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Independence Game Week 2

FOOTBALL FRIDAY

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-1) hosts Scotland (1-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 20-7, on Nov. 29, 2002

Key Players: Independence: quarterback Christian McPhail, running back Quantavious McGill, cornerback/receivers Elijah Small and Cedric Stone, linebackers Tylon Clawson, Jerome Cochran and Rob Casanova, defensive ends Christian Colon and Kima Bell; Scotland: running back Zamir White, quarterback Sergio Gibson, receiver Ryan Leak and Ty’Quan McNealy, linebackers Jonathan Smith and Mitchell Smith, defensive backs Ahmed Monley and Manny Smith, defensive end Tony Smith, Jr.

The Keys: Last week was a very uncharacteristic week for the proud Patriots as they were drubbed 58-6 by Mallard Creek, a team ranked in the top 50 of nearly every national poll. Independence hasn’t suffered a loss like that since Vance shut them out in 2012 and haven’t begun a season 0-2 since 2010 when they went just 3-8. They need to rebound in a hurry, but Scotland is no slouch and is coming off its own impressive win with a 47-25 victory over South View. […]

Football Preview: Independence Patriots

Andrew Stark

Opening Act

The Patriots returned to their dominating form of the early to mid 2000s last year and parlayed their first conference title in years into an undefeated regular season and state championship aspirations. Those dreams were shattered with a second round loss to Hough, but new coach Justin Hardin has a track record of success and inherits a talented roster hungry to prove 2104 was just the beginning.

Offense

The offense returns just one starter in running back Quantavious McGill, but he’s a good one. McGill got stronger as the year went on and became the Patriots’ lead back. As a junior, McGill gained more than 1,000 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns despite sharing carries. This year, he likely gets more of the workload and is in line for a huge year.

Quarterback Christian McPhail started one game last year and threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns during the year. The bad news is McPhail threw three interceptions, completed just over 50 percent of his passes and isn’t the runner of Kelvin Hopkins, Independence’s star last year who accounted for more than 2,600 yards of offense and 39 touchdowns in 2014. […]

Local author fulfills lifelong aspiration

By Leah Schmalz

Edward Johnson has always dreamed of becoming an author.

Since he was young, he’s savored the act of writing, composing short stories and poems when he can.

“It was something I dreamed about ever since I was high school,” he said. “I was an avid reader and read anything, including the ingredients on the cereal box. If you gave me a choice between an essay exam and a standard fill-in-the-blanks exam, I’d choose the essay exam in a heartbeat.”

Now that he’s retired, Johnson has set his sights back on his lifelong dream and finished his first book, “Bermuda- Pathway to Terror.” Published in April by WestBow Press, a Christian self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan, the book already has four stars and six reviews on Amazon.  […]

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Sunday Afternoon in the Park August 23

 

By Leah Schmalz

Head out to Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove for the 11th annual Sunday Afternoon in the Park on August 23. The event supports the town’s thriving, multifaceted art community by shining a spotlight on local artists.

“Residents and visitors should attend to peruse the variety of artists and enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the shade of large oak trees at a family friendly event,” said Commissioner Tina Ross. “We currently have over 35 vendors offering woodblock art, pottery, jewelry, mosaics, fiber arts, abstract photography, acrylic paintings and much more.”

Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to interact with the local artists and purchase handmade work.  […]

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