Gatorade names QB Patton state’s best

Wednesday, November 26, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:03 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

The season is over, but the accolades keep rolling in for Chase Patton.

Gatorade has named Patton, Rock Bridge’s standout quarterback, the Missouri High School Boys’ Football Player of the Year.

Patton is eligible for the national award that will be announced in early December.

The award recognizes not only athletic performance, but also the athlete’s academic success and overall character.

“There was a little more hype going into this year, a little more expectations, pressure, I guess, but I wasn’t striving to get (any personal recognition),” Patton said.

Patton led the Bruins to an 8-2 record. Rock Bridge won the North Central Missouri Conference title, going undefeated in seven games. Patton was 179-for-279 for 2,622 yards and 30 touchdowns.

“He’s the kind of player that spoils you as a coach,” Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile said. “He does a lot of things that high school players can’t do.”

Patton is weighing his options for college football and has narrowed his decision to Missouri, Tennessee, UCLA, Iowa and Kansas State. Patton made his first official visit Nov. 14-16 to UCLA. Patton visited Tennessee last weekend. He plans to make official visits to the other schools in December.

“When you have somebody like that, it allows you to raise your expectations for everybody around you because he makes everybody so much better,” Ofodile said.

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