Heavyweight Patterson overpowers City, 34-12 Williams' 2 TDs, 143 yards show 10th-ranked Clippers the way by No. 8 Knights

October 17, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Simply put, 10th-ranked Patterson's size overwhelmed eighth-ranked City's in the Clippers' 34-12 City East Division rout of the defending league co-champs last night at Patterson Park's Utz Twardowicz Field.

Patterson's Brenden Williams had a game-high 143 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, Michael Crawford had a 47-yard touchdown and 58 yards on only five carries, and quarterback Tremayne Lyle had a 33-yard score and 71 yards on just four carries.

Although he didn't score, Brian Hopson rushed for 80 tough yards -- mostly up the gut -- as part of an offense which churned out 352 yards on the ground and which attempted only two passes.

Patterson's Brad Howell was good on all four of his extra-point kicks.

With an earlier 41-6 rout of the league's other co-champ, Poly, and three games to play, Patterson (7-0 overall, 4-0 league) is the driver's seat to win the crown.

Patterson's defense was led by Rodney Price (three sacks), and, with one sack each, Tyrell Ray, Eric Myers and Antonio Laws as the Clippers held City to 38 rushing yards.

And the Knights' Jawan Yancey (10-for-14, 174 yards) was intercepted by Hopson, Dino Alger and Alexis Carter, with the latter returning his pick 37 yards for Patterson's final score with 1: 19 to play.

City got all it could out of 6-foot-3, 200-pound All-American Bryan Johnson (four receptions, 114 yards, two touchdowns).

Johnson's 92 receiving yards in the first half included scoring catches of 15 and 17 yards, staking City to leads of 6-0 and 12-7 in the first and second periods, respectively.

Johnson's first score, with 9: 07 left in the first period, finished off a seven-play, 70-yard drive that included his 60-yard reception.

Johnson's second touchdown, on third-and-seven, completed a nine-play, 69-yard drive and ended with Johnson's having to stretch to put the ball across the goal line.

"We started zoning Johnson up, playing two people on him, not (( letting him get anything easy," said Hopson. "We felt we weren't getting any respect all year. It was real easy to get pumped up for this one."

City blew a chance to score the first points of the second half, when Todd Galloway's 19-yard reception -- he was alone in the end zone -- was ruled out of bounds.

Alger's interception then led to the Clippers' momentum-clinching, 11-play, 60-yard scoring drive that included a 26-yard run by Lyle, and finished with Williams' second touchdown from 7 yards.

The Knights (5-2, 3-1) had three players over 210 pounds, the largest of whom is 270-pound Christian Erickson, while the Clippers' boasted two linemen over 300, five others over 250, three others over 240 and still two more larger than 210.

So Patterson coach Roger Wrenn, who picked up career win No. 169, employed a simple strategy: Drive City backward with his "half triple-option, half Wing-T" offense.

"It was all about the line," said Williams, crediting blockers Greg Brown, Matt Belcastro, Matt Williams and Antonio Laws. "They made it real easy."

Pub Date: 10/17/98

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