Robinson, Spartans snap back, beat Bucs

KNOXVILLE — Even though Charlie Robinson said Webb School of Knoxville’s 2019 football game at Boyd Buchanan wasn’t on his mind when the two regional foes tangled last week, the sophomore sure played like he wanted to avenge a tough loss to the Buccaneers.

“We didn’t think about it. We just came out and did what we do,” said Robinson, who threw four touchdown passes and added an interception on defense in the Spartans’ 45-28 win on Senior Night Friday, Sept. 4, in Webb’s David Meske Stadium.

“We just came out and executed,” he added. “We just did what we had to do. We just did great.”

Robinson went 5-for-10 and amassed 120 yards through the air as the Spartans (2-1 overall, 1-0 in Division II-AA East Region) avenged last year’s 28-21 loss to the Bucs in Chattanooga.

The victory also proved Webb is resilient, as the Spartans bounced back from a 55-0 Week 2 loss to defending Division II-AAA state champion Chattanooga McCallie.

‘Our kids put McCallie behind them,” Webb head coach David Meske said. “They came in this week and they were enthusiastic, and tonight we played hard and we gave a great effort.

“We made plays on offense, we made plays on defense and we made plays on special teams. We flipped the field on special teams. This was a big win for us because it was our first region game and they beat us last year,” he added.

Robinson got Webb on the scoreboard first when he threw a 30-yard scoring strike to Jackson Baker late in the first quarter. Kicker Otto Niendorff added the extra point to give the Spartans a 7-0 lead.

“Charlie is a great player, a great kid and a great leader,” Meske said. “Joseph (Moore) is also a great kid. You couldn’t ask for a nicer kid,” the coach added about his senior safety and starting quarterback in Meske’s system.

“Joseph has stared all three games for us and we’ve been switching them back and forth and it’s working out well for us,” he added.

The Spartans picked up a defensive touchdown early in the second stanza when Bradee McCoy picked off a pass from Bucs’ quarterback Eli Morris and returned the ball 60 yards to the end zone for a touchdown to make the score 14-0 with 10:22 remaining until halftime.

That was the first of two interceptions for McCoy and one of five turnovers forced by the Spartans.

Robinson and Baker hooked up again on a 44-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-7 midway through the second quarter.

A short time later, Robinson threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ford Wagner.

That duo would connect for a 9-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Webb would go up 38-7 when Niendorff kicked a 34-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the third frame.

Spartans freshman Marcus Roberts had a touchdown run with 2:14 remaining in the game.