The Independence Patriots’ varsity football team faced an uphill battle on Friday night when the Patriots traveled to Olympic High School to battle the Trojans in a non-conference contest.
The Trojans scored first on a 23 yard pass play, and the successful kick after made the score 7-0 with 3:48 left in the first quarter.
With 2:56 on the clock the Patriots fumbled and Olympic recovered on Indy’s 25 yard line. Olympic scored on a 13 yard run again making the point after to move out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first period.
With 8:22 remaining in the second quarter Trojans’ running back Nashawn Pritchett ran off tackle for a 72 yard touchdown run. Colby Schefers made the point after and the Trojans took a 21-0 half time lead.
Late In the third quarter the Patriots got their offense in gear. With 3:31 showing on the clock, Indy drove the ball down to the Trojans’ four yard line. With 2:21 left to play Davion Nelson got into the end zone on a four yard run. Ryan Howe’s point after made the score 21-7 as the third period came to an end.
The Patriots scored as the fourth quarter got underway. Indy’s quarterback Arnold Taylor hit tight end Tyson Clawson for a two yard touchdown pass. Ryan Howe’s kick was good, and Indy cut the score to 21-14 with 11:56 left to play.
With 8:30 left in the game, Indy’s defense forced a Trojan punt, and the Patriots took over on their own 20 yard line. On Indy’s first play from scrimmage Davion Nelson ran out to Indy’s 45 yard line. After crossing mid-field on a pass to Michael Golden, Davion Nelson ran off tackle down to the Trojans’ 19 yard line.
At the 6:30 mark, Indy was looking at a 4th and nine from the 17 yard line. Davion Nelson ran off right tackle, made two big cuts, and got into the end zone making the score 21-20 with Olympic leading.
Coach Mike Natoli called for the kicking team for the point after. However, the Trojans jumped off sides and moved the ball to the one yard line. Coach Natoli then sent the offense back on the field for the two point conversion. The Patriots lined up in the wildcat formation. A direct snap was made to to Davion Nelson, who ran hard off tackle for the two point conversion giving the Patriots the lead 22-21 with 6:30 left in the game.
On Olympic’s next possession, the Trojans moved the ball down to Indy’s 14 yard line on a 48 yard run. A false start on the Trojans moved the ball back to the 19 yard line.
The Trojans moved down to Indy’s three yard line and scored on a quarterback keeper to give the Trojans a 27-22 lead. Olympic coach Brandon Thompson called for the two point conversion. Olympic’s quarterback Sean Bowles Jr. kept the ball and got into the end zone for the two points, and the Trojans moved their lead out to 29-22 with 4:44 left in the game.
On the ensuing kick off the Patriots started from their own 28 yard line and crossed mid-field at the 3:00 mark. With 1:36 left to play Arnold Taylor threw into the end zone but the pass went incomplete. Taylor on a quarterback keeper went to the 18 yard line with 1:28 showing on the clock. Taylor called his own number again and moved the ball to the 10 yard line with 0:57 left in the game.
On the next play Davion Nelson ran to the 7 yard line with 0:36 left to play. After an incomplete pass in the end zone, Nelson ran to the three yard line with 0:20 left on the game clock.
Indy lined up in the wildcat formation, and a direct snap to Davion Nelson for the touchdown run made the score 29-28 with Olympic leading with only 0:15 left in the contest.
Indy’s coach Mike Natoli elected to go for the win and kept the offense on the field. Again a direct snap was make to Davion Nelson, he attempted to go to the right side but was stopped just short of the goal line to give the Trojans a 29-28 victory.
The Patriots fell to a 2-1 record and will travel to Ardrey Kell ( 2-1) next Friday night for a non-conference game against the Knights. Kick off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Independence 0 0 7 21 – 28
Olympic 14 7 0 8 – 29