“Featured Player of the Week”

Shai Wheeler hands off to running back Davion Nelson. (Ron Morris)
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Independence Patriots Quarterback, Shai Wheeler

For the second time in three weeks the new Patriots quarterback and former wide receiver has been selected the “Featured Player of the Week” based on his outstanding performance on the gridiron.

Against the Wildcats from Garinger High School he completed 4 passes on only five attempts for 134 yards and two touchdowns. His longest pass completion was to wide receiver Brevin Caldwell for 45 yards. Wheeler also converted on two 2-point conversions, had 7 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown, for a total of 231 all purposes yards in the Patriots 48-0 conference victory.

Also, in just two games the former wide receiver and now new starting quarterback has accumulated 490 yards of total offense both on the ground and through the air. His quarterback rating is 120.8 and Wheeler has averaged 33.5 yards per pass reception. He is a legitimate two-way threat with good speed which makes him a very dependable and potentially explosive offensive weapon. His athleticism makes Wheeler difficult for defenses to contain despite his size at 5’10” and 165 pounds.

Next week Wheeler and the Patriots will have a greater challenge when they match up against local conference rival Rocky River who has a stout defense. The Patriots are now 5-4 overall, and 3-2 in the Southwestern 4A Conference and 1-0 under Wheeler who replaced Patriot starting quarterback Arnold Taylor who will be having knee surgery shortly.

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Ed Berti
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