With body paint spelling out "Indy Nation," Independence fans cheer in the stands against Blackman.
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Independence football players crash through a spirit banner before their home opener against Blackman.
Blackman's Dee Mathers (5) is tackled by Independence's Kent Katzman (29).
Independence quarterback Vic Wharton III (3) scrambles to avoid getting sacked by Blackman's J.J. Lord (53).
Blackman's Chris Lilly (81) catches a punt at Independence.
Independence's Vic Wharton III (3) tries to get past Blackman's Jamie Kent (10).
Blackman quarterback Matt Williams hands off to Antonio Allen against Independence.
Independence's Oscar Prado (1) gains yardage before getting tackled by Blackman's Antonio Allen (3) and J.J. Lord.
Independence wide receiver Kenton Brown (5) gains yardage before getting tackled by Blackman's Styles Corder (13).
Blackman's Cole Notgrass (22) holds out for more yardage as he is tackled by Independence's Oscar Prado (1).
Blackman's Dee Mathers (5) runs just one yard short of a touchdown at Independence.
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