Independence Looks to Finish 2nd in District

Williamson County FootballBy Zachary Harmuth

If the playoffs started today, Independence would be in along with Centennial, Ravenwood and Franklin. Independence’s opponent this week, Brentwood, would be out.

With this Friday’s game on the road against Brentwood being the last of the regular season, Independence is sitting pretty for the playoffs with a solid second place in AAA District 11.  Even with a loss Indy should still be good.

At 6-3, and 4-1 in AAA District 11, Independence is heavily favored, on paper, against Brentwood (3-6, 2-3 in AAA District 11).

Independence pulled out a miraculous comeback against Franklin last Friday, after being down 18 in the second half Indy handed Franklin its second loss in a row (and in the season) 29-28.

However, the top five teams, stats aside, in this District are all so close in terms of talent and skill, that  it is hard to predict what will happen when they face each other, regardless of record. For example, Independence lost by 16 to Ravenwood, while of course Brentwood came within one against them.

So this game is up for grabs, most likely, whichever team executes and gets a little lucky will win. Independence has been more explosive but Brentwood has played better defense. In district play this season, five games so far, Indy has scored about 35 points per game and given up 23, which gives it the best points-allowed defense in the district. Brentwood by comparison scores about 27 points per game but gives up 17, in district.

For Independence, the key to winning this game will be to rely on and feature Vic Wharton III, especially on kick and punt returns- he has 690 return yards this season, and took one back 98 yards for a score last week. He is dangerous on offense, leading the team in both rushing and receiving and in touchdowns (285 rushing, 801 receiving, and as a cornerback he had an interception last week.