In 2014, his first year at the helm as the head football coach of Orange Glen High, Jason Patterson led the Patriots to a solid 6-5 season and a CIF playoff berth.
Over the next three years the results weren’t quite as satisfying with the Pats finishing with 4-7, 4-7 and 1-9 losing records. But in 2018 something mighty special was in the offing because the Escondido public school off Bear Valley Parkway experienced a remarkable resurgence that culminated with 34-14 victory over Francis Parker that enabled the Pats to capture the San Diego Section Division V football title.
This was their first CIF championship in 51 years when the Patriots defeated Chula Vista 16-7 at Escondido High School under former head coach Dick Disney.
Though it figures to be a tall order to duplicate their success of the previous season, coach Patterson is looking forward to giving it a go with some real talent on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, Jason’s running back son Cael Patterson figures to be the catalyst as he looks to build on a magnificent junior season in which he rushed for 2,453 and 29 touchdowns. And as far as the defense is concerned, returnees Julian Lesa , who led the team in tackles with 131, and Dylan Villalobos (93 stops) are expected to be the mainstays.