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Coach Knotts goes to the Super Bowl

Former Independence High School football coach Tom Knotts was invited to the Super Bowl last weekend by Giants’ receiver Hakeem Nicks. Knotts coached Nicks at Independence during the record-setting win streak in the mid 2000s. Nicks, who caught 10 passes in the game, posed with Knotts after the win.
Knotts texted words of encouragement after the […]

By |February 6th, 2012|Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Austin Duke helps N.C. claim Shrine Bowl title

Independence High School senior Austin Duke caught two passes for 23 yards as North Carolina defeated South Carolina, 26- 19 in last Saturday’s Shrine Bowl. North Carolina completed only 4 of 9 passes for the game. Duke led the state in touchdowns this past season and helped the Patriots post a 10-3 record.

Video of Duke’s […]

By |December 21st, 2011|Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Butler beats Indy, moves on in 4AA playoffs

The Butler Bulldogs put together one its most solid games of the season Friday, defeating Independence in the second round of the state 4AA playoffs, 42-20.
“We didn’t execute on offense like we needed too,” Independence Coach Bill Geiler said after the game. “And we didn’t stop them on defense. They are a good football team. My hat’s off to them. They had a good game plan and kept us from doing what we do. The better team won.” […]

By |November 14th, 2011|Sports|1 Comment

Snapshots: Independence v. East Forsyth

Photos by Ron Morris

By |November 9th, 2011|Butler High School, Independence High School, Schools, Sports|0 Comments

Independence comes up short against Butler in the battle for the King of the Hill trophy

Independence played a solid game on offense and defence against one of the best teams in the state, but it wasn’t enough Friday as cross-town rival Butler retained the King of the Hill trophy, winning 38-26.
The Bulldogs finished the regular season 9-1 and first place in the Southwest 4A, while the Patriots dropped to 9-2 and third place in the conference. Ardrey Kell took second place in the conference.
In front of a nearly sold out home crowd, the Patriots would rally in the second half, pulling with four points on an R.J. Baker four yard touchdown run.
Butler would come right back on its only meaningful possession of the fourth quarter, driving 80 yards for the touchdown. Josh Glisson ran the ball nine times on the drive, busting into the end zone on a one-yard carry to give the Bulldogs a 38-26 lead.
Butler’s other touchdown of the second half was the result of an interception by Channing Stribling. The referees were unsure if the ball had hit the ground before Stribling snagged it, but after a discussion, awarded the Bulldogs a touchdown. Others saw it differently. […]

By |October 29th, 2011|Butler High School, Independence High School, Sports|7 Comments

Independence vs Myers Park snapshots

Photos by Ron Morris

By |October 22nd, 2011|Independence High School, Schools, Sports|0 Comments