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Independence Game Week 2


By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-1) hosts Scotland (1-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 20-7, on Nov. 29, 2002

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; Scotland: running back Zamir White, quarterback Sergio Gibson, receiver Ryan Leak and Ty’Quan McNealy, linebackers Jonathan Smith and Mitchell Smith, defensive backs Ahmed Monley and Manny Smith, defensive end Tony Smith, Jr.

The Keys: Last week was a very uncharacteristic week for the proud Patriots as they were drubbed 58-6 by Mallard Creek, a team ranked in the top 50 of nearly every national poll. Independence hasn’t suffered a loss like that since Vance shut them out in 2012 and haven’t begun a season 0-2 since 2010 when they went just 3-8. They need to rebound in a hurry, but Scotland is no slouch and is coming off its own impressive win with a 47-25 victory over South View. […]

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.


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.  […]

Army’s season falls on hard times

It turns out the third time was not the charm for the Mint Hill Army Juniors American Legion baseball team.

The team used a mid-season push to reel off 11 consecutive wins, turning an unassuming 5-5 beginning into a 16-5 record that had them poised to make a deep run in the legion playoffs.

With its momentum and late-season surge, the Army won the regional championship and was in high spirits as the team headed to Granite Falls to take on Davidson County.

But it didn’t go as planned.

“We had a real good practice three days before we left,” said coach Dan Kerr, who is Queen’s Grant’s athletics director, head baseball coach and guided the 2013 Army to the state title. “We were playing really well, everyone was really high on our chances, we were working as a team and then I’m not sure what happened other than saying we lost those games we didn’t get beat. That’s basically what it boiled down to.” […]