Patriots get hot in the second half, knock out East Meck
Photos: Roger Harding www.rahpix.com[singlepic=372,320,240,,left]Independence’s 43-16 win last night over East Meck in the second round of the playoffs was classic Big I football. Just before half, the Eagles’ Tim Sanders returned an interception for a touchdown. The Patriots blocked the extra point, leaving the game tied 9-9, with 39 seconds left in the half. Independence got the ball back near the 50 yard line, but Anthony Carrothers couldn’t get anything going on the first two plays.
Coach Tom Knotts waits until there are four seconds left on the clock, calls timeout, then sets up his last play. East Meck gets called for pass interference, so the Patriots move 15 yards closer and get another shot, this time from[singlepic=373,320,240,,right] the 35 yard line. With no time remaining, Carrothers threw a perfect pass to Michael Rhynes for the TD. The Patriots went into the half up 16-9.
“That was incredible,” Knotts said after the game. “That’s just typical Independence right there. As long as I’ve been here we’ve been scoring on our last drive. I kept saying, ‘we’re going to score on our last drive, we’re going to score on our last drive.’ We got a chance because of the interference call, and we put it in the end zone.” […]