Video - Page shocks Blue Ridge, 28-22, in Jackets' football home opener

The Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets don't often get beat at home. It's even more rare for them to lose a football game to a North region team, but that's just what happened Friday when the Page Sand Devils visited Lakeside and left with a 28-22 win.

The Jackets struck first, capitalizing on a Page turnover on the second play of the game. Blue Ridge recovered a fumble, then quickly marched 43 yards for the score, a 1 yard plunge by Trayson Entrekin. The score put BR on top, 28-22.

Page came ready to battle, however, and put together three successive scoring drives, including a 12 play 80 yard drive and another that took 13 plays and covered 84 yards.

The Sand Devils converted on all three 2-point conversion attempts and took a 22-6 lead into the half.

Blue Ridge is famed for their ability to make halftime adjustments, and they changed up their defense for the second half, opting to switch out their four-man front in favor of a three linemen, five linebacker set. The change worked and Blue Ridge was able to turn the tide and comeback to tie the game at 22 with 8:30 remaining. Quarterback Spencer Wilkening, who was 7 of 19 passing for just over 100 yards and led BR in rushing, scored on an 11 yard run to make it 22-20, Page still leading. The 2-point try was good, and the Jackets tied it at 22.

The Yellow Jackets got the ball back with 5:32 remaining by forcing a Page punt, and moved the ball to the Sand Devil 25 yard line with just over two minutes left. Page's Cheyenne Richardson then stepped in front of a short pass and intercepted the ball. The lumbering defensive end took the ball to the Blue Ridge 20 yard line, where the Page offense set up with 1:55 to play. Five plays later, Hayden Garcia scored the go-ahead touchdown on a three yard run and put Page up 28-22 with :24 second left.

Blue Ridge was unable to score following the kickoff and Page finished with an interception to seal the win.

The Jackets next go to Window Rock, next Friday, while Page has a home tilt with Coconino.