TAMPA — Robinson’s “Send Mike Depue-off-in-style” campaign got off to a great start Saturday night.
Behind four rushing touchdowns and a defense that produced five interceptions, Robinson opened the season — DePue’s last — with a 58-21 thumping of Jefferson. DePue, in his ninth season as the Knights’ coach, is retiring after this year.
Robinson (1-0) wasted little time as tailback Martin Ruiz scored his first touchdown just four plays in. The Knights’ first four drives ended with touchdowns as they built their huge 27-7 halftime lead.
Robinson amassed 257 yards rushing and their four touchdowns on the ground. Ruiz ran for 125 and a score while Michael Duclos added 79 yards and another touchdown. Robinson’s defense was just as involved. The Knights harassed Jefferson quarterbacks, forcing five interceptions.
Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
Good, but not yet great, according to DePue.
“We did some good things,” DePue said. “But our defense is not at the level where we are going to need to be at. We’re happy with the win, but it’s one of those things where we will go back and look at the film and see a lot of things we can do better.
“It’s a long season and there’s still a lot of work to do.”