Coach Nick Marchy attributed the win to teamwork as he huddled with his players near midfield following the win.
“Everyone does their part, we get a victory,” Marchy said. “If we do our jobs and we’re accountable, then we get results.”
Brandon Williams took a handoff on Patterson’s third play of the game at Dan Gonzalves Stadium in Modesto, and rambled 7 yards for a touchdown.
By the time Adams scored his second touchdown, a 10-yard carry on the final play of the first half to give Patterson (3-0) 40 points before the point-after attempt, the Tigers were well on their way to a third straight win.
“This was a total team victory,” said starting senior quarterback Joey Lopes. “Everyone got to get on the field, and that makes us better. We’re starting to gain some momentum at the right time.”
Adams, a shifty and physical senior back, finished with eight carries for 122 yards. Lopes passed for 109 yards and accounted for two scores. Patterson’s defense took care of the rest.
“We’re building up confidence each week,” Marchy said. “The kids are stepping up, and they want to keep going. Our kids want to win.”
The Spartans fumbled on their second play, and Brad Gill, a Patterson High junior, recovered at the Davis 11-yard line.
Williams, a junior, capped Patterson’s first scoring drive with a rushing touchdown with 10 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.
After the Tigers’ defense forced the first Spartan turnover on downs on fourth-and-12 from the Patterson 15, the offense engineered a three-play drive that ended when Lopes found senior Dominic Dawkins down the left side of the field for a 55-yard touchdown reception. That gave Patterson a 14-0 edge with 5:03 left in the first quarter.
Two minutes later, the offense was again close to the end zone, the beneficiary of a high snap on a Davis punt attempt. The Spartan kicker recovered the ball but was tackled deep in his team’s territory.
Patterson scored a play later on a 17-yard strike from Lopes to junior Avion Warmsley.
On Davis’ first possession of the second quarter, the snap went over the head of quarterback Matthew Christiansen and was recovered by Patterson senior Drake Vatuvei at the Davis 2-yard line.
Vatuvei surged to the end zone for a 27-0 lead with 9:37 left in the second quarter.
Looking to convert on fourth down midway through the second, the Spartans tried a fake punt that was snuffed by the Tigers’ special teams.
Adams ran three times for 58 yards on Patterson’s ensuing drive, capping the possession with a 30-yard run right through the Davis defense to gain a 34-0 advantage.
With 2 minutes left before halftime, Vatuvei’s second sack of the game forced the Spartans into another fourth-down situation and punt. The Tigers strung together a five-play, 62-yard drive, and Adams made his second touchdown scamper.
Davis scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half as the Tigers rested their starting lineup.
Running back Salvador Delgado completed Patterson’s scoring on a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers are 3-0, and confidence is building with their win over Davis.
Now, the schedule gets a bit tougher, with the team that handed Patterson its first loss of 2011 next up.
Patterson is headed to Escalon High on Friday, Sept. 14, and the tenor of the season will be set by the outcome, according to Lopes.
“We don’t mind if anyone doubts we can win the game (against Escalon),” Lopes said. “We’ll sit by the wayside for now, but we’ll go (into the game) and show everyone what we are made of.”
The Escalon Cougars (2-1) overpowered Linden High and rushed for 309 yards on 49 tries in their 34-10 win last week. Escalon running back Nathan Chunn ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars.
In 2011, after victories in their first three games, the Tigers’ first setback of the season was a 14-7 loss to Escalon.
In that game, Escalon controlled the later part of the game and pounded its way to a win.
Marchy said he understands the importance of gaining momentum without overlooking the task at hand.
“It’s going to be a big step up in competition,” Marchy said. “I think our kids are ready. We’ll have a good week at practice and be ready to play our game.”
The Tigers will travel to Escalon High to face the Cougars at 7 p.m. Friday.
Damian Paulo threw three touchdown passes, Damarrio Hammonds helped manufacture three scores and the JV Tigers were never challenged in a 40-6 win over Davis on Friday, Sept. 7.
“Our coaches always have a plan to lead us to a win — that’s what makes us so successful,” Paulo said. “It all starts with play calls. We just go out and execute.”
The Spartans’ first drive initially appeared to have promise, but Patterson’s Michael Lawson made a big play to keep Davis off the scoreboard.
Facing third-and-11 from the Patterson 32-yard line, the Davis quarterback threw a pass over the middle that was intercepted by Lawson. He got a big return, taking the ball to the 50-yard line.
Two plays later, Lawson raced up the left sideline untouched for a 50-yard score.
The scoring continued into the second quarter as Patterson found the end zone on a 22-yard pass from Paulo to Hammonds, putting the Tigers up 13-0.
“We know it’s important for us to come out strong,” Hammonds said. “Every week is a big game for us.”
Patterson's defense forced a turnover on downs on the ensuing possession, and Paulo completed his second touchdown pass, a 9-yard toss to Hunter Powers.
Patterson (3-0) forced a punt on the Spartans’ first possession of the second half, and Paulo threw his third touchdown strike of the game. Paulo found Caesar Durazo from 35 yards out with 3:24 left in the third to extend the lead to 26-0.
With 2:01 left in the third, Hammonds stepped in front of a sideline pass and returned the interception 27 yards for another Patterson touchdown.
Hammonds took over at quarterback during the fourth quarter and scored his third touchdown of the game on a 49-yard run.
Davis scored its sole touchdown on the game’s final play.
“We take care of business,” Paulo said, “and everything else falls into place.”
The freshman Tigers scored two touchdowns in the second half Friday, beating Davis 19-6.
“When we keep our focus, we have the mindset to accomplish big things,” said assistant coach Jake Saavedra.
Quarterback Antoine Bostic led the offense, rushing for 76 yards and two touchdowns, while his brother Antone Bostic added 74 yards on the ground and a touchdown for Patterson.
Rueben Rosas paced the defense with two interceptions for the 3-0 Tigers.
“There are still a few things that we need to fix, but the vision is there,” said assistant coach Carlos Ramirez.
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