When the dust settled following Independence’s come-from-behind win over Rocky River on Oct. 12, Patriots coach Bill Geiler was happy that his team had clinched a playoff spot with its 34-33 win.
“Now we’re in the playoffs, and that has always been one of our goals,” Geiler said. “We have to … finish out strong and get a No. 1 seed.”
In a hard-fought game, the Patriots emerged with the win after a Rocky River two-point conversion pass was ruled incomplete with just seconds remaining.
“A win like this boosts our self-esteem,” said Independence cornerback Jack Tocho. “We came down to the wire after not being down in a game (since a Week 3 loss to Vance), and for us to come up big when we needed to and get the win will really help us.”
This week, Independence hosts Myers Park before closing out the season at Memorial Stadium against Butler, a game that ultimately could decide the conference championship.
Geiler said that getting a win last week was the most important thing, even though it was a struggle.
“Sometimes things happen because they are supposed to happen,” Geiler said. “We’ve been on the other end of it before. Two years ago we went for it in a similar situation and the ball hit the ground, so I’ll take it. In a week, nobody will remember the score, just that we got the ‘W.’”