Indy 46 - 21 Coffeyville
The Pirates used four takeaways in the 1st quarter (with seven total takeaways throughout the game) to build a 23-14 halftime lead over the Coffeyville Red Ravens. With a safety and a defensive touchdown scored on a fumble recovery and return, Indy pushed further ahead in the 2nd half and won the game handily, 46-21.
The win marked only the 2nd victory for the Pirates over the Red Ravens in nearly 20 tries, dating back to the 1990s. Combined with victories over Hutch and Butler, the four-game winning streak set a new mark in Indy football history. This is the first season in 50 years that the Pirates beat all three of Hutch, Butler and Coffeyville in the same season.
The final NJCAA polls showed Indy receiving votes for the first time this season, and the first time in several years.
Indy 31 - 28 Butler
After 20 years of futility, the Pirates broke a losing streak to Butler dating back to 1997. Down 8-0 at halftime, Indy fell farther behind in the 3rd quarter after giving up two long passing plays on busted coverages.
However, the Pirates rallied in the 4th quarter and outscored the Grizzlies 17-0 in the 4th quarter, including a FG with 00:03 left on the clock to take the lead for the first time in the game. After penalty on the Pirates for celebrating on the field before the final whistle, Butler had one last opportunity to steal the game back. But their last-gasp kick return ended with tackle and Indy put an end to a streak that saw the Pirates lose by an average of 50 points per game for nearly 20 years.
With the win, Indy improves to 4-4 on the season, and maintaining a 3-game winning streak. Next week, the Pirates will face off away against Coffeyville in their final regular season game of the year, with a kickoff time of 7pm.
Indy 21 - 18 Hutch
Independence traveled to Hutchinson CC, looking for their first victory over the Blue Dragons in 10 years. After a defensive battle, including the Pirate defense shutting out the Hutch offense throughout the entire 2nd half of the game, Indy walked away with their 2nd consecutive victory and 3rd on the season.
The Pirates came out of the gate slow, but shook off the rust of the bye week after a rough 1st quarter. Over the rest of the game, Indy limited their mistakes while taking advantage of several fumbles by the Blue Dragon offense and special teams to score the only points after halftime and withstanding one last push by late in the 4th quarter by Hutch.
Regaining possession of the ball with a few minutes remaining, Independence ran for a first down and gained another on a penalty by the Blue Dragon defense to run out the clock and end the game in the victory formation.
Indy 45 - 24 Highland
With 45 total points scored in the 1st quarter on Saturday night, the Pirates and Highland were on pace for a record-setting shootout. However, both defenses tightened up and Indy scored the only 3 points in the 2nd quarter with 0:09 on the clock, tying the game at 24 going into the locker rooms for halftime.
The third quarter has been tough for Indy, allowing points to the opposition on their opening drive in each of the previous 5 games. However, the Pirates remained locked in and carried the momentum created in the 2nd quarter throughout the rest of the game, ending with more takeaways (3) in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters than points allowed (0) in that same time frame.
With the win, Indy moves to 2-4 on the season, with three games left on the schedule. Up next is a bye week, to recover and prepare for an away matchup with Hutchinson CC on Saturday, October 29.
Indy 10 - 29 Ellsworth
The Pirate defense forced 4 turnovers, and the offense jumped out to a 10-7 lead after the 1st quarter of action, but Ellsworth took advantage of big plays on special teams and short fields to finish out the game 29-10.
Pirates practice at Iowa State indoor facilities
Friday, the Pirate football team traveled to the campus of the Iowa State Cyclones and were able to perform their weekly situational practice at the ISU indoor football facilities.
The team enjoyed the experience, and a few of the players took the opportunity to check out what the Cyclones had to offer... since they already had scholarship offers and were thinking about attending the Big 12 institution!
Indy 32 - 37 Dodge City
Indy jumped to an early lead in the first half, but the #10-ranked Dodge City Conqs took advantage of a few turnovers and made a few big plays on special teams to take the lead late and hold on for a narrow victory over the Pirates.
Indy 27 - 24 Iowa Central
The Pirates got off to a fast start, scoring 13 first quarter points. However, Iowa Central fought back and took the lead in the 3rd quarter, 17-13, before Indy took control and the lead in final quarter. Iowa Central scored late on an acrobatic catch, but the Pirates got the ball after a failed onside kick attempt and gained the first downs needed to run out the clock.
OL bolstered by Moore, All-State OL from Oklahoma
Independence Community College welcomes Tramonda Moore to our Pirate Family. Tramonda is a 6'6" 350 pound, First Team All-State Tackle from John Marshall high school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Moore is a 4-star offensive lineman who played in the US Army All-American Bowl and was ranked by ESPN as the 7th best tackle in the country.
Pirate Success in NFL
Former Pirates, James Baker (Idaho) and Stephen Houston (Indiana) have both signed free agent contracts with NFL teams! Baker signed with the Kansas City Chiefs while Houston signed with the New England Patriots. Independence Pirate Football is building champions!
Five Pirates to Transfer Schools
- Dwayne Carter (Running Back) - Harding University
- Greg McKillion (Wide Receiver) - University of Memphis
- Demecho Crawford (Defensive Line) - Missouri Southern University
- Kyle Nitz (Wide Receiver) - Arkansas Tech University
- Terrance McDaniel (Offensive Line) - Ottawa University
- Marcus Shearhart(Offensive Line) - Ottawa University
- Joao Lopas (Offensive Line) - Point University
- Nash Nelson (Offensive Line) - McPherson College
2008 ICC Pirate Emmanuel Lamur, who continued his career at K-State, signed with the Cincinnatti Bengals on May 5th, 2012. Played in all four preseason games, logging six tackles ... Waived on Aug. 31, and signed Sept. 1 to Bengals practice squad ... Signed to active roster on Nov. 2 and made NFL debut two days later, in Game 8, Nov. 4 vs. Denver ... Played in nine games (Games 8-16), with 19 tackles and two passes defensed ... Ranked fifth on team in special teams tackles (eight), despite playing in just nine games. Check out more information regarding Emmanuel Lamur and his career with the Cincinnatti Bengals. 2008 Pirate Emmanuel Lamur
Tray signed with the University of Central Oklahoma (NCAA D-2; MIAA) for the fall of 2013. Tray came to ICC from Florida and played cornerback for the Pirates. UCO Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Russ Pickett had this to say about Tray:
"Tray is a big, physical corner that you can do a lot of things with. We are very excited about having him join our program and we are looking for him to make an impact immediately. Independence Community College did a marvelous job of preparing him to come to this level ready to play immediately. We look forward to big things from Tray."
TJ Reynard signed with the University of Wisconsin (NCAA D-1; Big Ten) for the fall of 2013. TJ came to ICC from Virginia and played defensive back for the Pirates. Wisconsin Defensive Backs coach Bill Busch gave these comments on TJ:
"We are very excited to have TJ join our football program. He is an exceptional athlete who could play a multitude of positions for us in the fall. He's very athletic and his work ethic is second to none. Coach Carson and his staff did an excellent job preparing him mentally and physically for Division 1 football.
2013 Mid Year Signees: 4 Yr. Schools
Tommy Dover-Toano, VA (DL)-West Georgia
Ty'Quan Hayes-Dillon, SC (QB)-Missouri Southern
Cristobal Dinham-Livonia, GA (RB) South Alabama,
Lawson Short, Pratt, KS (LB) Kansas State Univ., WO,
Jacob McGuire, Newton, KS (OL) Northwest Oklahoma State,
Trey McCluskey, Sabetha, KS (OL) Missouri Southern,
Justin Armstrong, McPherson, KS (OL) Ottawa University,
Tommy Crayton, McPherson, KS (OL) Midlands University.