Patton (2-7, 0-5), who ends the season on a four-game losing streak and with his first winless league campaign since 2014, provided some highlights, however.
Waylon Rutherford set a new single-game record with three touchdown passes in his last football game with the Panthers. His first came on a quick run on the third and the goal of PHS’s first possession after half-time, a possession he grabbed with a catch and ran 56 yards to the guest sideline. .
Rutherford’s last two goals covered 29 and 11 yards and were pitched by quarterback Randan Clarke. Both times Rutherford brought the ball back surrounded by defenders and jumping back.
Rutherford finished with 10 receptions for 114 yards, accounting for all but seven of Clarke’s passing yards. He added a late loss half tackle with his classmate DeShawn Cantrell-Vazquez (31 yards rushing) and had four kickoff returns covering over 20 yards, including a 30-yard one that tied Tylar Johnson for the longest night for PHS.
Trevor Smith led Patton on the ground with 12 carries for 84 yards plus the team’s only conversion.
Patton’s other defensive leaders included senior Ethan Duncan (fumble recovery, sack), Colton Dale (QB pressure) and Clarke (defended pass).
PHS graduates only five seniors, and Rutherford, Cantrell-Vazquez and Duncan were the only ones dressed on Wednesday.