Patriots keep Mustangs corraled

[singlepic=194,220,140,,right]It was a short night for Independence quarterback Anthony Carrothers. Carrothers threw for 209 yards and a touchdown on 12 complete passes in the first quarter Monday against Myers Park’s defense. The junior quarterback threw for 296 yards in the first half and finished with 318 yards.

Back-up quarterback P.J. Jackson took a majority of the snaps in the second half, and Independence won 55-15.

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Bulldogs KO Knights, 38-8

The Butler Bulldogs got off to a slow start–as they have all season–but cruised in the second half with big plays from the offense, and a swarming defense in the win over Ardrey Kell.

Anthony Short scored on 9 and 83 yard touchdown runs and quarterback Christian LeMay was 12-24 for 206 yards and two touchdowns.

Coach Mike Newsome said the defense has been the key to the offense’s success.

“Part of our scoring is going toward our defense playing so well and giving us good field position,” he said.

It was the defense that set the tone for the game. The Bulldogs allowed the Knights beyond the 20 yard line just one time for the game, a 70 yard touchdown reception by sophomore Justus Pickett.

In the last two games, the Bulldogs have given up three touchdowns of more than 60 yards.

“They’ve been catching us at the wrong times,” Newsome said of opponents.

Allonte Tuppins and Jawaun Edwards had two sacks apiece for the second consecutive game, and Kyle Searles kicked a 34 yard field goal.

The win keeps Butler perfect for the season at 6-0.


The taxpayers’ role in the new Lynx train line

[singlepic=193,320,240,,right]Last fall, the big policy question in Mecklenburg County was the half-cent sales tax to pay for a north corridor train. The tax passed easily in the November referendum, and the train looks as though it will be built, albeit at a much higher price tag. It was also in November last year the new South Corridor line opened running along South Boulevard between downtown Charlotte and Interstate 485. Ridership has been more than expected thanks to the recent turn in the economy and the gas shortage. Despite many riders, David Hartgen of the John Locke Foundation argues tax payers are footing most of the bill, not riders.

Taxpayers are picking up more than 90 percent of the tab for a lucky few commuters riding Charlotte’s LYNX light-rail line, despite the trains’ limited public benefit for traffic congestion, air quality, or land use.


Monday night (high school) football

[singlepic=191,210,130,,left]Butler and Independence play again at 7 pm tonight. The Bulldogs face Ardrey Kell at Butler, and the Patriots play Myers Park at Independence. Coaches Tom Knotts and Mike Newsome are not happy playing their games tonight. It is the second game in four days and the middle game in a three-game-in-eight-day stretch. Knotts said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decision to play that many games was “bone-headed.”

Both teams are undefeated going into tonight’s match ups. The Patriots beat South Meck 42-14 on Friday, and the Bulldogs won 35-21 against Providence.