Player of the Week: Antonio Robinson

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 6, 2005

Bibb Co. had come back from 14 down to trail Greensboro 14-12 in the fourth quarter and fourth-and1 inside the Greensboro 10. If there was any time for a big play from the Greensboro defensive line, that was it, and Antonio Robinson delivered. The 6-1, 240 pound defensive end stuffed the Bibb Co. rushing attempt and the Raiders went onto win 14-12.

“It really felt great,” Robinson says. “We’d lost three in a row after beating Hale Co. and Southside and we really needed a win in our region for the playoffs.”

Robinson says the game was a game of momentum. As a starter on both the offensive and defensive lines, he says that he felt the Raiders get both fired up and a little flat on both sides of the ball before pulling out the victory.

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“Those first two scores really brought the team up. Everybody was real excited,” he says, “but we kind of got a little bit lazy and they got their two TDs. After that everybody started getting back up. We knew we couldn’t let them score.”

According to head coach Michael Reynolds, Robinson–along with his cohorts on the defensive line, Adrian Williams, Courtney Rhodes, and LaDarius Thomas–changed the game with their ability to pressure Bibb quarterback Clay Jones. Robinson says he agrees that rushing the passer is a big key to the Raiders’ success.

“The main thing is to get pressure on the quarterback,” he says. “If you get pressure, you can contain what he wants to do. We didn’t get pressure every time, but we still came up with some big plays even when we didn’t.”

Robinsons says that he prefers his work on the defensive line to that on the offensive side of the ball (“I like to get after people. I like getting hitting people better than getting hit,” he says with a laugh) but adds that the week of practice leading up to the Bibb Co. win started with the offensive line.

“The offensive line really stepped up in practice,” he says. “We got really pumped up about blocking for our running back and our fullback. We got them going, too.”

Robinson hopes that the momentum from last week carries over into this week’s game with Demopolis. He feels confident that the Raiders can hang with the defending state champs despite–or, maybe, because of–last year’s meeting between the two teams.

“They beat us 62-0 last year, so we’re still really mad about that,” he says. “We’re looking forward to it. We’re playing at home, and any good team can beat any other good team any time they play. We can beat Demopolis.”