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Prep flag football: Robinson overpowers East Bay

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 1, 2013 at 06:59 AM
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The speed and athleticism of Robinson's flag football team was simply too much in a 32-6 victory against visiting East Bay in Tuesday night's state qualifying game.

The dominance of the Knights (14-1) went pretty much from the opening gun to the end, as four Knights — Cornika Wright, Cortney Wilson, Crystal Ortiz and Deliah Autry — scored touchdowns, with Wright scoring two.

Wright and Caroline King also intercepted passes, which gave them 11 each for the season, but more importantly set the early tone for Tuesday's victory.

“(Robinson) had much more speed than any team we've seen this year,” said East Bay coach Mike Cooper, whose team finished with an 11-4 record. “I was hoping we would be the first team from Hillsborough County to win a state (flag football) championship, but now I say, 'Go ahead (Robinson) and win it.'”

Robinson, which lost in last year's state semifinals, moves on to Friday's state quarterfinal at Kissimmee Osceola.

“We feel like we belong in the discussion (for the state title),” Robinson coach Josh Saunders said. “We know we can play at that level.”

It certainly looks that way, as Robinson has averaged 32 points a game, while giving up fewer than five points a game with 10 shutouts.

“We're so much better this year on offense,” Saunders said. “We feel ready for this (state title run).”

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