With the Region 5-5A title already clinched, Page traveled to Columbia Friday looking for a little icing to put on top of a wonderful regular season.
The Patriots (9-1, 6-0) wrapped up a one-loss regular season and perfect region record with a 31-10 win, sending the Lions (4-6, 1-5) home for the final time without a postseason berth.
Page raced to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on the back of two long Cade Walker touchdown passes, and a field goal for both sides brought the halftime score to 17-3.
Walker put a cap on a solid regular season, ending with two touchdown passes to give him 19 against six interceptions with more than 1,600 yards through the air.
A pair of second-half rushing touchdowns from Jackson Satterfield and Quincy Brock-Compton grew Page’s lead to 31-3 before Columbia added a fourth-quarter TD of its own.
Brock-Compton had 69 yards rushing, while Satterfield had 31.
In the receiving department, the Patriots were led by Michael Burdick’s 133 yards and eight catches. He finished the regular season with more than 800 yards and 11 receiving TDs, including an 80-yarder on Friday.
Miles Bonn added 78 yards and two catches, and he scored via a 61-yard pass for his fourth TD of the year.
As the top seed from Region 5-5A, Page will host Hillwood, Region 6-5A’s fourth seed, in the first round of the playoffs.
The region title was the Patriots’ first since 1999.
Fairview 39, Cheatham County 7
Finishing region play undefeated has almost become an annual occurrence for the Fairview Yellowjackets.
With a 39-7 win at Cheatham County (4-6, 2-3) on Friday, Fairview (8-2, 5-0) wrapped up its third consecutive season with a spotless region record. It had already clinched the Region 5-3A title, its third in a row, two games prior.
The Yellowjackets didn’t want anyone to question whom the better team was Friday, forcing five turnovers (four fumble recoveries) and dominating just about every statistical category.
When the dust settled, Fairview had outgained Cheatham County by nearly 500 total yards, 542-52. The biggest discrepancy came in the rushing category, where the Jackets held a 397-23 advantage.
Four players scored rushing touchdowns for Fairview, while quarterback Brock Harris completed 9-of-15 passes for 145 yards and another score. He finished the regular season with more than 1,600 yards passing, 22 total (18 passing) TDs and just three interceptions.
Logan Nardozzi led the way on the ground with his sixth 100-yard game of the season. He finished with nine rushes for 144 yards and a score, bringing his yearly total to over 1,100 yards and eight TDs.
Kam Harris-Lusk also went over 100 yards rushing, finishing with 130 on six attempts with a TD and adding five catches for 90 yards. The do-everything weapon finished with more than 500 yards rushing and 800 receiving with 26 total (15 rushing) touchdowns.
Fairview will host Region 5-5A’s fourth seed, Whites Creek (2-8) in the first round of the playoffs. It’ll try to win a first-round game for the third straight season.
Nolensville 21, Marshall County 17
Nolensville clinched the best region finish in its brief history Friday with a win against Marshall County.
The Knights (6-4, 3-2) wrapped up their first regular-season winning record with a close 21-17 win over the visiting Tigers (4-6, 2-3), in turn clinching third in Region 4-4A, one place better than their finish in their inaugural season in 2017.
The win gives Nolensville some momentum going into the playoffs after it had lost three of four going into Friday. It’ll try for its second first-round win at Macon County (5-5), the second seed from Region 3-4A.
Fayetteville 14, Grace Christian Academy 0
A second win in 2018 escaped the grasp of Grace Christian Academy on Friday.
The Lions (1-8, 1-5), who captured their first win of the season the week prior in overtime against Mt. Pleasant, couldn’t keep the momentum going. They were shut out 14-0 at the hands of the Fayetteville Tigers (1-9, 1-5).
It was the only win of the season for Fayetteville, which finished one place ahead of GCA in the Region 5-A standings in sixth.
Both teams’ seasons have come to an end.