Competitive Nature

'God-given talent' help Katy WR Patrick defy defenses

If Katy is to win a state-record ninth state championship this year, Jordan Patrick will have a say in it all. Vype

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Jordan Patrick says it’s natural. The way he can dodge, duck, dip, dive, and, yes, dodge again if necessary, to catch almost any ball thrown his way.

Katy coach Gary Joseph says it’s because of a little bit more than that, something more ingrained in his standout receiver. It’s his competitiveness.

Whatever it is, it works. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior wideout continues to defy gravity and defenses with his pass-catching ability. Patrick was the top receiver in District 19-6A this season with 802 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 23.9 yards on 34 catches.

He has become an irrepressible playmaker for the 9-1 Tigers as they venture into the Class 6A, Division I postseason, starting with Friday’s bi-district tout against Fort Bend Travis in Katy.

“I honestly don’t know,” Patrick said when asked to explain his penchant for leaping high into the air and doing whatever it takes, including bending and twisting his body in unimaginable ways, to get the ball. “It’s natural, I guess? God-given talent. If a specific route is called, most of my stuff depends on where the guy is, whether to take him outside or stem him up and then break off. It just depends on where the defender is.”

 

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Flying Through Familiar Territory

Tompkins feeling déjà vu en route to strong start to 2019

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. Via Vype

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This new year 2019 feels a lot like 2017 for Tompkins.

That year, the Falcons were Class 6A state finalists, and seemed to be bound for Georgetown every season thereafter for a while due to the talented freshmen on the roster. But while last year was far from shabby, a regional finalist finish felt like a letdown.

"What we took from last year is we weren't that much of a team, and we needed to be more connected," junior forward Barbara Olivieri said. "This year, every girl is giving their all and we're all working together. When you have that type of bond, it doesn't matter who's out there, you can still look really good."

Indeed, the Falcons are feeling a bit of déjà vu after topping 2018 state semifinalist McAllen, 4-0, in the Falcon Bracket championship of the 64-team I-10 Shootout at Legacy Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Tompkins (6-0) routed the Bulldogs even with starters Lauryn Wild, Jullietta Haro, Avery Burchett and Sofie Wolf out of action.

The Falcons are steep in quality depth. While Olivieri and junior forward Skylar Parker, who admirably played well moving to the defensive midfield, starred, as per their ways, others like senior Carrie Gerdes and sophomores Kayla Eshbaugh and Jennifer Pham filled in nicely.

Oh, and sophomore forward Felicia Hernandez. It was Hernandez, after all, who tallied a hat trick with three goals against McAllen, emerging as yet another prominent playmaking threat for coach Jarrett Shipman alongside Parker and Olivieri.


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