In a shootout that saw over 100 points go up on the scoreboard, it was two defensive plays that may have made the difference for Robinson on Friday night in a 61-49 win over Salado.
Robinson quarterback Chase Allison may have also had a little bit to do with it.
Allison, a senior committed to play golf for Abilene Christian, had arguably his best game of the season, going 34 of 46 passing for 472 yards and seven touchdowns. Allison also rushed for 67 yards and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Allison has thrown for 3,528 yards and 46 touchdowns this season. Junior wide receiver and Baylor baseball commit Braxton Ashcraft finished with 15 catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns against Salado.
In an interesting twist, Allison’s younger brother, freshman Cade Allison, made his first start at center because of injuries.
Robinson (7-2, 3-1 District 9-4A II) has locked up a spot in the state playoffs one year after going 1-9.
“Chase does such a great job of managing the offense and finding the open person,” Robinson coach Tommy Allison, Chase and Cade’s father. “I couldn’t be prouder of how he played.”
Robinson’s defense intercepted the ball at the 50 with 30 seconds left in the first half, and Chase Allison found Isaiah Houston for a 42-yard touchdown and a 40-29 lead at halftime. Robinson also forced a fumble by Salado at its own 3-yard line in the second half and drove 97 yards for a touchdown.
“To take a two-score lead at halftime, with (Salado) getting the ball to start the second half was big,” Tommy Allison said. “Those were two huge plays for us.”
Robinson closes the regular season next Friday at Mexia.