The Tigers (7-0 overall) won against Los Banos for the first time since 2010, and improve to 3-0 in Western Athletic Conference action for the year. Los Banos (4-3) moves to 1-2 in league play with the defeat.
"We talk about it all week. We talk about what we need to do to win, and what we need to do to get better," said Patterson coach Nick Marchy. "I think our kids just wanted it more tonight. But we can't take a day off. We need to keep playing, and believe in what we are doing."
There is pride in the streak that has drawn local attention. Patterson has outscored its opponents 245-94, including grinding out back-to-back wins by three points over Escalon High and Central Valley High of Ceres.
Showered by cheers from a gathering of Patterson fans still camped out along the sideline at Loftin Stadium, the Tigers return home tied with Central Catholic High of Modesto (6-1 overall, 3-0 WAC) for first place in the league.
"We know that our defense is one of the best (in the league), and nobody gives us any love there," Marchy said. "We're underrated, but we just keep on playing. We hit. We wrap. We tackle. We play as one unit."
On the game’s third play, Patterson defensive lineman Andrew Arroyo intercepted quarterback Loggan Pimentel after the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage.
The Tigers drove to the Los Banos 19, but a fourth-and-nine throw went incomplete with 9 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first quarter.
Los Banos took just eight snaps to send David Walker plummeting across the goal line from 4 yards out, set up by a 53-yard run from the sophomore running back.
On the ensuing possession, Jordan Levu caught a 20-yard pass as he fell to the ground, setting up Patterson at the Los Banos 4. Ruben Rosas capped the eight-play, 54-yard scoring march by scoring a touchdown on a 2-yard shove.
With 8:21 remaining in the second quarter, Patterson drove the ball down to the Los Banos 9-yard line, but the team failed to put points on the board as Rosas was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-one.
Remarkably, Los Banos turned it over again on its next possession, with Patterson's Avion Warmsley swooping in from the middle of the field, picking off the poorly thrown ball and weaving through traffic before diving to the Los Banos 6.
A pair of false start penalties pushed Patterson back 10 yards. But with 5:08 remaining before halftime, Paulo tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Warmsley, giving the Tigers a 14-7 lead.
Still, the home team was able to build some momentum before the intermission.
Bebeto Robles booted a 35-yard field goal as time expired in the second period, and Los Banos pulled within 14-10 at the break.
Following the lead of fellow defensive lineman Arroyo, Jesse Nuia benefited from a tipped Pimentel pass, intercepting it and lumbering seven yards to set up Patterson at the Los Banos 27.
Paulo's 16-yard hook-up with wide receiver Daniel Kelepi set up his 11-yard touchdown sprint, capping a quick three-play drive with 1:52 left in the third quarter, and Patterson led 21-10.
The defense forced another punt on Los Banos' next possession. Patterson took advantage, needing just five plays to reach the end zone again.
Paulo finished Patterson's final scoring drive with a 29-yard TD pass to Kelepi (six catches, 83 yards), and Damarrio Hammonds' interception with 2:39 remaining sealed a win over Los Banos.
"No one thought we'd win (tonight). But we're going to just keep doing what we do, and that's play football," Marchy said. "This is our year. It's not last year's team, or next year's team. This is our year, and that's how we're playing."
Patterson will continue its league season at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, when it will host the Pacheco High Panthers of Los Banos (6-2, 3-1).
After a scoreless opening 10 minutes of play, the JV Tigers set a blistering tempo with its first touch of the second quarter and drove the pace of the game all the way to a 35-13 victory over Los Banos on Friday, Oct. 18.
Patterson (7-0, 3-0) finished its initial scoring drive on just one play, and led by two touchdowns at halftime, defeating WAC rival Los Banos for a third-straight season, and keeping its unbeaten campaign going.
"We never talked about being 7-0. The focus tonight was Los Banos," said Patterson coach Harley Parson. "We have these kids focused on taking it one game at a time. That's our approach."
Los Banos took the opening kickoff and drove the ball 42 yards on an 8-play, five-minute possession. The home team's drive made it to the Tigers 1-yard line, but Patterson stood firm and enveloped a fourth down run at the goal line.
"We knew what was on the line, and our defense picked it up," said Patterson's Ruben Rosas. "We didn't want them to get any kind of momentum, and we had to stop them right there."
Michael Lawson later broke off a majestic 69-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter and finished with 190 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.
The Tigers scored one more time in the first half on a touchdown pass from Kevin Todd to Alec Espos. Espos hauled in Todd's perfectly placed pass at the Los Banos goal line and absorbed a hit from a defender for the TD. The scoring drive totaled 75 yards and took six plays.
Los Banos would answer with a 20-yard TD strike to make it 14-7.
But with 3:08 remaining in the third quarter, a Los Banos fumble gave the ball back to Patterson at its own 3. Seven plays later, Lawson took a handoff and raced 46 yards to the end zone, upping the Tigers’ advantage to 21-7.
Los Banos started its next possession at its own 30-yard line. From there, the home team needed only three plays to hit paydirt, scoring on a 64-yard tear from a running back.
But the Tigers battled back, again.
This time Todd hit tight end Nicholaus Priester over the middle for an 8-yard score to bolster the lead, 28-13.
Los Banos was intercepted on its next two drives — one apiece for Espos and Rosas.
With 47 seconds remaining, Espos ran it in from 2 yards out to provide the final margin of victory.
"It's these kind of games where you have to win the toughness part," Parson said. "You've got to bring the helmet, and you've got to bring it hard every single play."
After falling behind early, Tre McGill helped carry the freshman Tigers to a 14-6 victory over Los Banos on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Patterson Community Stadium.
Patterson (4-2, 2-1) rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit to win its second consecutive game of the league campaign, taking down the visitors behind stingy defense and a pair of late touchdown runs from McGill.
"The defense did a great job after the opening drive of the game, holding the Los Banos offense to minimal yardage," said Patterson coach Bill Chastain.
Patterson got a boost from lineman Isaac Garcia, linebacker Simon Perez, as well as, corners John Guevara, Jonathan Pimentel and Pierre Williams.
"The defense kept the Los Banos passing game to a minimal number of completions, and caused them to punt several times throughout the night," Chastain said.
On special teams, Toby Silva made good on both extra-point attempts.
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