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Page’s Cochran, McNamara sweep Gateway Tire Athlete of the Week honors

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Page High School seniors McKenzie Cochran and Jake McNamara.

FRANKLIN — Page High School seniors McKenzie Cochran and Jake McNamara were selected as the Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week for the week ending Nov. 28.  

Cochran paced the Lady Patriots basketball team to a 3-1 record last week, while McNamara was the main catalyst in a stunning comeback win in the state football semifinals.  

The pair were chosen as part of the Athletes of the Week awards sponsored by Garth Bouldin of Gateway Tire & Service Center in Franklin. Each week, one male and one female athlete from Williamson County are selected and featured in the Williamson Herald throughout the school year. 

In addition, both athletes will be recognized Monday night at 6 p.m. as part of a live broadcast on WAKM an online highlighting the Gateway Tire Athletes of the Week from Tony’s Eat and Drink in Franklin.  

Cochran opened a busy week by netting 24 points with three 3-pointers in a 72-39 win over Dickson County. She followed that up by scoring 24 points again with three triples, again, in a 57-46 win over Oakland on Friday.  

“McKenzie is playing great basketball for us this year once again,” Page girls basketball coach Ron Brock said. “Making big shots, hitting the boards, creating turnovers and at the same time, running the team from the point guard position.” 

Cochran paced Page with 16 points over the weekend in a 55-50 setback against Lebanon and finished with 11 points in a 61-41 win over Creek Wood. Page reached the Class AAA state tournament for the first time last season.  

Brock said he couldn’t ask for a better leader for his young players.  

McNamara guided the Patriots football team to a historic comeback in the Class 5A semifinals as Page earned its first-ever BlueCross Bowl Championship berth with a thrilling 56-52 win over Henry County on Friday.  

McNamara threw for 442 yards and seven touchdowns, including going 19 of 35 for 317 yards and five touchdowns in the second half alone as Page erased two separate 17-point deficits in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.  

Page football coach Charles Rathbone had one word for the performance: incredible.  

“He has constant and unwavering leadership,” Rathbone said. “Jake has the ability to make others believe in themselves when they themselves have doubt.” 

McNamara, who also rushed for 94 yards, found Max Collins in the corner of the end zone for a 12-yard strike and the game-winning touchdown with seconds to play. Page outscored Henry County 35-21 in the fourth quarter to earn a championship berth.  

The Lady Patriots basketball team continues play this week on Thursday at Brentwood, while the Page football team battles Powell for the state title Friday night in Chattanooga. 

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