Thursday, September 27, 2007

Knotts: Patriots need to be more consistent

Five games into the season, Independence coach Tom Knotts thinks his team still has a lot of work to do.

The Patriots have been behind since off-field issues forced Knotts to miss nearly all of summer workouts in July. Among them: his father, Don, passed away.

Independence has been sluggish all season and had its 109-game win streak snapped by Cincinnati's Elder High in its second game.

As the Patriots get ready for South Meck (4-1) Friday at 7 p.m., Knotts is looking for more consistent play from his young team.

"I think we take two steps forward and a little one back," he said. "That game last week (a 36-14 win over Myers Park) could've easily been a 50-something game."

Knotts is concerned that 5-7 quarterback Anthony Carrothers is struggling to find open receivers. Knotts said Patriots receivers ran free deep several times last week and Carrothers missed them.

"I don't know why," Knotts said. "I'm hoping it's not his height. I've got to figure out what it is. He seems to be seeing the rush. That's typical of a young quarterback."

Knotts said he planned to spend more practice time standing directly behind Carrothers to try to determine if he needs to coach him more -- or simply have him roll out to see passing lanes better.

Langston Wertz Jr.