MINT HILL, NC – The Independence Patriots have a bye week tonight that should benefit the home team as they prepare to host a growing new conference rival the Cougars from Charlotte Catholic. The team has some nagging injuries to key players that are expected to heal, and the extra time off could have them back at 100% under the lights next Friday night.
The Patriots are enjoying their best start since 2014 with a 4-0 record. They have played against good non-conference competition and played extremely well, however, the toughest part of their season schedule will be within their own Black and Blue 4A West Conference 59. Other than East Mecklenburg and Garinger which should be both put in the win column, the rest of the pack is going to be a brawl.
Indy will face Charlotte Catholic on Friday, September 23rd at home. Then over the next five weeks they will have games with Providence, and Rocky River who are always tough and finish the season against arch rival Butler Bulldogs. The division rivalries will make for an interesting and unpredictable outcomes.
So let’s take one game at a time, we will focus on Charlotte Catholic next weeks opponent. The Cougars who are 2-1 overall and suffered a heartbreaking 21-20 loss to non-conference Providence Day will play their first conference game against Providence on Friday, September 16.
The Cougars play a solid defense and their offense has rushed for 837 yards, 324 via the pass, for a total of 1161 yards or 387.0 yards per game not including tonight’s contest against the Panthers from Providence. Charlotte Catholic has scored 96 points in 3 games played and has allowed 81 points to date.
While the Patriots excellent defense has really carried the team throughout the first 4 games of the season giving the offense good field position to strike and score quickly against their opponents.
The Patriots have outscored their opponents to date 158-50. Thomas Kadden, Joshua Iseah, Joe Reddish, Quentin Reddish, Khalil Hoke, Sidiq Cabaniss-Ali and others on the defensive side of the football have made a significant contribution to the Patriots success this season. While on offense, QB Justin Little has fulfilled every expectation entering the season to date. He has accumulated 1007 yards in passing, 133 yards in rushing, has tossed 10 TD’s, and rushed for 2 more.
Others have made a huge contribution including WR Jaylen Springs 85 yards per game and 4 TD’s, Austin Cowick 68.3 yards per game and 2 TD’s, Brian Crowder 39.0 yards per game and 2 TD’s. Along with Sincere McIntyre 37 yards per game and 2 TD’s rushing the football.
When these two teams match up on Friday, September 23rd at Indy it’s going to be a clash of two Titans. Their defense is good, the battle in the trenches will be the key to victory. Will Indy’s potent passing game be stopped? Will the Indy defense stop the Cougar rushing game? Who will win the special teams match up, Indy is much improved from last season.
This is a game that all Independence football fans must show up to support the team, enjoy and watch what should be an exciting and excellent high school football contest.