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Robinson off to a record-setting senior season

TUCSON – Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson is our third Tucson Roadrunners High School Football Player of the Week for 2019.

The senior ran for 430 yards on 13 carries last Friday night in a 61-34 Lancers win over Goodyear Desert Edge.

It was the best performance of Robinson’s four-year prep career. He finished with six touchdowns.

Robinson, who is committed to play college football at the University of Texas, may always find himself compared to the last great rusher to come out of Southern Arizona, Ka’deem Carey.

The senior surpassed the mark of Carey’s best game by three yards and will likely crush the career prep stats of UA’s all-time leading rusher.

Robinson is currently sitting at 5,342 yards after two games of his senior season. Carey finished his four-year varsity run at Canyon del Oro with 5,701 yards.

The career-best single-game performances of these two players are ironically similar.

Carey as a junior against Glendale Apollo ran for 427 yards and six touchdowns but needed 28 carries to accomplish the feat versus Robinson’s 13.

The Dorado great finished his prep career with 87 total touchdowns. Robinson has 83.

The Lancers are off this week due to a scheduling conflict that cost them their game against El Paso Del Valle.

Robinson is likely to break what is considered to be the state rushing record for Conference 4A. Tolleson’s Marcus Thomas (’00-’02) ran for 5,878 yards in three seasons. That also stands as the most career yards in a big school (4A-6A) rushing career.

Thomas was once committed to UA before playing at UTEP and appearing briefly in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.

The all-time state record is 7,544 by Northwest Christian’s Casey Jahn (’08-’11).

If the Lancers were to advance to the state championship game, Robinson would have to average over 200 yards per game, over his final 11 games, to catch that mark.

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David Kelly

David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.
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