Page couldn’t find enough offense to keep its undefeated run going Friday night, falling to the Lipscomb Academy Mustangs (3-1) at home.
The Patriots (3-1) got a solid performance from running back Bubba Johnson, but couldn’t find pay dirt in the fourth quarter, falling 24-14.
Johnson finished with 115 rushing yards on just 14 carries, and he scored both touchdowns for Page. The second came in the waning seconds of the third quarter to pull the home team within a field goal at 17-14.
The Mustangs answered, though, with a six-play scoring drive capped by a 47-yard passing touchdown from Luther Richesson to Jackson Harmon. It proved to be more than enough cushion.
Quarterback Cade Walker finished 16-of-24 passing for the Patriots with 132 yards and an interception. Miles Bonn caught seven passes for 44 yards to lead the receiving corps.
Defensively, Alex Harshew had 8.5 total tackles for Page, while Max VanLandingham had 5.5 to go with a sack. Nolan Henry also had a sack.
The Patriots entered the night ranked fourth in the Class 5A AP Poll, while the Mustangs received votes in Division II-AA.
Lipscomb Academy is in the middle of a rebound after a couple of seasons of bad records. Their third win this season already gives the Mustangs as many victories as they had the last two years combined. This is the team’s first year under former NFL Super Bowl-winning quarterback and ESPN personality Trent Dilfer.
Page has a bye next week before hitting the road for four of its remaining six games, including the next two.
Page 14, Lipscomb Academy 24
LA – 8 14 7 0 – 24
PHS – 7 14 7 6 – 14
1Q — 4:16 — LA — Long 45 FG
2Q — 7:41 — PHS — Johnson 4 run
2Q — 4:23 — LA — Porter 45 pass from Richesson
2Q — 0:00 — LA — Porter 7 pass from Richesson
3Q — 0:24 — PHS — Johnson 4 run
4Q — 9:50 — LA — Harmon 47 pass from Richesson
Brentwood 14, Henry County 21
A matchup of old Region 7-5A foes took place at Henry County Friday, as Brentwood took its undefeated record northwest to Paris.
The Class 6A No. 5 Bruins (3-1) and Class 5A No. 9 Patriots (2-2) hadn’t met since their last season as region mates in 2016, but they looked like old rivals on Friday, Henry County edging out a 21-14 victory.
The Patriots scored on a 1-yard rush early in the fourth quarter to squeak ahead 21-14 and held on. Brentwood had a chance with a final drive starting at its own 10 with 1:23 left, and made it all the way to the edge of the red zone before failing on fourth down, effectively ending the comeback.
A real rivalry awaits the Bruins in Week 5, as they’ll host Class 6A No. 3 Ravenwood in the Battle of the Woods.
Fairview 24, Waverly 26
A long road trip may have finally taken its toll on Fairview Friday night.
The Yellowjackets (2-2) went outside of Region 6-3A to take on Class 2A powerhouse Waverly (2-2) and fell 26-24 in their third road game in a row.
At half, Fairview held a 17-12 lead thanks to a 30-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter.
The Tigers came storming back against their one-time region rival, scoring 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 26-17 advantage into the final frame.
Fairview scored with 3:44 remaining to cut the deficit to 26-24, but would get no closer.
The long road swing is finally over for the Yellowjackets. They’ll return home in Week 5 to take on region foe Sycamore, which also sits at 2-2 and 1-1 in 6-3A.