LITHIA — Following a tough, one-point loss to Jesuit last week, Robinson coach Mike DePue’s message was simple Friday night: “The Knights are back.”
Robinson bounced back with a 28-14 win at Newsome, establishing an early lead on a few big pass plays in the first quarter before riding running back J.J. Hubbard to the victory in the second half. Hubbard finished with 171 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
“It was hard to swallow. We were in the front seat, but we let it slip away,” Hubbard said of last week’s 29-28 defeat. “Losing two, that would have been even harder to swallow. We just wanted to come out after the loss, and we wanted to bounce back and prove the critics wrong.”
With the game tied at 14 in the second half, the Knights (4-1) went away from the passing attack that helped them jump out to a two-touchdown lead, instead opting to put the game in Hubbard’s hands. He sliced through the defense for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, a 23-yarder with 10:55 left and a 25-yard scamper with 5:39 remaining.
Robinson’s quick-strike offense was on full display in the first quarter, as quarterback Blake Rice found Frankie Williams streaking across the field and into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown pass and later connected with Ruben Gonzalez for a 30-yard strike.
But Newsome (3-3) battled back, cutting the lead to seven with a bruising 16-play, 84-yard drive that quarterback Will Worth finished off with a 1-yard dive with 9:58 remaining in the second. Conner Powers evened the score with just more than a minute left in the first half on a 12-yard touchdown run on an option pitch from Worth.
Powers finished with 171 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, and his brother Keller added 91 rushing yards. But the Knights’ defense was able to keep the Wolves off the scoreboard after halftime even without linebackers Benzel McKeever and Tevin Newman and defensive back Carlos Duclos.