Sometimes you just get beat by a better team and sometimes you beat yourselves.
The latter was the case for Robinson High School's football team Friday night (Oct. 6).
Miscues and missed opportunities cost the Maroons throughout the game and the end result was a 34-0 loss to Olney in Little Illini Conference play.
"This was a very bad loss for us," RHS head coach Tim Nolen said. "We let a very average team catch fire because of a horrible night on offense. This game was very disappointing."
About anything that could go wrong did for the Maroons, as they committed nine turnovers, committed more than a dozen penalties for over 100 yards and squandered the few opportunities they did have to score.
Olney struck on their opening drive, moving 65 yards in six plays and ending with a nine-yard run by Gavin Dorn for a 7-0 lead. The RHS defense held Olney in check for quite awhile after that, but the Maroons could not get anything going on offense.
Robinson punted twice and lost two fumbles on their four possessions in the first quarter, then fumbled again early in the second quarter to set up Olney's second touchdown - a 21-yard run by Kaleb Foster - which made the score 14-0.
Still Robinson was in the game at that point and appeared poised to cut the lead in half, as they drove inside the 20 on their next possession. However, a holding penalty and an interception brought the drive to a screeching halt.
However, the Maroons got a reprieve, as Wrigley Young intercepted a pass at the 15 and returned it for what appeared to be a touchdown, but he was ruled down inside the one-yard line. With a golden opportunity to get in the end zone, Robinson ran the ball four times for negative-three yards and turned the ball over on downs and the Maroons went into the locker room at halftime trailing 14-0.
The Maroons got the ball to start the second half and quickly moved into Olney territory down to the 27. But, another penalty and another interception ended that drive as well.
Olney would tack on two scores in the third quarter in the span of less than two minutes on a one-yard run by Dakotah Brown and a 25-yard interception return by Sutton Dunn to make the score 28-0.
Robinson would not threaten to score again, while Olney added another touchdown in the fourth to complete the scoring.
The Maroons managed just six first downs and 117 yards of total offense, while losing five fumbles, throwing four interceptions and committing 13 penalties for 116 yards. One bright spot for RHS was the defense, as they held Olney to 218 yards and forced two turnovers.
"Nine turnovers is just unbelievable," Nolen said. "I have no idea why that happened. We had many blown assignments on offense as well. After a good week of hard practice with many reps on offense, we really stunk the place up. It was too bad because we played pretty good defense most of the night. Our front four of (Branton) Scott, (Lance) Wesner, (Parker) Johnson and (Jeff) Hermann had a very good game."
Trent Rodgers led RHS with 37 yards rushing, while Landon Roy added 23. Ely Parker completed 9-19 passes for 26 yards, with Evan Hale the leading receiver with two catches for 15 yards.
Brown led Olney with 109 yards passing and a touchdown along with a rushing touchdown, while Dorn ran for 55 yards and a touchdown and Foster added 37 yards and a touchdown on the ground and a 46-yard reception.
Robinson 0 0 0 0 - 0
Olney 7 7 14 6 - 34
RCHS 1Q (9:54) Gavin Dorn 9 run (Kye Stallard kick)
RCHS 2Q (10:31) Kaleb Foster 21 run (Stallard kick)
RCHS 3Q (4:56) Dakota Brown 1 run (Stallard kick)
RCHS 3Q (3:12) Sutton Dunn 25 interception return (Stallard kick)
RCHS 4Q (10:09) Brown 3 pass to Quinn Miller (kick blocked)
First Downs 6 13
Rushes-Yds 34-81 36-109
Passes-Yds 9-19-36 8-20-109
Fumbles-Lost 7-5 2-1
Penalties-Yds 13-116 1-5
Rushing - (RHS) Trent Rodgers 9-37, Landon Roy 7-23, Tyler Beard 10-11, Wrigley Young 6-10, Ely Parker 2-0. (RCHS) Gavin Dorn 15-55, Kaleb Foster 6-37, Jarrett Fuson 3-19, Conner Zuber 1-16, Jacob Taylor 2-3, Yunus Tulay 1-4, Austin Nuttall 1-(minus 4), Dakotah Brown 5-(minus 16).