Running back Harold Blythe took over the Independence offense Friday. Blythe scored four touchdowns and rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries. Blythe set a personal record for touchdowns Friday, despite expecting not to play such a vital role in the Patriots’ offense.  He expects that role to grow as the season progresses.

“I think now they have some trust in me running the ball, so I think we’ll get so more runs going,” he said.

He still has room for improvement. Coach Tom Knotts said Blythe has to be a better runner in goal-line situations, but he has experience and good quickness.



The Patriots allowed a season-high 14 points after giving up only three points in its three previous games. Coach Tom Knotts criticized the defense two weeks ago after it shut-out Vance and did more of the same tonight. But he said it improved as the game progressed.

“The second half they did fine, but the first half was crap,” Knotts said. “They controlled the ball too much and kept us off the field too much. We have to do better than that.”

One of the South Meck players it faced was fullback Spencer Shuey. Though Patriot linebacker Jayme Watson didn’t mind the challenge.

“I like tackling him–it feels good,” he said.

The focus immediately shifts to Monday’s home game against Myers Park. Kickoff is at 7 pm. Knotts said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools made a “bone-headed decision” to reschedule postponed games for Monday and force football player to play three games in eight days.

“That just defies logic,” he said.

The quick turn around will affect Independence’s coaches more than the players. Knotts said practice during the week could be difficult getting ready for October 10 against Ardrey Kell.