The Robinson Knights flag football team, the state’s No. 2 ranked squad, moved a step closer to a state title on Friday by defeating Harmony 46-0 in a state quarterfinal in Tallahassee.
Robinson (17-0) will play in a semifinal today at 10:30 a.m. against Tallahassee Godby, which defeated Apopka 13-7. The state’s No. 1 ranked team, Seminole Ridge (17-0), will play in Saturday’s 9 a.m. semifinal against Delray Beach Atlantic.
“We played very, very well tonight,” Robinson coach Josh Saunders said. “I would say we even exceeded our expectations. Hopefully we’ll win the semifinal and get to that state title game (at 7 p.m.).”
The Knights appear more than ready ever after a season in which it has scored 648 points (38 points a game) and allowed a total of 12 points with 15 shutouts.
On Friday, it was more of the same with Robinson quarterback Erin Dorsey throwing six touchdown passes (giving her 68 this season), to five different receivers: Megan Bohan, Caroline King, Amanda Chromiak, Hayden Jennewein and Sam Ishee.
King also picked off a pass and Chromiak applied constant pressure on the Harmony quarterback.
SEMINOLE RIDGE 19, ALONSO 0
Seminole Ridge, the state’s No. 1 ranked flag football team, converted more big plays and defeated Alonso 19-0 in the opening game of the state flag football quarterfinals in Tallahassee.
Alonso (14-3) hung tough for much of the first half, intercepting three Seminole Ridge passes, one each by Ravens’ Haley Skinner, Courtney Tormeno and Jackie Totcky.
The first half would have ended scoreless, but Seminole Ridge (17-0) scored on the half’s last play — a 25-yard post to the corner of the end zone.
“I still thought we were OK,” Alonso coach Matt Hernandez said. “We moved the ball well in the first half, but didn’t convert in the red zone.”
In the second half, Seminole Ridge stepped up its defense and drained a great deal of hope from Alonso when it scored its second touchdown on a fourth-and-20 pass play.
“We knew it was going to be tough because (Seminole Ridge) is a quality team,” Hernandez said. “(Seminole Ridge) simply made more big plays than we did today.”