Novant Health Athletes of the Week

High School Sports
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Independence Patriots 


Luke McPhail – The senior quarterback connected on six touchdown passes in the teams opener against the Titans from Hopewell.  He had five touchdowns in the first half alone to lead the Patriots offense.  McPhail had TD tosses of 4, 15, 51, 2, 45 and 2 yards in the game and chewed up big yardage threw the air.  He also showed he is just not a pocket quarterback with his longest rush from scrimmage being an 11 yard gain.

Shai Wheeler – The junior wide receiver had a huge opening game against the Titans.  He scored touchdowns passes of 8, 45 and 51 yards.  He had four additional pass receptions of 12, 17, 38 and 39 yards.  Wheeler accumulated well over 200 yards of offense alone for the Patriots.

Antwan Watson – The senior running back had a big night against Hopewell.  Watson had a 40 yard rush from scrimmage in the first quarter.  In the second half he scampered for a 34 yard TD running over Titans, and a 45 yard TD for the final score in the Patriots rout.


Cvan Than – The senior attacker for the Patriots scored 4 goals this week.  Than scored 1 goal against Marvin Ridge and this seasons first “Hat Trick” netting 3 goals in the match against the Titans from Hopewell in a shutout.

Chris Davis – The midfielder delivered 3 goals for the high scoring Patriots this past week.  He had one goal in the Marvin Ridge match and scored 2 goals against Hopewell later in the week.

Rocky River Ravens 


Jaylon Sharpe – The Ravens outstanding senior linebacker had 10 solo tackles and 3 assisted tackles in the South Iredell victory.  Against Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology the senior once again dominated in the middle.  He was all over the field leading the physical Ravens defensive unit.

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