Augusta, GA: While the best golfers in the world are at The Masters this week, just down the road Nick Patterson is lighting up the scoreboard in the Columbia Area Youth Football Association spring league. In it’s fourth year of existence this unique league gives players an opportunity to suit up and get extra game experience during the spring.
Nick, who is in his fourth year playing in the CAYFA and will get one more season next year as an 8th grader is taking full advantage of the extra time on the field. With three games left, he leads the league with 302 yds passing and 8 TDs. Last year as a 6th grader Nick set the league single season record with a crazy 15 TDs through the air.
Nick’s father, Scott says that Nick is beginning to learn what responsibilities come from his success. “He has noticed that younger players know his name, team and position. He is beginning to learn the responsibility that comes with that and how others watch how he responds to and treats others.”
Nick has been involved with QBA for the last two seasons, been to multiple camps and competed in the Duel of the Dozens in Orlando, FL last July. “I feel QBA has helped him on the field by understanding the “feel” of properly throwing. When he makes a bad throw he immediately knows what went wrong. Whether it was Missing Zero or Wrist Firing Early. That gives him the confidence to not hesitate the next time he is called on to make a throw,” said Scott.
“We are just thankful to the Coach Slack and his staff, as well as his Coaches for their tireless efforts when it comes to the development of young football players and giving them an avenue to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams of playing football at every level.”
Along with many other goals, Nick has set his sights on becoming one of QBA’s Blackshirts in the next few years. However, he knows that this involves more than just what he does on the field. “QBA has helped him realize how difficult it will be every year to advance to the next level. By listening to the Coaches explain what it takes to be successful and set goals for good grades, character, and being a leader on and off the field.”
As you can see from the highlights below Nick is well on his way to making a name for himself just like the guys playing golf down the road.