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

Originally appeared on Vype 

 

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.”

 

More here 

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

Houston now focused on postseason

Altuve and Correa homer, Astros drop final regular-season game

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

With no playoff impact at stake if the Astros won or lost the game, Houston took Sunday's final regular-season game as a chance to get their lineup a few more at-bats before shifting focus to Tuesday's first game of the post-season. Here is a quick recap of the game against the Rangers:

Final Score: Rangers 8, Astros 4.

Record: 29-31, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wes Benjamin (2-1, 4.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Chase De Jong (0-1, 14.73 ERA).

Houston's main bats get a final tune-up

Knowing they'd only have a couple of at-bats to work with, some of Houston's big bats took advantage, starting with Jose Altuve. He crushed a pitch in the top of the first, a solo homer to put the Astros in front 1-0. After the Rangers tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the second, Altuve started the third with a walk before moving to third base on a Michael Brantley single, which improved Brantley's season average to .300.

Aledmys Diaz would pick up the RBI on a groundout to score Altuve, putting Houston back in front 2-1. In Correa's last at-bat in the top of the fourth, he extended the lead to 3-1 with a solo home run of his own.

Rangers hand Astros a loss to end the regular season

After getting the early run against Chase De Jong, the Rangers would put together a big inning against him in the fourth. After two one-out singles, Rougned Odor would give Texas their first lead of the day on a three-run homer to make it 4-3.

De Jong would continue to struggle in the inning, getting just one more out while loading the bases, prompting a move to the bullpen to bring in Nivaldo Rodriguez to try and eat up more innings. The Rangers greeted him with a two-RBI single to extend their lead to 6-3 before ending the fourth. Odor would hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, a solo shot to make it a four-run lead at 7-3.

Rodriguez allowed another run in the bottom of the seventh, making it 8-3. Diaz, who drove in a run earlier, would account for another RBI in the top of the eighth, getting Houston's third solo homer of the day. That would make it an 8-4 game, which would go final as the Rangers would win the regular season's last game.

Up Next: Houston's first game of the playoffs will be on Tuesday, with the start time and opponent TBD while the rest of today's games wrap up, and the schedule is announced. Regardless, the Astros are expected to begin that best-of-three series with Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome