The Independence High School football team knows it must play better than it did last Fridayin its return to the postseason after a five-year absence when it travels Friday to Louisville in the first round in Division II, Region 7.

Last Friday in a 48-16 loss to Walnut Ridge, Devin Clodfelter ran for 278 yards on 38 carries to close the regular season with 2,140 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 76ers, however, committed four turnovers and allowed 367 yards of offense to the Scots, including 276 rushing to Brandon Rice.

Seventh-seeded Independence finished the regular sason 7-3.

Second-seeded Louisville, which lost to Cincinnati Anderson 31-25 in the Division II state final a year ago, improved to 10-0 with a 27-0 win last Friday over Minerva.

Along the way, the Leopards beat five teams which qualified for the playoffs and two others that finished at least 10th in their region.

Led by senior quarterback Neal Seaman (6-foot-2, 200), Louisville runs a spread offense. Seaman has passed for 1,633 yards and 13 touchdowns. Bob Swigert (40 catches for 533 yards, 4 touchdowns), Brandon Mathie (41
catches for 511 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Tyler Jones (28 catches for 319 yards, 2 touchdowns) are his favorite targets.

"They're going to run a spread offense and run precise patterns," coach Alan Jones said. "They throw the ball well. I just look for them to not make many mistakes. I doubt if we'll take a large contingent (of fans) there, but the
whole year it's been Independence against the world.

"We took one on the chin from Walnut Ridge. They're a good team, but on the other hand, when you look at the turnovers issue, plus our special teams played horrible, we justneed to work on those things. I think field position will be crucial."