ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Nathan Page hit the breaks while traveling too fast in his Hyundai Santa Fe, slid off the road and crashed into a tree. His face slammed into the windshield.
Luckily, Page and his three passengers walked away with only minor injuries. The four football players from Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock, Ark.) were heading to watch the school’s junior high team play Thursday night.
“It was a real scary moment,” said Page, who had scratches and bruises as the only obvious signs he’d been in a significant car accident.
“But I think it changed my life with the fact that you never know what’s going to happen in the future. I’ll thank the Lord every day that he let me live through that wreck.”
Page had a career night in Robinson’s 46-9 win over Arkadelphia a little more than 24 hours after the accident. The 4-star wide receiver/defensive back recruit in the 2018 class had 8 catches for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns. He added 4 tackles and an interception on defense.
Senior safety Edmond Robinson came away with stitches, and junior linebacker Lequon Breedlove had a severe road burn on his shoulder. Both were also able to play Friday night, though senior wide receiver Jack Reynolds was sidelined after separating his shoulder in the accident.
“I was a little sore, but I can play through some pain,” Page said. “I feel like it brought us closer together. They’re my brothers and I love them. I could’ve killed them.”
After the wreck, Page made a call to his mother, Mickie, who arrived at a scary scene for any parent.
“When I get there, this car is wrapped into a tree and all four boys are just walking around,” Mickie said. “They’re cut up and they’re hurt, but they’re fine. It’s a miracle. They really slammed into a tree and they walked away.”
Page’s father, Larry, was equally as relieved to see his son come away from the wreck with no significant injuries.
“Like any parent, when you see that car and you see your child is essentially OK, the first thing you do is thank God,” Larry said. “The car is replaceable. We were so thankful the injuries weren’t more serious than they were.”
Potential concussion symptoms were the only thing that would’ve kept Page from playing Friday night, something his mom kept a close eye on.
“As we were leaving the hospital, they were saying they don’t recommend that he play,” Mickie said. “I told them if he doesn’t have any concussion symptoms and he can get out of that bed, he’s going to play tomorrow. But if I saw any of those symptoms he wouldn’t have played. Otherwise, there’s not much I can do to keep him from playing.”
Page, the No. 1 in-state prospect in the 2018 class, is being recruited by Arkansas and several major programs. He currently doesn’t have any FBS scholarship offers, but those are expected to come once his summer transcript arrives. He most recently visited Arkansas for the Hogs’ 42-3 win over Texas State and said he “loves” the program.
His parents are just happy their son still has an opportunity to pursue his dreams on the football field after Thursday’s wreck.
“I got a chance to look at him and say, ‘Listen bud, I could’ve lost you. There’s stuff we’ve got to fix and things we’ve got to deal with, but it’s stuff. It’s all stuff compared to you. We’ll figure it out. It’s all OK,’ ” Mickie said.