STORY AND PHOTO BY GRANT BRICKER
If you are a fan of old-school football, Page vs Siegel was the game for you.
It was a fast start for the hosting Page Patriots as they dominated the first half. This was due mostly in part because of the ability of Bubba Johnson to run the ball and wear down the Siegel defense as the game went on.
Johnson had a strong performance on the ground as he averaged roughly four to five yards per carry for 45 yards and a touchdown. Johnson stated that the way the defense lined up played a big part in motivating him Friday night.
“Every time I came in they were bringing eight or nine in the box and the goal was to spread them out so anytime I got the ball it was just full speed ahead,” said Johnson, “I really wanted to win this game.”
Two more key performances for the Patriots came from quarterback Cade Walker and his favorite target of the evening, Miles Bonn. Walker got most of yards during the first half, but still completed 7-of-17 attempts for 192 yards passing and a touchdown. Bonn, who led the team in receiving yards, had 108 yards from his four catches and a 73 yard touchdown.
While the first half was a cake walk for the Patriots, the offense slowed down for the rest of the game as the Patriots would not score another touchdown for the rest of the game. Walker discussed what kept them in the game despite having some early injuries to the offensive line.
“Our o-line played a big part,” Walker said. “We’ve had some injuries and we had a big one in the first quarter, but they were able to slide, and we had time to get it to the slot which really opened up the run game. … I feel like we can really have a good, balanced attack this year as long as we get on the same page and get the offense rolling.”
Despite the offense’s lack of success in the second half, the Patriots’ defense kept them in the game by only allowing one touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Page defense also won the turnover battle with five total takeaways.
Page coach Charles Rathbone praised his defense in the win as they have been very consistent in the first two games.
“The defense has been carrying us so far in the first two games,” Rathbone said. “Whether it’s offense or defense a win is a win.”
He described the impact that a win like this has for the community.
“It’s a big win against a 6A Rutherford County team,” Rathbone said. “To show that we belonged is also important, but I’m even more proud of these kids.”
Page High School would rely on its defense as they hung on for a 20-7 home victory . Page will have its region opener versus major rival Shelbyville Central at home next Friday.