Page takes neighborhood battle over Summit 27-7
By Doug Dyer, For the Wiliamson Herald
Several Page defenders close in on Summit's J.C. Dryden early in the Patriot's 27-7 road win Friday night.
Photo Courtesy of Kevin Harvey
Michael Roberts amassed 271 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns Friday night, and the Page defense atoned for giving up 60 points last week, as the Patriots went on the road and shut down the Summit Spartans, 27-7.
The win is the third straight in the series for Page, and Summit still has yet to win a home game in its two-plus year history of varsity football.
“We found out we can run the ball tonight,” said Pats’ quarterback Zak Mizell, who threw two touchdown passes but didn’t need to throw for 500 yards like last week against Lipscomb. “I want to do whatever it takes to win. If that takes running every play, I’m perfectly fine with that.”
The Pats (1-1) were ready for the grind-it-out running game of the Spartans (1-1), keeping Dee Hunter bottled up for most of the game.
“The defense stepped up and came to play (tonight),” Roberts said.
The performance wasn’t perfect by any means, Mizell said, but improving is the important thing.
“The offense just needs to keep executing,” he said. “We’re not satisfied, but a win’s a win.”
Hunter and the running game was about the only thing going for Summit, as the senior rushed unofficially for 139 yards, and the Spartans finished with just 205 yards of total offense.
Summit’s lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a J.C. Dryden-to-Chase Austin 69-yard pass, which came right after Mizell had just thrown his second TD pass to make it 27-0.
Page opened the scoring on its second possession of the game, taking advantage good field position after a poor Spartan punt, marching 49 yards in five plays, with Roberts scoring on a 4-yard run.
The Patriots found the end zone again on their next possession, this time in three plays, with the touchdown going again to Roberts on a 90-yard TD pass from Mizell.
Mason Foley added two field goals (43 and 33) before the half, and the Pats led 20-0 at intermission.
The exclamation point for Page came on its second drive of the third quarter, when the Patriots marched 66 yards in 11 plays, with Mizell throwing a 12-yard TD pass to Mason Smith.
Up next for Summit will be a road game against new District 11-AAA rival Independence, while the Patriots are on the road for the third straight week as they travel to face District 12-AA foe Marshall County.
Posted on: 8/31/2013