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Page can't keep up with Lipscomb in 60-42 loss



Home-standing Lipscomb Academy had too much Deandre Tigg for Page on Friday night in the season-opener for both teams.

The 5-foot-8, 188-pound senior running back exploded for 403 yards on 18 carries and scored touchdowns of 69, 1, 68, 76, and 69 yards as the Mustangs outlasted the Patriots 60-42.

Page put up eye-popping offensive numbers as well, with senior quarterback Zak Mizell passing for a whopping 521 yards, going 45-for-68 with three passing TDs and three rushing scores. Trevor Johnson and Corey Bonn combined for 22 receptions and 254 yards.

Page senior Zak Mizell threw for 521 yards and had 3 TDs passing and 3 rushing, but the Patriots lost 60-42 at Lipscomb.

“It’s not the way we wanted to get started with this season,” Mizell said, “but we’ve just gotta come out, put in the work, and get ready for Summit next week.”

The packed house at Lipscomb’s Reese Smith Athletic Complex on a muggy night paid tribute to the memory of the Mustangs’ beloved ex-coach Glenn McCadams, who passed last spring after coaching Lipscomb for 31 years, 319 wins, and three state titles.

“This night was to honor Coach McCadams,” Patriots head coach Charles Rathbone said, “but I don’t think Coach McCadams would have been proud of 100-some points in this game.

“I know he liked a little bit of defense, and neither team had it tonight.”

Tigg ran right for 69 yards and a score just 32 seconds into the game, setting the tone for an offensive fireworks show on both sides.

Though the Patriots got down 14-0 early, a fine Connor Morss kickoff return set up their first scoring drive. It included a fourth-down conversion and a 23-yard TD strike from Mizell to Bonn.

But just like on the Mustangs’ first drive, they scored on the very first play on the next one to go up 21-7, and though the Patriots fought back time after time, this night belonged to Lipscomb.

“We just made too many mistakes,” Rathbone said. “For three quarters, Lipscomb played a perfect game with no flags called on them. We just can’t make stupid plays. We’ve got to execute when we can, and we’ve got to do something about our defense.”

Even the D had fine moments, including a fumble recovery by Michael Magochy, Parker Easterling’s interception, two big stops by Kell Custer in the second quarter, and Houston Herbert’s sack.

“I felt like we had a chance during the second quarter,” Custer said. “And then we came out in the second half and just got back into that rut. We’re gonna fix that next week.”

After the Patriots cut the lead to 41-28 midway through the third, it appeared they had executed an onside kick perfectly when Allen Engle recovered.

The officials felt otherwise, and awarded Lipscomb the ball. It was an emotional turning point for Page.

“We got a lot of bad breaks tonight,” Rathbone said.

The coach admired his team’s persistence, despite their being behind from the opening seconds of the game.

“They’ve got heart, but heart doesn’t always lead to execution,” he said. “They’ve got to execute and do the things that we ask them to do. They’ve got to fill the holes, they’ve got to set the edges, they’ve got to step up and make tackles. We didn’t do that.”


Page                    14           7              7              14           0     --       42
Lipscomb             28           6              13            13           0     --       60 

1st qtr

Lipscomb:  Deandre Tigg 69 run. Stone Haley kick. 11:28
Lipscomb: Tigg 1 run. Haley kick. 8:52
Page: Corey Bonn 23 pass from Zak Mizell. Mason Foley kick. 6:10
Lipscomb: Reid Weber pass from Sy Taylor. Haley kick. 5:50
Page: Mizell 5 run. Foley kick. 3:08
Lipscomb: Weber 75 pass from Taylor. Haley kick. 00:13

2nd qtr
Lipscomb: Tigg 68 run. Kick failed. 10:25
Page: Mizell 2 run. Foley kick. 00:10

3rd qtr
Lipscomb: Cooper Jackson 18 run. Haley kick. 10:17
Page: Matt Fornero 16 pass from Mizell. Foley kick. 4:05
Lipscomb: Jackson 32 run. Haley kick. 3:58

4th qtr
Page: Mizell 6 run. Kick failed. 11:24
Lipscomb: Tigg 76 run. Haley kick. 9:53
Lipscomb: Tigg 69 run. Haley kick. 6:30
Page: Micheal Roberts 5 pass from Mizell. Bonn pass from Mizell. 3:18

                                         Lipscomb             Page
First down                         16                           31
Rushes/yards (net)         36/518                  29/60
Passing yards (net)          128                         521
Pass Att/Comp/Int          8/4/1                     68/45/2
Total off. plays/yds         44 / 646                97 / 581
Fumble ret./ yds              0 / 0                      0 / 0
Punt ret / yards                0 / 0                     1 / 0
Kickoff  ret/  yds               6 / 75                   7 / 163
Interception ret/yds       2 / 9                       1 / 0
Punts (No./avg)              1 / 37                     2 / 39
Fumbles / lost                  1 / 1                      2 / 1
Penalties / Yards              4 / 40                   4 / 36
Possession time              18:19                    29:41
Sacks by: No./yards        2 / 16                     1 / 8

RUSHING: Page, Micheal Roberts 14-39, Zak Mizell 15-21. Lipscomb, Deandre Tigg 18-403, Cooper Jackson 7-74, Hunter Bradford 1-28, Grant Mitchell 2-10, Luke Runion 1-8, Sy Taylor 2-6, Hunter Taylor 1-(-2), Luke Simpson 1-(-2), Team 3-(-7)

PASSING: Page, Zak Mizell 45/68/2/521. Lipscomb, Sy Taylor 4/8/1/128

RECEIVING: Page, Trevor Johnson 12 / 142, Corey Bonn 10 / 112, Mason Smith 8 / 108, Matt Fornero 6 / 71, Micheal Roberts 5/41, Allen Engle 2/33, Conner Morss 1/8, Sean McMahan 1/6. Lipscomb, Reid Weber 3 / 121, Luke Simpson 1/7


Interceptions: Page, Parker Easterling 1-0. Lipscomb, Hunter Hayes 1-9, Reid Weber 1-0

Sacks: Page, Mason Smith 1-4, Kell Custer 1-4. Lipscomb, Ben Moneypenny 1-9, David Floyd 1-7

Tackles: Page, Custer 5-5, Easterling 2-2, Smith 2-1, Lucas Cramer 1-2, Baylor Breckenridge 1-1, T.J. Bennett 1-1, Braden Wells 1-0, Micheal Roberts 1-0, Breckenridge 1-1, Bennett 1-1, Braden Wells 1-0, Roberts 1-0, Dylan Myers 1-0, Sean McMahan 1-0, Michael Magochy 1-0, John Castleman 1-0, Allen Engle 0-2, Eric Woolworth 0-1, Dylan Webb 0-1, Chase Moon 0-1, Fornero 0-1, Cameron Dugan 0-1, Nick Cramer 0-1, Daniel Callicoat 0-1, Hunter Mason 0-1. Lipscomb (leaders) Cooper Jackson 9-4, Hunter Hayes 6-2, Will Temple 5-6, Luke Runion 3-6, Cooper Elkins 3-3, Clark Fry 3-1

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