It’s hard to come up with a program that’s had a more emotional start to the season than Robinson. Each game so far for the Rockets has come down to the wire.
Robinson opened its season at Taylor and, after scoring with a minute to play to cut the Ducks’ lead to one, the Rockets’ two-point conversion attempt failed and they dropped their opener 28-27.
A week later, the Rockets scored 62 points, but it wasn’t enough as Lampasas got the victory 67-62. Robinson trailed by only two points heading into the fourth quarter and scored with less than a minute left in the game. But once again, there wasn’t enough time left on the clock for the Rockets.
Finally, after back-to-back weeks with brutal last minute losses by an average of three points, the Rockets came out on top. Robinson led 21-7 at the half, but Troy scored 21-straight points to take a 28-21 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Once again, the Rockets didn’t crumble under the pressure. Mason Cooper hit Noah Richard for a 53-yard touchdown with 1:14 left in regulation to force overtime. And with that precious extra time, Isaiah Houston ran the ball 10 yards into the end zone to put Robinson on top, 34-28, for the first time all season.
“The most important thing is that we never quit,” Robinson coach Tommy Allison said. “Our backs were pretty heavy against the wall with 10 minutes to go in the game. Our boys really found a way to pull it out.”
When the pressure was on in the fourth quarter, the Rockets didn’t panic.
“We were definitely familiar to the situation,” Allison said. “This time we were able to make one more play which made a difference in the game.”
Houston continued to be a big factor for the Rockets as he finished with 20 carries for 249 yards and a pair of scores. However, another thing that carried over for Robinson was turnovers.
“We turned the ball over five times,” Allison said. “That’s something that’s been plaguing us so far to start the season. We struggled with a lot of the same things that we did (last week) against Lampasas. Turnovers are definitely something we have to do a better job with.”
Also coming out on top in a close contest was Waco High. The Lions led 35-21 in the third quarter before Harker Heights scored a pair of touchdowns to tie the game with 10 minutes to go.
Waco High had the answer as Jaylen Harris connected with Michael Stimpson for a 53-yard touchdown pass with 4:52 to go to retake the lead. The Lions won 42-35 as Terrance Hamilton finished with 18 carries for 149 yards and three touchdowns.
While Robinson picked up its first win of the season and Waco High moved to 3-0 on the year, other teams across the area were on the other end of these late-game situations.
Lorena seemed to be on the verge of its first win of the season with a 26-14 lead with 5:07 left in the game. But Franklin battled back. Clayton Rostrim led the charge with 141 rush yards. His final score of the night – a four-yard run with 26 seconds left on the clock – tied the game while the extra point gave Franklin the 28-27 victory.
With Lorena looking for win No. 1 this year, Bremond was looking for win No. 50 in a row. But the state’s longest active winning streak for the back-to-back-to-back state champs ended at the hands of Milano, 28-21. The 49-game win streak ties Bremond with Abilene (1954-57) and Southlake Carroll (2004-07) for third place all-time. Only Celina (1998-02) with 68 wins and Allen (2012-15) with 57 have longer runs.