It wasn’t pretty, but new Independence coach Justin Hardin earned his first win with the Patriots as Indy held off a stingy Olympic Trojan team 10-3 at Dave Johnson Stadium Friday.
Independence seemed to be in control for much of the game, getting an early field goal and a touchdown pass from Christian McPhail to Cederick Stone to take a 10-0 halftime lead.
The Independence defense was dominant for much of the night, allowing just 16 total yards in the first half, but three turnovers helped keep Olympic in the game. Early in the fourth, Olympic scored its first points of the season on a 29-yard field goal by Brendan Manivong, and after a missed field goal by Independence, the Trojans drove to the Patriots’ 35 in the final minute.
Two Olympic penalties pushed the Trojans back and Independence forced two incompletions to preserve the victory.
Quote: “I just want us to get better each week,” said a somewhat disappointed Hardin. “Our execution wasn’t crisp and we made too many mistakes. But we did move the ball and our defense was good for most of the game.”
Records: Independence gets its first win of the season at 1-2 while Olympic drops to 0-2.
Worth mentioning: Independence running back Quantavious McGill was the horse for the Patriots, rushing for 185 yards on 33 carries.
Olympic quarterback Dylan Earney was injured midway through the first quarter when he was hit by an Independence rusher. Earney had to be helped off the field and appeared to not be able to put weight on his left leg.
Despite being on the field for most of the game (Independence ran 61 offensive plays to Olympic’s 42), Olympic’s defense played well. That included a goal-line stand where they stopped Independence’s McGill from the one-yard on three straight plays.
What’s Next: Independence will host West Meck while Olympic will also be at home against Hopewell.