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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

State flag football: Robinson 7, Tallahassee Godby 6

TAMPA — After all the missed opportunities and nearly fatal miscues in regulation play, Robinson found itself in a scoreless tie with Tallahassee Godby in Friday night's Class A state flag football semifinal on its home field.

Tensions were off the charts.

In overtime, Godby got the ball first and on fourth down converted a 5-yard touchdown pass.

That's when Robinson coach Josh Saunders called his team over and stated that if they, "stopped (Godby) on the extra point, I promise our offense will score a touchdown and we'll get the extra point and we will win."

"Sometimes I get a weird feeling like that," Saunders said. "I thought we could do it."

They did.

On third down of its overtime possession, Robinson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass from Olivia Salzman to Megan Bohan. A few minutes later, after a timeout discussion of strategy, Salzman threw left to sophomore Cassidy Renninger for the winning extra point.

Final score: Robinson 7, Godby 6.

"I'm only a sophomore and I haven't played that much," Renninger said. "I was nervous, but then I was focused."

For Bohan, a senior, it wasn't a breeze but it was a little less nerve racking.

"I was nervous for a second and then it was nothing," Bohan said. "I knew what play we were running because we had run it a million times. I had confidence we would execute it because we had done it so many times before."

In the end on Friday, Robinson, which won the state flag football title in 2014, overcame throwing four interceptions and some defensive oversights that almost led to a long touchdown completion for Godby.

"We didn't play our best," Saunders said. "But somehow we found a way."

The Knights host St. Cloud Harmony in the final Saturday at 3 p.m.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 14, 2016 12:55am]


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