Page rallied from last week’s emotional loss to Independence to go on the road and withstand a late charge from White House for a 24-21 victory Friday night.
Taylor Lankford rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns, while Jordan Rion’s 35-yard field goal was the difference in the game. Patriots’ quarterback Blake Neel added 134 yards rushing and Page’s other TD.
Page (1-1) scored 10 points in the third quarter to go up 24-14, but the Blue Devils rallied to pull within three on a Dustin Townsend 1-yard plunge in the fourth. Page was unable to do anything offensively and gave the ball back to White House with just under two minutes left in the game, but the Pats’ defense held and the Devils turned it over on downs.
“Defensively we gave up some big plays, but we came back hard like we should have,” Pats’ coach Alvin Palmer said. “We had a great defensive stand and pulled it out at the end.”
Page enters Region 5-3A play this week as the Patriots take on David Lipscomb.
Franklin 38, Oakland 13 — Franklin’s offense fared much better this time around, as quarterback Spencer Cantrell threw for more than 160 yards and three touchdowns in the Rebels’ lopsided victory against the Patriots from Murfreesboro.
Tennessee commitment Todd Campbell caught two of the three TD passes, finishing with 118 yards receiving.
Franklin (2-0) was up 24-6 at the half and quickly made it 31-6 in the third before Oakland was able to answer with a touchdown drive of its own. Campbell’s 88-yard TD catch in the fourth capped off the scoring.
La Vergne 31, Centennial 25 — A loss always hurts, but strong effort in a loss will please a coach every time, Centennial head man Greg Gregory said. The Cougars (0-1) rallied from 24-12 down to take the lead at 25-24 with just over two minutes left in the game, but the Wolverines were able to add a late touchdown with under a minute left to eke out the victory.
“It was one of those back and forth deals,” Gregory said. “I’m about as pleased as you can be after losing a game. We were down 24-12 in the middle of the third, and the kids could have easily laid down but fought back. That’s all you can ask for. “We made mistakes, but those can be corrected; lack of heart can’t be.”
The Cougars will travel to face 2-0 Independence this week.
Independence 33, Hillwood 14 — The Eagles made short work of Hillwood in a game that was moved because Hillwood’s stadium was condemned recently, but it mattered little to Independence. The Eagles (2-0) got 282 yards passing and three touchdowns from Zach Cordell and tallied close to 370 yards in total offense.
Chris Darnell, who had two touchdown catches against Page last week, added his third of the season with a 21-yard TD grab from Cordell. Terone Shephard scored three TDs, two coming on punt returns and a third on a touchdown pass from Cordell. Jeff Veres also caught a TD pass for the Eagles.
Goodpasture 38, BGA 7 — Goodpasture led 28-0 at the half, and the outcome never was in doubt against Battle Ground Academy Friday night, Tim Johnson’s first game as head coach of the Wildcats. Tracy Mayes had 97 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Cougars, one of four different Goodpasture backs to find the end zone. Jay Tully scored the lone TD for the Wildcats (0-1) on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Smyrna 38, Brentwood 21 — Smyrna’s potent offense now has scored 80 points in two games after a one-sided affair against the Bruins Friday night. The Bulldogs led 17-0 before two Kevin Loudermilk field goals in the second quarter made it 17-6 before halftime. Brentwood (1-1) scored 15 points in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run from Alex Holling and a TD pass from Matt Hayes to Wade Webber.