Independence wide receiver Michael Rhynes will play next year with Marshall University. Rhynes chose Marshall over Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee and joins former Patriot T.J. Drakeford on the team. Although he was hampered by injuries this past season, Rhynes is a steal for the Herd. At 6-foot-5 and 202 pounds, Rhynes runs a 4.6-second […]
It took 15 seconds for Independence to take the lead in Friday’s game against Butler. Lawrence Martin[singlepic=383,320,240,,right] ran the opening kickoff back for six points and kicker Robbie Ward added an extra point for a 7-0 score. Butler would not get closer the rest of the game as the Patriots overwhelmed the Bulldogs 49-7.
“I was a little surprised because Butler came out a little flat and Lawrence’s touchdown return stuck it to them a bit,” Knotts said after the game.
Martin finished with six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown to go with his kickoff return for a touchdown. He also had a 72 yard touchdown pass called back because of penalty on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage.
“He’s made big plays for us all year,” said Knotts. “When he gets the ball in his hands he can do special things. He’s electric when he gets it.”
Photos by Mark Sward swardpics.com
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. […]
Photos from Tuesday’s battle of the titans between two of the best teams in the state.
Photos by Tim Long, The Mint Hill Times