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Patriots take down East Meck 19-0

By Ron Morris

Last Friday night at Independence High School the Patriots opened  Southwestern 4A Conference play with a 19-0 win over the East  Mecklenburg Eagles.

Just before the first half kick off the rain also found its way to Indy’s homefield creating a steady downpour for the duration of the contest. Both teamshandled the conditions very well without any turn overs.

The Patriots scored all of its points in the first half while the defense held the Eagles scoreless. With 8:19 left in the first quarter Indy’s Cederick Stone returned an East Meck punt 92 yards for the score putting Indy up 6-0.

Senior running back Quantavious McGill added another first quarter score atthe 3:17 mark with a 4 yard run making the score 12-0 at the end of the first quarter. Indy got its final touchdown at the 9:19 mark in the second quarter when quarterback Christian McPhail found Duane Perking in the end zone for a 16 yard touchdown pass. Caleb Ritch kicked the point after making the score 19-0. […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Independence v. East Meck.

GAME WEEK 5

By Andrew Stark

Who: East Meck (2-3) at Independence (2-3)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Independence won, 38-0, on Sept. 26, 2014

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; East Meck: quarterback Khalil Gilliam, running backs Juan Powell and Khamal Howard, receiver Aaron Walker, linebackers Jonathan Jones, Trey Hodge and Tyler McCall, linemen Cody Allen, Keyshawn Barnes and Xavier Jackson

The Keys: The Patriots have a losing record for the first time since 2010, but hope is on the way. East Meck has a pair of wins, but the next three Independence opponents are a combined 2-12 so they should make a run. The Patriot defense has been a little shaky and the Eagles will try to attack it on the ground with Juan Powell and Khamal Howard, who have combined to run for over 1,000 yards already. If they can find running lanes, they could have another big day. […]

By |September 24th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

Independence v. Vance

GAME WEEK 5

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (2-2) at Vance (3-1)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Vance won, 35-0, on Aug. 30, 2012

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; Vance: quarterback Kingley Ifedi, receivers Myles Dorn, Nathaniel Jones and Jonathan Ifedi, tight end Jeremiah Hall, defensive backs Emauel Phillips and Jalen Weddington, linebackers Gerald Nathan, Jr. and Anthony Butler, running back Donnavan Spence, linemen Marlin Edwards, Jirod Carr, Kedrick Brown, Jason Gaston and Jason Cascen

The Keys: The Patriots took until into the fourth quarter to get on the scoreboard before pulling away from West Meck last week. They can ill afford a slow start against the Cougars, who are ranked fifth in Maxpreps.com’s statewide all classification poll and has playmakers all over the field. It’s another tough out-of-conference match-up for the Patriots, but one they are capable of keeping close, especially if their defense continues to play as it has the past two weeks, where they’ve allowed nine total points. […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

Patriots come from behind to win 20-6

By Ron Morris

The Independence Patriots used three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the West Mecklenburg Hawks 20-6 in a come from behind victory Friday night at Independence High School.

In a mistake-filled first half it was a back and forth ballgame with neither  team able to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes. However, the  Patriots were able to drive the ball, but always committed three or four  penalties to kill the drive.

The first score didn’t come until the third quarter. During a heavy rainstorm,  the Hawks had to punt on fourth and long. The Independence receiver  attempted to pick up the wet ball and was hit immediately by several Hawks  players causing a fumble which was recovered by the Hawks on  Independence’s 12-yard line. The Hawks drove the ball to the Patriot 4-yard line. On the next play West Meck’s Dyami Brown ran it in for the first score.  […]