Seven Springs Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Game of the Week

The Page Patriots (2-1) opened region play with a bang Thursday night when they visited the Spring Hill Raiders (1-2).

After both teams seemed evenly matched through the first quarter and a half of the Region 4-Class 4A bout, Page exploded for 24 unanswered points to cruise to a 38-20 victory.

“Mistakes, lack of attention to details, blown coverages, missed tackles – a little bit of everything,” SHHS head coach Tom Turchetta said of why his team lost.

The game was tied at 14 until Page quarterback Michael Magochy hit senior running back Michael Roberts for an 11-yard score with 6:59 left in the first half to push the lead to seven.

The two scored four of Page’s five touchdowns. Roberts (16 carries, 111 yards, three total TDs) said when Magochy is hitting on passes it in turn helps the Patriots’ running game.

“Michael had a great game … we call ourselves ‘Mike and Mike,’ so when Mike plays good I play good,” Roberts said. “When we start clicking, we work as a team and then start putting up points.”

Page's Michael Roberts after the Patriots' 38-20 win over Spring Hill on Sept. 4.

Neither team seemed to want to make a run from the middle of the second quarter until almost two minutes left in the third quarter. During that time, each team fumbled once and punted three times, and Spring Hill failed on a fourth-down conversion.

A Brent Cimaglia 43-yard field goal ended the drought and pushed Page’s lead to 10 with 2:07 left in the third quarter, and rushing scores from Roberts and Noah Green pushed the score out of reach.

“We’ve been working really hard,” Roberts said. “Fundamentally, we came out and we executed. That’s what we do — we play as a team and we play as a family. That’s all I can ask for. That’s what we come out to do.”

While the Page offense found some momentum as the game went on, the Raiders never could find a groove. A large part of their struggles had to do with the Patriots’ ability to limit senior quarterback Tylin Oden.

“Our gameplan was to stop Tylin Oden,” PHS head coach Charles Rathbone said. “I feel like our defense did an outstanding job of doing that tonight.

“That’s a well-coached team, a good team, an athletic team, and our guys just played extremely well.”

Oden, a Louisville commit, struggled to find big plays through the air, finishing with 105 yards on 9-of-22 pass attempts with an interception.

He did do some damage on the ground, with 10 carries and 96 yards — most of those coming late in the fourth quarter. Fellow running mate Dontae Smith added 129 yards on 14 carries, with 81 of those yards coming on the third play of the game for a touchdown.

“I think our run game stepped up pretty well, but you can’t be one dimensional,” Turchetta said. “You have to be able to throw the football.”

The Patriots were more balanced throughout the game than their counterparts, thanks in large part to Magochy. He finished 8-of-23 passing for 233 yards and two scores.

“I say it every week, I really do feel like he’s one of the best quarterbacks in this area,” Rathbone said. “I’m hoping someone finally takes a look at him; he’s a great kid, very coachable, and just has a great arm. He’s what you want in a quarterback.”

His main target was Will Pierce, who had three catches for 134 yards.

The loss makes it two in a row for the Raiders, who got beat 42-7 at McGavock last week.

“Right now we’re a team searching for an identity; we’re a team in shock,” Turchetta said.

“I think we played with effort … I’m going to have to look at the film, but if that’s the case then at least I can say we played with effort.”

They will play Dickson County (1-1) at home next week in an out-of-region contest.

The win for Page comes a week after losing 21-20 to Lipscomb Academy after a failed two-point conversion in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

Junior middle linebacker Rafe Erisiman, who had five tackles and an interception, said they need to keep a level head going into next week’s non-region game at Forrest (2-0).

“It was a big game. We have to keep our heads high, but not too high. We have a worthy opponent who likes to come hit us in the mouth, and we like to do the same. It’s going to be a good game.”