The Tigers (7-2 overall, 4-1 WAC) found the end zone eight times in the first half and had a 40-point lead at the intermission.
“We wanted to get after it early tonight — throwing the ball, running the ball, spreading the ball around,” said Patterson coach Nick Marchy. “We have a lot of guys that can contribute.”
Jordan Levu, a junior, scored on a 65-yard reception from senior quarterback Joey Lopes on the first play from scrimmage, setting the tone for the night and silencing the large hometown crowd.
“Our mindset was just to do our job,” Lopes said. “Luckily, that scoreboard was how it was. We came in here and did our thing.”
The Bulldogs (2-7, 0-5) appeared ready to answer on their opening drive, but on 2nd-and-goal at the Patterson 10-yard line, Dominic Dawkins tipped a Ceres pass at the goal line and teammate Rueben Rosas intercepted it for a gain of 24 yard.
Ceres faced fourth-and-2 from its own 29 with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first quarter. Instead of punting, however, the Bulldogs called a fake, and punter Devon Ruger was intercepted by Patterson’s Tony Pimentel.
The Tigers took over at the Ceres 38, and senior back Tywayne Adams carried the ball three straight times before scampering six yards to the end zone, making the score 13-0.
Two plays later, on the Bulldogs’ next series, quarterback Blake Hurst threw to Damien Underwood, who had the ball bounce off his fingertips and into the grasp of Patterson junior Avion Warmsley at the Ceres 16-yard line.
From there, the Patterson offense wasted little time in finding the end zone again. On the next play from scrimmage, Adams took a pitch from Lopes, broke a tackle and raced 16 yards to paydirt.
The Tigers defense forced a three-and-out with 3:19 left in the first, and on fourth down, the long snap went over Ruger’s head and the ball was recovered at the Ceres 10.
One play later, Lopes kept the ball on the option and ran left for a score to put Patterson up 26-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jorge Arroyo of Ceres fumbled the ball and the Tigers jumped on it at the Ceres 37-yard-line.
After Drake Vatuvei’s 10-yard run put Patterson at the 5-yard line, Lopes ran the ball left, picked up his blockers, escaped a defender and streaked across the goal line, making the score 33-0 at the end of the first quarter.
“Our offense was clicking. Our defense was flying around (the field),” Marchy said. “We have a lot of weapons, and we use them well.”
Hurst connected with Caden Johnson for a fourth-down, 25-yard touchdown pass with 10:26 left in the second quarter. But after a failed onside kick attempt, the Tigers’ offense went back to work.
Patterson High junior Brandon Williams took a handoff from Lopes near midfield and sprinted through the Ceres defense for a 50-yard touchdown run that stretched the lead to 40-7.
The Tigers defense held for another three-and-out series, and after Ruger’s punt, they had the ball at their 45-yard line with 9:13 left in the second.
This time, Adams tore off a 17-yard run and junior Michael Campbell rumbled his way through to the end zone on a 4-yard push.
The home team gained seven more points when Underwood hauled in a 20-yard touchdown toss from Hurst that made the score 47-14 with 2:58 remaining before halftime.
But on the ensuing series, Williams again displayed his elusiveness by dodging several tackles and zigzagging to the end zone on an 11-yard scoring run.
Patterson’s lead at halftime started a running clock in the third quarter, and while the Bulldogs had a second-half touchdown, it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome their slow start.
Patterson’s next test comes Friday, Nov. 2, at Patterson Community Stadium, where the Tigers will battle the undefeated Central Catholic High Raiders of Modesto (7-2, 5-0).
“We need to have a championship effort all week at practice,” Lopes said.
Kickoff for the league finale is 7 p.m.
Even though Patterson is riding a two-game winning streak, Marchy, the Tigers coach, is focused on the 48 minutes remaining in the 2012 regular season.
“We match up well (with Central Catholic),” Marchy said. “We have athletes. They have athletes. It’s going to be about whoever comes to play.”
Michael Lawson racked up 228 rushing yards — including 165 before halftime — and three touchdowns as the JV Tigers romped to a 42-21 victory over Ceres High.
Lawson started with a 35-yard touchdown sprint on Patterson’s second play from scrimmage before adding scoring runs of 46 and 70 yards.
“That’s what (Lawson) can do,” said Patterson coach Harley Parson. “He’s a special young man who is able to take over games. We need that from him, week in and week out.”
In total, the Tigers gained 401 yards on the ground behind a solid offensive line, which included Christian Navarrette, Eloa Chadwick, George Miranda, Jerry Arredondo and Jorge Rodriguez.
“We had several kids up and down the lineup that came out and played great,” Parson said.
Patterson quarterback Damarrio Hammonds made a 72-yard sprint to the end zone and tossed a 59-yard scoring pass to Lawyer McBride. Victor Chavez ripped his way up the hash marks for a 60-yard TD.
Defensively, Daniel Cota had an interception for Patterson (7-2, 4-1).
“Right now, we’re playing well and playing together,” Parson said.
Patterson’s freshman football team (8-1, 4-1) roared out to an early lead and did not slow down en route to a 39-0 win over the Ceres Bulldogs on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Patterson Community Stadium.
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