COAL CITY, WV (WOAY) – Last season, Independence narrowly missed the playoffs with a 6-4 record. Of course, the goal is to make it back there for the first time since 2016. But in order to accomplish that feat, John H. Lilly’s team will have to grow up fast.
The Patriots need to replace several offensive lineman and a two-year starting quarterback. Junior Logan Phalin and senior Isaiah Duncan are battling tooth and nail to be the team’s primary signal-caller, but as of right now, Lilly says the competition is too close to call.
What is known is who will be taking a majority of the handoffs. As a sophomore last season, running back Atticus Goodson averaged just over 176 rushing yards per game, earning second-team all-state honors. He’s back with the goal of earning a division one scholarship offer. Lilly says the offense will lean heavily on Goodson until other skill players prove themselves.
The Patriots will have new faces in important positions. They’ll also have a brand new turf field that has players excited. The upgrade means more practice reps on rainy days and the ability to host more games. According to players, it’s brought a renewed excitement to the program.
September 4 – vs. Pikeview
September 11 – vs. River View
September 18 – at Shady Spring
September 25 – at Westside
October 2 – vs. Summers County
October 9 – vs. Midland Trail
October 16 – at Man
October 23 – vs. Nicholas County
October 30 – at. Wyoming County