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Patriots Davion Nelson. (Ed Berti)
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Independence Patriots Running Back, Davion Nelson 

The Patriots running back had another solid performance against Olympic this Friday night under the lights. He rushed for three touchdowns in the second half while gaining 157 yards on 21 carries in a tough 29-28 loss.

In the second half his touchdown runs were for 5, 17 and 3 yards including grinding out a two point conversion in a key moment of the game. This is his second 100 yard plus game for the young season. In the previous week he rushed for two touchdowns including a two point conversion against the Vikings and had a big double digit game at home against the Sabres in a 42-7 win.

Nelson is a hard worker who is coming off an ACL injury from last season. He seems to be performing at full strength and is 100% healthy running with utter abandon. He has given the Patriots offense the balance they had been lacking from the previous 2 seasons which has vastly improved this teams competitiveness with a nice 2-1 start and Ardry Kell coming up next week.

The rushing game has opened up the passing lanes making this year’s Patriot team very interesting to watch. They have scored 47, 42, 28 points in three games primarily due to the ground attack led by Nelson setting up the pass.

The Sports Editor and Sports writers at the Mint Hill Times want to congratulate Davion Nelson for his on the field achievement and comeback to the gridiron. It is obvious all his hard work is paying off, and has made the Patriots a much improved football team.

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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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