Saturday, 01 September 2007 14:23

Late score lifts Bulldogs past Spiders

Paul Hershey

Sep. 1--CONCORD -- Head coach Bobby Cloninger has stressed mental toughness as the key to success for his Jay M. Robinson team.

The Bulldogs showed plenty of that on Friday night.

Despite trailing for most of the game, Robinson continually battled back and pulled out a wild 32-27 victory over rival Concord at Robinson High.

Jason Hampton's 4-yard touchdown run -- his third score of the game -- with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter provided the winning points.

"It gives a whole lot of credibility to what we're trying to do," Cloninger said of the victory. "They're a good football team. Our kids showed a lot of perseverance by the way they came back. I'm going to give them all the credit.

"We earned this one."

Concord, meanwhile, made big strides offensively but saw its second game end in the same way as its opener -- with an interception.

After Hampton's score, Concord got a 15-yard run by quarterback Tony Moore and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Robinson to move to the Bulldogs' 33 with 49 seconds left.

However, Moore's first-down pass over the middle was deflected and intercepted by Robinson linebacker Mike Skiptunas, sealing the victory for the Bulldogs (2-1).

"We finally got a good pass rush, we got a tip on the ball and Mike Skiptunas was there and made a good play on it," Cloninger said.

The Spiders dropped to 0-2.

With the score tied 20-20 at halftime, Robinson took its only other lead of the game on the opening possession of the third quarter.

Hampton ran for 57 yards on the first play from scrimmage and scored two plays later on a 2-yard run. The extra point was blocked.

Later in the third, Concord drove to the Bulldogs' 2 before losing a fumble after a pass reception.

The Spiders' defense held, though, and Concord took advantage of the short field. Tailback Roger Smith scored on a 27-yard run and Branden Barnhardt's extra point gave the Spiders a 27-26 lead with 1:18 left in the third.

The Spiders then put together a drive that took more than half of the time in the fourth quarter and were one play away from just about putting away the game.

Moore's keeper on fourth-and-7 from the Robinson 31 came up a yard short.

The Bulldogs took over with 2:32 left.

Bradley Clay threw to Chris Moon for 10 yards and a roughing the passer penalty two plays later moved the ball to the Concord 45.

Clay then rolled out and hit Cyrus Mojtabai over the middle for a 31-yard catch-and-run to the Spiders' 14.

"Cyrus extended the play and we were able to get them stretched and (Clay) threw back to him," Cloninger said. "(Cyrus) sat down in the hole and waited on it."

After a 10-yard reception by Moon, Hampton plowed in over the right side for the winning score.

Hampton rushed for 169 yards.

Concord led 7-0 before a track meet broke out in the second quarter.

The teams combined for five touchdowns in a span of 2:19.

Hampton had touchdown runs of 12 and 27 yards on consecutive carries.

In between, Dominique Posey returned a kickoff 85 yards for a Concord touchdown. After Hampton's second score, Moore connected with Bryan Franklin for a 72-yard touchdown play that put the Spiders ahead 20-12.

Robinson answered three plays later when Moon took a short pass and turned it into a 43-yard touchdown. Clay then threw to tight end Chris Dudas for the two-point conversion that tied the game.

Smith had a huge night in a losing effort for Concord, rushing for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Moore completed 8 of 23 passes for 183 yards for Concord.

Clay was 13 of 30 for 163 yards for Robinson, which also overcame the loss of star lineman R.J. Mattes, who was ejected late in the third quarter for a late hit.

"Never giving up," Cloninger said about what the difference was for his team. "Staying after it and showing some mental toughness."

It was Robinson's second straight win over Concord following five straight losses.

Concord opens league play at home against Piedmont next Friday, while Robinson has an open date.

Hampton's TD run with 1:10 remaining completes rally

By Paul Hershey

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CONCORD -- Head coach Bobby Cloninger has stressed mental toughness as the key to success for his Jay M. Robinson team.

The Bulldogs showed plenty of that on Friday night.

Despite trailing for most of the game, Robinson continually battled back and pulled out a wild 32-27 victory over rival Concord at Robinson High.

Jason Hampton's 4-yard touchdown run -- his third score of the game -- with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter provided the winning points.

"It gives a whole lot of credibility to what we're trying to do," Cloninger said of the victory. "They're a good football team. Our kids showed a lot of perseverance by the way they came back. I'm going to give them all the credit.

"We earned this one."

Concord, meanwhile, made big strides offensively but saw its second game end in the same way as its opener -- with an interception.

After Hampton's score, Concord got a 15-yard run by quarterback Tony Moore and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Robinson to move to the Bulldogs' 33 with 49 seconds left.

However, Moore's first-down pass over the middle was deflected and intercepted by Robinson linebacker Mike Skiptunas, sealing the victory for the Bulldogs (2-1).

"We finally got a good pass rush, we got a tip on the ball and Mike Skiptunas was there and made a good play on it," Cloninger said.

The Spiders dropped to 0-2.

With the score tied 20-20 at halftime, Robinson took its only other lead of the game on the opening possession of the third quarter.

Hampton ran for 57 yards on the first play from scrimmage and scored two plays later on a 2-yard run. The extra point was blocked.

Later in the third, Concord drove to the Bulldogs' 2 before losing a fumble after a pass reception.

The Spiders' defense held, though, and Concord took advantage of the short field. Tailback Roger Smith scored on a 27-yard run and Branden Barnhardt's extra point gave the Spiders a 27-26 lead with 1:18 left in the third.

The Spiders then put together a drive that took more than half of the time in the fourth quarter and were one play away from just about putting away the game.

Moore's keeper on fourth-and-7 from the Robinson 31 came up a yard short.

The Bulldogs took over with 2:32 left.

Bradley Clay threw to Chris Moon for 10 yards and a roughing the passer penalty two plays later moved the ball to the Concord 45.

Clay then rolled out and hit Cyrus Mojtabai over the middle for a 31-yard catch-and-run to the Spiders' 14.

"Cyrus extended the play and we were able to get them stretched and (Clay) threw back to him," Cloninger said. "(Cyrus) sat down in the hole and waited on it."

After a 10-yard reception by Moon, Hampton plowed in over the right side for the winning score.

Hampton rushed for 169 yards.

Concord led 7-0 before a track meet broke out in the second quarter.

The teams combined for five touchdowns in a span of 2:19.

Hampton had touchdown runs of 12 and 27 yards on consecutive carries.

In between, Dominique Posey returned a kickoff 85 yards for a Concord touchdown. After Hampton's second score, Moore connected with Bryan Franklin for a 72-yard touchdown play that put the Spiders ahead 20-12.

Robinson answered three plays later when Moon took a short pass and turned it into a 43-yard touchdown. Clay then threw to tight end Chris Dudas for the two-point conversion that tied the game.

Smith had a huge night in a losing effort for Concord, rushing for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Moore completed 8 of 23 passes for 183 yards for Concord.

Clay was 13 of 30 for 163 yards for Robinson, which also overcame the loss of star lineman R.J. Mattes, who was ejected late in the third quarter for a late hit.

"Never giving up," Cloninger said about what the difference was for his team. "Staying after it and showing some mental toughness."

It was Robinson's second straight win over Concord following five straight losses.

Concord opens league play at home against Piedmont next Friday, while Robinson has an open date.

Monday, 07 November 2016 20:53

Bulldogs beat Spiders in OT

Friday, 13 November 2015 17:08

SPC! Three in a Row!

Concord dominated Robinson Friday night to clinch their third SPC Title in as many years. 

 

Saturday, 01 September 2007 20:46

Bulldogs top Spiders

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The Bulldogs scored a touchdown with a little over a minute left to top Concord 32-27 Friday night at J.M. Robinson Stadium.

The first quarter ended with the Spiders holding a 7-0 lead. Then things got exciting. The two teams would trade big play after big play. After a slow first quarter the teams would combine for 33 points in the 2nd quarter highlighted by Dominique Posey's 80 yard kickoff return touchdown. The first half would end in a 20-20 tie.

Monday, 13 July 2015 19:10

Bulldogs nip Spiders

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Robinson survived a wild finish to beat the Spiders 13-12 for their first ever victory over Concord.

Bulldog freshman QB Bradley Clay opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 3 yard pass after two consecutive pass interference calls moved the ball to the 3 yard line. The extra point was missed. Concord answered in the second quarter with a Jimmy Drye 8 yard TD run. Chad Myers extra point was blocked, the first of two the Bulldogs would block.

Robinson jumped out to a 13-6 lead on the arm of Clay who completed a 65 yard TD pass halfway through the third quarter. Concord again answered when Jimmy Drye hit Lance Lewis with a short pass and then scrambled for a 41 yard touchdown. Myers extra point was blocked again.

Concord had one final chance starting at the Bulldogs 33 yard line with two minutes to play. The Bulldogs sacked Drye on second down, then Drye completed a pass to TE Matt Beecher who ran to the Robinson 15. On fourth down the Spiders lined up for a Chad Myers field goal but ran a fake instead. Holder Dustin Burris was stopped short of the first down and Robinson held on for the win.

Concord's defense dominated again holding the Bulldogs to negative rushing for the game and only yielding 140 yards passing.

Pictures coming soon.