Mint Hill Times Featured Athletes Of The Week

Indy QB Justin Little scores a Patriots TD. (Photo by Ron Morris)
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Athlete of the Week:

Justin Little

The Independence QB continues to standout for the 6-1 Patriots this season. On Friday night the talented sophomore accumulated 206 yards of offense rushing for 102 yards on 12 carries averaging 8.5 yards per carry while scoring 3 touchdowns. Then through the air he completed 6-11 passes for another 104 yards and tossed 1 touchdown. He made a significant contribution in all of the Patriots scoring drives in their 28-13 win over Providence.

Overall, his stats continue to mount up placing him among the top quarterbacks in our metropolitan area and within the state as he is getting to receive some high marks. Little in 7 games has 99 completions on 143 attempts for 1521 yards with .692 completion percentage. His average passing yardage per game is 217.3 or 15.4 yards per catch completing 14.1 receptions per game. He has tossed 16 TD’s, his longest a 65 yarder, with only 4 interceptions. Little’s QB rating is 129.7 which is excellent. He has contributed 379 yards on the ground on 46 carries and 5 touchdowns. His longest run from scrimmage is a 75 yard dash to daylight. He has a combined 1900 yards and 21 touchdowns this season with plenty of football remaining.

Honorable Mention: 

Sincere McIntyre  

The senior running back had a combined 131 yards of total offense. He had 3 very productive rushing carries for 43 yards or 14.3 yards per carry, his longest run from scrimmage was a nifty 24 yarder. He also caught an exciting 52 yard pass reception for a touchdown while catching 3 passes for 88 yards averaging 29.3 yards per completion in the contest. Overall, McIntyre in 7 games has 306 yards rushing on 34 carries, an average of 9.0 yards per carry, a long of 56 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also has 11 receptions for 197 yards and 1 touchdown. Combined a total of 503 all-purpose yards for the Patriots.

Shaun Solomon

Another senior RB who enjoyed a solid performance on Friday night for Independence.  Solomon has been a consistent contributor and workhorse all season. He had 14 carries for a tough 67 yards while averaging 4.8 yards per carry with many on first downs giving the Patriots short yardage situations on second downs. He has accumulated 273 yards rushing and has 5 touchdowns on the season.

Emmanuel Teah

The third senior running back who makes a consistent contribution gained 75 yards on 10 carries for an average of 7.5 yards per carry. He has accumulated 219 yards rushing on 39 carries for 5.9 yards per carry, Teah has averaged 43.8 yards per football game in 5 games with a 16 yard dash his longest run while scoring 2 touchdowns.

The three senior running back combination and rotation has worked out extremely well for the Patriots this season. Combined the trio has accumulated 1007 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns.

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