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STORY BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTO BY STEVE WHEELER
It’s funny what a difference a year can make.
Last September, Page High School was in the midst of a magic 9-1 regular season, one of those games being a 31-7 trouncing of visiting region for Summit High School.
The Patriots wound up in a second-round playoff bye, but left 2018 with its first region title in roughly 20 years.
They were the story of Williamson County football last year, and seem to be riding on that same wave into 2019, sitting at 4-1 and heading into October with obvious playoff aspirations in mind.
The twist in the story, though, is that those Spartans seemed to have learned a bit from Page’s resurgence.
The Spartans are building on their 6-4 2018 campaign and have found the same aura they had in 2017, when they won their first region title and went 8-2 for a 5A quarterfinals berth.
Summit sits at a 6-0 start now, and looks to be the favorite right now for the Region 5-5A crown.
Page visits Summit High School this week to see if it can grab a road win, which might in turn give them the region keys.
The game itself features a duel between two excellent high school quarterbacks in Page’s Cade Walker and Summit’s Destin Wade.
Walker exploded onto the scene last season and is building on his superb junior campaign with just as impressive play for his senior stand.
Wade is in his sophomore season and is flying high. He learned from being a freshman starter last year and is putting that experience onto the field.
Both defenses are stout and can get after the quarterback, and both have offensive weapons that can burn you: Page is seeing wideout Miles Bonn pick up right where Michael Burdick left off, and Summit has George Odimegwu soaring in his move to receiver.
Summit’s health will be something to watch, with Odimegwu not suiting up for Summit last week in their Homecoming win against Northwest, and Wade taking on a high ankle sprain late in action.
The latter seemed to be moving around okay and in good spirits after the injury, which bodes well for his Friday night.
The keys to this game will be Summit taking advantage of its home field advantage (Spartan faithful have done an excellent job packing the house this season), and, obviously, Wade and Odimegwu’s health.
The Spartans can’t beat a top-flight team like Page without their two best players, though with the momentum this team is playing with, it might shock you how close they could be.
Both of these programs have a lot to be proud of as of late, but only one will be able to hoist the region title once the regular season ends.
Friday night could be the deciding factor, with Shelbyville Central the other wild card.
It’s the marquee matchup of the week for WillCo Football, with major region ramifications on the line.
Will Page forge its path to a region repeat? Will Summit push ahead for the school’s first undefeated season?
We’ll see how the Patriots and Spartans fare when they clash this week.
PREDICTION: Summit 37, Page 34, OT
If Destin Wade and George Odimegwu are out, I’ll say Page 27-17, but I have a feeling both of those guys will be ready for Friday night’s tilt.
It’ll be a close one, but watch for Wade to connect with Odimegwu in overtime on a pass to set up a game-winning field goal. Region 5-5A always has its share of drama, and I bet this one goes down to the last second, with Summit emerging victorious.