“Athletes of the Week”

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Independence Patriots 


Shai Wheeler – The senior all around player who is an excellent athlete filled in for quarterback Arnold Taylor who went down in the first quarter. He rushed for 109 yards, passed for 85 yards, and returned a kick-off 75 yards against Butler.

Davion Nelson – The running back rushed for 66 yards in the football game against the Bulldogs. He also tossed a 20 touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Tyson Clawson – The defensive player for the Patriots was involved in 10 tackles and applied pressure on the opponents quarterback.

Honorable Mention: The Independence defense played well all night. Ronnell Garrett, Omar Zazueta, Elijah Puranda with an interception, Sirr Robinson all made nice contributions. While Brevin Caldwell, Trevor Bryan, and Brian Morgan with a 20 yard touchdown had solid performances offensively.


Ryan Howe: The junior midfielder scored a hat trick against the Eagles with three second half goals in 40 minutes of competition. Howe was selected as this weeks “Featured Player of the Week.”

David Martinez – The team leader in assists 6 and goals 8 for a total of 22 points.

Jonny Mwembya – The senior gives the Patriots stability in the middle and when they are attacking and on defense. He has accumulated 6 assists and 5 goals on the season to date.

Ro Bik Lian – The junior has 5 assists and 5 goals on the season for the Patriots.

Jose Menjivar – The sophomore has 2 assists and 4 goals on the season to date.

Queen’s Grant Stallions


Micah Parker – The senior picked up two more goals this week to have a team leading 17 on the season. He now has a total of 35 points for the Stallions.

Cristian Rosado – The junior midfielder now has 7 goals on the season along with 1 assist for a total of 15 points in 16 games played. His defensive performance has been consistent and dependable.

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