Although his team suffered a 19-point loss to Butler last week and had its seven-game winning streak snapped, Independence coach Bill Geiler was happy with the way the Patriots competed.
“(The Bulldogs) are the No. 10 team in the country,” Geiler said. “We are not, and we knew that. We have four sophomores that we start on defense, and we have some really young guys. I’m proud of my kids. Nobody gave us a chance, and we held them to (a score of) 26-14 without counting the last touchdown. I’m proud of that.”
The Patriots fell behind 20-0 in the first half but battled back and had several chances, including a long run by running back Isaiah
Robinson that was called back, to make big plays.
“I’m not going to hang my head, and I’m not going to let (the players do it),” Geiler said. “I think they battled their (tails) off and played as hard as they could have. When they were sophomores, that (Butler) score would have been 70 points. But we showed our toughness.”
The Patriots finished second in the Southwestern 4A conference and earned a No. 6 seed in the Class 4AA playoffs. They host Northwest Guilford (7-3) on Friday, and the winner will face the winner of the West Forsyth-Butler matchup.