Taking care of business is what Robinson High School's football team set out to do Friday night and they did so in a big way.
The Maroons dominated from the outset in their regular season finale, rolling past host Edwards County, 47-6.
"We came out very focused and did exactly what we wanted to do," RHS head coach Tim Nolen said. "The guys played fast and physical like we wanted to, we executed our offense and we played good defense."
Robinson needed just 12 seconds to take a lead they would not relinquish, as Joe Smith returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown to give the Maroons a 6-0 lead. The Maroons then added three more scores in the span of just over three minutes later in the opening period to break the game open.
Bucky Stevens tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Landen Hoagland at the 5:20 mark and Smith ran in the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead, then a minute later Stevens connected with Jason Richart on a 35-yard scoring strike to make the score 20-0. Then at the 2:00 mark, Richart broke loose for a 31-yard touchdown run to give the Maroons a 26-0 lead after just one quarter of play.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter, as Stevens hooked up with Hoagland again, this time on a 30-yard touchdown pass, to make the score 33-0 with 7:59 to play, then Nick Berty scored on a five-yard run with 4:15 remaining, pushing Robinson's lead to 41-0 at halftime.
With the clock running continuously in the second half due to the IHSA's 40-point mercy rule, the Robinson reserves saw a lot of action over the final two periods. Duncan Fiscus completed the scoring for RHS with a four-yard touchdown run just before the end of the third quarter, while Edwards County finally got on the scoreboard with 7:50 left in the game on Ryan Moody's four-yard touchdown run.
"We started bringing in our second unit before the first half was over," Nolen said. "We were able to get those guys some experience and hopefully were able to build some more depth. It was a good tune-up for us heading into the playoffs."
Robinson outgained Edwards County in total yards 352-213, while the Maroons forced five turnovers on defense and committed none on offense.
Richart led RHS with 101 yards rushing and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for 35 yards and a touchdown. In the process, Richart became the single-season rushing leader at RHS, as he now has 1,437 rushing yards. The previous record of 1,373 was set by Roy Allison in 1961.
"That record is a tribute to Jason and to our offensive line," Nolen said. "They accomplished that feat in basically eight games, because Jason had only one carry at Casey. To do that in just eight games is pretty impressive."
Stevens completed all four of his passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns, Hoagland caught two passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns, Smith ran six times for 62 yards, Berty added 27 yards rushing and a touchdown in five attempts, Jake Powell ran eight times for 22 yards and Fiscus ran five times for 15 yards and a touchdown.
"Bucky had an outstanding night throwing," Nolen said. "We didn't want to throw much, but we just took what the defense was giving us. After that, we just worked on our running game with our younger kids."
Levi Rogers led Edwards County, completing 11-25 passes for 134 yards, but he also threw four interceptions. Patrick Murphy caught three passes for 55 yards, Clifford McKinney had five catches for 44 yards and Karlin Compton had two catches for 26 yards. Moody was the leading rusher with 24 yards and a touchdown in seven attempts, while Rogers ran eight times for 23 yards.
Robinson (7-2) was awarded the fourth-seed in a eight-team bracket in the IHSA Class 3A Playoffs and will play host to fifth-seeded Anna-Jonesboro in the first round Saturday at 2 p.m.
"This team set three goals at the beginning of the season and have accomplished two - win a championship and host a playoff game," Nolen said. "This year's team is the first win seven games in a season in 13 years and the first to host a playoff game since 2000. We hope to have a great crowd that creates a great atmosphere Saturday. We are very proud of what they have accomplished to this point, but we are not ready to stop playing. Anna is a solid team that has been to the playoffs now 14 straight years. They are very good at what they do on both sides of the ball. We have got our work cut out for us, but we are looking forward to the challenge."
Robinson 26 15 6 0 - 47
Edwards County 0 0 0 6 - 6
RHS 1Q (11:48) Joe Smith 76 kickoff return (kick failed)
RHS 1Q (5:20) Bucky Stevens 26 pass to Landen Hoagland (Joe Smith run)
RHS 1Q (4:22) Bucky Stevens 35 pass to Jason Richart (kick failed)
Rushing - (RHS) Jason Richart 10-101, Joe Smith 6-62, Nick Berty 5-27, Jake Powell 8-22, Duncan Fiscus 5-15, Bucky Stevens 1-7, Zach Harrison 4-5, Jordan Douglas 7-4. (ECHS) Ryan Moody 7-24, Levi Rogers 8-23, Clifford McKinney 5-15, Jace Borowiak 6-8.
Passing - (RHS) Bucky Stevens 4-4-109-3TD-0INT. (ECHS) Levi Rogers 11-25-134-0TD-4INT; Ryan Moody 1-1-9-0TD-0INT.
Receiving - (RHS) Landen Hoagland 2-56, Jason Richart 1-35, Joe Smith 1-18. (ECHS) Patrick Murphy 3-55, Clifford McKinney 5-44, Karlin Compton 2-36, Lukas Hortin 1-8, Drew Grimes 1-0.
Defense - (RHS) Aaron Rankin 2 tackles for loss; Bowe Cravens 3 tackles for loss; Malik Miller 3 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble; Wes Harrison 1 tackle for loss, 4 quarterback pressures; Jason Richart 1 fumble recovery; Nick Berty 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass breakup, 1 interception; Landen Hoagland 3 tackles for loss, 3 pass breakups, 1 interception; Connor Griffin 2 quarterback pressures; Michael Elliott 2 pass breakups, 1 interception; Mason Shew 2 pass breakups; Zach Harrison 1 tackle for loss; Phil Salesman 1 quarterback pressure; Jacob Womble 1 quarterback pressure; Jake Powell 1 tackle for loss; Collin Rains 2 pass breakups, 1 interception; Skyler Weck 1 tackle for loss.
Next game - Robinson (7-2) will play host to Anna-Jonesboro in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A Playoffs Saturday at 2 p.m.