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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. […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Independence High School, Sports|0 Comments

Rocky River faces North Meck


By Andrew Stark

Who: Rocky River (1-3) at North Meck (3-1)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: This is the first meeting

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; North Meck: quarterback Kendall Coles, running back Emmanuel Wilson, receivers De’Montrez Burroughs and Dalon Tucker, linemen Chris Moore, Preston Ellison and Keon Cezar, defensive backs Nyree Hardy and Amaur Mason

The Keys: This is a battle of teams headed in opposite directions. Behind a strong senior class, North Meck is in the midst of its best season in years. Their 3-1 start has been fueled by a strong defense and the play of quarterback Kendall Coles, do-everything receiver/defensive back De’Montrez Burroughs and the emergence of sophomore running back Emmanuel Wilson, who is going to be a special player. The Ravens got throttled by Charlotte Catholic last week and aside from a late score had little to no offense. Quarterback Tyshawn Carter is a bona fide star, but he’s going to need help if Rocky River is to earn this win. […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Rocky River High School|0 Comments

Independence v. Vance


By Andrew Stark

Who: Independence (2-2) at Vance (3-1)

When: 7 pm

Last Meeting: Vance won, 35-0, on Aug. 30, 2012

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; Vance: quarterback Kingley Ifedi, receivers Myles Dorn, Nathaniel Jones and Jonathan Ifedi, tight end Jeremiah Hall, defensive backs Emauel Phillips and Jalen Weddington, linebackers Gerald Nathan, Jr. and Anthony Butler, running back Donnavan Spence, linemen Marlin Edwards, Jirod Carr, Kedrick Brown, Jason Gaston and Jason Cascen

The Keys: The Patriots took until into the fourth quarter to get on the scoreboard before pulling away from West Meck last week. They can ill afford a slow start against the Cougars, who are ranked fifth in’s statewide all classification poll and has playmakers all over the field. It’s another tough out-of-conference match-up for the Patriots, but one they are capable of keeping close, especially if their defense continues to play as it has the past two weeks, where they’ve allowed nine total points. […]

By |September 18th, 2015|Around Town, Arts, Featured Posts, Good deeds, History, Independence High School|0 Comments

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.  […]