By Ron Morris
According to head coach Joe Evans his Independence Patriots didn’t open the playoffs with one of their best starts. However, the finish was more than enough to make up for their sluggish first half start as the Patriots beat the Olympic Trojans 35-0 at Independence High School Friday night in the first round of the state football playoffs.
The Patriots received the opening kickoff but were unable to move the ball and had to punt. After getting the ball back, the Patriots’ Qunatavious McGill carried the ball for a twenty yard gain. On the next play McGill went off tackle for a 45 yard touchdown run giving the Patriots an early 7-0 lead with 8:26 left in the first quarter.
For the rest of the first half, neither team could get any offense going. According to Coach Evans his team looked sluggish in the first half saying that he didn’t know if it was the big win over Butler or if it was the bitter cold weather. However, the Patriots got their second score with 43 seconds left in the first half when AJ Peal ran for a 4 yard touchdown giving the Patriots a 14-0 half time lead.The only score in the third quarter came on Indy’s first possession when Kelvin Hopkins hit Jamar Jenkins for a 64 yard touchdown pass making the score 21-0 with 8:07 left in the quarter.
Independence had another strong defensive effort. They scored their seventh shutout for the season and came up with a defensive touchdown. With 10:51 left in the game Olympic quarterback Jeremiah Dorsey dropped back to pass. The pass was tipped by Indy’s Preston Lockwood who made a diving interception in the end zone for the score.
By Ron Morris
By Charles Kelleher Harris
Members of the Independence Drama Department won first place at a recent regional competition. The students will now be attending a statewide competition later this year.
“I am so very proud of these students and how much our theatre program has grown in the three short years that I have been at Independence,” said drama teacher Paula Baldwin. “We have tripled the number of students enrolled and have added a second theatre teacher, Rick Dills, to teach all of the technical aspects of production.”
Baldwin reported that some 300 Independence students are currently enrolled in her drama classes.
For the competition however, auditions were held and only a handful of students were selected.
After school rehearsals were held for almost two months prior to the competition which was held at Imaginon on November 1.
A total of 16 schools participated in the region including Northwest School of Arts.
Throughout the year, Baldwin said there will be other performances held for students, parents and the public at Independence High. […]
Eight players scored touchdowns for the Independence Patriots Friday night as the Patriots cruised to a 65-0 Southwestern 4A Conference win against their host the Garinger Wildcats.
Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins opened the scoring with a 12 yard pass to Jamar Jenkins, Will Walton hauled in a 33 yard touchdown pass and Pierre Lockwood scored on an 18 yard pass from […]
Independence High School Principal Amy Dellinger was named named the 2014-2015 East Learning Com-munity Principal of the Year. The staff received word, but kept it from Dellinger until halftime Friday night. It was a big surprise.
By Ron Morris
Entering Friday’s night non-conference battle between county rivals the Hough Huskies and host Independence, the Patriots had been un-scored on and undefeated.
However, at the 8:14 mark in the second quarter, the Patriots gave up 3 points on a 27-yard field goal. Before the game ended, Hough managed to put 17 points on the board, but the Patriots stayed undefeated by defeating Hough 27-17.
Independence was the first to get on the board with 1:30 to go in the first quarter. The Patriots drove the ball 52-yards and on a one yard run by quarterback Kelvin Hopkins. The Patri- ots took the lead 7-0. […]
By Michele Dotson
CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison held a press conference Tuesday, September 2 at Providence High School to share preliminary graduation results from across the district.
Morrison praised Independence High School for posting an impressive graduation rate of 88.6 which is an increase of 4.5 % from 2013.
Independence Assistant Principal Amy Mims described the school’s massive […]