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Patriots lend a helping hand

Coach, team get behind HOPE Week
By Andrew Stark

Independence booster club president Brian Haislip had an idea he wanted to share with Patriot football coach Justin Hardin.

Haislip thought the coach would be on board, but was overwhelmed with the response Hardin gave him for Haislip’s HOPE Week idea.

“I presented it to coach Hardin and he was 100 percent behind it,” Haislip said. “He put the air in the sails and ran with it.”

HOPE stands for “Helping Others Persevere and Excel,” and the program has allowed two Mint Hill Middle School eighth-graders with special needs— Caroline Backus and Kevin Ramirez—to participate in practice all week and to lead the Patriots onto the field before they battle East Meck last Friday.

“It’s just a great message and what the week is all about for us,” Hardin said. “This is about helping others, perseverance and excelling. I’m a big fan of watching those Make a Wish segments on ESPN, and you can see the impact that children with daily challenges can have on players, coaches and everyone.” […]

Rocky River faces Garringer


By Andrew Stark

Who: Garinger (0-6) at Rocky River (1-5)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Rocky River won, 45-6, on October 2, 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; Garinger; running back/defensive back Jorden Freeman, defensive back Jalen Grudy, quarterback Matt Douglas, receivers Jorge Fundora and Isaiah Black, linebackers Lance Gibbs and Delvin Clement, linemen Jackie Jones and Marquel Coleman, running back Derrick Yoko

The Keys: The Ravens badly need a win, and in the always-tough Southwestern 4A Garinger is as close to a sure bet as there is.

The Wildcats were carved up last week and offer little resistance on either side of the ball, so the Ravens should be able to get an easy win this week.

Rocky River:  The Ravens got in a big hole last week and only a late touchdown made the 24-10 loss to Myers Park look respectable.  […]

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Independence v. Porter Ridge


By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (3-3) at Porter Ridge (0-5)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Independence won, 42-7, on October 2, 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; Porter Ridge: receivers Devon Irizarry and Jordan Crowell, running back Mason Mills, defensive back Cole Johnson and Mayimona Joel Lutuango, quarterback Tate Dill, linebackers Jared Wheatley, Zach Rutledge and Chase Welch, lineman Nick Chiaravalloti

The Keys: Independence is coming off its most complete win of the season in a 19-0 beating of East Meck, a team which entered the match-up on a high note after getting its biggest win in years over Providence.

The Pirates have taken a nose dive since 2013 when they were co-conference champions, losing 14 of its past 16 games. This year they played Sun Valley tough, but have been blown out in each of the previous two weeks, so are desperate to make a move. […]

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Patriots take down East Meck 19-0

By Ron Morris

Last Friday night at Independence High School the Patriots opened  Southwestern 4A Conference play with a 19-0 win over the East  Mecklenburg Eagles.

Just before the first half kick off the rain also found its way to Indy’s homefield creating a steady downpour for the duration of the contest. Both teamshandled the conditions very well without any turn overs.

The Patriots scored all of its points in the first half while the defense held the Eagles scoreless. With 8:19 left in the first quarter Indy’s Cederick Stone returned an East Meck punt 92 yards for the score putting Indy up 6-0.

Senior running back Quantavious McGill added another first quarter score atthe 3:17 mark with a 4 yard run making the score 12-0 at the end of the first quarter. Indy got its final touchdown at the 9:19 mark in the second quarter when quarterback Christian McPhail found Duane Perking in the end zone for a 16 yard touchdown pass. Caleb Ritch kicked the point after making the score 19-0. […]

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