The Independence Mustangs used a strong defense and capitalized on a West Delaware turnover to defeat the 2nd-ranked Hawks 10-0.Independence will advance to the state playoffs for the first time since 1985.
The teams traded turnovers and punts in the first half before Mason Scott stripped the ball from the Hawks' Austin Bishop.
Indee's Nicholas Holt then picked up the ball and ran into the end zone for the game's only touchdown.
The Mustangs added a field goal in the 4th quarter and held West Delaware scoreless for the rest of the game.Independence will advance to the playoffs for the first time since 1985.
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