TAMPA — After last week’s 28-27 loss to Hillsborough, King senior linebacker Zachary Stewart said his teammates couldn’t wait to get back on the field.
King (5-2, 3-2) spoiled Robinson’s homecoming with a 24-0 Class 6A, District 8 thumping Friday night. It was the Lions’ first shutout since Stewart became a starter three years ago. Stewart had a fumble recovery, one of three turnovers produced by a King defense that held Robinson (2-5, 2-3) to only 117 yards and forced seven sacks.
“(The Hillsborough loss) hurt our team pretty bad and we were really looking to come back from that,” Stewart said. “We had to shut out the (Robinson) run and in the pass, we started blitzing and the quarterback (Darius Autry) couldn’t handle the pressure.”
King’s DeMario Brisbon and Otis Williams scored rushing touchdowns within a one-minute, 51-second span in the second quarter to put the Lions on top. Robinson threatened on the game’s first series, but gave up the ball on downs at the King 11. The Knights had 55 yards of offense on that series, and managed only 62 yards on their final 14 possessions.
The Lions lost starting quarterback Darian Wright to an undisclosed right knee injury with six minutes remaining.