Video/Modesto’s Zaire Eugene electrifies crowd with 80-yard TD, though Patterson tops Pantherts

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Modesto High running back Zaire Eugene electrified the crowd Thursday night at Downey High with his 80-yard TD run – dodging what looked to be certain tackles and then dashing down the left sideline.

Patterson’s Nate Garcia’s career game on defense – the first-time starter intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns in the Tigers’ 34-21 win over Modesto. That leaves both teams at 2-0, with Modesto visiting Turlock next Friday and Patterson taking the week off before hosting Escalon in two weeks.

It was a game full of big plays, in addition to Zaire’s TD run:

** Garcia’s first Pick-6 was a 50-yard return off an errant pass from QB JR Berumen and tied the game at 14 early in third quarter;

** Modesto QB Norvale Howard had 55-yard TD run, which put Modesto up 21-14 midway through the third quarter;

** Paterson’s James Perez then scored on a 70-yard run-and-catch TD from Gabe Sanchez to tie it at 21;

** Howard returned the ensuing kickoff for an 80-yard TD, but an illegal block ruined that. It turned out to be a huge play, because Garcia eventually killed Modesto’s drive by returning an interception 70 yards for his second TD and a 28-21 lead.

Patterson Tigers 34, Modesto Panthers 21

Patterson 7 0 21 6 – 34

Modesto 14 0 7 0 – 21

First Quarter

M – Connor Cruce 20 pass from RJ Berumen (Annika Blom kick)

P – Joe Okitukunda 30 yard pass from Gabe Sanchez (Allen Godinez kick)

M – Zaire Eugene 80 run (Blom kick)

Third Quarter

P – Nate Garcia 45 interception (Godinez kick)

M – Norvale Howard 55 run (Blom kick)

P – James Perez 70 yard pass from Sanchez (Godinez kick)

P – Garcia 70 interception return (Godinez kick)

Fourth Quarter

P – Fabian Portillo 2 run (kick failed)

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Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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