Breaking down tonight’s game, 8 pm Memorial Stadium
[singlepic=380,320,240,,left] There is one team left in the state who can beat Independence this season and that’s Butler. The Bulldogs have the talent to hang with the Patriots, but you don’t beat a Tom Knotts team with talent alone. It will take execution on the field. In the previous match up between these two teams, the Patriots out-executed the Bulldogs for a decisive 41-31 win.
The Patriots crisply run offense begins and ends with Anthony Carrothers. The junior quarterback either passes or runs —usually very successfully—on about 80 percent of Independence’s plays. He is the sole reason they have been as dominant as any team in the state this season. Knotts said Carrothers’ play in the last meeting between the Independence and Butler “was not one of his best.”
He passed for 256 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns. All this against one of the top defenses in the state.
Carrothers has proven he can’t be contained and is the MVP of the state this season.
Butler’s best shot at winning is to execute on offense and try to out-score the Patriots. […]