STORY BY MADISON BROWDER | PHOTOS BY STEVE WHEELER
Page High School took down Antioch in impressive fashion on Friday night at home, 41-6.
Charles Rathbone, head coach of the Patriots, was quick to point out the key to his team’s performance was their ability to get going early, but also pointed out some areas of improvement.
“I think really it came down to execution,” Rathbone said. ” [Antioch’s] got a lot of athletes. We just were able to out execute them a little bit and bust some plays and contain them at the beginning. It was a good effort overall.”
The Patriots got off on the right foot with a 16-yard touchdown rush by Quincy Brock-Compton.
Jackson Satterfield got involved in the action by scoring two touchdowns within two minutes, the first a one-yard run after breaking free for a big gain on the previous play, and another one-yard run after he blocked a punt on special teams.
Quarterback Trey Faunce connected with Cade O’Neal for a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter to put Page up 24-0.
Page kicker Chase Tidmore notched a couple field goals, one from 22 yards in the second quarter and one from 29 yards in the third, further extending the Patriot lead.
Antioch got on the board late in the third quarter when Richard Shelton threw a 77-yarder to A.J. Williams.
Shelton’s last play of the game was a fumble forced by Hank White, which was recovered by Nolan Henry and returned for a Page touchdown.
Michael Burdick, Brady Buckley and Luke Bowers each tallied one interception in the game as well.
Faunce was 8/16 with one touchdown and one interception in stead of starer QB Cade Walker, who was out with injury.
Satterfield led the team in rushing with eight carries for 43 yards, and on the other side of the ball, White was credited with four unassisted tackles and a sack.
Page got some help from Antioch on the night in regard to field position. The Bears incurred 14 penalties for 179 yards.
After the game, Satterfield received special recognition for his performance on both sides of the ball.
“He is a solid player,” said Coach Rathbone of the senior who plays both running back and linebacker.
“He lines our defense up and pretty much makes all the calls on defense. We’ve struggled at running back. [We] put him in at running back, and of course, he gets two touchdowns. His knowledge is just unbelievable. I’m proud of him.”
When asked about his touchdowns, Satterfield gave the credit to the guys in the trenches.
“I’ve got to give it to my linemen,” Satterfield said. “They blocked for me really hard tonight, and they gave me a lot of holes, and I just hit them.”
The new running back added about what he liked about his team’s defensive performance.
“That first series they came out running, but we fought back,” Satterfield said. “It was just about holding them, stopping their run and their quarterback.”
Page improved to 4-1 on the season and will take on district foe Summit on the road next week.
Below is a slideshow from photographer Steve Wheeler.