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.†