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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs fans cheer through a haze of baby powder as they prepare for their team to battle the Independence Patriots on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs fans cheer through a haze of baby powder as they prepare for their team to battle the Independence Patriots on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs fans scream through a haze of baby powder as the Bulldogs prepare to battle the Independence Patriots at Memorial Stadium on Friday, November 22, 2013. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff dives over the Independence Patriots defense for a touchdown during second quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff dives over the Independence Patriots defense for a touchdown during second quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Independence Patriots (11) wide receiver Jamick Davis catches a pass as Butler Bulldogs (4) defensive back Clifton Duck looks on during first quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Davis scored a touchdown on the play. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Independence Patriots (11) wide receiver Jamick Davis and (83) wide receiver Workpeh Kofa celebrate Davis' catch and touchdown run following a pass reception vs the Butler Bulldogs on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (32) running back Benjamin LeMay fights through the Independence Patriots defense to score a touchdown during first quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff rushes for yardage vs the Independence Patriots during second quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Independence Patriots (44) running back AJ Peal continues to fight for yardage as Butler Bulldogs (44) linebacker Christian Dixon looks to make the tackle during second quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff releases a pass over (73) offensive lineman James Brace during second quarter action vs the Independence Patriots on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (8) half back Alex Barrow looks for an opening as an Independence Patriots defender makes a diving tackle attempt during second quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs led the Patriots 19-13 at the half. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff is tackled by the Independence Patriots defense following a run on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (44) linebacker Christian Dixon and (15) linebacker Todjrei Graham make the tackle on Independence Patriots (11) wide receiver Jamick Davis on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (34) linebacker Jay Gibbs wraps up Independence Patriots (84) wide receiver Pierre Lockwood following a pass reception on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (2) defensive back/linebacker Jarrett Norman makes the tackle on Independence Patriots (83) wide receiver Workpeh Kofa following a pass reception on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Independence Patriots (8) quarterback Kelvin Hopkins is sacked by the Butler Bulldogs defense on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (32) running back Benjamin LeMay breaks to the outside on a run vs the Independence Patriots during fourth quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff continues to fight for yardage as Independence Patriots (21) defensive back Deion Washington tries to make the tackle on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (8) half back Alex Barrow fights his way into the end zone as Independence Patriots (21) defensive back Deion Washington tries to strip the ball away on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (10) half back Jordan James runs into the end zone following a pass reception as Independence Patriots (22) defensive back Adonis Alexander gives chase on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Butler Bulldogs (4) defensive back Clifton Duck celebrates a tackle vs the Independence Patriots with (99) defensive lineman Jalen Cousar during late fourth quarter action on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Butler Bulldogs head coach Brian Hales talks to his team following their victory over the Independence Patriots on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Butler Bulldogs (17) quarterback Anthony Ratliff smiles as he has his photo taken by a fan and talks on a cell phone following the team's victory over the Independence Patriots on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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    Mallard Creek running back DiShon Chambers breaks away from Providence defenders Tyler Pistorio, left, and Devon Kent in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek quarterback James Smith passes against Providence in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Providence quarterback Caleb York fights stretches for extra yards as Mallard Creek defensive lineman Deaonta Clegg (52) makes the tackle in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek running back Lawrence Pittman breaks through the line of scrimmage to score against Providence in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek tight end Jaylen Samuels drags Providence defensive back Devon Kent, right, as he runs for a first down in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Providence running back Brian Mattar looks for running room as Mallard Creek defensive back Draper Brown pursues him in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Providence quarterback Caleb York, right, runs the ball as Mallard Creek defensive lineman Deaonta Clegg (52) makes the tackle in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek running back Lawrence Pittman breaks away for a long touchdown run against Providence in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek tight end Jaylen Samuels looks for running room as Providence defensive back Devon Kent closes for a tackle in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek running back Lawrence Pittman fights for extra yards against Providence in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek running back DiShon Chambers (28) carries the ball against Providence defenders Tyler Pistorio, left, and Devon Kent in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek running back DiShon Chambers rushes for a first down as Providence defenders Tyler Pistorio, left, and Devon Kent try to make the tackle in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Providence quarterback Caleb York fights for yards as Mallard Creek defensive lineman Deaonta Clegg (52) makes the tackle in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek running back Lawrence Pittman breaks away for a long touchdown run against Providence in first half action in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Providence coach Justin Hardin talks to kicker Matthew Jagier during a break in first half action against Mallard Creek in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek coach Michael Palmieri directs his team against Providence in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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    Mallard Creek players gather before the start of their playoff game against Providence in the second round of N.C. 4AA high school football playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (Nell Redmond photo)
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