Behind sophomore running back Mike Imoh, No. 12 Robinson scored 30 first-half points, collected 261 yards of total offense and remained undefeated with a 37-22 victory over No. 16 Centreville in a nondistrict game at Centreville last night.
Imoh, who finished with 153 yards rushing, ran for 109 in the first half as the Rams broke open the game against a Centreville defense that was allowing only 6.1 points per game.
"They are quick, they are fast and they are strong," Imoh said of the Wildcats' defense. "Every yard I earned was a struggle."
Robinson's defense had an early impact when sophomore defensive back Mark Clayton intercepted Sam McElroy's pass on the first play from scrimmage. The turnover led to Phil Brady's 36-yard field goal with 7 minutes 7 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Rams a 3-0 lead.
After forcing Centreville to punt, Robinson found the end zone on its second drive of the game, highlighted by a 45-yard run by Imoh around the left side. Seven plays later, sophomore running back Kris Kiley ran in from a yard out to give the Rams a 9-0 lead with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
On the Rams' third drive, following another Centreville punt, Imoh brought Robinson into scoring position. With the ball on its 5-yard line, Imoh gave his team breathing room, taking the team to the 25-yard line with three straight carries. On the following play, junior quarterback Garrett Schires found Imoh on a screen play that the 5-foot-7 sophomore broke for a 25-yard gain. Imoh picked up another 27 yards on the ground, moving the ball down to the Centreville 23. Schires then found junior tight end Adam Brown for a 24-yard touchdown, pushing the Rams' lead to 16-0 with 6:56 left before halftime.
Centreville threatened to put up its first points, moving the ball to the Robinson 19 with just under five minutes before halftime. McElroy ran a keeper off the right side and was met by senior defensive lineman Rafael Fernandes, who ripped the ball out of McElroy's arms at the 16-yard line and raced 84 yards the other way for a Robinson touchdown. Centreville Coach Mike Skinner argued that Fernandes's knee had touched the ground, but the play stood and the Rams held a 23-0 lead.
Centreville got its first points with just 2:34 left in the first half when senior running back Mike Williams scored the first of his two touchdowns on a two-yard score.
Robinson was not done, though. The Rams needed six plays to post their fourth touchdown of the game and build their lead to 30-8 at halftime.
"We have been pretty productive lately, but I would never have predicted we would score 37 points for a game," Robinson Coach Mark Bendorf said.
CAPTION: Rams running back Mike Imoh gets behind blocker Nick Beck and gains a chunk of his 153 rushing yards. "Every yard I earned was a struggle," Imoh said.
CAPTION: Rams tight end Adam Brown powers into the end zone on 24-yard touchdown catch. Centreville entered the game allowing only 6.1 points per game, but Robinson had nine in the first quarter, and 21 more in the second quarter.