Mint Hill Featured Athletes Of The Week

Justin Little breaking a tackle against Grimsley. (Photo by Ron Morris)
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Athlete of the Week: 

Justin Little



This week with Indy’s football season coming to an end, and other sports beginning such as basketball we are going to focus on athletes from both sports in the local area. However, the top athlete again is Justin Little the Patriots sophomore QB who had an outstanding season leading Indy to the quarterfinals in the state championship playoffs since 2009. They say there is nothing finer to be in Carolina, but for Indy it’s making the Sweet 16 in the state playoff football championship. To be considered one of the top teams in Charlotte and in the state.

On Friday night Little went 18 for 21 totaling 214 yards passing for a .857 completion percentage. He tossed 1 touchdown, but had 2 interceptions for an overall QB rating of 92.3. However, he contributed 8 carries for another 34 yards rushing for a combined 248 yards against the 20-21 state champions and current #1 ranked team in the West.

Overall, his final statistics are impressive in 13 games played. He accumulated 2983 yards  passing on 189 completions with a completion rate of .727 percent. He has 27 touchdowns, his longest was 67 yards, with a QB rating 132.3. He was the Patriots leading rusher with 589 yards, his longest a 75 yard dash, and 12 touchdowns. Little’s combined effort is an outstanding 3,527 yards of total offense with 39 TD’s. He is quickly becoming one of the top QB’s in Charlotte and in the state.

Honorable Mention: 

Sincere McIntyre – The senior RB carried the ball only 4 times on Friday night for 16 yards. However, he made a major contribution on the offensive side of the ball. He had 93 yards receiving, 1 touchdown and a total of 109 yards. On the season he has been a top performer with 522 yards rushing, 521 yards receiving, 451 yards on kickoff returns, and 87 yards on punt returns for a total of 1581 yards or 121.6 all-purpose yards per game. He had 10 touchdowns, 6 rushing and 4 receiving.

Shaun Soloman – The senior RB who has been a workhorse rushing for much of the season had 10 carries for 57 yards on Friday night. Overall, he totaled 537 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns. Add another 45 receiving he contributed 582 yards of offense.

Emmanuel Teah – The senior RB on Friday night had 13 carries for 52 tough yards. On the season in 9 games played he totaled 515 yards rushing, had one 100 yard game, and scored 5 touchdowns. When on the field he made a consistent contribution.

Josh Iseah – The reliable hard charging senior defensive player had a solid performance on Friday night for the Patriots. On the season he led the team with 111 tackles , 81 solo, and 30 assisted in 13 games. He averaged 8.5 tackles per game and was certainly a team leader on defense.

Other Notables:

Jessica Worthey – The Indy junior basketball player scored 17 points against Olympic in the teams opener to lead all scorers.

Kamryn Kitchen – The sharp shooting sophomore guard contributed 15 points. She had 1 block, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in the opener helping bring home a convincing 73-33 victory.

Jai’lun Brimmer – The junior scored 16 points, added 3 rebounds and 5 assists in the opener for the Patriots.

Natalie Goodfellow – The QGHS senior scored 11 points, had 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals to lead the Lady Stallions in their opener.

Kareem Weaver – The senior captain at QGHS in 2 games this season is averaging 19.0 points per game with 3.5 assists and 7.0 steals.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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