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Fairview avenges last years loss to Page

Fairview’s Mike Jordan tries to escape the grasp of Allan Engle with some help from teammate
Logan Biggs (52) in the Yellow Jackets’ 42-10 win over the Patriots last night.
Photo by Kevin Harvey

Fairview made good on one of its team goals Friday night: play better than it did last year against Page.
The Yellow Jackets played near-flawless football, holding the Patriots out of the end zone until the final minute of the game, in a dominating 42-10 victory in Rudderville.
“This is a big county rivalry,” Fairview coach Chris Hughes said. “We came here last year and lost a game we should have won, so this has been circled on our calendar, just like it has been on theirs.”
Fairview (8-1, 6-1 in 11-AA) got four rushing touchdowns and 104 yards from Dreshad Moore, and the Jackets built a 28-3 halftime advantage over the Pats (4-5, 1-3) and never let up.
The Jackets’ defense was able to put pressure on Page gunslinger Zac Mizell, holding the quarterback to just 131 yards on 7-of-17 passing and two interceptions.
“We knew from watching the film that if we let (Mizell) sit in the pocket, he could beat us,” Hughes said. “So I felt like we had good schemes on blitzing people from different angles and keeping him guessing what coverage we were in.”
“They just executed better,” Page coach Charles Rathbone said. “They’re just a better football team. Sometimes you’ve gotta play with heart, and we didn’t play with heart tonight.
“You can’t win football games not executing what you’re supposed to do.”
Fairview lost 31-21 to Page last season, and Hughes made everyone commit to working harder in all aspects of football. The team also lost to Cheatham County twice, so beating the Cubs was at the top of the list as well. 
“One of our goals was to win those two games, and now we did that,” Hughes said. “I think we’re peaking at the right time.”
The Pats had a rocky start to the game, fumbling the opening snap and seeing Fairview recover at the Pats’ 37. The Jackets didn’t score, but that play set the tempo for the rest of the game.
Moore scored two TDs in the first quarter, and Page could only muster a Mason Foley 22-yard field goal at the end of the second.
The Yellow Jackets scored two more times before the half, and the Patriots never were able to recover.
Moore added his fourth TD in the third quarter, and Hunter Myatt found the end zone as well for the Jackets. Page’s lone touchdown came with 0:39 left as Noah Green crashed in from a yard out after he had gotten the Pats down to the goal line with a 64-yard run.
Fairview closes out its season this week against Waverly, while Page is on the road against Spring Hill Friday.

Posted on: 10/26/2013


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