McGirt, Lewis unstoppable in No. 1 Patterson's 42-0 rout

September 17, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Coming off a shutout of 4A City League rival Southern, Walbrook appeared focused on No. 1 Patterson, and completing the mission it missed last year when the Warriors lost on a late two-point conversion.

"We were frightened about this game because we remembered last year," said Patterson's Roger Wrenn. "But our kids don't take them lightly. We knew they came to play."

And Wrenn's Clippers (2-0) gave their 4A league rivals a 42-0 whipping the Warriors won't soon forget.

Second-team All-City quarterback Willie McGirt and running back Ryan Lewis combined for five of the Clippers' six touchdowns. Defensively, Patterson snuffed the Warriors (1-1) at nearly every turn, limiting them to 34 yards in a first half in which Walbrook crossed midfield just twice -- reaching the 44 and the 47.

Defensive back Wendell Collins and junior lineman Rahim Booth (233 pounds) each had a team-leading 10 tackles and combined for two sacks worth minus-22 yards.

"We knew everything about them," said Patterson defensive coordinator Larry Alexander. "They love to run the sweep, so we denied it to them."

The Warriors avoided linebacker Joe Mechlinski (four tackles), who came off last year's 119-tackle season. But the Clippers' linemen were surprisingly quick in lateral pursuit, with Tyrone Bailey (6-foot-3, 278) getting eight tackles, and Terry Otto (6-2, 252) and Charles Lund (242) each recovering a fumble.

"We really wanted them because of last year," said Collins. "We gave it to them as hard as we could."

Walbrook managed 116 yards of offense largely because Marcus Selby and Delmars Martin combined for 132 passing yards. The Warriors moved to the Patterson 15 late in the third period after Selby (5-for-7, 104) found Carroll Watts (four receptions, 100 yards) on the end of a 40-yard pass.

But on the next play, the Clippers' Melvin Braxton -- burned by Watts on the previous down -- recovered by intercepting Selby in the end zone.

"We prepared for them and played them man-to-man and took away their passing," said Walbrook first-year coach Kelvin Bridges. "But they ran the ball well and our kids didn't tackle."

McGirt (four carries, 88 yards) scored Patterson's first touchdown off a 38-yard option run on the Clippers' second play from scrimmage, then added the conversion run for an 8-0 lead with 8:43 left. The Clippers finished with 241 rushing yards.

Lewis contributed 214 total yards and three touchdowns, his first coming from 30 yards on a draw for a 14-0 lead that lasted into the second quarter.

Patterson was up 20-0 at the half after Duane Simmons, who carried three times for 16 yards, capped a seven-play, 35-yard drive from 2 yards out 1:56 before the half.

Walbrook had barely strapped on its helmets for the second half when Lewis returned the kickoff 78 yards. It was 27-0 after Mike Jaski's kick.

Lewis' final touchdown, a 5-yard dump pass from McGirt, coupled with his conversion run put the Clippers ahead, 35-0, early in the third.

McGirt scored Patterson's final touchdown from 16 yards on the same option.

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