With two minutes left in Saturday's first-round play-in game, Robinson High flag football coach Josh Saunders told his players they should keep their cool as the rain steadily fell and time dwindled on the Knights' 12-0 win against Alonso.
"Don't cheer like crazy at the end of this, because there is no trophy after this game," Saunders said.
"There is no reason to sob," he joked.
For Robinson (14-1), it was a standard afternoon of Knights football as the defense did what it has all season — just went about its business.
The Knights got on the board quickly, as quarterback Deliah Autry hit Cornika Wright in the end zone from a yard out.
From there, the defense took over. Autry had her third interception in the past two games, Rae'gine Dent had four sacks and, after a fourth-quarter Autry 13-yard touchdown scramble, Wright swatted away Alonso's best scoring chance in the end zone with seconds left.
"Our defense did what it has all season," Saunders said. "No matter what they are doing, we just do the same thing."
Evans leads Raiders
Quarterback Cathleen Evans threw for three touchdowns, including a 25-yard strike to Avery Brown, to lead Plant City to a 19-7 win against East Bay in a first-round play-in game.
"Defensively, we knew if we got two touchdowns it was over because our defense is lights-out," Plant City coach Larry Langston said.
Plant City (11-1) shut down East Bay's dynamic duo of quarterback Stephanie Williams and wide receiver Nicole Lock, including an interception that led to the Raiders' first score.
Evans connected with Brown on six passes for 94 yards. Evans finished 17-for-21 for 168 yards.
Pass rusher Shay Wright set the tone, Langston said.
"She puts people in bad spots. She pressures people. Everyone feeds off of it. It was a great win."
Plant City will host Robinson in a second-round play-in game Tuesday.