The NCHSAA released its list of ejection-free athletic programs for the 2007-2008 school year, and Independence High was one of 125 member schools to achieve the status. The Patriots are joined by East Meck as the only two teams in the Southwestern 4A conference to go the whole year without an ejection. Every ejection-free program will be recognized during the next two weeks at the NCHSAA’s regional meetings. The association meets today in Charlotte. The highest number of ejection-free programs is 202 during 2006-2007.
Lawrence Martin owned the night. Martin caught six passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and he threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sebastian Green on a wide receiver pass. Head coach Tom Knotts said Martin also wasn’t too shabby on defense.
“We have to use him both ways, and he probably is one of the top five players in Charlotte,” he said. “It’s hard to play both ways, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
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The Tallahasee Democrat reports Madison Coach Frankie Carroll tried to get Independence to move the game to a Saturday and to meet half way:
Carroll said he spoke with Independence head coach Tom Knotts about other alternatives, but Knotts told him the final decision was out of his hands. “Playing on Saturday was OK with him, and we were fine with that,” Carroll said. “I told him we could meet in Atlanta and play in a corn field.”
[singlepic=80,80,160,,left]Patriot Nation won’t take the show to Florida this week because tropical storm Hanna looms in the Atlantic and threatens the Southeast. Independence was scheduled to play Madison County High, the reigning Florida 2A champion. Head coach Tom Knotts said when the trip was announced the Patriots looked forward to playing Madison County, and the team always look for a challenge.
[singlepic=60,270,190,,right]The weather at the end of the Independence season opener last night resembled the Patriots offense in the first half. Both made it rain on the field as Independence beat Olympic 47-0. The Patriots only took 3 minutes 57 seconds to score their first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run by quarterback Anthony Carrothers.
“He understands the offense a lot more, he’s more patient and he stays in the pocket a lot more,” offensive lineman Ryan Thompson said. “He’s matured a lot.” Continue reading