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Independence vs. Rocky River

GAME WEEK 11
By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence ( 6-3, 4-0) at Rocky River (3-6, 2-2)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Independence won, 47-19, on October 31, 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; Rocky River: quarterback Tyshawn Carter, quarterback/tight end Phillip Clay, 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.

The Keys: A big-time rivalry game with a lot at stake is always cause for some great drama, and this week there should be no shortage of big plays and momentum-changing swings. The Patriots have obviously ironed out earlier kinks and continue to lead the Southwestern 4A after a solid win over Myers Park, an early season surprise team who looked like they’d challenge for a league crown.   […]

Rocky River vs. Butler

GAME WEEK 9
By Andrew Stark

Who: Butler (6-2, 2-1)Rocky River (3-5, 2-1 in conference)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Butler won, 55-21, on October 17, 2014

Key Players: Butler: Quarterback Davis Cheek, running backs Benny LeMay, Chrisean Davis-Pinckney and CJ Johnson, receiver/defensive back Clifton Duck, receiver DJ Little, lineman/H-back Ronald Porter, defensive back Aramis Algood, linebacker Christian Dixon, tight end Jeremy Spencer; Rocky River: quarterback Tyshawn Carter, quarterback/tight end Phillip Clay, 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

The Keys: This game probably amounts to the loser being out of the race for a conference title, so emotions and the stakes will be high in a pivotal heavyweight conference showdown. […]

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Independence vs. Garinger

GAME WEEK 9
By Andrew Stark

Who: Garinger (0-8, 0-3) at Independence (4-3, 2-0)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Independence won, 65-0, on October 17, 2014

Key Players: 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; 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

The Keys: Independence is in the driver’s seat in the suddenly super-competitive Southwestern 4A race after Butler knocked off Myers Park, the only other conference team other than the Patriots not to lose a league game. […]

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.” […]