Independence Soars Over Centennial

Williamson County Football

By: Amber Pennycuff

Maybe pink is their lucky color, but the Eagles soared over the Cougars last night with a 31-14 win at home last night.  Independence High School (4-3, 2-1) hosted a “pink-out” against Centennial (4-4, 2-2) last night for the district rival match-up.

It was the Eagles who were to receive the kick, as the student section roared over the field.

Only 10:59 into the game, Andrew Bunch sailed one right into Dion Simms for a 19-yard touchdown to kick-off the night.  The Cougar Nation answered right back as Deon Sanders ran in a 12-yard TD.  The extra-point failed, and the Eagles were up 7-6 with 6:24 left in the first quarter.

14.1 seconds left till the second, RaShaan Gaulden made his way to the end zone and bring the Eagles up 14-6.

To add to Gaulden’s big plays, he stunted for a pick-6 with only 5:24 left in the first half.  The Eagles were now up 21-6 and closing in on halftime.

A 29-yard field goal by Drake Dormann in the third would give Indy an 18-point advantage with only 5:22 left till the last quarter.  Centennial wasn’t going to give in that easily.

The Cougars quarterback Conner Rietveld snuck past the Eagle defense to put a TD on the board and followed a 2-point conversion to give Centennial a 10-point deficit, 24-14.

Emmanuel Hall was in the end zone ready to receive the ball, but Vic Wharton decided otherwise.  Wharton picked it off in the end zone to bring a 1st and 10 at the 20-yard line for the Eagles.

To follow up, Wharton ran in for a 62-yard TD for Indy that would close off the final score 31-14 for the night.

Independence will travel to Dickson County, as they return for another Friday night game next week.

The Williamson Source will keep you updated on the Eagles throughout this 2013 football season on our Football Central Homepage.