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Patch Planning For Big Season With Rams

Landon Patch is looking for a breakout season.

The Vardaman defensive back is hoping to compete for a permanent starting spot in the 2017 Ram secondary. Patch attended the Fortius Project on Sunday to see what skills he needed to sharpen during the off-season in pursuit of this goal.

“I just want to see where I am right now in my progression into next season,” Patch told SES Mississippi before Sunday'scamp.

Patch knew he would experience some adversity in 2016, but he saw his hard work pay off as the season wore on.

“Since it was my first season playing high school football, I didn't really expect to be good,” Patch said. “As the season progressed, I got way better and ended up starting a game and got playing time in the second half of the season.”

Patch will be a senior this fall, and does not have the same amount of experience that most Mississippi seniors have. This leads Patch to know just how hard he has to work to be a successful athlete.

“I want to have a breakout year and do what's best for the team and for myself,” Patch said. “That starts with working hard in the off-season, and that's a big thing for me. I believe if I continue to work hard this off-season, then the sky is the limit.”

Patch's Vardaman Rams enjoyed a playoff berth last year, but it quickly ended at Ray Brooks in the first round. The Rams are hungry for more in 2017, but will have to face new opponents in a new region due to MHSAA reclassifications.

“We certainly were better than a lot of people thought we were going to be, but we knew how good we were, and we definitely felt we could've done better than the first round,” Patch said.

Landon Patch is not large in size, but appears to have a strong work ethic. That work ethic, like in past years for the Rams, could determine how successful this team is in the fall. Patch believes the sky is the limit for himself and Vardaman in 2017, and that mindset will be needed. The Rams do not have an easy schedule on-tap. Vardaman's new region, Region 3-1A, features historic 1A powerhouses like Nanih Waiya and Noxapater as well as some opponents familiar to Vardaman in Hamilton and West Lowndes. Even though Vardaman has some adjusting to do as far as their schedule goes in 2017, Patch and his teammates have their eyes set on the prize.

“For the team, our number-one goal is a state title,” Patch said. “We don't want to settle for anything less.”

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