Independence got off to quick start Friday against Providence. How quick? Less than three minutes into the game, the Patriots lead 14-0. They put up 31 more points in the first half, an additional 21 points in the second half, and beat Providence 59-13 on a drizzly, sometimes windy night.
The victory renewed head coach Tom Knotts’ confidence in his team, and something that even he couldn’t dream.
“I don’t think anybody in the state could have beat us,” he said. “I think that ought to serve notice that we’re the top dog, and they have to knock us off.”