Patterson football: The tall and not so tall of it
Patterson's football team used an unusual combination to score two of its touchdowns in Saturday's 32-20 win over No. 13 Dunbar.
This scoring combination was on the defensive side and it developed between the tallest Clipper and one of his shortest teammates. Marcus Woodard, a 6-foot-5 defensive end, caused a couple of turnovers and 5-foot-9 linebacker Josh Beasley turned them both into touchdowns.
First, Woodard tipped a pass by Dunbar quarterback Bryant Vass and Beasley picked the loose ball out of the air, racing 79 yards for the first touchdown of the game. In the fourth quarter, Woodard forced a fumble which Beasley scooped off the ground and ran for 21 yards for another TD, giving the Clippers a 32-14 lead.
"Marcus is really a disruptive force," Patterson coach Corey Johnson said, "so the plan was to put him on the back side of the quarterback and this quarterback didn't make too many fakes, so with his long arms and extension, we thought Marcus could be effective and he really was. Josh was just Johnny-on-the-spot. He just was aware. He's very coachable and he made those plays because he was in the right position. It's great when somebody has a nose for the ball."
Chances are good that Beasley, a transfer this fall from Westlake, will keep a close eye out for Woodard's disruptive ways. The duo -- and the rest of the Clippers -- sure would like to keep this scoring combination going.