TAMPA — With the clock winding down and Brandon trailing by three, Eagles quarterback Tavaris Thomas sped down the left sideline when he couldn't find an open receiver.
Robinson's defense swarmed Thomas at the goal line, so he dove in. That dive proved to be the decisive touchdown in the Eagles' 21-17 victory over Robinson.
"I ran toward the end zone and it was like in slow motion," said the sophomore Thomas. "Coach (Isaac Anderson) said, 'Play every game like it's the last play of the game,' and I knew I had to dive in for it."
The victory for Brandon (2-3) was its second of the week. The Eagles beat King 45-0 Monday.
Key drive: Knowing that attempting a field goal was not an option for Brandon, Thomas came up with crucial plays to set up his 15-yard touchdown run with 1:15 left in the game. He completed two third-down passes inside Robinson's 30 before getting a first down on a fourth-down sneak at the Knights 15-yard line.
Stars of the game: The game went back and forth from the start, the lead changing hands five times. William Roseman opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal for Robinson (1-3). Brandon's Arnold Watson, an Armwood transfer who has played quarterback before, threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Mendez on a trick play. Thomas threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Nash that gave Brandon a 14-10 halftime lead. … Robinson running back Taquan Mason led his offense with 76 rushing yards. Touchdowns runs by Olu Wilson and Kyriece Lake gave the Knights the lead each time, but their offense failed to score in the fourth quarter.
Final word: "This is the kind of game that reveals character and a game we can build on. We showed we can respond and do what we needed to do to win." — Anderson