The Independence High School Eagles used a 21 point third quarter surge to beat the Spartans from Summit High School 42-32.
Independence came into this game licking their wounds from the week before when they ran into a freight train named Oakland.
Summit, on the other hand was feeling pretty good after winning their opener 12-7 against Spring Hill.
In the end, both school walked away with a 1-1 record.
Independence turned to senior quarterback Nathan Cisco to lead the offense and he delivered.
Cisco completed 18 of 21 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran twice for 15 yards.
Cisco’s main target was senior TJ Sheffield. The 5’ 10” speedster caught eight passes for 162 yards. He also carried the ball three times for another 37 yards.
The Eagle offense got things going right away and took a 14-7 lead after the first quarter.
Summit battled back with a touchdown of their own in the second quarter, but Independence answered to take a 21-14 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was where the Eagles took control of the game.
Independence scored three touchdowns while holding the Spartans to just one score to take a 42-21 lead into the last period.
The Spartans were able to shut down the Independence offense in the final quarter, but could manage just six points of their own. Independence was able to hold on and earn the victory.
The Eagles used a balance running attack. Senior Isaiah Collier led the way with 57 yards on just three carries. He was able to break free for a 44-yard gain.
Senior Colby Logan was the work-horse for the Eagles, carrying the ball 12 times for 40 yards.
Senior Tyrus Jackson added to the steady Independence attack, carrying the ball four times for 27 yards.
Senior Zach Smith, senior Alex Becker and junior Jack Phillips all had eight tackles to lead the Eagle Defense. Smith had two tackles for a loss.