Preview: Godby at Robinson

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Robinson captain Emily Draper ('17) goes up for a catch in the Knights' 33-0 win over Armwood in the regional semifinals Tuesday, May 10. Expect Draper, the 2016 Bright House Flag Football Player of the Year, to be a key player on both sides of the ball for the Knights.

Isabel Hanewicz, RHStoday Editor-in-Chief

Flag football’s quest for their second state title continues under home lights Friday in the FHSAA State Semifinals. The team will host Tallahassee Godby at 8 p.m. in a rematch from 2014, when the Knights beat the Cougars 7-0 in the semifinals en route to their first state title.

REWIND: Robinson (15-1) faced Godby (14-2) in the 2016 Capital City Classic, coming away with a 22-6 win. Emily Draper (’17) ran for 62 yards and returned an interception for a touchdown and McKenna Tyson (’17) ran for 109 yards and had one interception in the Knight’s win. Quarterback Kayla Knowlton (’16) threw for 135 yards and one touchdown.

PLAYERS TO WATCH (Godby)

Shelby Hartley (’17): Hartley starts at both quarterback and linebacker for the Cougars. Her experience on both sides of the ball makes her a dynamic quarterback with the ability to both throw and run, so the Knights’ defense will have to be aware of her versatility. In the Knights’ last game, rusher Sarah Jennewein (’17) was able to shut Hartley down with six tackles, including one safety.

Darrion Denmark (’17): Denmark, who plays at wide receiver and corner, is athletic and aggressive to the ball. She is a big-time playmaker on both sides for Godby, notching two touchdowns in Tuesday’s 26-0 regional final win over Terry Parker.

PLAYERS TO WATCH (Robinson)

Kayla Knowlton (’16): Quarterback Knowlton threw for two interceptions and one touchdown in the Knight’s win against Godby, but the offense and Knowlton a strong game Tuesday against Armwood, where Knowlton threw three touchdowns and no interceptions in the 33-0 victory. Coach Joshua Saunders says he expects his quarterbacks (Knowlton starts, although Olivia Salzman (’17) also threw two touchdowns Tuesday) to, at the least, do no harm on the field, and limiting interceptions will help the Knights play a stronger game against the Cougars.

Megan Bohan (’16): The Knights’ head captain starts on both offense and defense as a wide receiver and linebacker, but didn’t play in the previous Godby matchup due to an IB exam. Bohan is the Knights’ all-time leading receiver and also tops the record books in number of touchdowns scored.

Other impact players for the Knights: Linebacker Kelly Dorsey (’16) tied with Jennewein for the most tackles in the last Godby game and was a key defensive playmaker Tuesday; Draper (’17), a wide receiver, corner and double-passer who was also named the 2016 Bright House Flag Football Player of the Year and has the versatility to be a game-changer; and Tyson (’17), a wide receiver and safety who scored two touchdowns and one interception Tuesday.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Jack Peters Field (6311 S. Lois Ave, 33616) in the FHSAA 1A State Flag Football Semifinals. The Knights play in the last of four games of the night, all hosted at Robinson: Coconut Creek at Harmony in the other 1A matchup, 3:30 p.m.; Hialeah at Seminole Ridge (2A), 5 p.m.; and Martin County at Plant (2A), 6:30 p.m. Parking is $5 and entry is $8.