Summit dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football and enacted some revenge on Williamson County rival Page Friday night.
The Spartans rushed for nearly 300 yards and held the Page offense under 200 total yards in a 28-3 road victory in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Summit advances to a quarterfinal matchup against another Region 5-5A foe in Shelbyville next week, a 20-17 winner over Beech.
“They’re very focused right now,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said. “It’s just one game at a time. That’s all we can preach right now.”
Unlike the first matchup between these two, Summit had starting quarterback Destin Wade back in the lineup, and the offense thrived behind him and his brother Keaten.
“You get number one (Destin) back and it makes a huge difference,” Coleman said. “The team plays a little harder. That confidence went a long way.”
Page had no answer for the Wade brothers, missing tackles and allowing the pair to rush for a combined 253 yards and all four Spartan touchdowns.
“We knew this game would come down to two things: our quarterback had to be on, and we had to tackle those two guys,” Page coach Charles Rathbone said. “Neither one of those things happened, so give credit to them.”
“In the first game (against Page), we didn’t have my brother in there, so we weren’t as versatile,” said Keaten Wade, who had three of the four Summit TDs. “We’re thankful for the offensive line.”
The Patriots scored on their first drive of the game and never could get in sync after that. Chase Tidmore’s 37-yard field goal provided the only points for Page.
The Summit football team found a productive way to deal with its road rage on Friday night.
“To hold that team to three points, that’s quite an accomplishment on (the defense’s) part,” Coleman said.
“We didn’t make the plays we made in the first game,” Rathbone said. “Their kids played a little bit better than ours, and they deserved to win.”
Summit’s defense kept Page senior QB Cade Walker, a Mr. Football semifinalist, out of his comfort zone, having to rush throws or scramble frequently. Walker had just 104 yards passing on 12-of-30 completions.
Keaten Wade scored two TDs in the first half and one in the second, but Destin Wade’s eight-yard run to start the fourth quarter all but put the nail in Page’s coffin, as the Spartans went up 28-3 with 11:53 to go in the contest.
Summit fell 42-25 at Shelbyville in the regular season on Oct. 18. The quarterfinal trip will be the second in three years for the Spartans.
After squeaking into the playoffs with wins in four of its last five regular-season games, F…
Summit 28, Page 3, Class 5A Second Round
SHS – 0 14 7 7 – 28
PHS – 3 0 0 0 – 3
5:54 P – Chase Tidmore 37 FG;
9:36 S – Keaten Wade 1 run (Elijah Mooney kick);
7:13 S – Wade 2 run (Mooney kick);
4:24 S – Wade 4 run (Mooney kick);
11:53 S –Destin Wade 8 run (Mooney kick).