ROBINSON — The Robinson Rockets showed why they have one of the best one-two duos in the state in quarterback Chase Allison and receiver Braxton Ashcraft.
Allison threw for eight touchdowns and the Salado Eagles never had an answer for the senior.
Salado answered every Robinson touchdown in the first half, but was unable to slow down the Rocket offense falling in a District 9-4A matchup, 61-49.
While Salado had already secured a playoff spot by winning last week against Mexia, Robinson needed a win to secure its place in the postseason.
The Robinson offense had no answer for the powerful Eagle running game for most of the first half.
Neither team punted all night.
Salado’s first drive was helped in part when Cutter Hudgens returned the kick all the way to the 47-yard line, and it only took the red and white five plays to find paydirt.
Jake Harvey broke five tackles and raced 43 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7. Harvey ended the contest with 163 yards on 10 carries.
Harvey ran for three first-half touchdowns from 43, 49 and 27 yards out.
The Eagles ran for 514 yards in the loss.
Trailing 29-26, Salado’s last score of the half came on a six-play drive that took 2:22 off the clock in which Harvey found the end zone. Jake Walrath’s point after attempt was successful with 6:37 before the break.
The next two scores of the half came from Robinson.
After Allison, connected with Ashcraft from 6 yards out, the Eagles tried to answer with 34 seconds before halftime.
Salado tried to catch Robinson off-guard when quarterback Hayden Haire threw his only pass of the half facing a fourth-and-8, but his pass was picked off by Jared Willis.
The Rockets made the Eagles pay when they found the end zone with eight seconds before the half to take a 40-29 lead.
That was the only time all half when either team went up by more than a touchdown.
In the second half, both offenses were at it again.
The biggest momentum shift came with Robinson up by seven, Salado drove the length of the field, picking up four first downs and chewing up five minutes off the clock, all the way to the Robinson 17 yard line. But a turnover ended the drive.
Robinson cashed in on the fumble and scored four plays later, putting the Rockets up 54-37 with nine minutes left.
That separation was all Robinson needed.
Aaron Torczynski scored two more touchdowns from there — on an 8-yard catch and a 2-yard run. Torczynski ended the night racing for 200 yards on 17 carries.
Salado running back Trey Sheppard also had an excellent game, carrying a team-high 20 carries for 119 yards.