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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.  […]

Rocky River: Game Week 3

Who: Rocky River (0-2) hosts Sun Valley (1-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Rocky River won, 21-14, on September 5, 2014

Key Players: Rocky River: quarterback Tyshawn Carter, running backs Elijah Henry, Justice Styron and Nygle Farmer, receiver/defensive back Kendall Lewis, receiver Johari Alexander, lineman Bryson Adams, defensive back Tyrell Robinson, linebacker Larry Blanton; Sun Valley: quarterback Sam Howell, running backs Fabrice Funderburke PJ Lotharp, defensive backs CJ Maddox and Jeremiah Miller, linebackers Cameron Timberlake and Thomas Mobley, linemen Michael Head, Austin Matthews and Steven Tousa.

The Keys: This has become a growing rivalry game as the two teams have met each of the previous two seasons in a Week 3 match-up. The Ravens are having trouble controlling the line of scrimmage and came up just short last week against Berry. Sun Valley is putting points on the board in bunches, as the Spartans are averaging 44 points a game. The Ravens defense must come to play if they want to get into the win column, but Sun Valley has had its own struggles defensively, especially against the run, so it could turn into a shootout. […]

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Independence: Game Week 3

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-2) at Olympic (0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 35-0, on Nov. 14, 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; Olympic: quarterback Dylan Earney, running backs Rikki Manning, Jr. and Marquis Robinson, Jr., receiver Isaiah Boswell, defensive backs Martin Delgado, Jordan Daniles and Dushawn Hemphill, linebacker Jaz Young, lineman Joshua Allen.

The Keys: The Patriots have won each of the past seven meeting between the two teams and badly need a win to get the season rolling. They may be going to the right place to do just that as the Trojans didn’t show much pop in Week 1. However, Olympic has had a week to think about their lackluster performance and prepare for the Patriots after taking an early-season bye last week.

Independence:  It’s hard to imagine the Patriots have scored just 19 points and surrendered 100 in their first two games, but that’s the reality in 2015.  […]

Mint Hill teen develops skills as Bank of America Student Leader

By Leah Schmalz

Mint Hill resident and Northwest School of the Arts graduate Nia Moore spent the past summer interning with Freedom School Partners as part of the national Bank of America program Student Leaders.

Moore was one of five students selected from the Charlotte area to participate in an eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit. The goal is to recognize students for their community efforts by providing them with valuable career experience.

“I had to wake up earlier than I did throughout the school year, but it was definitely worth it,” Moore said.

Moore had previously volunteered with the nonprofit Promising Pages, which seeks to build literacy for underprivileged children by giving them access to early education through books. “I’ve already been interested in educational disparities,” she said. “Working with Freedom Schools definitely aligned with that.”

Freedom School Partners works to combat summer learning loss and make gains in literacy through a six-week summer program each year. Moore’s responsibilities varied each day, providing an overview of each facet of a nonprofit. Tasks included site deliveries, scholar evaluations and field trips. Interns were able to meet with the marketing and finance departments to learn more about the roles they play.  […]