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Independence Patriots beat New Bern Bears, 38-19

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2005

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Charlotte Independence 38, New Bern 19

Raleigh, NC - The Independence Patriots beat the New Bern Bears 38-to-19 in the 4AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship on Saturday in Carter-Finley Stadium at North Carolina State University.

Hakeem Nicks had eight catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns as Charlotte Independence high school won a record sixth straight state title.

Nicks' 205 yards were the second-most in state-championship game history, second only to the 225 yards set by Independence's Brad Hinton in 2000. Hicks was named the Most Valuable Player of the game for the Patriots.

Independence forced the Bears into two turnovers and were led by defensive MVP Darryl Smith, who finished with four tackles and recovered a fumble.

Cameron Henegan added two rushing touchdowns for the Patriots (15-0), who extended the nation's longest winning streak to 92 games. The Patriots have won every game since a 34-to-31 loss to Shelby Crest in September of 2000.

Dave Towernicky threw a touchdown pass and had a 1-yard sneak for the New Bern Bears.

Independence jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, but New Bern came up an interception by Michael Harvey late in the second quarter that he returned down to the Patriots' 27. Two plays later, David Towarnicky hit Daryl Reynolds for a 27-yard touchdown to cut the gap to 17-7 at the half. Reynolds was the offensive MVP for the Bears, finishing with five receptions for 68 yards.

Darryl Barnes was named the Bears' defensive MVP.

In the third quarter, Independence quarterback Darryl McFadden hit receiver Hakeem Nicks for an 80-yard touchdown.

The Bears cut the lead to 24-13 late in the third quarter on a Towarnicky 1-yard run. But two Patriots' scores in 15 seconds in the fourth ended the Bears' championship dreams.

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