[singlepic=160,240,160,,right]Independence (3-0) got off to a rocky start Friday against Vance. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers completed only one of his first six passes as the Patriots failed to score on the opening drive for the first time this year.

“We just weren’t on the same page,” head coach Tom Knotts said. “We just kept perservering, and the defense stopped them.”

The Patriots and Carrothers rallied after an interception by defensive back Breon Thornton on the Vance 1. The Big I marched down the field in eight plays on the ensuing drive, scored its first touchdown of the night and never looked back.



Carrothers threw for 293 yards on 20 complete passes and four touchdowns. He added one rushing touchdown and threw one interception. He said he was excited about returning to his former high school. Carrothers transferred to Independence after his freshman season.

“I was thinking about it all day at school,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to come back here ever since I left–to play.”

The Patriot defense, despite earning its second shutout this season, did not receive any praise from Knotts after the game. He said the defense was sloppy.

“We got the shutout, but it’s not about the wins,” Knotts said. “It’s about how we play the game, and we are not playing to my standards. If my standards are too high, maybe I need to do something else because we are not playing to my standards.”