Mint Hill Times Featured Athletes Of The Week

Brian Crowder in route to a touchdown. (Photo by Ron Morris)
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Athlete of the Week:

Brian Crowder: 

The young sophomore WR for the Independence Patriots was selected the player athlete of the week based on his excellent all around on the field performance in the game against Charlotte Catholic Friday night. Crowder caught 5 passes for a total of 98 yards, his longest pass reception was a 40 yard touchdown bomb, he averaged 19.6 yards per catch and scored 2 touchdowns. He also made a contribution on kick returns for 55 yards, and had one rush from scrimmage for 19 yards in the contest.

Honorable Mentions: 

Emmanuel Teah:

The senior RB had a fine performance picking up 60 yards rushing on 11 carries, including a key pass reception of 10 yards for a game total of 70 all-purpose yardage making a solid contribution.

Jaylen Springs:

The consistent and reliable senior WR had 6 catches for 68 yards with his longest pass reception being 26 yards including a touchdown. He averaged 11.3 yards per reception in the football game.

Justin Little:

The talented sophomore QB had another solid performance for the Patriots. He completed 16/22 passes for 211 yards, he averaged 13.2 yards per pass completion, he tossed 3 touchdowns, his longest was a 40 yarder to teammate Brian Crowder. Little completed .727% of passes, but lost a fumble and tossed a key interception at the end of the game in the Patriots final drive. He also rushed 17 times for 62 yards averaging 3.6 yards per carry giving him 273 all-purpose yards in the football game. His QB rating was 123.3, he has shown maturity with each passing game and his game management skills are consistently improving.

Joshua Iseah:

The senior defensive leader played a solid game for the Patriots. He was involved in 6 solo tackles and multiple gang tackles in the contest. He also made a contribution scoring a touchdown from the 2 yard line powering into the end zone for Indy’s first score.

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