BY CORY WOODROOF
There’s a chance the Page Patriots football team might be headed elsewhere for their first game of the season.
The new turf field the school installed over the offseason reportedly might not quite be ready in time for their Aug. 17 home stand against Fairview.
Though, Page head coach Charles Rathbone said he felt like things would stay as planned.
“We think they’re going to be done with the field, but it’s going to be right up to that time,” Rathbone said.
The coach notified his huddled team post-Siegel scrimmage Friday night about the potential for their home opener to be elsewhere.
“I just don’t want these guys to be shocked come Monday if they tell us we’re not going to have a field,” he said. “So, I do want to give them a heads up.”
Page has three-straight road games after the first week of play (at Nolensville, at Franklin Co., at Ravenwood), making the process to get the field ready for next week all the more important for the Patriots.
Williamson County Athletic Director Dr. Jeremy Qualls said a decision will be made on whether or not the new field is fit for play next Tuesday.
If the county decides the Patriots’ new field isn’t ready, Page might head out the Nolensville High School field to open the year. The Knights are on the road in Fayetteville that night.
That move would give Page two-straight games at the Nolensville facility, as the team takes on the Knights the following Friday.
“Nolensville has been generous enough to offer [to be a host] if we need a place to play, if we need to play over there,” Rathbone said. “So, we’re just putting in a backup plan.”
Whether it’s at home or down the road, Page football kicks things off next Friday against the Yellow Jackets in a non-conference bout.