Flag football preview: Robinson — Feb. 21


At a glance

Coach: Joshua Saunders

Class: Class 1A, District 7

Last season: 22-1

Key players: Rusher Julia Guillermo, Sr; WR/S Katejion Robinson, Sr.; QB Haidyn Spano, Sr.; RB/Rusher Adriana Williams, Sr. 


Feb. 27 vs. Bloomingdale, 7:30

Mar. 8 at Hillsborough, 7:30

Mar. 9 vs. Plant, 7:30

Mar. 20 vs. Lennard, 7:30

Mar. 22 at Tampa Bay Tech, 7:30

Mar. 25 vs. Orlando Jones, 9:30 (Windermere tournament)

Mar. 25 Apopka, 10:45 (Windermere tournament)

Mar. 27 at Newsome, 7:30

Mar. 29 at East Bay, 7:30

Mar. 31 at Tallahassee (Capital City Classic)

Apr. 1 at Tallahassee (Capital City Classic)

Apr. 5 vs. Gaither, 7:30

Apr. 7 vs. Cooper City, 3:30 (at Land O’ Lakes)

Apr. 10 vs. Riverview, 7:30


Last season, Robinson set the state record for consecutive wins with 53. The Knights won two more games before the streak ended at 55 with a loss to Newsome. 

After that setback, Robinson finished the season with 17 straight victories for its six straight state title and seventh overall, the most in state history. 

Three players who were first team, all-state selections – Julia Guillermo, Katejion Robinson and Adriana Williams – are all back.

Guillermo had a team-leading 25 sacks last season. Robinson finished with 25 total touchdowns and Williams made an impact on both sides of the ball. 

Those trio of returners are among five seniors on the team. Usually, one would be at quarterback. After all, the Knights’ string of six consecutive state titles were all won with six different senior signal callers. 

Not this year.

Haidyn Spano, a sophomore, takes over at quarterback. It is the first time Robinson had a sophomore start at that position since 2007. 

What Spano lacks in experience, she makes up for in her playmaking ability, something coach Joshua Saunders raves about. 

There are enough veterans to make another state title run. But the junior varsity team has to keep improving in order to keep its 11 year streak of 95 straight wins intact.