TAMPA — Despite the suspensions of five players, including their leading running back and wide receiver, Hillsborough (6-3, 6-2) bested Robinson in a renewal of a rivalry that dates back to 1959.
Junior QB Dwayne Lawson had no problem integrating new faces into the Big Red offense. He finished 17-of-27 passing for 293 yards, throwing for three scores and adding one via the rush.
Robinson (4-6, 4-4) started in Hillsborough territory twice in the first quarter but could score only once, while also fumbling at the 3-yard line. Robinson had an opportunity to tie the game in the third quarter. The Terriers defense, though, held the Knights to a field goal. It was all Lawson and company after that.
Terriers sophomore Michael Hampton made the most of his newfound playing time, catching a touchdown and also taking an interception 58 yards to paydirt.
In their final game of the season, Derrell Gwyn led the Knights with 117 yards receiving.
“With a quarterback this good, the offense is as good as (he is). (Lawson) is a national recruit. He’s the full package: he’s got a great frame, … a great work ethic,” gushed coach Earl Garcia after the victory.
Robinson 7 0 3 0 — 10
Hills. 0 14 13 13 — 40
R – Gwyn 34 pass from Autry (Camacho kick)
H – James 57 pass from Lawson (Rehl kick)
H – Lawson 2 run (Rehl kick)
R – FG 21 Camacho
H – Hampton 29 pass from Lawson (Rehl kick)
H – King 23 pass from Lawson (pass failed)
H – Hampton 58 interception return (Rehl kick)
H – King 3 run (kick failed)