TAMPA — Robinson narrowly missed out on one of its seasonlong goals last week. It wasn’t about to have another letdown.
The Knights’ Carlos Duclos returned the opening kickoff 90 yards Friday and Robinson never looked back, going on to a 41-8 rout of Port Orange Atlantic in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.
With Robinson’s bid for an undefeated season gone in the form of a two-point loss to Plant last week, the Knights quickly focused on another goal for retiring coach Mike DePue — a playoff run and championship bid.
They’re off to a good start.
After opening with the kickoff return, Robinson (10-1) added first-quarter scores on a Zain Gilmore 1-yard run and a 45-yard fumble return by Javaughn Johnson. It was more of the same by the Knights a quarter later when a 20-0 lead grew on a 30-yard pass from
Gilmore to Jahrvis Davenport, a 10-yard (yes, 10 yards) punt return by Martin Ruiz and a 47-yard run for a score by Ruiz.
Robinson went into the half leading 41-0 .
“We came out smoking,” DePue said . “We did what we needed to do. We were solid all over, offense, defense and special teams. We were just blazing.”
Atlantic (8-3) outgained Robinson by 30 yards, held the ball longer and had almost three times as many first downs. But the Sharks fumbled twice and had eight penalties.
Ruiz led the Knights with 83 yards rushing and his two scores. Gilmore completed 8 of 12 passes while throwing one touchdown and running for another.
But as dominant as the Knights were , DePue quickly focused on a more formidable opponent — Lakewood.
“They’re a good team,” he said of next week’s foe. “We better be ready … we better be ready.”