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Knights capture county's first flag-football title

By Scott Purks
Tribune staff
Published: May 10, 2014
The Robinson High Knights defeated two-time defending state champion Seminole Ridge 7-6 to win the state title. Photo by Art Gorngpratum

Robinson High's flag football team won a state championship Saturday night in Tallahassee, the first for a flag football team from Hillsborough County.

Robinson hoisted the trophy moments after defeating two-time defending state champion Seminole Ridge 7-6 in a game that left the Knights breathless.

“Dramatic, to say the least,” said coach Josh Saunders, who has taken three straight teams to the state tournament. “But it feels better than I ever imagined. It was so much fun.”

Robinson (19-0) took the lead late in the second quarter when quarterback Erin Dorsey threw her 69th touchdown of the season, this one to Amanda Chromiak on a 7-yard swing pass. The Knights then converted the crucial extra point when Dorsey found Hayden Jennewein.

Seminole Ridge (18-1) scored in the third quarter, but the Knights' Aaliyah Gordon knocked down what would have been the tying conversion.

The victory finished off a dominating season: Not only did the Knights go 19-0, but they also outscored opponents by a combined 662-18 while recording 16 shutouts.

In the state semifinal, Robinson beat Tallahassee Godby 7-0 after scoring on the first play of the game, a 66-yard pass from Dorsey to Megan Bohan.

“From there it was a great defensive battle from both sides,” Saunders said.
Chromiak proved key in the semifinal as well, recording 15 tackles and five sacks. 

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