Dobie senior Andrew Robinson leaves behind a posse of South Houston defenders on a 22-yard TD jaunt down the sideline that gave the Longhorns a 27-7 lead late in the first half.
5-TD BURST GUIDES HORNS TO SHOWDOWN WITH DEER
Andrew Robinson, District 22-5A's premier offensive weapon, exploded for five more touchdowns Friday night to lead Dobie to a 56-14 romp over South Houston and into a winner-take-all contest next Thursday night against district rival Deer Park.
Robinson dazzled a wind-chilled Veterans Memorial Stadium crowd with his familiar stop-and-start, change-of-direction dashes to the end zone.
The shortest of his scoring bursts was 19 yards. The longest from scrimmage was 30 yards. His longest tote was 89, that coming on the second half kickoff.
His breakaways not only tormented the Trojans, they roused his Longhorn teammates, who arrived a bit uninspired and departed with their highest point total of the season.
Dobie, the defending 22-5A champion, will take a 7-2 record and 4-0 district mark into Thursday night's showdown with Deer Park, also 4-0 but with a slightly more glamourous 8-1 record. The teams will kick off at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
South Houston fell to 2-7 and 1-3 in district, on the verge - unless the Trojans can beat Memorial next Friday night -- of missing the playoffs.
A victory over Memorial would leave South Houston in either a two- or three-way tie for third place and with a likely points tie-breaker edge. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
Robinson carried only 12 times, but collected 148 yards, giving the senior 1,490 for the season. Robinson's season TD total soared to 24.
South Houston quarterback Rudis Requeno threw for 208 yards with a 22 of 39 effort. Toree Daniel, the area's top receiver, caught nine passes for 90 yards.
The Trojans appeared primed to make a game of it in the opening minutes. Robinson broke the ice with a 30-yard TD run, but South Houston roared back and took a7-6 lead with the help of a 27-yard TD strike from Requeno to Daniel.
But Robinson forced his team to pick up the pace. He scored on a 19-yard blast late in the first quarter. The Trojans' swoon became official when the Longhorns posted three TDs in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the half.
Patrick Hurst scored from 24 yards out on a twisting, tackle-shattering run. South Houston fumbled away the ensuring kickoff and that led to a 22-yard TD run by Robinson.
The Trojans lost a fourth-down gamble in their own territory on their next possession. Dobie quarterback Deandre Bolden promptly connected with Dominque Bilbo for a 35-yard TD strike and a 35-7 haltime lead for the Longhorns.
Dobie's TD rampage didn't end until early in the fourth quarter when Demetris Green intercepted a Requeno pass and returned it 55 yards for another score.
Requeno collected a second TD pass in the remaining time, the finale a 25-yard toss to Elton Dyer.
DEER PARK 31, SAM RAYBURN 0
DEER PARK -- Austin Ranier ran for one touchdown and threw for another as the Deer shut down the Texans at Abshier Stadium to secure a showdown next Thursday night with Dobie.
Now 8-1 and 4-0 in district play, Deer Park held Sam Rayburn to only 92 yards of offense and eight first downs. The Deer scored a TD in every quarter and added a 32-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez in the third.
The Texans, 3-5 and 0-4 in district play, remain mathematically alive for a playoff spot next week. Sam Rayburn would have to beat Pasadena next Saturday but even then the point differential stemming from a 38-3 loss to South Houston two weeks would likely sideline the Texans.
Demetrius Banks led the Deer with 125 yards on the ground. Sam Rayburn's offensive leader, Michael Boyd, gained only 29 yards.
Dobie junior Patrick Hurst turns in the best run of the night, a 24-yard TD blast around right end late in the first half.
(Top) Hurst cuts between South Houston defenders Shaquille Bowman (8) and Isaac Garza (26). Garza catches up with
him at the 5-yard line (middle), but runs into interference from Michael Hookfin (75), trailing the plan. Hurst uses that bit
of leverage to spin free and topple over the goal line (bottom).
Robinson scores the game's first TD, a 30-yard romp around right end.
South Houston's Toree Daniel (20) finds a crease between Dobie defenders Jordin Harrison (30), Chris Uzoma (28) and Jessy Cedeno (36) and streaks 27 yards for a TD after catching a pass from Rudis Requeno in the first quarter.
Dobie defensive back Demetris Green (2) barely misses an interception on a deep pass intended for James Davis (10) early in the second quarter. Green later returned an interception 55 yards for his team's final TD.
Robinson strikes again, this time on a 19-yard TD run late in the first quarter.
Dobie's Caleb Wiechman clears a rugby-style punt from his own end zone as South Houston's Brian Columbus applies backside pressure.
Byron Hodges, a junior wide receiver who took several direct snaps for the Trojans, breaks into the Dobie secondary, where Demetris Green (2) awaits.
Dobie quarterback Deandre Bolden fires a jump pass in the direction of Vance Leonard (11). Leonard caught the ball for a short gain.