By Ron Morris
According to head coach Joe Evans his Independence Patriots didn’t open the playoffs with one of their best starts. However, the finish was more than enough to make up for their sluggish first half start as the Patriots beat the Olympic Trojans 35-0 at Independence High School Friday night in the first round of the state football playoffs.
The Patriots received the opening kickoff but were unable to move the ball and had to punt. After getting the ball back, the Patriots’ Qunatavious McGill carried the ball for a twenty yard gain. On the next play McGill went off tackle for a 45 yard touchdown run giving the Patriots an early 7-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first quarter.
For the rest of the first half, neither team could get any offense going. According to Coach Evans his team looked sluggish in the first half saying that he didn’t know if it was the big win over Butler or if it was the bitter cold weather. However, the Patriots got their second score with 43 seconds left in the first half when AJ Peal ran for a 4 yard touchdown giving the Patriots a 14-0 half time lead.The only score in the third quarter came on Indy’s first possession when Kelvin Hopkins hit Jamar Jenkins for a 64 yard touchdown pass making the score 21-0 with 8:07 left in the quarter.
Independence had another strong defensive effort. They scored their seventh shutout for the season and came up with a defensive touchdown. With 10:51 left in the game Olympic quarterback Jeremiah Dorsey dropped back to pass. The pass was tipped by Indy’s Preston Lockwood who made a diving interception in the end zone for the score.
By Ron Morris
Heath E. Morrison will resign as superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Thursday, Nov.6. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at noon to take action on a separation agreement which is not yet finalized.
“We appreciate Heath’s time and his contributions to the district and this community over the past two and […]
The Independence High School Key Club visited Lawyer’s Glen Retirement Living Center last week and not only visited with the seniors but helped them do crafts and brought them treats!
By Ron Morris
Celebrating homecoming on Friday night, the Independence Patriots faced off against the Myers Park Mustangs in a Southwestern 4A Conference game and came away with a 50-14 victory over the Mustangs.
The Patriots took the opening kickoff and marched down the field and capped it off with a one yard touchdown run by quarterback Kelvin Hopkins. With neither team able to mount any offense, the first quarter ended with Indy leading 7-0.
Both teams were unable to get any offense going. With 5:53 left to go in the second quarter, the Mustangs failed to pick up a first down on fourth and short. On the Patriots first play from scrimmage Kelvin Hopkins ran 64 yards putting the Patriots up 12-0. Indy faked the extra point and Jamar Jenkins scored for the two point conversion for a 15-0 Indy lead.
Eight players scored touchdowns for the Independence Patriots Friday night as the Patriots cruised to a 65-0 Southwestern 4A Conference win against their host the Garinger Wildcats.
Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins opened the scoring with a 12 yard pass to Jamar Jenkins, Will Walton hauled in a 33 yard touchdown pass and Pierre Lockwood scored on an 18 yard pass from […]
Did you ever wonder what happened to the girl you adored in the second grade at Bain School? Or the mischievous boy who was always being sent to the principal’s office for throwing spit wads?
You just might find out the answers if you attend the Bain School Reunion for all classes, including anyone and everyone who ever attended the historic school dating to 1889, on November 15. You’ll also have a chance to share photos with classmates and participate in the silent auction to benefit the Bain Restoration Project. Double saxophonist Denny Allen, a Bain School alum, will provide music for the event. […]