Saturday, November 29, 2008

Independence vs Richmond Senior to be played at Independence

Independence High’s N.C. 4AA football semifinal against Richmond Senior will be played at Independence Friday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

Coach Tom Knotts said Friday after winning against Butler that there was no need for the Patriots to switch the game to Memorial Stadium to accommodate a potential large crowd.

“We looked on TV at the West Charlotte game (vs. Richmond Senior on Nov. 21) and they didn’t fill their side of the stands,” Knotts said, refering to Richmond’s crowd. “They used to travel good, but they’re not traveling quite like they used to.
“The game will be at Independence, and we look forward to playing them at home.”

Independence-Butler games have routinely been switched to Memorial Stadium because of large crowds. Independence switched home playoffs against Richmond Senior to Memorial Stadium in 2003 and 2004.

Patriots athletics director Kelly Lewis confirmed Saturday that the semifinal is scheduled to be played at Independence’s home field on Friday.

-- Cliff Mehrtens

30 comments:

dontbestupid said...

Tom Knotts and Kelly Lewis are idiots! It was 20 freaking degrees for a 2nd round playoff game. NOBODY traveled that weekend for games.

Richmond travels just fine. This is a safety issue. Tell the WORLD DOMINATING Independence Patriots to build a real stadium. This is ridiculous. That stadium is not big enough to hold all of the fans from Independence, Richmond, and curious onlookers.

Anonymous said...

Don't hate on the Big I. They have put NC on the High School Football map! No need to build a new stadium when we have Memorial Stadium downtown. just be glad you have a chance to play against greatness!

Anonymous said...

dontbestupid - If Indpepndence were the only High School in the CMS system, like RCHS is the only high school in your system they would have built a new stadium a long time ago. However, when you have almost 20 high schools in a system, NCHSAA raping the schools financially it can't be done. Maybe one day soon all of the high schools in CMS will have football stadiums with $500,000.00 turf fields like Ardrey Kell, Mallard Creek and soon to be West Meck.

Here's my suggestion, get there early or you won't get in.

DMANGQ said...

Big mistake, I hope Independence fans will have somewhere to sit, cause raider fans willbe everywhere. Least you want be able to tell, a sea of green and gold.

Anonymous said...

Don't hate on the Big I. They have put NC on the High School Football map! No need to build a new stadium when we have Memorial Stadium downtown. just be glad you have a chance to play against greatness!

HUH????????????

Ignorance is always forgetful. The facts are Richmond County was NEVER beaten by any CMS school must less weakly IHS before Knotts moved from West Charlotte to Independence in 2000 and brought half of West Charlotte with him.

Richmond County SET THE STANDARD in NC and it was Knotts who always tried to COPYCAT the Raiders who were ranked in the National Polls back in the 1970s and remained there for decades way before IHS came along.

Somebody had to set the standard and record for others to breat with stacked teams like Knotts did at IHS.

Richmond County is still KING of NC football and always will be winning 5 NC state titles before the new system of 8 playoff divisions weakened everything. Titles won were in
1978, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1998.

Look WE dont mind Knotts and others wanting to COPYCAT the KINGS at Richmond County HS but we know at least the first 5 titles were won with players using fake addresses to play outside their district.

As far as RC only having 1 high high school to 20 in CMS that is 100% irrelevant since NCHSAA uses student populations only. The number of students at IHS and RC are the same.


Richond County High School and the great Daryl Barnes set the standand for all of NC and the nation and be thankful we did because CMS and Knotts would have no goal to attain or no records to beat. Noone in NC or America ever heard of IHS or Knotts before 2000 but NC and America knew Richmond County was KING !!!!!!!!

Signed: THE ETERNAL KINGS and true GREAT ONES OF RICHMOND COUNTY where GREATNESS has always been around.

ps. You little guys at IHS and Knotts are doing OK but never upstage your teachers as the student is never above the teacher and the wantabes are never above the REAL DEAL.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Richmond fans live in the past. Richmond has been beaten over and over by mediocre CMS teams the last five years, just not beat but wacked. Be thanful you play in a weak league. On Friday, you will see real football, not the 1950 wing t and boring stuff. Once again a Charlotte team will destroy you. P.S. If it is 20 degrees, will that stop you again?

Anonymous said...

Indendence needs any help it can get from anywhere. Doubt if playing at home will be enough to stop the Raiders

STUPID RICHMOND COUNTY FANS..... said...

ANY RICHMOND COUNTY FAN THAT THINKS THEY ARE OR HAVE EVER BEEN CLOSE TO HOW GOOD INDEPENDENCE TEAM THE LAST FEW YEARS IS "CRAZY" 108 WINS IN A ROW. WHEN HAS RICHMOND DONE THAT????THEY NEVER WILL!!!! JUST COME ON DOWN TO INDEPENDENCE ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND TAKE YOUR BEATING LIKE A MAN!!!

Anonymous said...

"TO ALL RICHMOND COUNTY FANS"
STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT PLAYING AT INDEPENDENCE FRIDAY NIGHT!!!INDY IS THE NUMBER 1 SEED AND THEY CAN PLAY WHERE THEY WANT. DONT COMPLAIN WITH YOUR SORRY 9-3 RECORD WHERE YOU HAVE TO PLAY. YOU COULD PLAY INDEPENDENCE ANYWHERE AND BRING WHATEVER BEACH/HILLBILLY CROWD YOU WANT AND STILL GET YOUR ASSES KICKED!!!!BRING IT ON!!!

Anonymous said...

we play in a weak league i think we still have 4 teams in the playoffs how many do yall have dumbass indy is the only cms team to beat us besides wc last year what happened to them this year .ef was 12-0 what happend to them indy is 12-0 till friday

Anonymous said...

Yea yea yea ... That big 108 game win streak was all NC teams and look who whipped the Patties in 2007 but some 970 student all white boy Catholic parochial school in Cinncinati Ohio.
This is a total embarrassment for not only CMS but for the whole state of NC.
Thankfully Knotts chickened out going to Maidson County 2A Florida this yr who is even a smaller school at 830 students.
Getting whipped again would have humiliated all of NC again by an even smaller school than Elder was in Cincy. IHS has 2600 students.

And running up the score on Butler was meaningless. How much did you pay Butler to pad the score?

Step out of the way and let the real KING of NC football. No pretenders needed. We know who the real deal is and always has been.

Had Knotts not went to IHS in 2000 we promise Richmond County would have 5 more state titles.

GET REAL !!!! You know who yo daddy is.

Anonymous said...

'And running up the score on Butler was meaningless. How much did you pay Butler to pad the score?'

HELLO!!!!!! They didn't pay Butler...THEY HAD THE REF'S IN KNOTT'S BACK POCKET...even @ half time it looked like they were pocketing money...Independence is not perfect...but NOT one flag thrown for all the crap hits they did...the Butler players were always looking for a flag on them regardless! I hope that RICHMOND comes and give BIG I some groudning...however, if the same ref's are there...there won't be a chance...Mint Hill, Independence and Tom Knott's love to pad the pockets of the officials!

Anonymous said...

HEY YOU JERK WHO TALKS ABOUT THE REFS IN THE INDEPENDENE AND BUTLER GAME? ARE YOU KIDDING ME, THAT GAME BOTH TEAMS PLAYED THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON BUTLER GOT ALL THE CALLS IN THE GAME AND STILL LOST.THE 49-7 BEATDOWN THAT TOOK PLACE THE GAME WAS A LITTE BETTER AS FAR AS CALLS. BUT THE CALLS SURE WERE NOT FOR INDY ONLY. STOP YOUR CRYING ABOUT GETTING YOUR ASSES KICKED!!!!!

Anonymous said...

we agree with yall on one thing and one thing only and that is that yall are queen of the queen city yall brag about so much. we got no problem wit that cuz da rock baby be da kings not queens.
we da king. yall da queens. this will never change. case closed. out.
#75 1989 Raider.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE, PLEASE RICHMOND COUNTY FANS DONT TALK ABOUT INDEPENDENCE NOT GOING TO MADISON COUNTY BECAUSE THEY WERE SCARED. CMS RULED BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER THAT THEY WOULD NOT LET THE TEAM TRAVEL, TOM KNOTTS TOLD CMS THAT HE WOULD EVEN PLAY THEM ON SUNDAY. AS FAR AS THE GAME AGAINST CINCY ELDER WHO IN THE HELL CARES ABOUT HOW MANY STUDENTS THEY HAVE AT THE SCHOOL. THATS JUST A DUMB ASS COMMENT BY A PERSON WHO KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL. INDY LOST THE GAME IN THE FINAL MINUTES TO CINCY ELDER AND "ALL YOU STUPID RICHMOND COUNTY FANS JUST WISH YOU COULD BE MENTIONED TO PLAY OUT OF STATE GAMES LIKE THAT" RICHMOND COUNTY COULD NOT EVEN BEAT BUTLER!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hey JERK...did you forget that you are typing in all caps...duh...just like an Indy jerk...blind and can't see to even type then has to go down so far as to use language that should not be used in a paper...Learn to be respectful in your responses and maybe someone will take you seriously...Big I has been around for many years...probably more than you've been alive...and will still be here after you are gone...they will always be a topic of conversation and controversery...that is a fact.

Anonymous said...

HEY, JERK!!! I WRITE IN CAPS IF I WANT TO. AND YES YOU IDIOT I KNOW AM WRITING IN CAPS. WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY? SAY SOMETHING THAT MAKES SENSE. WHO CARES HOW LONG INDEPENDENCE HAS BEEN AROUND. I GRADUATED FROM INDY IN 1989. DID YOU EVEN GO THERE YOU JERK???WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF AND NOT SOMEONE WHO IS WRITING SOMETHING IN CAPS YOU IDIOT!!!

Anonymous said...

To all of the Independence and Richmond fans,this is a game that all of us have wanted to see.We all have said Independence and Butler and hoped that Richmond would win so they could be included in on this chance to play for a CHAMPIONSHIP in a week from now.My opinion is that Independence is the team of the decade and if Richmond sr. could win this decade maybe they would be like Shelby and De-la-salle AND Valdosta ga.,who win championships every decade and are known as DYNASTY TEAMS.NO matter what happens the 109 games that Independence won will not go away and we as NORTH CAROLINA FANS should be gald that we have the SECOND LONGEST STREAK in the county because if you are watching high school football like most people South Panola high school out of Mississippi has won 89 straight games and are still going strong with a team that next year will be even better.
I'M GLAD THAT I LIVE IN A AREA THAT HAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL LIKE WE HAVE HERE AND EVERY YEAR WE HAVE GREAT TEAMS THAT PLAY FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS---LIKE LINCOLNTON,SOUTH POINT,SHELBY,CONCORD,CREST,RICHMOND SR,INDEPENDENCE,ASHBROOK,KINGS MOUNTAIN,WEST CHARLOTTE,AND I NOW THAT I HAVE LEFT SOMEONE OUT BUT JUST LOOK AT THIS AND THING OF HOW LUCKY WE ARE THAT THIS IS AROUND US FOR US TO SEE AND IF YOU ARE A FOOTBALL FAN THIS IS WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT GETTING UP ON A FRIDAY NIGHT TO GO WATCH THE GAMES THAT ARE HERE FOR US.
I am ready for this one between Independence and Richmond sr.----this is what it is all about.Richmond better be ready for this Independence team because they score fast and often and must thing about scoring 40+ to beat this team and don't get me wrong I HAVE NOT SEEN RICHMOND PLAY THIS YEAR SO I'M ONLY TALKING FROM INDEPENDENCE SIDE.PEOPLE THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT SO LETS JUST SET BACK AND --------LETS SEE WHO IS BETTER AFTER FRIDAY.

Anonymous said...

Some facts among myths....Indy and Wc are not the only Richond beaters. Myers Park destroyed them in 2005, Providence did so in 2006 and 2002. That is 4 CMS teams, a few of which didn't even finsih near the top of the conference. In all those years, Richmond won their conference.....Calls? In the thwo Butler games, Indy had three tds called back and had more penalties in both games. Like Twain said, never let the facts get in the way of a big myth.

Anonymous said...

BOTTOM LINE TO ALL "RICHMOND COUNTY FANS" FROM AN INDEPENDENCE FAN AND GRADUATE IN 1989. COME ON DOWN TO CHARLOTTE ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND LET THE BIG I SHOW YOU HOW TO PLAY SOME FOOTBALL. RICHMOND YOU ARE GOING TO GET YOUR ASSES KICKED!!! THE FINAL SCORE WILL BE INDY 45 AND RICHMOND 7.

Anonymous said...

Some facts among myths....Indy and Wc are not the only Richond beaters. Myers Park destroyed them in 2005, Providence did so in 2006 and 2002.

Hey moron. Can you read? The post said before 2000 when Knotts came over to IHS and brought half of West Charlotte with him and rigged all those teams.

Do you need a repeat? BEFORE 2000. Open your brain if you have one. BEFORE 2000...

Anonymous said...

Hey moron! Knotts came to Indy in 2000 and not one player came with him. That is fact. Later, one receiver joined the team after switching to Vance first. That was it. I guess you need to feel better about getting pasted over and over by CMS teams. Who cares about pre 2000? We are talking recent times and now. Thsi will be an easy win for Indy. Unfortunately, you won't see yet another wing t. My question is do you already have excuses ready, moron? P.S. When is the last ime Richmond even qualified for a title game? Clinto was president!

Anonymous said...

Lest we digress to the "Kings" of Richmond. You had your chance in the "post 2000" era to beat the Patriots, stop the streak, win another state title (not in the 90's), and whatever else may make you feel better about yourselves. The truth is you couldn't make a chip shot field goal to win the game in 2003. At least this time, the goalposts will be wider. I guess we'll have plenty of room in the stadium because the low for Fri. is 29 and Tom Knotts and Kelly Lewis must be geniuses instead of idiots, that they can not only win football games, but predict the weather so the Richmond fans will stay home.

Anonymous said...

"I'M GLAD THAT I LIVE IN A AREA THAT HAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL LIKE WE HAVE HERE AND EVERY YEAR WE HAVE GREAT TEAMS THAT PLAY FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS---LIKE LINCOLNTON,SOUTH POINT,SHELBY,CONCORD,CREST,RICHMOND SR,INDEPENDENCE,ASHBROOK,KINGS MOUNTAIN,WEST CHARLOTTE,AND I NOW THAT I HAVE LEFT SOMEONE OUT BUT JUST LOOK "


Who the hell is putting Concord Lincolnton Ashbrook is this mix?
Concord was what 3-7 in 2008? They suck. What a joke. Stick a fork up their butts. They done. The 50 year hometown boy dinosaur coach will hang until he drops dead and scared like hell to coach anywhere else. Small redneck schools like this are overrated anyway. Those other schools are not that great either.

Every area has high school football that is good you idiot. Why dont you try getting to other places or states? This area football is mediocre as best in all reality. Nothing special.

Like the poster stated, Independence had their 108 game record win streak of beating only NC teams and were busted by a small Ohio school on their first trip out of state? Go fig.

Football is football everywhere whether in Florida Texas or California and all points in between. Nothing special about high school football in the Piedmont area of NC because its just as good or better in Raleigh Wilmington Greensboro areas.

Get off your high horse. Just enjoy the #1 high school sport in America and realize its all good everywhere regardless of where you go in all 50 states. Its average in the Charlotte area at best but thats fine. You do the best you can do and thats it.

Anonymous said...

Richmond County Fans better bring their Pillows to cry on friday night. Please do us Indy fans a favor and stay at home, so we can go and watch the best high school team in North Carolina and in NC high school "HISTORY". GO INDEPENDENCE!!!!! INDY WILL WIN 45-7!!!!!!!!!STAY AT HOME!!!!

Anonymous said...

45-7?

The granddaddy of high school football in NC and yo daddy laughs at this.

Independence is an imposter compared to the great Richond County.

RC by 7.

Anonymous said...

Credit the "REFS" with SEVERAL BAD CALLS for your win Richmond!!

Anonymous said...

45-7?

The granddaddy of high school football in NC and yo daddy laughs at this.

Independence is an imposter compared to the great Richond County.

RC by 7.

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