Summer football in air for Patterson High
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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Patterson High School Quarterback Joey Lopes throws a pass during an early summer practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator
Patterson High School Quarterback Joey Lopes throws a pass during an early summer practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator
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Mid Linebacker Michael Campbell catches a pass during a Patterson High School football team practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator.
Mid Linebacker Michael Campbell catches a pass during a Patterson High School football team practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator.
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Brandon Williams .catches a pass during a Patterson High School football team practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator..
Brandon Williams .catches a pass during a Patterson High School football team practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator..
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Austin Johnson catches a pass during a Patterson High School football team practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator..
Austin Johnson catches a pass during a Patterson High School football team practice on Tuesday, June 19, 2012..Lisa James / Patterson Irrigator..
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Patterson High football coach Nick Marchy and his coaching staff is keeping busy these days, along with the players expected to make up their 2012 team.

Marchy, who begins his second season as head varsity football coach at Patterson in the fall, is already preparing for the upcoming campaign.

“Hopefully, we’ll continue to work and continue to progress and have another opportunity to reach the playoffs, or better,” Marchy said. “As far as the team goes, I’ve been happy with the kids’ offseason work ethic and seeing it translate to the field.”

The Tigers began their offseason training June 5. Workouts continued last week at Patterson Community Stadium, and players will have more opportunities throughout the months of June and July to polish their gridiron skills.

“I think these guys have learned how vital the offseason is to us being successful on the field, and I think we’ve gotten a good start,” Marchy said.

New year, new leaders

The arrival of summer workouts also marked a transition.

The seniors who led Patterson to a 7-4 overall record and a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs are gone. Their prep football careers are complete, which means the leadership burden has shifted to the juniors.

Marchy said leadership is especially important during summer training sessions.

“This is when the (juniors) have to rise to the occasion, not so much by what they say, but how they do,” Marchy said. “A fun part of it is seeing who the new guys are that emerge.”

Last year, Patterson recorded its seventh consecutive winning campaign while reaching the playoffs for a seventh straight season.

Marchy, who has been part of Patterson’s varsity football coaching staff since 2005, will have to replace several starters, including four all-Western Athletic Conference honorees from the Class of 2012: wide receiver Rodney Lawson, offensive lineman Tim Tupuola, defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei and defensive back Kendrick Trotter.

Also graduating were four All-WAC second-teamers: running back George Garcia, offensive lineman Kurtis Hance, defensive lineman Andrew Tupuola and defensive back Glody Mapanda.

Marchy said the search for players to take on those roles has already begun.

“We’re always evaluating our talent,” Marchy said. “It’s going to be a competition at several positions all throughout the summer.”

Busy offseason

On June 30, a Saturday, the Tigers will host a multi-team seven-on-seven passing tournament.

Schools including Newman’s Orestimba High and Los Banos’ Pacheco High will share the field at Patterson Community Stadium, rotating between offensive and defensive play.

Coaches use the opportunity to answer questions about their teams before the games really count.

“We will be seeing several teams from around the region, including some Manteca-area high schools,” Marchy said. “This will give our guys a chance to come out and see what they have against some tough competition.”

The team will also host a fundraiser golf tournament July 7 at Stockton’s Oakmoore Golf Course.

“We’ve held the tournament at Oakmoore for nine years running,” Marchy said. “That golf course provides a really relaxed, casual environment for participants. It’s a fun day for everyone involved.”

Attention turns to the future July 17 to 19, when the Tigers coaching staff will lead the annual youth football camp at Patterson Community Stadium.

The three-day camp is geared for youth football players who want to develop their game.

Last year, about 80 children showed up to learn the ins and outs of football, raising about $1,600 for the Patterson High football program, Marchy said.

“We really want to talk about the game of football with these kids,” Marchy said. “We give confidence pointers and work a lot on the technique of the sport.

”It’s our way of reaching out to the Pop Warner and other youth football programs in the community.”

Meanwhile, throughout the summer, players will train in the school’s weight room.

“I think we’ll have a real competitive spring and summer, and we’ve also got to find some depth for (starters) who are coming back,” Marchy said.

For information about the youth camp or the golf tournament: Nick Marchy, nmarchy@patterson.k12.ca.us

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