Robinson runs wild in junior football title game
Chargers win lightweight, Raiders claim heavyweight
Broderick Robinson is like a young Adrian Peterson.
Wednesday night at Stocker Stadium, the eighth-grade running back for the Redlands Chargers lightweight team mimicked the Minnesota Vikings running back, using his size and speed to rush for 214 yards.
In doing so, Robinson helped the Chargers win 18-14 over the West Raiders in the Mesa County Junior Football Association Super Bowl.
“It feels pretty good,” Robinson said. “We’ve been practicing hard all week and we came out and played hard.”
In Chargers coach Lee Carlson’s single-wing formation, Robinson rushed the ball 25 times and completed Redlands’ lone pass, a 32-yard pass to Chuck Bisbee, during the game.
“Broderick is an amazing athlete,” Carlson said. “He can throw, catch, he can do it all.”
Robinson’s 8.5 yards per carry against the Raiders was highlighted with electrifying runs of 14, 22, and 32 yards. A lot of Robinson’s damage was by running off-tackle, then breaking back to the inside.
“If I get a chance I like to cut it back,” Robinson said, “then run over people.”
Although Robinson did a majority of the offensive work, it was Tyler Pratt who got it going for the Chargers. Redlands’ up-back took the direct snap 2 yards for the first touchdown with two minutes left in the first quarter.
West recovered after the score and forced a turnover on the Chargers’ next series. Finding themselves in a 4th-and-6 situation, the Raiders handed off to Jacob Rubalcaba, who rumbled 38 yards up the middle to cut the lead to 8-6.
“We knew we were going to be in for a battle,” Carlson said. “We saw the Raiders early in the season, and we beat them, but we knew they got a lot better.”
After the two teams traded series, the Chargers took over at their own 24-yard line.
Robinson began the drive with a 22-yard run and capped it off seven plays later with a 16-yard touchdown run to give Redlands a 12-8 halftime lead.
On the first series of the second half, the Chargers again fed Robinson, who capped an eight-play drive with a 32-yard touchdown run.
“Our offensive line did a great job,” Carlson said. “This is an amazing group of kids.”
The Chargers ended the year 10-0, and it marks the third straight year the seventh-graders on the team have gone undefeated. The Chargers won titles as fifth- and sixth-graders.
Raiders 50, bears 18
The final touchdown for the West Raiders heavyweight team says a lot about what type of night it was for both teams.
Leading the East Bears 42-6 early in the fourth quarter of the heavyweight Super Bowl, the Raiders found themselves facing third down and 18 from their own 1-yard line.
Just trying to get out of their own end zone, the Raiders handed off to running back Austin Lewis, who scampered 99 yards for the touchdown.
The long run capped a 219-yard rushing performance on only 10 carries for Lewis, who added three rushing touchdowns.
“He’s a stud,” Raiders coach Gary Schreiner said. “In 30 years, he’s probably the best all-around running back I’ve ever coached.”
Lewis added five receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Lewis finished with 332 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.
Lewis’s big day summed up the Super Bowl game for each team, with the Raiders scoring on their first five drives and leading 34-0 at halftime.
“We expected a tight game,” Schreiner said. “But I know they’ve had some injuries and we have too, so our depth is what helped.”
The Bears played better in the second half, led by their three-pronged rushing attack of Joseph O’Neill, Theron Verna and Robbie Gonzalez.
Gonzalez finished with 130 yards and scored all three of the Bears’ touchdowns.