and got his hands on it for what looked like an interception. Rosas stayed with the play, and was able to wrench the ball from the defenders hands before they hit the ground turning a certain interception into an incredible 35-yard pass. This play set them up right near their opponent’s goal line. Patterson would find the end zone with a power run by Ruben Rosas Jr. finishing an incredible drive from Patterson that overcame numerous penalties and certain doom. The Patterson Tigers then watched in disbelief when they failed to kick in the extra point leaving the crowd and the sidelines stunned. Patterson failed to tie the game, and this proved to be a critical mistake for the Tigers in this contest. The Tigers were given one last chance to win the game, but Patterson was unable to muster one last drive. Patterson squandered a final opportunity to score with mental mistakes. After creating some excitement by driving the ball to their own 40-yard line Patterson had plenty of time to work with 2:11 left in the game. Patterson hurt their chances at a comeback by botching a snap on third down that had Paulo scrambling to regain possession of the ball. Paulo was able to recover the ball bringing a long fourth down play. Modesto would blitz Patterson on the last play of the drive, and sack Paulo to take over on downs. Modesto would hold on to win the game 21-20 marking their third win of the season. Patterson’s record dropped to 2-1 on the season. Patterson’s offense racked up a total of 344 yards. Paulo went 13-23 for 227 yards and two interceptions. Running back Antonio Vazquez rushed 17 times for 101 yards on the evening. Coach Marchy was proud of his team’s ability to comeback despite the frustration of a loss. “We played hard our kids came back,” said Marchy. “We didn’t give up.” Patterson will look to right the ship against Atwater at Patterson Community Stadium on Sept. 19. Junior Varsity The junior varsity Patterson Tigers continued to roll as they were able to overwhelm the Modesto Panthers by a score of 44-0 continuing their successful season thus far. The Tigers record improved to 3-0 after the resounding victory. Patterson established their dominance early scoring 14 points in the first quarter. They then opened the second quarter with another touchdown. The score was 20-0 after the missed extra point. Patterson would resume the scoring again with a 59-yard touchdown run by sophomore Tre McGill putting the score at 26-0 after another failed extra point. Modesto’s offense was stifled by the Patterson’s defensive line. The Tigers’ defensive front was relentless in their pursuit and penetration, and disrupted the Modesto offense in the backfield by pressuring the quarterback. Head coach Harley Parson explained that this defensive dominance was an emphasis during practice. “We did a lot of sled practice this week,” said Parson. “With the spread offense the only way to beat it is with penetration and getting to the quarterback.” The Tigers would be up 26-0 by halftime shutting the Panthers out. The shutout would continue through the second half of the contest with Modesto unable to gain ground versus a stout defensive line. Patterson would score again with seconds left in the third quarter when quarterback Kevin Todd connected with wide receiver Jonathan Okitukunda for an impressive 86-yard pass for a touchdown putting Patterson further ahead at 32-0. The Tigers would score again when they started a drive on their own 47-yard line after a punt by Modesto in the fourth quarter. Running back Tre McGill would strike again with a big 53-yard touchdown run putting the Tigers up 38-0. The Tigers would keep their foot on the gas, and were able to score again with an impressive interception by Joel Garcia who returned the interception 50-yards for a touchdown. Garcia was led by a convoy of Patterson defenders who ran in unison in front of Garcia opening up pathways for him to score. Coach Parson explained that is a fundamental that is preached to their squad. “That’s something we work every day on,” said Parson. “That’s part of our drills that we work on is rallying to the point of attack.” The interception return for a touchdown put the score at 44-0 marking the final result of the game. Coach Parson was pleased with the crisp play his team showed, and the great play calling by assistant coach Eric Marroquin. “We’re glad for the win, but it’s just another win,” said Parson. “We got to work hard for another win next week versus Atwater.” Erick Torres can be reached at 892-6187, ext. 28, or erick@pattersonirrigator.com
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Fiestas Patrias event cancelled, City of Patterson provides an official response
by PI Staff
Sep 12, 2014 | 2116 views | 1 1 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The fourth annual installment of downtown Patterson's Fiestas Patrias event has been cancelled. The annual one day music and cultural event was originally scheduled to occur Saturday September 20, only a few days following Mexican Independence day which is Tuesday September 16. During a meeting between Fiestas Patrias organizer Rosalinda Meza, and members of the city of Patterson including Rod Butler and Police Chief Tori Huges, Meza and her party were informed that the Fiestas Patrias event had been denied. In the Thursday Sept. 11 edition of the Patterson Irrigator, Meza placed a half page ad explaining her side of the accounts that ensued. By late Thursday the Irrigator received a response to Meza's ad from Interim City Manager Ken Irwin on official City of Patterson letterhead with instruction to post to our website. The Irrigator has granted this request and the letter is placed below. A full write up on the story is in the works. City response September 11, 2014 Dear Community of Patterson, Re: Fiesta Patrias Recently, the City of Patterson denied an event application for the "Fiesta Patrias (International Festival)." This decision was made after serious consideration of the event application, location, and estimated attendance. The decision was not made by Chief Hughes, the Sheriff’s Department, or the City Council. City staff, with input from all City departments, reached the conclusion that the event plan, as submitted, could not be approved. The City recognizes the significance and importance of Fiesta Patrias to members of the Patterson community. While the decision to deny the application has understandably been met with disappointment by some residents, it was made strictly with the wellbeing of the entire community in mind. Based on information from the event organizers, Fiesta Patrias drew over 10,000 attendees last year. Event sponsors hoped to double the attendance this year. Due to a condensed schedule for this one day event, plans for a live concert that would stretch late into the evening, the sale of alcohol throughout the day and night, and more importantly, the sharp increase in the expected attendance, the event’s growth raises serious concerns. Additionally, the City simply could not approve an application that did not comply with event insurance requirements as well as requirements from the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. Fiestas Patrias supporters have voiced concerns that the decision to deny the application was made for reasons other than a genuine interest in ensuring adequate event planning and public safety. On the contrary, the City has focused its efforts on providing a safe and secure environment for all families enjoying community events in Patterson. City staff worked tirelessly with the organizers to coordinate an event that would enable members of our community to celebrate Fiesta Patrias while accommodating the growth and popularity of this occasion. Throughout the process, the organizers of Fiesta Patrias were given the opportunity to submit a modified plan that would allow the event to move forward, but declined to do so. While the City and event organizers have been unable to reach a solution, the City remains committed to working with all members of the Patterson community in our continued effort to provide an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of all Patterson residents. Going forward, City staff is ready and willing to work closely with organizers to coordinate Fiesta Patrias in a manner that addresses the planning needs for such a sizeable event. We take great pride in the rich heritage of all residents of the City of Patterson, and remain dedicated to celebrating the historical roots of our community. Sincerely, Ken Irwin Interim City Manager
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Prejudice is alive and well in Patterson, Thank Ken Irwin! The overwhelming majority does not mean a thing in this case i see.
Community members socialize at the district's new development center grand opening Sept. 4.--photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Community members socialize at the district's new development center grand opening Sept. 4.--photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Patterson Joint Unified School District board of trustees Janie Quiroba (from right), and Michelle Bays converse with instructional technology coordinator Michael Saunders.--photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Patterson Joint Unified School District board of trustees Janie Quiroba (from right), and Michelle Bays converse with instructional technology coordinator Michael Saunders.--photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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