Robison fires six TD passes as Rangers roast Lions

By Staff
ALMOST THERE – East Mississippi's Henry Barnett (6) makes a dive for Northwest's Hayden Sullivant during EMCC's homecoming. Photo by Carisa McCain / The Meridian Star
By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
Oct. 20, 2002
SCOOBA This week's National Junior College Offensive Player of the Week honor should be headed to Senatobia. Thats's because Northwest Community College quarterback Bobby Robison had a career day in lighting up the Lions of East Mississippi.
Robison threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns in the Rangers' 53-17 North Division romp past the Lions. The lopsided loss spoiled an otherwise bright homecoming day for East Mississippi which saw the second class of inductees be enshrined at the school's new Sports Hall of Fame.
Robison, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, threw early, late and often on the Lions' Sullivan-Windham Field. He finished the day 24-of-39 for 398 yards and six TDs. The touchdowns tosses went for 15, 10, 27, 21, 36 and 3 yards.
Robison had a particular radar-like connection with speed receiver John Harris who came in as the state's leading receiver. The freshman added to his totals with 8 receptions for 142 yards and four touchdowns.
Mistakes once again bit the Lions hard. East had three passes intercepted, lost two fumbles including one off a kickoff return that Northwest's Rashard Johnson scooped up for the easiest touchdown of the year.
The game's turning point may have come in the second quarter when East was still in the game at 14-7 and facing a fourth-and-eight on its own 27.
Goode called for a fake punt and Lion punter Will Moseley had a wide open receiver for a sure first down but the pass fell well short.
Taking over at the Lion 27, Robison made East pay. He fired a dart to Harris in between two Lion defenders for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Following the kick by Shawn Discalu, the Rangers were up 21-7 with 8:30 left in the half.
Twelve seconds later, the Rangers were back in the endzone when Niko Edwards took the kickoff four yards deep in his own endzone and was promptly met at the 12. The ball squirted out all the way into the Lion endzone. Johnson recovered for the score. The kick failed but the Rangers had quickly turned a 14-7 advantage into a 27-7 lead.
It would go to 33-7 when Robison hit Harris again, this time on a 21-yard TD toss. The kick failed.
Back-up quarterback DwAngelo Dantzler led the Lions on a scoring drive in the final 3:41 of the half. He scrambled for 40 yards rushing. He later found Maurice Cunningham for a 35-yard TD pass with 27.2 seconds left in the half. Moseley's kick made it 33-14.
Moseley would miss a 28-yard kick as the Lions failed to get points on its opening drive of the second half. The West Lauderdale freshman bounced back making a 42-yarder with 7:59 left in the third quarter to make it 33-17.
Robison and pals closed out things from there. Robison hit Harris again, this time for a 36-yard TD pass with 3:18 left in the third. Discalu's kick made it 40-17.
Touchdown pass No. 6 came on a 3-yarder to Frank Pace to cap a long, 14-play drive in the fourth quarter. Discalu's kick made it 47-17 with 6:23 to play.
Pace then got a chance to play quarterback and ran in the game's final touchdown on a 25-yard run with 4:31 left. Discalu kick accounted for the 53-17 final.
Robison opened the scoring with a 15-yard TD pass to Derrick Woods with 8:16 left in the first quarter. He later hit Harris on a 10-yard TD toss with 1:27 left in the period for his 2nd TD pass. Discalu had both kicks to hand the Rangers a 14-0 lead after one quarter.
Thomas Harris had a 5-yard TD run for the Lions first score coming with 14:21 left in the second quarter. Moseley's kick made it 14-7.
Dantzler finished 12-of-26 for 133 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Harris had 81 yards rushing for the Lions who were outgained by Northwest in total offense by a staggering count of 526 to 279.
The Rangers improve to 3-4 on the year and 3-2 in division play.

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