Robinson, defense lead Wave to win


Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 1:00 a.m.
Standout P.K. Yonge quarterback Derrick Robinson, battling a case of turf toe that kept him out last week, returned for the Blue Wave on Friday night and sparked a struggling offense to defeat Jacksonville Trinity Christian, 17-14.
Robinson said the injury was still bothering him, limiting his mobility and negating his speed. In limited playing time, though, the senior completed two passes, one for 90 yards to receiver Kendrick Baker for the game's first touchdown.
"I couldn't really run at all tonight, and had a hard time trying to move around," said Robinson, who was sacked three times for 17 yards. "But my teammates kept their heads in the game and made the big plays we needed to win this game."
P.K. Yonge (3-2) took a 10-0 lead into halftime behind Robinson's touchdown pass and a defense that gave up less than 90 first-half yards. The Blue Wave defense finished the night with five takeaways, including two late interceptions that sealed the win against a team they lost to three times since 2000, including twice in the playoffs.
"Our defense played lights out all night tonight, keeping us in a position to win this game," P.K. Yonge coach John Clifford said. "Our offense hung in there, made the big plays and took advantage of our opportunities. We traditionally play tough defense against these guys, and tonight was no different."
Trinity Christian (2-3) took control of the game briefly to open the second half, with linebacker Kyle Motes returning a Blue Wave fumble on the opening drive 58 yards for a touchdown. Later in the third quarter, running back Montel Harris broke loose for a 68-yard run to give Trinity Christian the lead going into the final quarter.
P.K. Yonge was forced to punt on its next two drives, but Trinity Christian could not capitalize. Instead of giving the ball to Harris, who carried 15 times for 152 yards, it took to the air after throwing just twice in the first three quarters. The Conquerors did manage three completions for 21 yards on one drive, but three fourth-quarter turnovers proved too costly. After Trinity Christian's third lost fumble, Blue Wave quarterback Mark Williams scampered 56 yards for the winning score.
"We thought we saw some things in their defense that we could take advantage of, and we did complete a couple of good passes," Trinity Christian coach Verlon Dorminey said of the decision to throw the ball. "But they were just too good on defense tonight. We got a quick turnover there in the third quarter and got a little momentum, but we were outplayed the rest of the way."

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