Robinson is already well-established as the premier flag football program in the state – and nation.
After all, the Knights entered this season as five-time defending state champions in Class 1A. Last year’s title gave them six overall, moving them past Seminole Ridge for the most in state history.
Still, there was more to accomplish.
In March, Robinson beat Plant to set the state record for consecutive wins with 53. The Knights won two more before the streak ended at 55 with a loss to defending 2A state champion Newsome.
Other 1A title contending programs looked at that defeat and engaged in some wishful thinking.
Maybe Robinson would not be able to cope with the loss of so much talent during its recent run. Maybe the Knights were vulnerable to a loss when it mattered most.
Maybe the rest of the state should have known better.
Adjustments are what Robinson does best during its emerging dynasty. There were no players producing eye-popping stats. They rebounded not because they hung on the coattails of some talented superstar who could bail them out in key situations, but because they had a collection of hardworking players who checked their egos at the door and didn’t mind sharing the load.
After that loss, the Knights continued what they do best.
They won. And won some more.
They ended up reeling off 17 straight victories, the last two coming against Jensen Beach (45-13) in the state semifinals and Choctawhatchee (18-13) in the title game.
Adriana Williams and Christal Rolack each showed off their playmaking abilities on both sides of the ball all season. Brianna Stearns and Sydney Hall complemented one another at quarterback.Katejoin Robinson had a knack for finding the end zone (25 total touchdowns). Julia Guillermo specialized in getting to opposing quarterbacks (team-leading 25 sacks).
And another reason to proclaim Robinson a national juggernaut.
The Knights are not the only area team’s that gained notoriety.
Newsome, the team that ended Robinson’s state-record win streak, won its first 2A state title last season and made it back to the final after getting through brutal playoff bracket that included wins over Alonso (14-13 in overtime) in the region final and over Spanish River (21-19) in the state semifinals, both of which were ranked among the top 10 nationally.
In the final, the Wolves were unable to defend their title, losing 34-14 to Western, the nation’s top-ranked team.
Despite falling short, Newsome was able to take solace in knowing its two-year run was among the best in the state and helped the program rise to national prominence.