[singlepic=60,270,190,,right]The weather at the end of the Independence season opener last night resembled the Patriots offense in the first half. Both made it rain on the field as Independence beat Olympic 47-0. The Patriots only took 3 minutes 57 seconds to score their first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run by quarterback Anthony Carrothers.

“He understands the offense a lot more, he’s more patient and he stays in the pocket a lot more,” offensive lineman Ryan Thompson said. “He’s matured a lot.”

Carrothers added a second rushing touchdown with 7:17 left in the second quarter, and he passed for three more touchdowns. He also threw an interception in the second quarter.

The Patriots defense showed its strength, holding the Trojans scoreless for the second straight season. It registered four sacks, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery near the end of the game. Linebacker Courtland Carson led the the Patriots with two sacks.

“We did really good tonight,” linebacker Taylor Caldwell said. “We improved since Byrnes and Catholic, practiced hard and the coaches got us fired up before the game.”

Head coach Tom Knotts would not comment Friday night after the game.
PHOTO: Adam Houston, The Mint Hill Times