Bulldogs beat Lions for first time

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Markel Moore rushed 24 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns Friday as the Butler Bulldogs remain perfect with a 34-12 win over West Charlotte. Hawatha Bell and Jawaun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns a piece as the Bulldogs beat the Lions for the first time in school history.

BUTLER 34

WEST CHARLOTTE 12

Photo: Mark Sward swardpics.com

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Big I rallies after shaky start

[singlepic=160,240,160,,right]Independence (3-0) got off to a rocky start Friday against Vance. Quarterback Anthony Carrothers completed only one of his first six passes as the Patriots failed to score on the opening drive for the first time this year.

“We just weren’t on the same page,” head coach Tom Knotts said. “We just kept perservering, and the defense stopped them.”

The Patriots and Carrothers rallied after an interception by defensive back Breon Thornton on the Vance 1. The Big I marched down the field in eight plays on the ensuing drive, scored its first touchdown of the night and never looked back.

INDEPENDENCE 42

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Butler-West Charlotte on radio tonight

The Butler-West Charlotte football game at Lion Stadium tonight will be broadcast live by WFNZ 610 AM radio. The game begins at 7 pm. The Bulldogs have never beaten the Lions going back to when Tom Knotts coached in the late 1990s. Last season, West Charlotte stunned an undefeated Butler team in week 4 when they beat the Bulldogs in Matthews. The game was eventual forfeited by West Charlotte because of eligibility issues, but coach Mike Newsome said that doesn’t matter to the players who want to win it legitimately on the field.

“We’re talking to our kids about doing something we’ve never done,” Newsome said.

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Independence ejection free in 2007-2008

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.

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Patriots quiet Lions’ roar

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.”

INDEPENDENCE 49

WEST CHARLOTTE 3

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