Week 5 Game Day Notes vs. West Delaware

The Series:
This is the 105th meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 47-54-3, 28-23-1 at home and 18-31-2 on the road against West Delaware.  The first meeting took place on November 4th, 1899, in Independence where the Mustangs won 15-0.

Coaching Records:
Justin Putz is in his 5th season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 6th overall.  Currently, his record at Independence is 16-19-0. His overall coaching record is 21-24-0 in six seasons with three playoff appearances.

Doug Winkowitsch is the head coach of the West Delaware Hawks.

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Week 5 Honorary Captains

Tonight’s Honorary Captains are members of the Independence Youth Football Organization.  The organization was started in 2002 by Joe and Janet Payne to introduce 5th and 6th graders at Independence to tackle football and to help gain the skills necessary for the sport as they move up to the next level.  Josh Hinde and Rick Wendling joined the program in 2010, serving as coaches and coordinators, with Josh still currently the coordinator for the Independence community. With the help of many volunteer coaches, the Independence Youth Football Organization has been able to help many 5th and 6th graders be introduced to the sport, as well as offering support to football at all levels at Independence.  Thank you to all those involved in helping progress the Independence Youth Football Organization for the past 16 years! Please welcome to Lyle Leinbaugh Field, our honorary captains, the Independence Youth Football Coordinators past and present!

Week 4 Game day Notes vs. Center Point-Urbana

The Series:
This is the 1st meeting between Independence and Center Point-Urbana.

Coaching Records:
Justin Putz is in his 5th season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 6th overall. Currently, his record at Independence is 16-18-0. His overall coaching record is 21-23-0 in six seasons with three playoff appearances.

Dan Burke is the head coach of the Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers.

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7th Grade Football Update

Independence Mustang 7th Grade Boys started fast and aggressive in their Thursday Night opening WIN.  The A Team Won 28 to 0 over Benton Community with 3 scores and 1 PAT coming through the air.

The offensive line of Kyle Williams, Logan Robinson/ Hunter McBride, Brady McDonald, Conner Rawlins, and Carson Cameron established the line of scrimmage early in the running game and then allowed time in the pocket for Drew Beatty to scan the field in the passing game.

Zach Sidles had 2 TD catches and 1 PAT Catch from the “H Back” or Fullback position.  Running Back Trey Weber had 1 TD and 1 PAT on the ground while Jake Beatty finished the Mustang’s scoring with a 70 yard plus catch and run for INDEE’s longest scoring strike.

3 TDs and 1 PAT were from the arm of Drew Beatty in the passing game.

Defense was solid as well for the Mustangs pitching a shutout.  As the Bobcats were forced to the air in their attempt to comeback, INDEE took 3 interceptions from the Bobcats QB with 1 interception each from Jake Beatty, Josh Beatty, and Kaden Kremer.

The Mustangs also won the B Game 12 to 6.  Long “back to back” scoring runs from running backs Carson Cameron and Ayden Wall were the difference.

The 7th Grade Mustangs host another WaMaC opponent Mt. Vernon as they return to action on Tuesday, September 11th at Lyle Leinbaugh Field. Kickoff is at 4:15 PM.

 

Week 3 Game Day Notes vs. Maquoketa

The Series:
This is the 42nd meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 23-18-0, 15-5-0 at home and 8-13-0 on the road against Maquoketa.  The first meeting took place on September 16th, 1949, in Independence where the Mustangs won 13-0.

Coaching Records:
Justin Putz is in his 5th season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 6th overall.  Currently, his record at Independence is 15-18-0. His overall coaching record is 20-23-0 in six seasons with three playoff appearances.

Kevin Bowman is the head coach of the Maquoketa Cardinals.

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Week 3 Honorary Captains

Names: Chris Hoover and Karl Kiler

Game: Week 3 – Maquoketa

Date: September 7th, 2018

Tonight’s game will feature co-honorary captains.  Chris Hoover and Karl Kiler both graduated from Independence High School in 1990.  Together, they hold the record for the longest pass and reception in Independence football history.  The record was set on September 2nd, 1988, in a game against Waverly-Shell Rock. The Mustangs did not win the game, but the 88-yard pass and catch record still stands strong 30 years later.  Chris and Karl are also both tied for 3rd for most two point conversions in a career, and Chris Hoover is currently 9th for most passing yards in a career at 1,065 yards. Both Chris and Karl were 2nd Team WaMaC and Team Captains in 1989.  Currently, Chris Hoover is the superintendent of schools in the Maquoketa Community School District, while Karl Kiler currently works at Bachman Tool and Die in Independence. Please help us welcome back to Independence and Lyle Leinbaugh Field, our honorary captains, Chris Hoover and Karl Kiler!

Week 2 Gameday Notes vs. South Tama

The Series:
This is the 9th meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 3-5-0, 1-2-0 at home, 1-3-0 on the road, and 1-0-0 at the UNI-Dome against South Tama County.  The first meeting took place on October 13th, 1990, at the UNI-Dome where the Independence won 20-6.

Coaching Records:
Justin Putz is in his 5th season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 6th overall.  Currently, his record at Independence is 14-18-0. His overall coaching record is 19-23-0 in six seasons with three playoff appearances. Nate Doran is the head coach of the South Tama County Trojans.

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Week 2 Honorary Captain

Name: Russell Reiter

Game: Week 2 – South Tama County

Date: August 31st, 2018

Reading for PA Announcer:

Tonight’s honorary captain is a new member to the community of Independence.  Russell Reiter was hired as the next superintendent of the Independence Community School District after serving eight years in the Oskaloosa School District in Oskaloosa, Iowa.  He has been in education for more than 30 years, serving as both a teacher and an administrator. He earned the Green Hills Area Education Agency superintendent of the year honors in 2010 and has served on the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Controls.  He enjoys being active in his community and looks forward to residing in Independence with his family. Please welcome to Independence and Lyle Leinbaugh Field, our honorary captain, Superintendent Russell Reiter!

All Activities Parent Meeting

REQUIRED ALL ACTIVITIES MEETING! If you have a child in grades 7-12 that plans to participate in an any extra-curricular activity, please plan to attend. Attendance at this meeting is required by a parent or guardian before students are able to participate in activities including sports, music, drama, speech etc. If you are not able to attend, please contact Activities Director, Justin Putz at jputz@independence.k12.ia.us to view a video of the meeting. Please share this information.

August 28th, 7:00 pm in the Jr./Sr. High Auditorium

Week 1 Gameday Notes vs. Oelwein

The Series:

This is the 77th meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 17-55-4, 8-26-2 at home, and 9-29-2 on the road against Oelwein.  The first meeting took place on October 27th, 1906, in Independence where the Mustangs won 22-0.

Coaching Records:

Justin Putz is in his 5th season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 6th overall.  Currently, his record at Independence is 13-18-0. His overall coaching record is 18-23-0 in six seasons with three playoff appearances.

Trevor Arnold is the head coach of the Oelwein Huskies.

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