For the first three weeks of the season, no team had found an answer for Independence’s juggernaut offense. But as Independence found out Friday night, there is one way to keep Caleb Hollis and Vic Wharton III from scoring.
The solution? Keep them on the sidelines.
The Beech High School offense held onto the ball for over 30 minutes and out-gained Independence by 98 yards as the Eagles fell for the first time this year in a 28-21 loss Friday night.
Hollis kept the game close for most of the night, throwing three touchdown passes and going 13-for-24 for 194 yards; however, he also threw four interceptions, including two crucial picks in the last five minutes.
In addition, Beech’s rushing attack kept Independence (3-1) on the bench for most of the game, as running back Dorian Carter pounded Independence’s defense 55 times for 297 yards.
The Eagles will return to action Friday, as they host District rival Ravenwood at 7 p.m.