Page handles Siegel behind strong play from defense

Siegel’s Tucker Sears was intercepted three times by Page on Friday. ETHAN SCOTT/FILE

FRANKLIN—The Page Patriots improved to 2-0 with a 20-7 home win over the Siegel Stars on Friday.

The Patriots defense forced Siegel into four turnovers, including three interceptions of quarterback Tucker Sears. Page scored 17 points off those turnovers.

“The defense carried us,” Page coach Charles Rathbone said. “It’s always important to get the ball back and to get your offense back on the field and to keep that clock running when you have a lead.”

The first half was all about finishing drives as the Patriots scored on their first three possessions, while Siegel committed two turnovers and missed a field goal from Drew Sledge that could’ve tied the game 3-3.

The Stars had great drives, especially in the running game, but Sears struggled to find any rhythm in the passing game.

“A thousand missed assignments and it’s frustrating as a head coach and it is all on me,” Siegel coach Michael Copley said. “If our guys do not know what to do, it reflects me.”

The Patriots offensive fire power came through the air, with senior quarterback Cade Walker throwing for 207 yards and a touchdown, pushing Page up 17-0 at the half.

“We have a really strong defense that we feel confident in so as long as we get out and put some points on the board,” Walker said. “They have our backs and we know that they can keep other teams from scoring.”

Siegel would not go away quietly as the Stars finally got on the board at the end of the third quarter with a big screen pass from Sears to Rodney Randolph.

“We had no momentum, so we were trying to get the ball back because we had been stagnant all game offensively,” Copley said.

Siegel recovered a late onside kick as the Stars tried to mount a comeback, but Sears’ third interception late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for Page.

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