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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[singlepic=143,320,240,,left]Butler football got off to a rough start Friday as Berry scored on a 72-yard touchdown pass to freshman Germone Hopper on the second play of the game. The Bulldogs quickly settled down, however, and cruised to a convincing win.
Eight Bulldogs scored touchdowns on the evening. By the second half, coach Mike Newsome played second and third stringers the rest of the game.The win makes Butler 3-0 for the season, setting up a showdown next Friday against West Charlotte.
(Photos by mark sward)
[singlepic=125,320,240,,right]Butler football is not the only team perfect in 2008. The volleyball team is 8-0, including wins against Providence and Myers Park, two traditional volleyball powerhouses. Read the full story by Don Nicholas in this week’s Mint Hill Times. The Lady Bulldogs’ next home match is September 16 vs. Independence.
Back left: Megan Smith, Kendra Stowe, Ashley Radar, Moriah Bellissimo, Bethany Liebner, Laura Icenhour, Summer Higdon. Middle: Hayley Calkin, Ashley Aspenwall, Nakia McDonald and Kristen Muth. Front: Laura Craig and Sara Miller.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, but thanks to a stingy defense, outlasted the Cougars tonight 31-13 at Vance. In a light drizzle most of the game, Markel Moore rushed 15 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and sophomore Jawaun Edwards ran for 40 yards and two TDs.
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.”