Robinson Shuts Down Gibbs

Robinson wins their second game of the week against Gibbs 25-0.

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Photo Lindsey Chadwick

Destin Gainer (’20) celebrates after making a big play on defense.

Lindsey Chadwick, Staff writer

The Robinson Knights faced Gibbs high school and even with having two games in one week, Robinson pulled through with a shutout, scoring 25-0. Robinson’s defense stepped up and didn’t let Gibbs put any points on the board.

“We played a tough Freedom team Monday night and then had to regroup quickly, still go to school and then play another game. So being able to kind of right the ship in one week was the message and they came out and responded,” said Craig Everhart, the head football coach and IB biology teacher.

After the loss to Alonso in the previous week, they wanted to make sure their offense and defense was strong. Everhart had planned and worked hard to make sure his offense and defensive was prepared going into these games.

“Our goal these last 2 weeks has been to get in the back field of the opposition and make plays… we simplified things on offense and on defense and we are just trying to get after the football,” Everhart said.

Robinson started the season 0-2, losing their second game in a tight contest to Alonso. Since then, the Knights have won two straight games, with their defense only allowing 10 points total in these games. The coaching, as well as the personnel, have shifted from the weeks prior.

“We made some adjustments at halftime. We moved me to linebacker to have more speed on the running back. Our defense is pretty fast, instead of strong. We adjusted to their speed cause they were fast too,” Louis Kirchgessner (’20), receiver and linebacker, said.

Robinson’s defense kept Gibbs scoreless recovering 2 punts in the first quarter and an interception finishing off the first half. Then in the second half they recovered another fumble and another interception for a touchdown.

“Our defense is very good. I feel like we got the best defense in Hillsborough county or the best defense in our district,” Destin Tiburcio, defensive and offensive lineman (’20) said. “Everything that was bad, we picked each other up. We have some bad days of course but we picked each other up and got two dubs in one week so I’m happy about that.”

This victory leads right into Robinson’s bye week of the season, so they have two weeks to prepare for their next opponent, the Booker Tornadoes.

“We have no game next week so it’s going to be a great chance now to kind of real them back in, get back to the basics, get back to our core values, and continue to work and get better,” Everhart said.

The Robinson Knights play the Booker Tornadoes on Friday, September 27 (3201 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234)