FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Patrick seeks to make impact both ways in 2020

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Patrick seeks to make impact both ways in 2020

Jenks senior Jayden Patrick became a force in 2019 on the defensive side of the ball as a junior, but in 2020, he wants to become a force on both sides of the ball.

Patrick will play both ways at cornerback and receiver for the Trojans. He said he learned a lot from last year.

“Last year overall, we started 1-3, it was a terrible start,” Patrick said. Then, we came together more as a group and decided to get that dog mentality. Unfortunately, we lost the state championship, but I feel like we learned a lot about ourselves last season.”

Patrick said he wants to start 2020 faster than he did a year ago.

“As a player at the beginning of the year last year, I wasn’t very good,” Patrick said. “I felt like I had to get better and grind to get to where I needed to be and then was able to lock down a whole side of the field to do what I needed to do to help the defense.”

The Jenks senior said despite restrictions from the pandemic, offseason and summer workouts went well for the Trojans.

“Summer workouts were good for us,” Patrick said. “We had to deal with a lot of COVID-19 restrictions, but we came together and faced a lot of adversity and handled it well.”

Patrick said he has high expectations for himself this year.

“I expect a breakout season on offense and defense this year for myself,” Patrick said. “I feel like I have to be that player to help our team win. I am looking forward to scoring a lot of touchdowns this year.”

Patrick said the goal is to bring home the gold ball and there is only one way to earn it.

“We have to keep working hard and stay focused,” Patrick said. “We can’t let up if we want to achieve our ultimate goal this year.”

Kyle Salomon

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