Coach Read Weinzheimer and his staff must have seen something in Big Valley’s kickoff return tape to make them think there was a chance to steal a possession.
It took Patterson (5-1) just one play to find the end zone after the onside kick recovery, as Killion Rosko caught a 45-yard pass from Kevin Todd for the Ravens’ first score.
“Top to bottom, this team is really balanced,” Weinzheimer said.
Todd later capped another drive with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Jaime Jimemez.
David Valverde added an 11-yard touchdown run for Patterson, and Ian Tyler tacked on a 28-yard TD scamper.
“(Tyler) had never carried the ball in a game,” Weinzheimer said. “He’s our starting tackle, and this was his first game back in three weeks, due to an injury.
“We sent him in, and he scored.”
Nehemiah Shelton would add a 62-yard kickoff return for another Ravens’ score.
The novice Ravens crossed the goal line six times Saturday, including two touchdowns for Elijah Lawson, in a 38-13 shellacking of Big Valley.
Patterson’s Kaden Williams scored on a 40-yard TD run, before opening the second half with a 90-yard return for another score.
“The blocking on that kick return was excellent,” Patterson coach John Guevarra said. “Our special teams players picked out a Big Valley jersey and opened holes.”
Jaleel Mustafa caught a 2-yard pass from Carter Corso for another Ravens score. Teammate Garrett Schut also tallied a 1-yard TD run later in the game.
Defensive leaders were Pete Candelario and Chris Rosko, Guevarra said.
“This team is growing and working much better together,” Guevarra said. “We were a good team to start, but now the kids are learning and thinking on their own.”
Scores and statistics are not officially kept for the youngest squads, but the junior novice Ravens saw Jared Rosas cross the goal line on a 25-yard scoot, trailing a lead block by teammate Armin Perez.
Anthony Casillas led the Ravens in tackles. Teammates Jacob Devera and Julio Jimenez also garnered praise from their coach.
“We held Big Valley to 15 total yards in the second half of play,” Patterson coach David Cota said. “We’ve played better games as a team, but we’re still moving forward.”
Results for other Ravens teams were not submitted by press time.