[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
[singlepic=51,250,170,watermark,left]Virgina Tech players Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Whitley return to the area Saturday to open the 2008 college football season. Boykin was Butler’s best receiver last year, and he was also a great all-around talent for the Bulldogs. Boykin and Whitley aren’t the only local players opening the season in Bank of America Stadium. East Carolina’s Dominique Lindsay and D.J. McFadden graduated from Independence. This is Lindsay’ senior season at ECU.
The game is televised Saturday at noon on ESPN.
[singlepic=39,200,120,,right]Independence football players collected $1,349 to donate to the United Services Organization. The players were at seven businesses in and around Mint Hill. The players also collected disposable cameras, magazines and phone cards. The items will be presented September 26 to the USO during halftime of the Independence vs. Myers Park football game. Independence team mom Teresa Oliver, one of the collection effort organizers, said Independence has contacted Myers Park about participating in the USO collection.