Solid performances in all aspects led Robinson High School's football team to a convincing win Saturday afternoon.
The Maroons played well in all areas and rolled past Lawrenceville, 31-12, in a Little Illini Conference contest, spoiling the Indians' Homecoming in the process.
"I'm proud of the guys," RHS head coach Casey Pinnell said. "We ran the ball well, were efficient in the throw game and the defense played well."
Robinson was in control virtually throughout, as the Maroons forced a Lawrenceville fumble on the third play of the game, which Addison Heckler recovered at the 12-yard line. Robinson quickly cashed in, with Brayden Childress capping the four-play drive with a three-yard touchdown run and Negus Bogard added the extra point for a 7-0 RHS lead with 9:28 remaining in the first quarter.
The Maroons took advantage of another turnover later in the first period, when Dylan York intercepted a Lawrenceville pass to thwart a potential scoring chance. Robinson followed with an eight-play, 89-yard drive that ended with a 34-yard touchdown run by Childress to give the Maroons a 14-0 lead with eight seconds left in the opening period.
Lawrenceville responded on its next possession, moving 72 yards in 10 plays, with the last being a seven-yard touchdown pass from Dayman Parkman to Blayne Winningham to make the score 14-6 after the two-point conversion attempt failed.
After the teams traded fumbles on their next possessions, Robinson was able to get on the board again, this time turning the latest Lawrenceville turnover into three points on a 23-yard field goal from Bogard with 4:31 left in the half.
Robinson wasn't done, however, as they put together a quick three-play, 69-yard drive on their next possession. Childress finished that one off as well, this time on a 52-yard jaunt to give the Maroons a 24-6 lead with 2:12 remaining.
Lawrenceville was able to answer right before halftime though, as Brenyn Winningham completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Blayne Winningham on fourth-and-21 with 43.1 seconds left to make the score 24-12 at halftime.
Punts were the theme of the third quarter, as five of the six drives in the period ended with a punt. The one that didn't, however, led to more points for the Maroons. Robinson embarked on a 13-play, 94-yard drive that took just under five minutes, with Childress doing the honors once again, as he scored on a three-yard run to extend the RHS advantage to 31-12 with 1:16 to play.
With the game firmly in hand, the RHS defense was able to force two more Lawrenceville turnovers in the fourth quarter just for good measure and the offense was able to bleed out the clock to secure the win.
Robinson did the bulk of its damage on the ground, as the Maroons piled up 328 yards on 61 attempts spread around between nine different ball carriers.
Childress carried the bulk of the load, totaling 230 yards and four touchdowns in 26 attempts. Freshman Trey Rodgers saw his first action in the backfield and ran for 51 yards on 14 carries and Tyler Beard added 33 yards in seven attempts.
Childress also completed four of eight passes for 59 yards, with Riley Simpson hauling in a 34-yard catch and Tyler Weber catching two passes for 17 yards.
"Chili had a good day running the ball and Trey ran the ball well when he was in there," Pinnell said. "We had a bunch of backs get some carries today, which was good. We didn't throw it a lot, but were effective when we did."
On the other hand, the RHS defense limited Lawrenceville to 154 total yards, with just 40 of that coming on the ground. Robinson also forced Lawrenceville into five turnovers (three fumbles, two interceptions).
"We played well defensively," Pinnell said. "Their quarterbacks did a good job keeping plays alive, but we just kept coming after them. Our seniors on the defensive line (Grayson Wolf, David Goble, Addison Heckler) are doing a great job getting in there and getting stuff done."
Parkman led Lawrenceville with 79 yards passing and a touchdown along with 28 yards rushing, while Blayne Winningham caught seven passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns and Brenyn Winningham added 35 yards passing with a touchdown and 27 yards receiving.
The much-needed win for the Maroons snapped a three-game losing streak, while they also kept Lawrenceville winless on the season.
"It was good to get a win," Pinnell said. "Now we'll go get ready for next week."
At Ed Loeb Field, Lawrenceville
Robinson 14 10 7 0 - 31
Lawrenceville 0 12 0 0 - 12
RHS 1Q (9:28) Brayden Childress 3 run (Negus Bogard kick)