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Week 3 Athlete of the Week: Jacques Patrick

Star running back leads Timber Creek

Adversity causes some to break; others to break records.

Timber Creek star running back Jacques Patrick chose the latter and eclipsed a rare milestone Friday night in a big game against East River.

The game was tied at halftime, until Patrick took over.

The senior broke out three long touchdown runs in the second half to put the game away.

He finished with 4 TDs and over 300 yards rushing. Patrick also passed the 6 thousand yard mark for his career and is now among the top 20 all-time leading rushers in state history.

"It just shows that all my hard work, y'know, and dedication to this sport is paying off," said Patrick, "I just want to continue to work hard, y'know, and push that yardage deeper, and establish a legacy around here."

Six thousand yards is an incredible number, but not a surprise for Patrick.

He has put together huge performances since he was a freshman. That's when the calls from college coaches began.

Every program, from Florida State to LSU to Alabama, wants Jacques, one of the top-rated tailbacks in the country, on its campus next year.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 230-pounder will announce his decision in late October.

"I just want people to see me as a great person, rather than a great football player because that's what it's all about, being a good person first and a great football player second," said Patrick.

"He's grown up a lot during this process because it's been such a big process and he's done a really nice job with it," said Timber Creek Head Coach Jim Buckridge. "We're going to miss him next year but I know he's got great things to come and we're excited to see what he does."

So is everyone else. After a bye week, Patrick and the Timber Creek Wolves return to action on Sept. 26 at Olympia.


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