Independence extended its streak of scoring at least 40 points to six games, but that is not enough for head coach Tom Knotts. Independence beat Ardrey Kell 42-14 last night.
“It was just another game wading through and just getting to the end,” Knotts said. “They had six starters out, they are basically playing with a JV team. It should have been a whole lot better than that.”
The Patriots made some mistakes on both sides of the ball. Ardrey Kell scored less than two minutes into the game on a 45-yard touchdown run up the middle by running back Justus Pickett, who rushed for more than 100 yards.
“He’s a great player with a burst of speed, and to me it looks like we ignored him a good part of the time,” Knotts said. “I don’t understand that.”
The defense was called offsides on fourth down in Ardrey Kell’s territory
The offense also made some errors. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers threw an interception on the third play of Independence’s opening drive to set-up the Pickett touchdown. Carrothers was also sacked for an 11-yard loss in the second quarter. Knotts said the junior quarterback “took a little step back” Friday night.
The Independence head coach didn’t know what the Patriots need to work on in practice this week to correct the mistakes.
“I feel lost,” he said. “I’m glad they were down about six starters, otherwise we would have really struggled. Those six starters were some quality guys.”
Carrothers completed 24 passes for 352 yards and four touchdowns. He also scored a one-yard rushing touchdown to end the third quarter. Carrothers connected with eight receivers, but his favorite choice was Lawrence Martin.
He and Carrothers connected six times for 127 yards and one touchdown. Martin also caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Patriots quarterback P.J. Jackson with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Receiver Michael Rhynes also had a big impact against the Knights. Rhynes, 6-foot-5, caught four passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. His first catch was a 52-yard touchdown pass on a slant. Rhynes has seen minimal playing time this season because of lingering ankle and knee injuries.