Breaking It Down: In Rich Central's 28-14 loss to Robeson on Friday night, the story was one of big plays in the first half. Both teams hit home runs and went to the lockerroom at halftime tied 8-8.
Then, a fumble by Rich Central running back James Thigpen on the first play of the second half gave Robeson the ball at midfield. The Raiders ran the ball 10 times in a row and scored on a 1-yard plunge by Devon Sanders. A two-point conversion made the score 16-8.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Olympians were unable to field the ball cleanly and the Raiders recovered. Robeson marched down the field and scored a touchdown on its only pass completion of the game, a 10-yarder, to stretch its lead to 22-8.
The Olympians could do little on offense. The Raiders took over and scored early in the fourth quarter to build a 28-8 cushion. Rich Central quarterback Devonte Black had a 40-yard run for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring at 28-14.
In the first half, the Raiders got on the board first as Sanders scored on an 80-yard touchdown run. The Olympians tied the game when Black hooked up with Shawn Mitchell Jr. for an 88-yard touchdown. Both teams converted on their two-point coversions.
Patch’s MVP: Devon Sanders, Robeson. He rushed 21 times for 209 yards, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown run in the first half.
Robeson Stat Pack: Robeson outgained Rich Central 356-295. But the Raiders had just 10 yards passing.
Rich Central Stat Pack: Devonte Black completed 9-of-24 for 215 yards, including an 88-yard strike to wideout Shawn Mitchell Jr. Black also rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell finished with three catches for 127-yards.
Quotable I: “Robeson stayed steady with what they do best and it helped them win the game,” Rich Central coach Terrell Alexander said. “Every facet of our team needs to improve, and we need to do it quickly."
Team Records: Robeson is 3-0. Rich Central is 1-2.
What's Next: Rich Central plays at Bloom Township on Sept. 17. Kickoff is at noon. Robeson faces Bogan at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Stagg Stadium.
Scores of Interest: Nazareth Academy 37, Marian Catholic 19; Homewood-Flossmoor 42, Lincoln-Way Central 7. For more scores, visit IHSA ScoreZone.