barnegat, welcome aboard.
This kid Pat that you speak of was pretty close to my age. Although I grew up in Flushing, we also had our share of local bullies. It's been my experience that most bullies will back down when confronted by somebody their own size and age. There are exceptions to this rule and maybe this kid Pat was one of those.
I had a close friend who along with myself hated bullies. If a bully crossed paths with my friend Marty Auster the bully would remember his pain for a long time. I never heard or know of Marty loosing a fight to one of these creeps and he always had the respect of our neighborhood.