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. […]