Week 7

Football Preview: Summit, Page to tangle with region lead on the line

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Spring Hill will host an all-Williamson County battle to decide the clear Region 5-5A leader Friday in Week 7.

Unbeaten Summit (6-0) was ranked No. 5 in the latest Class 5A AP statewide poll and hosts Page (4-1) in the showdown at Summit High School.

“This is a huge game for both of us,” Page coach Charles Rathbone said. “These are the kind of games you play for. You play for games the mean something like this.

“It might be nice to blow everyone out by 50, but that’s not the way it goes, especially in this league, and that’s not what makes you better in the long run.”

Page, which is coming off a 31-14 win at Giles County, won this matchup 31-7 in Rudderville last season gaining momentum to eventually capture the region title. Summit took a 35-17 win at home the year prior going on to claim the region title as well.

“Those guys are the region champs until someone knocks them out,” Spartans coach Brian Coleman said. “Them beating Shelbyville already kind of put them in the driver’s seat heading into this game.

“I’m just excited to see what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a fun one.”

The Spartans are off to their best start in school history and have outscored opponents 66-10 in their last two wins. Sophomore quarterback Destin Wade, who is overcoming a “tweaked ankle” suffered in last week’s 30-3 win over Clarksville Northwest, has completed 62 percent of his passes for just under 1,000 yards with 12 touchdowns in a new spread attack by Summit. The young QB also has rushed for nearly 300 yards and five TDs.

His twin brother Keaten has accounted for four more touchdowns, while the Summit offense expects George Odimegwu to return to the lineup. The senior, who leads the receiving corps, suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5. Andrew Pierce emerged as the primary target on the outside, collecting six catches for 163 yards and three TDs in two games.

“They have a lot of athletes out there, and to be honest, athletes that we have trouble matching up with,” Rathbone said. “We will have to play mistake free football.”

Patriots senior quarterback Cade Walker comes in with 908 yards passing and six touchdowns through five games with his top target Miles Bonn snagging 28 receptions for 384 yards and four TDs. Senior Bubba Johnson leads the Patriot ground game with 431 yards rushing and nine scores. He’s averaging 6.7 yards per carry behind a more experienced and physical line.

Coleman said his team is preparing for Walker’s ability to scramble side-to-side and extend plays.

“He can be scary to cover,” he said. “His receivers are good about working with him when he scrambles and Bubba is big fella who can get those tough yards.

“These guys are experienced and tough. This is a big game for sure.”

Both teams sit at 1-0 in region play with the Patriots win coming against league contender Shelbyville Central (4-1, 0-1). Columbia Central (4-2, 1-1) hosts Franklin County (3-2, 0-1) in another region battle, while Lincoln County (2-4, 1-1) travels to Shelbyville.

Kickoff Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Summit.

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