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2A football: Robinson 41, Hardee 18

TAMPA — Frankie Williams was the spark plug in the Robinson scoring attack Friday.

After a Wauchula Hardee touchdown kept the score tight at 7-6 in the second quarter, the junior kick returner wove and sprinted his way 95 yards to the end zone.

His team never looked back, walloping the Wildcats 41-18 and celebrating a 2A region final victory.

"Every day in practice if I get tackled I get up and run to the end zone," Williams said. "I love the end zone."

The Knights' key to victory started on the ground with JJ Hubbard, who entered as the team's leading rusher. That trend continued as the junior tailback carried 16 times for 151 yards.

His three touchdowns all came on runs broken over 15 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown sprint up the middle that put the game out of reach.

Meanwhile, Blake Rice complemented the rushing attack with big plays in the passing game. He completed 10 of 13 for 169 yards, including a 74-yard bomb to sophomore Byron Pringle.

Rice added an 8-yard strike to Williams on a quarterback rollout. He was rarely hurried and avoided being sacked for the entire game.

"The better our O-line gets the better we get," Rice said. "It's not me getting better. It's not the wide receivers getting better. It's the O-line getting better.

"We're going as far the O-line takes us."

The Wildcats' big-play ability was overshadowed despite touted quarterback Ezayi Youyoute's long touchdown runs of 60 and 29 yards.

Both Williams and Rice say the team must improve in practice next week as they enter the state semifinals.

"We just want to go out there and take it to the next level," Hubbard said. "We've never took it this far, but it's our turn now."

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2A football: Robinson 41, Hardee 18 11/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2009 11:35pm]
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