Cade Walker threw for two touchdowns and ran in another and the Page football team ran over Columbia Central Friday in a Region 5-5A contest.
Walker connected with Miles Bonn in the first and third quarters and scored on a 2-yard run to open the first quarter as the Patriots solidified their spot atop the region standings with just two games remaining in the regular season.
Page jumped out to a 17-0 lead behind Walker’s scoring run, Chase Tidmore’s 22-yard field goal and the first Walker to Bonn TD all in the first frame. Columbia got on the board to start the second quarter with a Kaelan Hill 3-yard scoring run, but Simon Simmonds returned the following kickoff 53 yards for a touchdown and Page continued to roll.
The Bulldogs did produce 251 yards on the ground. Christian Bigger gained 123 yards on 23 carries and Hill closed with 107 yards on 15 touches.
Page’s defense had three sacks from Isaac Hehmeyer, Hank White and Max VanLandingham. Both Colby Burns and Hayes Barnett added interceptions.
The Patriots win was a fourth in a row and they improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in region play. Page travels to Lincoln County in Week 9 before closing the regular season at home against Franklin County.
Page 38, Columbia Central 7
PHS – 17 7 7 7 – 38
CCHS – 0 7 0 0 – 7
1Q 8:19 P – Cade Walker 2 run (Chase Tidmore kick);
1Q 4:25 P – Tidmore 22 FG;
1Q 3:12 P – Miles Bonn 3 pass from Walker (Tidmore kick);
2Q 11:14 C – Kaelan Hill 3 run (Max Patton kick);
2Q 10:54 P – Simon Simmonds 53 kickoff return (Tidmore kick);
3Q 8:24 P – Bonn 15 pass from Walker (Tidmore kick);
4Q 8:03 P – Bubba Johnson 2 run (Tidmore kick).
Shelbyville Central 42, Summit 25
The Spartans suffered from five turnovers on a trip to Shelbyville in Week 9 and after a 6-0 start overall dropped their second Region 5-5A game in three weeks.
Kade Cunningham threw for two touchdowns and the Golden Eagles (7-1, 2-1) returned three fumbles for touchdowns – a Elijah Malone return in the second, a Laquan Young return in the third and a Slayde Simmons return in the fourth.
Summit (7-2, 2-2) led 9-7 after Elijah Mooney’s 29-yard field goal, but Malone’s fumble return for a score gave the home team the lead with 3:37 to play in the first half. DeMarcus Smalls broke loose for a 53-yard touchdown to make it 21-9 less than two minutes later.
Young stretched the Golden Eagle lead to 28-9 with 2:07 to play in the third, while Simmons scored on back-to-back plays early in the fourth with 44-yard strike from Cunningham and his fumble return to extend the lead to 42-9.
The final 16 points went to Summit in the fourth.
Cunningham completed 10-of-15 passes for 94 yard with two scores, while Smalls closed with 121 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Grayson Hill was Summit’s leading rusher with 87 yards and TD on just nine touches. The Spartans head into a bye week before closing the regular season at Lincoln County.
Shelbyville Central 42, Summit 25
SHS – 6 3 0 16 – 25
SCHS – 7 14 7 14 – 42
1Q 3:30 SC – Mason Wright 17 pass from Kade Cunningham (Harrison Canter kick);
1Q 0:42 S – Keaten Wade 35 pass from Destin Wade (Kick blocked);
2Q 8:02 S – Elijah Mooney 29 FG;
2Q 3:37 SC – Elijah Malone fumble return (Canter kick);
2Q 1:56 SC – DeMarcus Smalls 53 run (Canter kick);
3Q 2:07 S – Laquan Young fumble return (Canter kick);
4Q 9:20 SC – Slayde Simmons 44 pass from Cunningham (Canter kick);
4Q 8:52 SC – Simmons fumble return (Canter kick);
4Q 7:48 S – Grayson Hill 45 run (Brady Pierce pass from D. Wade);
4Q 3:08 S – safety;
4Q 0:51 S – Brandon King 3 run (John Casey run).