Featured Player of the Week

Independence workhorse Davion Nelson with another carry. (Ron Morris)
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Independence Patriots Running Back, Davion Nelson 

This is the second consecutive week the Patriots powerful running back Davion Nelson has been selected as the “Featured Player of the Week.” We just cannot ignore how important he has been to the Independence football program this season.

The Patriots have a competitive and exciting team to watch in 2019. They feature some real good players such as quarterback Arnold Taylor, defensive gem Tyson Clawson, speedster Shai Wheeler, Trevor Bryan, Bevin Caldwell, Brian Morgan, Omar Zazueta, Sirr Robison, and a solid offensive line. However, Nelson has clearly stood out and is having himself and outstanding season to date.

This Friday night under the lights and gray skies, he scored two touchdowns with his longest touchdown rush of the game a 45 yard bruising run for the Patriots first score. He then added a 7 yard scamper to pay-dirt in the second quarter. Nelson rumbled over the Knights for a 46 yard crushing run in the third quarter to set-up another Patriot touchdown.

Overall, he had 26 carries for 222 yards, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. He did a good job blocking for the Patriots quarterback Taylor when called upon, and set the tone for which turned out to be a highly competitive hard hitting football game.

Another player who deserves honorable mention recognition as runner-up for this weeks top spot goes to wide receiver, Brevin Caldwell who had 6 receptions for 109 yards, with an average of 18.2 yards per catch, and his longest being a 37 yard pass reception.

The Mint Hill Times Sports Editor and Sports Writers congratulate Davion Nelson for his accomplishment including all Patriot fans who wish him continued success on the gridiron.

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Ed Berti
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