Independence Makes Home Debut Friday Against Marshall Co.

Williamson County Football

By: David Wells

Independence head coach Scott Blade is not satisfied with a mere victory. Despite winning in lopsided fashion on the road at Kenwood High School on Friday, Blade said that the Eagles are still in the process of maturing as a team.

“We only have three returning starters,” he said. “There’s times I’m looking at five sophomores. We’ve got a lot of young guys playing. We were fortunate to get the nice win.”

As Independence makes its home debut on Friday against Marshall County, the Eagles will rely once again on strong individual efforts on offense from Caleb Hollis and Vic Wharton, who together scored all of Independence’s points in it 28-6 season-opening victory.

Hollis, who was 18-for-28 for 177 yards, threw two touchdowns to Wharton, a Tennessee commitment, while running in a touchdown himself. Wharton also scored the first touchdown of that game on a 1-yard rush.

The Eagles’ passing game will be an asset to them against a Marshall County team that surrendered 308 passing yards and four passing touchdowns in Friday’s matchup against Shelbyville Central.

Where the Eagles will likely struggle offensively is on the ground.

Hollis led the team in rushing with 34 yards on 11 carries, while running back Dom Childress only managed nine yards on five attempts.

Despite the struggles in the rushing game, Blade said that the Eagles will not be without weapons should Marshall Co put up a strong running defense.

“Our offense is a spread offense, so it’s not do-or-die for us,” he said. “Our short passing game is an extension of our running game, and we still felt like the short passing game and the screen game worked pretty well.”

Independence’s matchup with Marshall kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday.

 

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