Football: Atkinson, Grant Page help lead Fairview past Boulder

Atkinson throws for 339 yards and five touchdowns

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    Fairview High School celebrates their win over Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Grant Page (No. 23) Boulder High School's Wiley Bennett (No. 1) can make the tackle at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School and Boulder High School play at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Stephen Riveros Wade (No. 40) tries to bring down Boulder High School's William Ramirez (No. 9) at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Boulder High School's Wiley Bennett (No. 1) carries the ball down the field while chased by Fairview High School's Tucker Catlin (No. 22) and Grant Page (No. 23) at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Boulder High School's Parker Patchett (No. 34) can't complete the pass while pressured by Fairview High School's Grant Page (No. 23) at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Grant Page (No. 23) runs in for touchdown against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Ethan Massimino (No. 68) celebrates a touchdown by Grant Page (No. 23) in the game against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Aidan Atkinson (No. 10) throws a pass in the game against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Blake Berdan (No. 16) completes a pass in the game against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Shea Yurkunas (No. 70) kicks a successful field goal against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Devynn Holly (No. 21) runs the ball in the game against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School fans throw red colored powder into the air as the Knights kick off against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Shea Yurkunas (No. 70) kicks a successful field goal against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Aidan Atkinson (No. 10) calls out a signal from the line in the game against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Devynn Holly (No. 21) runs the ball while followed by Boulder High School's Danny Torres (No. 38) at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Boulder High School's Shane Provost (No.22) runs in for a touchdown against Fairview High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Ryker Stark (No. 30) tackles Boulder High School's William Ramirez (No. 9) at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Dillon Tarves (No. 24) tackles Boulder High School's William Ramirez (No. 9) at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Boulder High School's Hale Chargois (No. 3) dives in for a touchdown while followed by Fairview High School's Adam Moser (No. 17) and Devynn Holly (No. 21) at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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    Fairview High School's Adam Moser (No. 17) runs the ball in the game against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

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A fumble inside the red zone early in the second quarter threatened to stop the Fairview Express.

Bumbled to bounce pass — the ball skipped off the turf and went right into the hands of sophomore wideout Grant Page, who didn’t break stride for his third score of the night in Fairview’s 49-14 win over Boulder at Recht Field Thursday.

“Just a perfect bounce,” Page said.

And just another win for the Knights in this city rivalry. Make that 12 in a row.

“It’s proving to everybody why Fairview is the better school,” Knights senior quarterback Aidan Atkinson said. “As a kid growing up here, you’re choosing between Monarch, Centaurus, Fairview and Boulder. We take this game personally. Anybody that decided to go to Boulder and play football and dress out for them, we take that personally.”

Page, making quite an impression in his first lengthy minutes on varsity, had two short receiving TDs and a fumble-scoop-for-score as the Knights reached the end zone on their opening four possessions. Atkinson, in the meantime, added to his gaudy high school numbers as he threw for 339 yards and five touchdowns.

The Northwestern commit — who broke the state’s single-season record with 55 touchdowns in 2018 — appeared to pick up where he left off despite not having two of his top targets from last fall in graduates Matt Greenwald and Bryce DesJardins.

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Fairview High School’s Aidan Atkinson (No. 10) calls out a signal from the line in the game against Boulder High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

His first throw of the night was a quick slant to Adam Moser for 20 yards. And two plays later, he hit Devynn Holly in the numbers for 27 yards.

“We do so much stuff in the offseason, whether it’s 7-ons or practice, (or) lifting, all that stuff, so our chemistry has been built over the past six months,” Atkinson said. “Tonight, we were able to show what we wanted to do. Now, we’re just going to have to be better this (next) week.”

Holly capped off the opening nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 2-yard score on the ground and Page finished off the next three, giving the Knights a 28-0 lead minutes into the second quarter.

Late in the half, Atkinson then made it 35-6 with a perfect deep ball to Moser for 54 yards. Throwing every which-way, the quarterback completed passes to eight different receivers on the night.

“The trigger man, obviously, Aidan is very good,” Fairview coach Tom McCartney said. “The new guys, they know that, ‘man, if I compete hard on every play, he’s going to find me.’”

Boulder, meanwhile, came into the season looking to build upon coach Ryan Bishop’s strong first year at the helm. And while the Panthers had little answer for Atkinson, the coach was upbeat that better days were ahead.

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Boulder High School’s Shane Provost (No.22) runs in for a touchdown against Fairview High School at Recht Field on Aug. 29, 2019.

A few highlights: Shane Provost scored on an 11-yard run with 4:41 remaining in the second quarter to help Boulder cut the lead to 28-6. The Panthers added another score on the opening drive of the second half in the way of 13 plays.

“The good thing is our kids played the game the right way,” Bishop said. “Our mantra this year is R.I.S.E. — respect, integrity, sacrifice and effort. And we talk about respecting the game and doing everything the right way, and they did that.”

As for how they view themselves in this rivalry going forward: “364 days, we’re going to try to beat Fairview,” Bishop said. “We’ll reset the clock and we’ll start it up. This rivalry game, the pendulum has got to swing. Our kids are starting to believe in it. And baby steps, but the pendulum’s eventually got to swing.”

On stats watch, Atkinson unofficially moved into 11th in all-time passing yards in the state with around 7,696 yards and is now tied for 12th in career passing TDs with 83. Bear Creek’s Justin Holland owns the state record in passing yards with 10,565 and Arickaree’s Dave Garcia holds the passing TD mark at 113.