ST. PETERSBURG — Here are some differences between St. Petersburg Catholic and Robinson:
The Barons are fast, but the Knights are faster; the Barons defense is improved, but the Knights defense has blossomed even more; and the Barons are 3-1 in Class 2A, District 5 and the Knights are 3-0.
All of that and more was on display Friday night after Robinson won 33-7 in a game that established, at the very least, district superiority for both teams.
The Knights jumped out 21-0 lead in the second quarter and went into the half ahead 27-7.
"We're still going to make some mistakes every now and then," Robinson coach Mike DePue said. "But we're showing signs that we're starting to come together."
On the Knights' second possession of the game, they scored on a 21-yard pass from Blake Rice to Frankie Williams to go up 7-0. Not long after that, Robinson scored again, this time on a 30-yard pass from Rice to Tim Randolph.
The Knights (5-1, 3-0) were so proficient on big plays that during a seven-play sequence in the first half they had five that went for 20 yards or more.
One of those long gains came on a 39-yard run by Marqus Baker to make it 21-0.
St. Petersburg Catholic (5-2, 3-1) got is first break in the second quarter when it recovered a fumble on a punt return. The Barons capitalized, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Chris McKay to Mitch Slater to cut the deficit to 21-7.
That was the best chance for St. Petersburg Catholic to grab momentum, but the defense dropped two interceptions, committed a costly 15-yard penalty and allowed Robinson to convert on three third-and-longs.
The Knights' 14-play drive ended with Rice's third touchdown pass of the night, a 17-yarder to Ruben Gonzalez to make it 27-7 at the half.
"This was one of my best games as far as touchdowns and completion percentage," Rice said. "I feel like I'm getting more confident each game."