Hamilton’s Patterson mastered the classroom as well as he mastered football’s toughest position

Hezekiah Patterson
Hezekiah Patterson will be Hamilton’s honoree at Sunday’s George Wah Scholar-Leader-Athlete Dinner.

By Rich Fisher

Mar. 9: It’s tough to be a starting quarterback in high school football.

It’s even tougher to do so for three straight years.

And it’s extreeeeemly tough to do that while flirting with a grade point average near 4.0.

So, just call Hamilton West’s Hezekiah Patterson tough.

Patterson is one of 22 high school players being recognized at the 56th Annual George Wah Scholar-Leader-Athlete Awards Dinner. The event, hosted by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, will be held March 11 at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton, beginning at 4 p.m. Visit http: //www.delvalfootballfoundation.com for more information.

Patterson was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Hornets, earning first-team WJFL All-Valley Division honors while serving as captain this year. Hezekiah was second-team All-Valley as a junior, when he was picked by the Hornet coaches as Offensive Player of the Year. He owns school records for passing attempts and completions in a game and broke the school record for completion percentage in a season while helping receiver Chris Charles set several Hornet marks. Patterson has also played basketball, baseball and run track.

“The goal of every scholar-athlete at Hamilton West is to excel on the field and in the classroom; and Hezekiah has demonstrated that he can do both exceptionally well,” Hamilton coach Tom Hoglen said. “He is a well-rounded student-athlete who has demonstrated what pride, tradition and excellence at Hamilton West is all about.”

Ranking 35th out of 289 at West, Patterson has a GPA of 3.9 and has taken several advanced placement courses. He has won the Academic Award for the past three years and was also awarded for amassing a 3.55 GPA or better for three straight years. He has been a camp counselor for Kevin Johnson’s Team85 Summer Camp, served as a mentor at George E. Wilson Elementary School, worked the concession stand for the Hamilton Football League and helped build a school pond at Hamilton.

“I have had the distinct privilege of being Hezekiah’s school counselor for the past four years,” Hornet Guidance Counselor Amy Emmons said. “He is a responsible, intelligent and very nice young man who is both excited and well prepared for his future journey as a college student. Hezekiah has proven throughout his years at Hamilton that he is a determined, enthusiastic and very dependable student. He has pursued a rigorous college preparatory schedule and been very successful.

“Student-athletes must balance the roles of being a full-time student and a full-time athlete, and he does that with a sense of ease and a positive attitude. Hezekiah expects nothing but the best from himself. He is a creative, passionate and mature student whose skills and drive will award him a wonderful college experience.”

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.