Athletes of the Week

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Independence Patriots


Davion Wheeler – The junior power running back gained 216 yards on 21 carries, scored two touchdowns including a 99 yard run from scrimmage this past Friday night against the Ravens.

Shai Wheeler – The senior all-around athlete rushed for two touchdowns of 19 and 15 yards, returned a kick-off 72 yards, and connected on multiple passes for long gainers against the Ravens.

Brevin Caldwell: The junior wide receiver and defensive back had a solid football game against the Ravens. He had three receptions for 42 yards with two in key 3rd down situations.

Honorable Mention: The Patriots defense played exceptionally well against an aggressive Ravens offense by applying pressure on their quarterback while making key defensive stops throughout the football game. Tyson Clawson,  Omar Zazueta, Ronnell Garrett, Ethan Safriet, Sirr Robison, and Tyler Jennings all had solid performances. Finally, Ryan Howe had a good night drilling all his PAT attempts.

Rocky River Ravens 


Kalib Jennings – The junior gained 101 yards rushing and 31 yards on pass receptions while adding a rushing touchdown against the Patriots on Friday night.

Isaiah Mciiwain – The senior wide receiver had a 30-yard pass reception and rushed for another 38 yards, including a kick-off return for 48 yards for a total of 116 all-purpose yards against the Patriots.

Honorable Mention: The Ravens defense was tough especially for three-quarters of the contest against the Patriots. Brian Grier, Kalil Alexander Jaquan Scott, all had solid performances on Friday night. Also, in the kicking game, Alex Elzey had a good night making all his PAT’s with good kick-offs when asked to kick deep.

Southwestern 4A Conference Standings 

School           Conference        Overall

Myers Park            6-0                 10-0

Butler HS               5-1                   7-3

Hickory Ridge       4-2                   7-3

Independence       4-2                   6-4

Porter  Ridge         3-3                   6-4

Note: Rocky River and Garinger are tied at 1-5 in the conference. While East Mecklenburg is 0-6 as we head into the final week of the regular football season.

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