Robinson leads Grosse Pointe North to late fourth quarter win over Fraser
~~GROSSE POINTE, Mich. – Late in the game, after Fraser quarterback, Dylan Crawford, had just scored his second rushing touchdown, to put the Ramblers up 13-6, it didn’t look too good for Grosse Pointe North (2-1). Then Ken Robinson, North senior quarterback, Daniel Robinson’s father, came in the press box, yelling that North’s defense had to stop Walker, who finished with 150 yards, on 14 carries, and two touchdowns.
But what he forgot to add was that Fraser had to stop his son as well.
"Dan’s got great speed, and he runs really well," said North head coach Frank Sumbera. "He’s our senior leader, and tonight, he stepped up big for us late."
The game started off with a bang, with both teams scoring on their first possessions. Walker raced up the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown, untouched. Then Lawrence Bryant (responded with a 3-yard touchdown run for North, to make it 7-6, with 8:07 left in the first.
From the looks of it, it seemed as if this would be a high-scoring affair, but missed opportunities by both offenses, and stout defenses, put an end to those predictions.
"We had chances in between the first, and fourth quarters, but we couldn’t convert," Sumbera said. "It was a little frustrating, but we kept telling them to just keep believing, and we pulled it out.
"We got a stop late, and we took the ball, and took advantage this time around."
Fraser (1-2) had it’s chances as well, especially late, when they were up by a touchdown, but weren’t able to move the ball either, giving North every opportunity to win the game. The Ramblers were forced to punt on fourth down, with just under three minutes to go, and the pressure fell right back on Robinson and Co.
After turning the ball over on downs twice, and not taking advantage of a muffed punt by Fraser, the and offense had to make something happen, with 76 yards of field in front of them.
"We didn’t have a good week of practice, so maybe that’s why the offense didn’t do as well," said Robinson who had 161 yards of total offense. "We had one more opportunity late, and I had to make the most of it."
The key play of the final drive, came when Robison hit Dillion Webb on a 34-yard strike, that put the ball on the 14-yard line. North tried using it’s two big running backs, Bryant, and Parrish James to put the ball in the end zone, but Fraser’s defense wasn’t having it.
Then on the seventh play of the drive, Robinson attempted to the hand the ball off to his running back, who ran the wrong way, so he improvised. The south paw rolled left, sprinted towards the pylon in the end zone, and dove in for the 7-yard touchdown. North now was down 13-12, until O’dell Snyder’s two-point conversion run, put the Norsemen ahead for good, 14-13.
"That touchdown was a broken play, that turned out good," said Robinson. "My running back went the wrong way, so I made the most of it, and walked in for the touchdown.
"This win was huge for us. Last year Fraser best us 35-34, and ended up winning the league. We were 1-0 coming into this game, now we’re 2-0, and have a good chance of winning the league this year."
The win wasn’t pretty my any means, and Sumbera knows his team has a lot of work to do, but he’ll take a win over a loss any day. He has a pretty good running game, a senior quarterback to lead them, and his team can certainly learn from this win, with a tough Utica Eisenhower team coming up next week.
"Bryant and James are two good running backs for us, and hard runners," said Sumbera. "They also play defense for us, so I had to start mixing in other guys to relieve them. Penalties hurt us, but that was a good football team that we beat, and I’m proud of all of my guys."