This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence Patriots


Antwan Watson –  The senior running back had another solid performance for the Patriots.  He had some big plays from scrimmage including runs of 53, 19, 18, 12, 11, 10 yards.  He accumulated over 150 yards on the ground and one TD for Independence.

Luke McPhail:  The QB had a good showing as he threw for two TD’s, and ran in a keeper for a third TD for the night.  His longest pass reception was a 27 yard gain to WR Brevin Caldwell for a TD.  He also had two balls intercepted in the end zone, and one perfect pass for a TD that was dropped.

Quihmari Mccall and Jonathan Stickland – Should be credited for a safety of the Wildcats QB in a key situation during the Patriots recent win.  Jahsir Thomas had 4 solo tackles and 5 assists for a total of 9, and Omar Zazueta contributed 5 solo’s and 3 assisted tackles for the Patriots defense.


Cvan Than – The Patriots all-time scoring leader now has 11 goals on this season with 3 assists for a total of 25 points.  He is averaging 3.1 points per game.

David Martinez – He has contributed 6 goals and 6 assists for a total of 18 points while averaging 2.6 points per game in the 8 games played.

Adam Ali – The Patriots goalkeeper who has played in all 640 minutes accumulated 34 saves, has a 4.3 saves to goal ratio with a GAA 1.375.  His current record is 5-2-1 on the season to date.

Queens Grant Stallions

Cross Country:

Lucas Brown – This smart and talented runner placed second in the state last season and has reduced his times by 30 seconds so far this year making him a real contender to finish in the top spot in the 1A State Championships later this fall season.


Mario Portillo – The senior after 9 games has 12 goals and 2 assists for 26 points.  He is averaging 2.9 points per game for the Stallions.

Micah Parker – The junior has scored 8 goals and added 2 assists for 18 points.  He is averaging 2.0 points per game.

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