"It's great to see these kids put in the hard work and time, and to see the success that comes from it," said Patterson coach Nick Marchy. "But we understand that we are not done yet, and we will push on to become better every day."
Patterson quarterback Damien Paulo and his offensive corps appeared in midseason form against a Ceres Bulldog defense still searching for answers.
Paulo went 10-for-15 and threw two touchdown passes to Avion Warmsley, and back Antonio Vasquez had nine rushes for 59 yards and a pair of TDs, to help the Tigers get off to their best start to a season since 2007.
Patterson (6-0 overall, 2-0 WAC) is the last team in the conference to remain undefeated, as its beaten its opponents in both of its league games thus far.
The Tigers forced a three-and-out on Ceres' first possession, and were off to the races.
Williams had a 60-yard punt return that helped set up an early score for Patterson. Five plays later, he stormed toward the end zone, crossing the goal line on a 5-yard run to go ahead 6-0.
On the Tigers' next possession, Warmsley gave Patterson a 13-0 lead with a 32-yard catch from Paulo.
For their third straight three-and-out possession, the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2) would be again forced to punt. Six plays later, back Hunter Powers bulldozed through Ceres defenders on a 3-yard rushing touchdown to make the score 18-0 in favor of Patterson.
Following another Ceres punt, the Patterson offense went back to work.
The Tigers stitched together a late first-quarter drive that bled into the second, capping an 11-play, 64-yard possession with a 9-yard touchdown run from Vasquez.
Patterson continued to light up the scoreboard when Paulo threaded the needle on a 8-yard touchdown pass to Warmsley, and the Bulldogs left the field scoreless at halftime.
Vasquez added a 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter to give Patterson a 38-point edge over the Bulldogs.
The visitors avoided a shutout late in the fourth quarter when Dylan Canatsy scored for Ceres, finding the end zone on a 24-yard pass from Brad Bussard.
"We know that from here on out it is going to get harder and harder, and we need to keep working on playing as a team," Marchy said. "The kids are focused and understand the situation we are in, and they believe they can become WAC champs."
Patterson will continue its league season at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, when it will travel to meet the Los Banos Tigers (4-2, 1-1).
The JV Tigers (6-0, 2-0) made quick work of the Ceres Bulldogs, overcoming an early turnover, and scoring touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions, while rolling to a 48-15 victory Friday night at Patterson Community Stadium.
Although dominant on both sides of the pigskin, Patterson shot itself in the foot on its opening drive of the contest. The mistake came early as a fumbled handoff on the Tigers' first play from scrimmage stopped their initial possession deep in their own territory. Ceres recovered at the Patterson 3-yard line and one play later the visitors were on the scoreboard, after a running back burst into the end zone.
Patterson’s defense took over, however, and the Bulldogs’ offense was seldom heard from again after that.
The Tigers' offense asserted itself early, breaking into the end zone on a 59-yard scamper by Michael Lawson. He also ran in a 2-point conversion to lift Patterson to an 8-7 lead.
Lawson later returned a Bulldogs' punt 80 yards for another touchdown and a 14-7 first-quarter advantage.
Patterson's Nicholaus Priester saw Ceres' quarterback roll out on the first play of the second quarter and had a pretty good idea what he wanted to do next. So he jumped the route, stepped in front of the Bulldogs' receiver for the interception and returned it 20 yards for a TD.
After Alec Espos intercepted another throw by Ceres' QB, Patterson added a 4-yard touchdown run from Antone Bostic to conclude a five-play, 53-yard drive in the second frame.
Demetri Carrizales later pounced on a fumble recovery in Ceres territory, and Kevin Todd tossed a 27-yard strike to Antoine Bostic to make it 34-7 at halftime.
Facing a fourth-and-5 from his own 29, Espos took the snap and sprinted 30 yards to keep the third-quarter drive alive. Seven plays later, Todd connected with Priester on a 32-yard scoring pass for a 42-7 edge.
Jamal Broussard then scored on a 60-yard jaunt to give Patterson a 41-point lead over the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs finally got back on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, when Ceres' quarterback found an open receiver for a 30-yard TD reception.
Toby Silva's touchdown run in the second half broke a scoreless tie, and the freshman Tigers defeated the host Ceres High Bulldogs 6-0 on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Patterson's Simon Perez finished the game with 106 yards in 16 attempts.
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