ICYMI- Independence claims inaugural Midwest Classic Bowl via joplinglobe.com

Independence, which boasts 34 FBS-caliber players according to Brown, welcomed in Netflix’s Last Chance U to film the happenings of the 2017 football season. With a Netflix crew on site to document one of the Pirates’ biggest games in program history, the lights weren’t too bright for Independence.“It’s going to be the best episode ya’ll seen,” Independence freshman running back Rakeem Boyd. “We just set the bar for a lot of kids coming in and a lot of recruits, so it’s good for a JUCO that’s just getting on the map.”The Pirates held a significant edge in time of possession with 37 minutes, 33 seconds compared to NEO’s 21:37. And with the Pirates down to third-string quarterback Drake Smith, they relied on their offensive line and Boyd, a former Texas A&M Aggie.Boyd carried the load with 35 carries for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He was named the game’s offensive MVP for his efforts.“It means a lot,” Boyd said. “I didn’t even know I was going to get it. Priceless.”“We had to get the run game going because they ran a lot of man coverage, and we had a rookie quarterback playing,” Brown added. “But we didn’t want to put too much on him, so we put it on our big o-line up front to get the win. We grounded and pounded it, and our guys showed up. Rakeem was a workhorse today.”

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