The Independence football team earned its biggest victory of the season, and one of the biggest in school history, when it knocked off The Colony on the road Friday night.
The Knights rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat The Colony 44-37 in two overtimes. The win, which was clinched when Independence's Brayden West intercepted a pass by The Colony in the second overtime, improved Independence to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in District 5-5A Division I.
The game-clinching interception followed Independence's 25-yard touchdown pass from Braylon Braxton to Zhighlil McMillan to start the second overtime. It was the fifth touchdown pass of the game for Braxton and the third touchdown reception of the game for McMillan.
The Colony entered the game ranked No. 5 in the Dallas Morning News' 5A area rankings and had suffered its only loss to top-ranked Frisco Lone Star. Independence jumped from No. 15 in the rankings to No. 9 in this week's rankings.
Independence finishes its regular season on Friday (Nov. 8) with a game against Centennial at Toyota Stadium. Independence can clinch a playoff spot with a victory. It can also clinch a spot with a loss by Heritage or Wakeland.
(Statistics provided by the Dallas Morning News' SportsDayHS.com).