Mistakes costly in Knights’ 22-8 loss to Blake

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Robinson quarterback Najee Fitzgerald (’17) attempts to run the ball while Blake’s Jaiden Morris (’17) reaches out for the sack. Sacks were problematic for the Knights, who were sacked 12 times in the 22-8 loss.

Macy McClintock, Staff Writer

After a 29-0 blowout at the hands of Pinellas Park in last week’s preseason matchup, the Knights looked for redemption in their home opener against Blake but found none in a 22-8 loss, breaking a 13-year winning streak against the Yellow Jackets.

During the first drive of the game, Blake’s center snapped the ball over their quarterback’s head, resulting in a safety for the Knights. Robinson couldn’t hold onto the early 2-0 lead, however, fumbling on the following series and giving up a pick six.

An interception for Robinson, turned into a fumble recovered by Blake, soon allowed Blake to score again, and a safety against Robinson further increased the Yellow Jackets’ lead. Robinson’s Eann Johnson (‘18) intercepted the ball, with a 15-yard run by Fitzgerald lining the Knights up for field goal by William Roseman (‘18).

Robinson started off the third quarter stronger, recovering a Blake fumble that led to Roseman’s second field goal of the night.

Late in the fourth quarter, Blake sealed their victory with an 85-yard run into the endzone and a two-point conversion, ending the game 22-8.

Offensively, the Knights struggled, getting sacked 12 times during the game. Both teams racked up errors, as the Knights received 14 penalties to the Yellow Jackets’ 17.

Robinson (0-1) looks for their first win next Friday in a non-district matchup against the Wharton Wildcats. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Wharton High School (20150 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647).