Ellison’s offense exploded in the first half at Leo Buckley Stadium on Thursday against Round Rock Stony Point, as it outscored the Tigers 42-20 en route to a 45-34 victory.
But quarterback Carl Robinson III was disappointed.
“The first half doesn’t matter if we can’t score in the second half,” Robinson said. “So we’re still working on that. It’s great that we got the win and had that lead in the first half, but it’s not good enough.”
Robinson’s expectation of perfection throughout the game was music to head coach Trent Gregory’s ears.
“It’s awesome, and that’s the type of kids that we’ve got,” Gregory said. “We talked about that again at halftime. They don’t hand out wins at halftime, and they don’t give trophies at halftime — you’ve got to finish.
“We preached that and talked about it during the week, and it’s just one of those areas we’ve still got to continue to work on.”
Robinson ended the contest with 217 yards and four touchdowns while completing 11 of 18 passes, and he also rushed six times for 65 yards and another score.
Darrell Peterkine rushed 16 times for 72 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 72 yards and a score, and he knows he must continue contributing to the offense like he did Thursday night.
“They have always said that we are a good team overall,” the senior running back said. “But we can’t pass every play, so they’ve told me that I’ve got to practice hard and do everything I can do. I’ve been working real hard this summer, and you’re going to see more of that from now on.”
Ellison (2-0) started its first-half onslaught on the first drive of the ballgame, as it traveled 78 yards on seven plays to reach pay dirt. The drive was capped off by a 50-yard quarterback keeper off left tackle by Robinson, and Morgan Button’s extra point made it 7-0.
Stony Point (0-2) replied with an impressive drive of its own, going 83 yards on eight plays to tie the contest up at 7 with 5:59 left in the first quarter. Running back Tyler Cleveland punched the ball across the goal line on a 7-yard run, and kicker Santiago Maya’s point after was true.
On their next possession, the Eagles went for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 38. Lined up in the shotgun, H-back Antares Gillespie motioned under center, took the snap and plowed forward for a 5-yard gain and a first down.
Robinson then connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass with Jayden Smith to put Ellison up 14-7 at the 3:04 mark in the opening period.
After the defense forced a three-and-out, Robinson hooked up with wideout X’zavier Green on a 17-yard pass-and-catch to give Ellison a 21-7 advantage.
The Tigers were immediately able to pull within seven, however. After Green’s touchdown reception, Treshon Pickett returned the subsequent kickoff 97 yards to the house to make the score 21-14, Eagles.
But the Ellison defense continued to play strong, and its offense soared. The Eagles scored on three consecutive possessions to take a commanding 42-14 lead with 4:38 remaining in the first half.
Robinson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Green — their second scoring connection of the night — and Peterkine scored on a 5-yard run and caught a seam route over the middle for a 45-yard touchdown.
Stony Point scored a touchdown before halftime — the extra point failed — and outscored the Eagles 14-3 in the second half, but it was all for naught.