Independence preps for season

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:25 PM ET
By Brian Stumpf

Independence (Charlotte, N.C.), which used to win North Carolina state titles with regularity back in the days of Chris Leak and then Joe Cox, starts of the '09 season at No. 19 in the ESPN RISE Southeast Regional Rankings, and outside the FAB 50. Looking for the Patriots' first state title since 2006, head coach Tom Knotts speaks with The Charlotte Observer in this video about what kind of team he has this fall.

Led by Florida-bound cornerback Victor Hampton and the experienced ...

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