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Patterson uses muscle to stuff Northern hopes Simmons and defense key 29-6 win for No. 3 Clippers


Northern's Bruce Strunk first coached at Patterson, under Roger Wrenn. And one of Strunk's assistants, Mel Taylor, left Wrenn last year.

The pupils led by six points early yesterday before getting yet another lesson from the teacher, whose No. 3 Clippers rebounded for a 29-6 City 4A League victory.

Northern (3-2, 3-1) racked up 170 total yards in the first half, 72 of which came on the ground from Robert Dukes (14 carries, 84 yards).

But the Clippers (5-0, 4-0) stuffed the Vikings in the second half, allowing just 36 total yards -- 12 by Dukes.

Northern quarterback Kalish Hicks was sacked four times for minus 23 yards by linebackers Rahim Booth (twice), Damon Branch and Darrell Bishop, and Rob Quinn recovered a Northern fumble that killed a late drive.

"They came out with a lot of intensity, and if they had maintained it, it would have been a closer game," said Patterson running back Dwayne Simmons, who rushed for 144 yards and scores of 2 and 6 yards -- the latter early in the fourth period.

Simmons also blocked a punt for a safety with 8:13 left in the third period, and scored his first touchdown for a 16-6 advantage with 3:14 left in the third quarter.

After a scoreless first period, Northern's Dukes made the Clippers pay for fumbling to teammate Alphonso Griffin at the end of a nine-play, 60-yard drive.

In the 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive that followed, Dukes, who has 548 yards on the season, rushed eight times for 45 yards and his sixth touchdown from a yard out with 5:48 left in the half.

The Clippers (268 total yards) struck quickly on their ensuinpossession. Facing a third-and-15 at his own 31, quarterback Carnest Peele faked to Simmons, dropped back to pass, and -- with two defenders converging -- found Mike Jaski (three receptions, 86 yards) on a down-and-in.

Jaski angled past three defenders and overcame a shoestring tackle by diving across the goal line to make it 6-6 with 1:23 left in the half.

Jaski, who has 12 receptions for 246 yards and four touchdowns on the year, then converted his first of three extra-point kicks to give Patterson a permanent lead, 7-6.

"We executed the fake real well, they bit it, and I saw Mike coming across," said Peele, who was 5-for-7 for 81 yards passing and scored the Clippers' final touchdown on a 26-yard keeper. "But we never thought of that play as critical. We were calm the whole way and never had our heads down."

The Vikings did, however, after Simmons' third-quarter damage.

"That turned things in their favor a lot," said Strunk. "We thought we played a pretty good first half and had them a little scared, but Roger Wrenn has a lot of class and they wore us out in the middle."

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