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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. […]

Patriot Life Line orients incoming IHS freshmen

By Leah Schmalz

Attending Independence High School for the first time this fall? Stop by the school on August 13 from 2 to 5 pm for Patriot Life Line, an orientation event.

“Patriot Life Line is a way for our rising ninth graders to be introduced to the campus,” said IHS history teacher Tamara Babulski. “We just want as many upcoming freshman as possible to come so they’re not overwhelmed.”

Members of the Indy Dream Team and student council will lead games and show groups of ninth graders around the campus. These upperclassmen then act as mentors for the students throughout the year, answering any questions and offering support.  […]

Patriots get tough first test on gridiron

By Andrew Stark

First-year Independence football coach Justin Hardin won’t have any time to ease into his new role as the leader of the Patriots.

CarolinaPreps.tv released the schedule for its third-annual Kickoff Night, a grouping of two games that annually kick off the football season in a stand-alone format, and the Patriots are on tap for the nightcap for the third straight year.

After bulldozing South Meck with 49-0 wins each of the past two seasons, the Patriots will get a little tougher challenge this year in two-time defending Class 4-AA champion Mallard Creek at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 22, a Saturday, at approximately 8 p.m.

The Independence-Mallard Creek game will be played 30 minutes after the kickoff game of Charlotte Country Day and Myers Park concludes. […]

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Girls lacrosse academies, travel team come to Mint Hill

This summer, girls as young as second grade can develop lacrosse skills while those in high school can join a travel team thanks to a newly launched organization, Carolina Crush Lacrosse.

About a month ago, Sandy Barnett, executive ad- ministrator of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Melissa LaDez, head varsity lacrosse coach at Independence High School with extensive experience as a player, decided to partner to pursue an idea close to both of their hearts.

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