HASKELL – The Harmony Grove Cardinals were able to hang with the Joe T. Robinson Senators for a half.
However, the visiting team had too much firepower, ultimately handing Harmony Grove a 35-6 loss.
In the second half, Robinson’s ability to pass basically led to the Cardinals’ demise. Robinson finished the game with 238 yards passing, 172 of those yards came in the latter stages of the game.
The Cardinals are now 5-5 overall and 3-4 against 7-4A opposition. Harmony Grove will now have to rely on the Ashdown Panthers defeating Fountain Lake (the Cardinals fell to the Cobras last week) to earn a playoff spot its first year in 4A.
What was a tight game quickly swung in favor of Robinson early in the third.
Senator receiver Traveon James caught a pass from quarterback Greyson Tackett and immediately made a cut back toward the middle of the field. He then sprinted to the end zone. Trent Eskola, who did not miss an extra point in this game, booted the ball through the uprights to push the Robinson lead out to 21-0 with 10:43 left in the third.
For a moment, the Senators’ surge came to a halt when the Harmony Grove defense recovered a fumble.
The Cardinals then went on a nine-play drive that ended with quarterback Logan Whitley scoring on a beautifully executed 39-yard keeper out of the Wishbone formation. The 2-point attempt failed as the score was now 21-6.
But, Robinson (8-2, 6-1) made sure that Harmony Grove didn’t build off Whitley’s run.
With their ensuing possession, the Senators crossed the goal line when James caught a 10-yard pass from Tackett near the side of the end zone. After the kick, Robinson led 28-6 with just over two minutes left in the third period.
With 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, Robinson scored the game’s final points when receiver Martel Nunally beat Harmony Grove’s coverage and caught a pass from Tackett. Nunally made his way to the end zone after making one move and easing into the open field. Eskola’s kick increased the Senators’ lead to the final score of 35-6.
Robinson never trailed in this contest.
The Senators grabbed the lead early in the first when Mekel Kentle returned a low punt 43 yards for a touchdown. The senior caught the ball after it bounced off the turf, made a cut and he was off to the races.
Harmony Grove fell further behind later in the first half when Kentle scampered 17 yards to pay dirt to conclude a nine-play drive. Following the PAT, the score was 14-0 with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter.
Aside from Whitley’s impressive touchdown run, the Cardinals were unable to build any momentum.