Robinzine, T-birds set for finale against Vols
BULLHEAD CITY — When the final whistle blows during the Mohave High School’s season finale at 7 p.m. against the Volunteers at Lee Williams (Kingman) High School, T-birds senior running back Will Robinzine will have played the final game of his high school career.
Robinzine enters tonight’s game ranked No. 5 in rushing in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 4A conference. The 6-foot, 185-pound running back has gained 1,330 yards on 220 carries with 13 TD runs.
“We’ll never get another one of him,” said T-birds head coach Rudy Olvera in reference to Robinzine.
Mohave enters its season finale — a 4A Grand Canyon Region contest — with a record of 2-7 overall, 0-5 in region after coming off a 75-13 road loss to the Bears at Bradshaw Mountain High School on Oct. 19.
Despite the lopsided score, Robinzine gained 75 yards on 24 carries, which was his lowest rushing total of the season — even though such production would be considered excellent for most other running backs.
“He earns every yard,” said Olvera when it was mentioned that Robinzine garners a lot of attention from opposing defenses every week. “Everyone knows he’s coming and he still gets his.”
Robinzine, who gained 118 yards on 22 carries during Mohave’s 44-27 home loss to the Prescott High School Badgers on Oct. 12, amazed his head coach following the game.
Olvera recalled Robinzine telling him “I could play four more quarters.”
The Volunteers and the T-birds enter the finale with identical 2-7 overall, 0-5 region records.
Olvera said the Volunteers are “very well coached.”
Even though the Volunteers fell 41-6 to the Badgers at Prescott High School on Oct. 19, Olvera is impressed with Lee Williams’ defense. “They’re one of the more aggressive defenses we’ll face this year,” said the four-year Mohave head coach. “It seems like they have a revolving door of defensive linemen up there.”
When he was asked about Volunteers linemen Matt Bathauer and Michael Bathauer, Olvera said: “It’s always tough to face one kid like that, but to face twin brothers with great size and athleticism, it’s always a tough task.
“We’ve got to do our jobs this week to come out with a victory.”
MOORE CLOSING IN ON 700 YARDS: T-birds senior quarterback Brent Moore has gained 665 yards on 122 carries with six TD runs this season.
LEADER IN TACKLES: Mohave senior linebacker Martin Salazar has stopped more ball carries than any of his teammates this season. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder has recorded 51 tackles — 28 unassisted — with three tackles for losses, one interception and one caused fumble this season.