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Page eliminates Central

Trevor McGee
Chronicle Correspondent

Wilson Central concluded their 2021 season at the hands of the Page Patriots, 34-14, Friday Night.
Page struck first blood in the second quarter as Jake McNamara found Trent Gephart from a yard out to break the scoring open at 7-0.
Later in the quarter, Wilson Central’s Hayden Shults fired the ball downfield and it was intercepted by Cason Walker. McNamara took advantage of the situation and marched nearly the length of the field before ending the drive with a 40 yard strike to Max Collins, making the lead 14-0. The lead stuck as the teams took to halftime after Hurtado missed a 32-yard field goal with three second left.
The half concluded and the Wildcats needed points for any chance of an underdog win. This would not come from the third quarter as the Wilson Central offense did not allow much time to Page. The Wildcats had two offensive possessions in the quarter with zero points scored.
Last period of play began at 14-0 with only 12 minutes remaining in the Wildcats season. With 8:43 left on the clock, Blake Hobbs would end Wilson Central’s playoff scoring drought with a five-yard scamper into the endzone. Esteban Hurtado’s PAT made it a one score game. Then disaster struck for the Wildcats. The ensuing drive was capped off with a two yard keeper by McNamara to extend the score to 21-7. The Patriots kickoff team then forced a fumble on the kickoff so Page took back to offense once more. Caden Walker took advantage and punched it in from a yard away and suddenly the score was 28-7, following Quarantello’s extra point. Immediately following the kickoff, Shults dropped back to pass and was picked off for the second time. Caden Walker took the interception all the way home for a touchdown, making it his second TD in 14 seconds of play. Quarentello’s PAT was blocked so the score remained 34-7, not even five minutes removed from the score being a one possession game. For the 14th time of his career and second time of the night, Hobbs met pay-dirt and the Wildcats trimmed the lead to 34-14 with 10 seconds left in the game. McNamara was cleared for victory formation and Page’s 10th win of the season was secured 24-14 in round one of the state playoffs.
For the last time in the blue and gold, Hobbs ran for 55 yards and two touchdowns. Overall it was junior Jase Neuble powering the offense with 110 yards rushing. Colorado State commit McNamara led the Patriot offense while going 12-of-17 passing for 124 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 89 more yards and another TD.
Page (10-1) will now move onto the second round of the playoffs to face Nolensville (5-6).