Sherrod Hawkes is one of 11 Patterson players who regularly plays both offense and defense, setting the tone with his relentless, physical play.
In Friday's night's key early-season matchup at Poly, Hawkes made several hard tackles behind the line of scrimmage and helped spark the Clippers' offense with explosive runs out of the backfield.
Hawkes had two touchdowns and the Clippers forced three turnovers in a dominant 35-0 victory in the second annual Roger Wrenn Football Classic, which honors the former Poly coach. Patterson, which improved to 2-0, appears to have the athleticism for a deep run in the Class 3A state playoffs
"I love the challenges of playing on both sides of the ball," said Hawkes, who also rushed for 73 yards on 14 carries. "Our team came to play and got the 'W.' Our offensive line stepped it up in the second half and got it done."
The Clippers' Mautice Greene had a sack and ran for a touchdown, while Tynard Barfield also scored twice for the Clippers.
Broderick Cook had an interception for Poly (1-1), which knocked off Edmondson last week in overtime.
Brenden Williams' interception on the second play from scrimmage at Poly's 17-yard line set up the Clippers' first touchdown. Greene ran between the left side of the line for a 14-yard gain, then finished the drive from 3 yards out for a 6-0 lead.
A fumble recovery by Patterson's Dayshawn Gatling on Poly's 6-yard line set up the Clippers' second touchdown. This time, Hawkes scored from 4 yards. A pass from Kennard Pugh Arnoldo Rivera completed the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead with 10:19 left in the second quarter.
The Clippers didn't allow a first down in the opening half.
"We knew coming into this year that a lot of guys were going to be going both ways," Patterson coach Larry Mitchell said. "I think there were expectations with the game with Mr. Wrenn and me explaining to the guys what the game meant for me, playing for him, my teacher."
Patterson remained in control, and a 46-yard pass from Pugh to Barfield increased the lead to 22-0 with a minute left in the first half. Barfield then ran 44 yards for a the Clippers' fourth touchdown just 31 seconds into the third quarter.
"I give it all to the coaches, working real hard in practice," Barfield said. "Everybody wants it. We want the championship."
Poly got its first big play soon after, as Travis Cook found Daniel Cameron for a 43-yard completion. The drive, however, stalled at Patterson's 44-yard line.
The Clippers put the game away when Pugh found Juwan Dudley for a 43-yard gain to the 1-yard line, setting up another touchdown run by Hawkes.
"We didn't execute on both sides of the ball," Poly coach Larry Webster said. "We, as coaches, are going to have to take these young men back to the drawing board. It's what you do after this game. You got to rise back up."
Patterson 6 16 13 0 - 35
Poly 0 0 0 0 - 0
PA-Greene 3 run (run failed)
PA-Hawkes 4 run (Pugh to Rivera)
PA-Pugh 46 pass to Barfield (Ali run)
PA-Barfield 44 run (Pugh kick)
PA-Hawkes 1 run (kick failed)