Ellison quarterback Carl Robinson III tossed four touchdown passes and ran for another, leading the Eagles to a Week 1, 56-21 victory over Leander, and earning the Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award. 

“We’re excited for Carl for winning this award,” said Eagles head coach Trent Gregory. “We’re also excited for our whole team about this award. Carl will be the first person to tell you it takes all 11 people on the field to be successful.”

And indeed that is exactly what Robinson said.

“This award really belongs to our whole team,” he said. “I’m just glad to be on the field playing with my brothers. Our receivers get open, and I can’t get the ball to them if they don’t get open.

“Plus, I owe a lot to the five guys that block for me. I can’t throw it at all if they don’t give me the time.”

Providing that valuable time for Robinson are tackles Forrester Polk and Veshawn Shellman, guards Alex Buber and Fiatala Mata’utia and center Gavin Adkins.

“Going into this season, it was very interesting that people still doubt us at Ellison,” Robinson said. “That’s fine. We don’t pay too much attention to that. Now, we just like to pay attention to the scoreboard and point to that.”

Ellison upped its season record to 2-0 with a 45-34 win over Round Rock Stony Point on Thursday in which Robinson passed for four more touchdowns and scored on a 50-yard run.

“This team of ours is special,” Robinson said. “We bleed together, we cry together, we play together. We are a family. We’ll each do whatever is needed on the field, even if that means I have to go block somebody.”

Also nominated for the Player of the Week award were Harker Heights’ Jameel Hodges, Lampasas’ Nathan Keese, Killeen’s Montego Muckelvaney and Belton cross country runner Brooke Gilmore.

“Carl Robinson is our team leader,” Gregory said. “As Carl goes, our team will follow.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566 and read his column at KDHPressbox.com

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