Los Banos High handed its Western Athletic Conference rival a 48-12 defeat at Patterson Community Stadium, outscoring the host Tigers 26-0 in the final period.
Los Banos quarterback Chris Corpuz completed 16 of 22 attempts for 286 yards with touchdown passes of 87 yards to Keith Turner, five yards to Alec Barcellos, and four and 15 yards to Delvonte Moore.
The 15-yarder to Moore came in the fourth quarter, as did a 4-yard touchdown run by the senior back, who finished with 62 yards on 10 carries. Los Banos’ Markus Rico also returned an interception for a touchdown, and Corpuz added a 17-yard score on a scramble to finish the game.
“If this loss does not hurt you, then you are not a competitor,” defensive coordinator Larry Cardoso told his players as they huddled at midfield following the defeat. “We’re angry. We’re banged up. But our season is not over. It’s going to be a tougher climb. But we know that we can do it.”
At 2-1, Patterson (5-2 overall) is tied for second place in the WAC with Los Banos (6-1). Modesto’s Central Catholic High (5-2) sits atop the league standings with a 3-0 mark.
“We have to channel the emotion (from this loss) onto the field,” said offensive coordinator Steve Cardoso. “Wear your emotions, and no one can question your heart.”
On the first play from scrimmage, Corpuz hit Turner in midstride near the Los Banos 40-yard line, and the wide receiver did not stop until he reached the end zone. Patterson’s Brandon Williams made a dive to knock down the ball, but his attempt was just short.
Patterson started its first drive of the game at its own 20 and after one first down was forced to punt the ball away.
Following the short possession, Corpuz led Los Banos on a clock-churning drive that covered 71 yards on 13 plays, which he capped with a TD toss to Barcellos, increasing the lead to 13-0 with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the opening quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Patterson coach Nick Marchy was flagged twice and automatically ejected from the game for questioning the referees after the play. As a result, Marchy will miss this week’s game at Pacheco High of Los Banos.
Los Banos turned the ball over on downs at the Patterson 7-yard line after the home team’s goal-line stand with 41 seconds to play in the first, but the locals could not take advantage.
Instead, Patterson’s Damian Paulo — playing in relief of injured starting quarterback Joey Lopes for the second straight game — was sacked for a safety by Los Banos’ Nathan VanderPoel on the second play of the second quarter to make it 15-0.
Deep in his own team’s territory, Patterson’s Tywayne Adams fumbled with 6:18 remaining before halftime, setting up the visitors’ offense on the 9-yard line. Four plays later, Los Banos made it 22-0 on Corpuz’s 4-yard toss to Moore.
Patterson began its next drive on its 47 and quickly marched 53 yards in four plays, when Paulo connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Levu to make it 22-6 at the intermission.
Using his size to his advantage, the 6-foot, 4-inch Levu reached over a Los Banos defender for a jump ball before finding his way to the end zone.
On the opening possession of the second half, Patterson’s offense again seemed poised for success, but on third-and-4 from the Los Banos 24, Paulo scrambled and threw to his right, lofting a pass toward Levu in front of the end zone. Los Banos’ Daeton West jumped and snatched the pass, giving the visitors the ball back at their own 3.
Patterson’s defense stayed strong, however, and forced Los Banos to punt 11 plays later. Dominic Dawkins burst through the line to block the punt and recovered the ball, scampering 15-yards to the end zone.
That was as close as Patterson would get, as Los Banos piled on four more touchdowns in the final frame.
“We have goals for the season, and everyone wants to win WAC,” Larry Cardoso said. “But if you have a goal and don’t prepare, then that’s just a wish. We each have a job to do on this team in order to be successful.”
Patterson continues its season at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, when the Tigers travel to Los Banos to face the Pacheco High Panthers (5-3, 3-1).
Quarterback Damarrio Hammonds did a bit of everything for Patterson’s JV football team Friday, Oct. 12.
He rushed for three touchdowns, threw for 120 yards and scored on one of his two fourth-quarter interceptions.
Hammonds’ multifaceted game helped his team defeat Los Banos, 40-20, at Patterson Community Stadium in a battle of rivals in the WAC.
“(Hammonds) has taken leadership on this team to a different level,” said Patterson coach Harley Parson. “All throughout practice, he’s concentrating on making his reads. When game time comes, it’s no surprise that he manages to make all of the right ones.”
Antonio Vasquez also scored on a 1-yard plunge, and Michael Lawson added a 64-yard touchdown burst for Patterson (6-1, 3-0).
“We continue to stay focused and prepared,” Parson said. “We play to the best of our ability.”
The Patterson team, sporting pink socks in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, played in memory of David Williams, who died of colon cancer July 3.
Williams, known to many Patterson-area football players as “Coach Blood”, officiated local high school and youth football games from 2004 to 2011.
Williams earned the moniker during his time as a local youth football coach, when on one occasion, while instructing his players at practice, he bloodied his forehead yet continued to counsel his young charges, Parson said.
Before Patterson’s matchup against Los Banos, Parson delivered a message to family members of Williams in attendance.
“This one’s for you, (David),” Parson said.
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