Preview: King at Robinson


Photo M. Hall

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

Back to the .500 mark at 2-2, the Knights take the field on Friday night against King (2-2) in front of what should be a packed home crowd for this year’s homecoming game. Robinson is coming off of a 28-10 victory at Middleton in which the Knights scored 21 unanswered points to end the game.

REWIND: The Knights picked up a 39-17 victory over the Lions on the road last October. Anfernee Alston (’17) rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. Aivory Foster (’15), now at Johns Hopkins, added 114 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in one of the Knights’ best offensive performances under offensive coordinator Craig Everhart. The team’s 450 total yards was the highlight of a victory that started a three-game winning streak.

Otis Williams (’16) – Williams gave the Robinson defense all sorts of problems last season when he ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. The senior running back has again led the way for the King offense so far in 2015, rushing for 386 yards and three touchdowns on 69 carries. His average of 5.6 yards per carry is reason enough for the Lions to rely on him as a catalyst for the team’s offensive production.

Delvin Austin (’16)– Trailing Hillsborough 11-0 at home last week, Austin led the team to a comeback victory in overtime. His 13-yard touchdown pass with just over two minutes left in the game set up Williams’ game-tying two-point conversion. On the season, Austin has thrown for 349 yards and two touchdowns.

Malik Tyson (’16)– Tyson will be making the start for the Knights on Friday night after an injury kept him from starting last week’s game. With his team trailing 10-7 in the third quarter last week, he came in and hit Iyan Mitchell (’16) for a 76-yard touchdown for the lead. He comes into Friday night healthy and poised to have another breakout performance against a King team that he had success against last year. In the 2014 matchup between the two teams, Tyson completed seven of 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Anfernee Alston (’17)– It might be time to note Alston as a permanent player to watch this season as he has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in three out of four games. Over the four games, he has 467 yards and three touchdowns on 92 carries, which is already more than half of his rushing total from 2014 (830). Alston will look to lead the way offensively on Friday night against a defense that gave up 213 yards to him last year.

Kickoff for Friday night’s homecoming game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Jack Peters Field on the campus of Robinson High School (6311 S Lois Ave, Tampa, FL 33616).