West Springfield 10
The sight of Robinson running back Lucas Caparelli pulling away into the open field put the rest of his team at ease.
The junior piled up 254 yards last night to lead the third-ranked Rams to a 35-10 win over West Springfield, reinforcing the perception that Robinson can't be beaten on the road.
Caparelli carried 19 times and scored on touchdown runs of 38 and 78 yards to help extend Robinson's road unbeaten streak to 22 games while handing the Spartans their first loss in AAA Patriot District play. "It's amazing, seeing him take off, no one's going to catch him," Robinson quarterback Matt Goff said. "You just know that everything's going to be fine."
The Rams (8-0, 4-0) finished with 428 yards rushing and scored 28 straight points after the Spartans (4-2, 4-1) kicked a 40-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 with 3 minutes 59 seconds to play in the second quarter.
The shortest of Robinson's five rushing touchdowns was Kevin Campbell's 20-yarder that gave the Rams a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. "The offensive line was blocking really well and we were just clicking on offense," Caparelli said. "It's always good to get those big plays and to get a spark going for your team."
Leading 14-3 at the half, Robinson finally got a chance to seize momentum for good on its second drive after halftime. On fourth down, Goff went around the left side for 31 yards to open a 21-3 lead. "It was huge. We were stuck in a rut," Goff said. "I just came around that corner . . . two guys slipped and I was just off to the races."
Caparelli finished his big night with a 78-yard run on Robinson's first fourth-quarter drive to make the score 35-3. Those big runs cost the Spartans a chance to take one step closer to their first playoff spot since 1993. They couldn't come up with any big runs of their own as leading rusher Jason Langley finished with just 36 yards on the ground.
Peter Lalich, who already had caught five passes for 60 yards in the game, took over at quarterback on West Springfield's first drive of the fourth quarter. He led the Spartans down to the Robinson 14 by completing four passes for 32 yards and scrambling for 15 more. West Springfield turned the ball over on downs to end that drive, but Lalich scored on a two-yard run on the final play of the game.