Saline sophomore QB Larry Robinson etched his own mark in the MHSAA football record book Friday in Saline’s 56-14 victory at Skyline.
In the second quarter, the Hornet defense had just mounted a successful goal-line stand, and Robinson was just looking to buy the Hornets some room to make plays.
Instead, Robinson took the snap, got a great push, fought through a crowd and found a big hole. From there, it was a footrace - one Robinson was determined to win.
“Coach was just trying to get us out of the end zone and give us some room to make some plays. It was great blocking by the O-Line. The running backs behind me gave me a good push and I was off to the races from there,” Robinson said.
It was a 99.5-yard touchdown run. Although it goes into the MHSAA record book as a 99-yard rushing TD, tying several others for the record.
After the longest run of his football career, at any level, Robinson was a little winded, but happy.
“I was pretty tired,” he said.
Robinson’s record-breaking run came on the next play after his first interception of the season. Robinson has been surprisingly accurate and adept at avoiding turnovers for such a young quarterback. So when his interception gave the Eagles great scoring position and his defense bailed him out with a goal-line stand, Robinson returned to the field determined to make amends.
“Throwing that interception hit me hard so I wanted to get back out there and make a play for our team. I was the one who put us in that position. I tried my best to something good for the team and it ended up being a great break,” Robinson said.
Coach Joe Palka said he liked the way Robinson responded to his mistake.
“You’re going to get interceptions at quarterback, so it’s probably good to get that out of the way.
We’re just looking to get breathing room, next thing you know he’s going 99 yards,” Palka said. “He’ll make mistakes. He’s just a sophomore. But there are certain things he can do with his arm and his feet to make up for it.”
Seven games into the season, Robinson has emerged as the starter on the Saline football team. He and junior Anthony Ferrari had been alternating possessions until the Bedford game. While Robinson is a sophomore, he’s been practicing with the varsity team since before his freshman season.
“I’m pretty comfortable. I’ve been with the team for a year and a half. I trust my guys and they trust me. We just go out there and execute,” Robinson said. “I feel like the offense is doing a great job and doing everything we can to score.”
Robinson and the Hornets, who clinched a playoff spot and at least a share of the SEC Red title Friday, host Pioneer with a chance to earn sole possession of the SEC Red.
“It’s going to be a big game. Pioneer is a rival for us, just like Bedford. It’s going to be a fun game, especially going back home, so it’s going to be amazing,” Robinson said.