T-birds’ run dominates ’Devs: Robinzine’s two TDs lead Mohave over rival River Valley 20-7
BULLHEAD CITY — The old saying “possession is nine-tenths of the law” also applies to football.
Senior Will Robinzine rushed for 107 yards on 21 carries with two TD runs, leading Mohave High School to its 20-7 victory against rival River Valley High School on Friday night.
The T-birds controlled the football for 17 minutes, 32 seconds during the 24-minute first half, which kept the Dust Devils’ offense on the sideline, as Mohave took a 13-0 lead into the intermission.
Mohave head coach Rudy Olvera praised his squad for following the game plan and controlling the clock, while limiting River Valley to nine offensive plays in the first half.
“My kids showed resilience,” Olvera said. “We think it’s fun football when you can put together a 20-play drive — all on the ground.”
Dust Devils head coach Jonathan Clark added: “The first half was a tale of them just controlling the ball.”
Mohave could have controlled the ball even more if not for sloppy ball- handling during its opening drive.
River Valley junior Jeremy Stice recovered a fumble on the Mohave 45 and advanced it to the T-birds’ 10. Then T-birds junior Austin Foster saved a touchdown by tackling Stice, forcing him to fumble, where Dust Devils junior Damon Parks secured the ball at the 8.
Mohave’s defense stopped River Valley senior quarterback Seth Christy on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
“I told the boys, ‘That’s one’s on me,’ ” said Clark about not punching it in from the 1. “If we punch that in, this last drive we’re going in there to win the game.”
When asked about River Valley losing momentum by not scoring from the 1, “The whole half could have been different,” Clark said.
The first-year head coach said his
Dust Devils’ offense went three-and-out and a certain touchdown reception was dropped during their next two possessions after failing to convert on the fourth-and-goal. “We have to execute better,” Clark said.
Robinzine’s 1-yard TD run, PAT failed, put Mohave ahead 6-0 with 8:12 left in the second period.
“Will ran tough,” Olvera said. “I still think he needs to avoid some contact and try to break a couple, but he’s coming along.”
T-birds senior quarterback Brent Moore’s 33-yard TD run, PAT good, made it 20-0 with 8:31 to go in the third quarter.
“I think Brent looked like a veteran quarterback,” Olvera said. “He was poised, under control, managed the huddle and did everything we asked.”
Moore went on to rush for 67 yards on nine carries, while completing 1-of-1 passes for four yards.
The T-birds finished with 231 yards rushing on 42 carries.
Christy’s 2-yard TD run, PAT kick, made it 20-7 with 9:08 left in the third period.
The River Valley quarterback rushed for 50 yards on seven carries to lead his team in rushing.
Christy completed 9-of-14 passes for 131 yards and senior wide receiver Logan Knox caught six passes for 95 yards to lead River Valley in catches and receptions.
“I think we executed better in the second half,” Clark said.
Both squads will be in action Friday. The 1-0 overall Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A Grand Canyon Region Mohave squad will play at 7 p.m. at Lake Havasu High School against the 1-0 overall AIA 4A West Valley Region Knights, while the 0-2 overall AIA 3A West Region River Valley team will play at 7 p.m. at Lee Williams High School against the AIA 0-2 overall 3A West Region Volunteers.
Mohave’s stats courtesy of MaxPrep, and River Valley’s unofficial stats courtesy of McKillop and Findley.