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Neighbors Page, Summit meet on gridiron

An appointment with neighbor and natural rival Independence looms on the horizon, but Summit has another football acquaintance with which to settle a score Friday night.

The Spartans host the Page Patriots, who are reeling after a 20-point beating at the hands of former district foe Lipscomb Academy last week. However, Page holds a two-game win streak against Summit, which enters its third year of varsity competition and is also a former district opponent of the Patriots.

Page (0-1) will have plenty to work with in trying to confuse the Spartan defense, with quarterback Zac Mizell coming off the game of his life against Lipscomb: 521 yards passing, six total touchdowns and a lot of confidence despite the Pats’ defense giving up 60 points against the Mustangs.

The Patriots rolled up nearly 600 yards of offense on the Lipscomb defense, and that likely has kept Spartan Coach Scott Keasler and his staff up late to try and slow down that high-powered passing attack.

Summit (1-0) found its defensive groove against Spring Hill High School last week, holding the Raiders to just six points, which came on the game’s final play in a 28-6 romp. The Spartans would like to keep the momentum going on both sides of the football after senior Dee Hunter rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Spartans on offense.

Both teams enter this season with a new outlook as Summit has its first class of football seniors. The team has moved up to play in District 11-AAA this season after being in 12-AA the last two years.
The Spartans have just three wins in two varsity seasons, but have lost their only two meetings with Page by a combined score of 84-6, so a victory over the Patriots would be a huge momentum boost.

Meanwhile, Page saw 12-AA go through other changes besides Summit leaving the fold. Also gone are Fairview, Hickman County, Lewis County and East Hickman, but the district gains perennial playoff contenders Christ Presbyterian Academy and Cascade,

Both teams open their district schedule next week, but Friday is personal since many of the players have grown up together and gone their separate ways, either to Page, Independence or now Summit on the south side of Williamson County.

Game time tomorrow is set for 7 p.m.

Posted on: 8/28/2013


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