The Mint Hill TimesThe Independence Patriots football team cruised to a 62-10 victory over the Providence Panthers last Friday night. Quarterback Evan Guest threw for over 200 yards with three touchdowns in roughly three quarters of work. He also ran in a score himself.
Austin Duke caught two touchdown receptions, giving him a total of 15 scores on the season. RJ Baker’s two rushing touchdowns in the first half set the tone for Indy’s offense and opened up a lot of opportunities in the passing game. Baker felt the team needed to make a statement after the tough loss to Ardrey Kell the previous week.

“We had to take care of business and bounce back from that loss. We’ve had a chip on our shoulder all week in practice.”
Patriot Head Coach Bill Geiler said the team came to practice each day with a purpose.
“They remembered what Providence did to us last year. Everybody came to practice last week and worked hard. They worked hard in the weight room, and they worked hard watching film.”
Indy’s defense played an almost perfect game in the rout. Jack Tocho intercepted a Providence pass and returned it 50 yards for his second touchdown of the season.
This sixth victory gives the Patriots twice as many wins as the team recorded all of last season.

This Thursday
South Meck 3-4 (2-1 SW4A Conf.) at
Independence 6-1 (2-1 SW4A Conf.)
Thursday, October 6, 7 pm
Independence’s “Season of Redemption” continues Thursday night as the Patriots host South Meck. The winner of this game will take sole possession of third place in the Southwestern 4A Conference and remain only one game out of first place.
Both of these teams’ only conference loss this year came at the hands of Ardrey Kell in very close games.
The keys to an Indy victory are ball-control and defense. In their four losses, South Meck has scored an average of 17 points. In the team’s three wins, they have scored about 40 points per game. Holding onto the ball and keeping the Sabres to under 24 points will almost guarantee a win for the Patriots.
Head Coach Bill Geiler feels game-planning against South Meck’s traditional running game can be a challenge.
“We’ve been trying to get ready for this since June. All summer we’ve been setting up our defense. I have some different things I’m gonna try to do. With their running game, you don’t stop it, you can only hope to slow it down.”
South Meck defeated Independence 42-35 last season.