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Patriots come from behind to win 20-6

By Ron Morris

The Independence Patriots used three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the West Mecklenburg Hawks 20-6 in a come from behind victory Friday night at Independence High School.

In a mistake-filled first half it was a back and forth ballgame with neither  team able to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes. However, the  Patriots were able to drive the ball, but always committed three or four  penalties to kill the drive.

The first score didn’t come until the third quarter. During a heavy rainstorm,  the Hawks had to punt on fourth and long. The Independence receiver  attempted to pick up the wet ball and was hit immediately by several Hawks  players causing a fumble which was recovered by the Hawks on  Independence’s 12-yard line. The Hawks drove the ball to the Patriot 4-yard line. On the next play West Meck’s Dyami Brown ran it in for the first score.  […]

Rocky River: Game Week 3

Who: Rocky River (0-2) hosts Sun Valley (1-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Rocky River won, 21-14, on September 5, 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; Sun Valley: quarterback Sam Howell, running backs Fabrice Funderburke PJ Lotharp, defensive backs CJ Maddox and Jeremiah Miller, linebackers Cameron Timberlake and Thomas Mobley, linemen Michael Head, Austin Matthews and Steven Tousa.

The Keys: This has become a growing rivalry game as the two teams have met each of the previous two seasons in a Week 3 match-up. The Ravens are having trouble controlling the line of scrimmage and came up just short last week against Berry. Sun Valley is putting points on the board in bunches, as the Spartans are averaging 44 points a game. The Ravens defense must come to play if they want to get into the win column, but Sun Valley has had its own struggles defensively, especially against the run, so it could turn into a shootout. […]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Rocky River High School, Schools, Sports|0 Comments

Independence: Game Week 3

By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (0-2) at Olympic (0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Independence won, 35-0, on Nov. 14, 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; Olympic: quarterback Dylan Earney, running backs Rikki Manning, Jr. and Marquis Robinson, Jr., receiver Isaiah Boswell, defensive backs Martin Delgado, Jordan Daniles and Dushawn Hemphill, linebacker Jaz Young, lineman Joshua Allen.

The Keys: The Patriots have won each of the past seven meeting between the two teams and badly need a win to get the season rolling. They may be going to the right place to do just that as the Trojans didn’t show much pop in Week 1. However, Olympic has had a week to think about their lackluster performance and prepare for the Patriots after taking an early-season bye last week.

Independence:  It’s hard to imagine the Patriots have scored just 19 points and surrendered 100 in their first two games, but that’s the reality in 2015.  […]

Rocky River Game Week 2

FOOTBALL FRIDAY

Who: Rocky River (0-1) hosts Berry (1-0)

When: 7 p.m.

Last Meeting: Berry won, 49-0, in the team’s only other match-up on September 3, 2010

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; Berry: quarterback/tight end Bryan Digsby, receiver/safety Mike Roberts, receiver Kusegi Cureton, receiver/defensive back Gary Williams, running back Malik Brown, defensive backs Josh Barrett and Cameron Porter and lineman Jovaughn Gwyn

The Keys: This is the battle of two teams that could possibly be beginning uncharacteristic seasons. Berry hasn’t won its first two games since 2011, which was the last time they had a winning record. The Ravens opened last year 0-2, but rebounded to finish 9-5, so another loss isn’t the end of the world but certainly not the way they want to start 2015.

Rocky River:  The troubling thing about the Ravens 34-7 loss to perennial power Richmond wasn’t just the score. Coach Jason Fowler always runs a balanced, attacking offense, but last week his patented running game struggled – a potentially cautious tale and definitely something to look for in Week 2. Running behind a nearly entirely rebuilt offensive line, the Ravens mustered just 28 yards on 37 carries and that’s worrisome.  […]

By |August 30th, 2015|Around Town, Featured Posts, Good deeds, Rocky River High School, Sports|0 Comments