Mistakes plague Page in loss to Forrest

Mistakes plague Page in loss to Forrest


Page coach Charles Rathbone, loudly and without excuse, said his team could have played better.

The Patriots (1-2) threw two interceptions in the end zone en route to a 21-14 loss against Forrest (4-0) at home Friday.

“Ultimately we had a very bad night offensively,” Rathbone said. “We took a step back; we weren’t making our reads, we couldn’t hit the open guy, we couldn’t take the 5-yard outs and instead tried to throw it deep every time.”

Page, after studying the Rockets’ wing-T offense all week, at times looked without answers on defense. In the first half, it gave up a 51-yard touchdown run and a 73-yard run that led to a touchdown.

“We have played wing-T teams before, and stopped them,” running back/linebacker Bubba Johnson said. “Today, they were just a little shifty and had a bigger line.”

Johnson brought a rare bright spot to Page’s night. He had 23 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown run with 7:26 left in the second quarter to give the game its only tie at 7.

Page gave up 300 yards rushing, with Jacob Jones leading the Rockets with 108 yards on 8 carries.

It was Jones’ 73-yard dash halfway through the second quarter that set up an 8-yard Wes McCoy touchdown run to give the Rockets a 14-7 lead halfway through the second quarter.

Every time Page looked like it would get back in the game, it missed an opportunity.

Trailing 14-7 five minutes before half, the Patriots  put together a drive that took them to the Forrest 9-yard line. But a throw by quarterback Jacob Van Landingham with 3:54 to play in the first half was intercepted in the middle of the end zone.

Patriots missed another opportunity in a big way in the fourth quarter.

A successful, balanced drive, put the Patriots in a goal-to-go situation with 6:34 left in the game.

But then Van Landingham, who finished 11 of 28 for 242 yards, a TD and 2 INTs, threw deep left and was picked, again, in the end zone.

Forrest responded with a quick scoring drive for a 21-7 advantage.

Page, too little too late, scored on a 63-yard pass to Andrew Metkler with less than two minutes left, bringing it to 21-14, but did not recover the ensuing onside kick.

Forrest, which finished with 355 total yards to 362 for Page, ran out the clock.

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