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Independence dismantles Butler 49-7

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

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By |December 1st, 2008|Butler High School, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Gameday: Butler vs. Independence II

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. […]

By |November 28th, 2008|Butler High School, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

‘That’s just typical Independence’

Patriots get hot in the second half, knock out East Meck
Photos: Roger Harding www.rahpix.com[singlepic=372,320,240,,left]Independence’s 43-16 win last night over East Meck in the second round of the playoffs was classic Big I football. Just before half, the Eagles’ Tim Sanders returned an interception for a touchdown. The Patriots blocked the extra point, leaving the game tied 9-9, with 39 seconds left in the half. Independence got the ball back near the 50 yard line, but Anthony Carrothers couldn’t get anything going on the first two plays.

Coach Tom Knotts waits until there are four seconds left on the clock, calls timeout, then sets up his last play. East Meck gets called for pass interference, so the Patriots move 15 yards closer and get another shot, this time from[singlepic=373,320,240,,right] the 35 yard line. With no time remaining, Carrothers threw a perfect pass to Michael Rhynes for the TD. The Patriots went into the half up 16-9.

“That was incredible,” Knotts said after the game. “That’s just typical Independence right there. As long as I’ve been here we’ve been scoring on our last drive. I kept saying, ‘we’re going to score on our last drive, we’re going to score on our last drive.’ We got a chance because of the interference call, and we put it in the end zone.” […]

By |November 22nd, 2008|Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Patriots clip Hawks in first round of playoffs

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It didn’t take long for Independence to strike in the first round of the state 4AA playoffs Saturday. After receiving the opening kick, quarterback Anthony Carrothers hit Avius Capers on passes of 16, 22 and 20 yards in less than a minute. The last throw was the first of three touchdown passes for Carrothers as the Patriots cruised to a 41-18 win over West Meck. It was the type of play coach Tom Knotts expects from his junior quarterback.

“He’s having a great year,” Knotts said. “I’ve learned to live with the fact he’s going to make some bad decisions, but he’s a great player.”

Photos by Roger Harding rahpix.com

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By |November 17th, 2008|Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Independence students seek to blast hunger

[singlepic=324,320,240,,left]Independence High School media specialist Jeff Jones passed along a few photos from this Saturday’s CANstruction event in downtown Charlotte. They had 13 students from Independence who worked from 9 am to 2 pm to create the “CANnon” in the One Independence Center lobby in downtown Charlotte. The students were able to create […]

By |November 10th, 2008|Independence High School, Non-profit|0 Comments

Independence rolls Butler 42-31

[singlepic=318,320,240,,left]If there was any question who the best football team was in Mint Hill and North Carolina, those doubts were put to rest Friday night as Independence beat the previous undefeated Butler 42-31. The Patriots solidified their No. 1 state ranking and are the hands-down favorite to win its 8th state title in nine years. Independence is now 10-0 on the season, while Butler fell to 10-1,

It wasn’t the prettiest performance of the year by the Patriots. On the first play of the game they fumbled at the seven yard line. But Butler couldn’t capitalize and had to settle for a Kyle Searles field goal. The Patriots were also called for several key penalties, and the defense gave up the most points of the season. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers threw a key interception to Nate Charest which was returned to the 1-yard-line.

“It wasn’t his best game of the season,” Coach Tom Knotts said of Carrothers, “but he’ll bounce back.”

PHOTO BY ROGER HARDING rahpix.com […]

By |November 8th, 2008|Butler High School, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments