Superstar Recruits Robinson and Simmons Face Off in Key Patriot Game Tonight
I talked to South County football coach Pete Bendorf this week about the Stallions' (2-0) home match up with Annandale (2-0) tonight.
My first question to him was "How are you going to stop the Robinson kid?"
His answer came in the form of a question "You got any ideas?" Bendorf asked.
My response? "You might have someone get him in the parking lot before the game."
All kidding aside, Annandale wide receiver Melvin Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior, is among one of the area's top recruits in the class of 2011. For a high school player, he's as close to unstoppable as they come.
Last year, Robinson caught 47 balls for 1,199 yards (25 yards per catch) and added 13 touchdowns. He went over 100 yards receiving in all but four games.
He also made three acrobatic catches in Annandales key 28-7 week 10 victory over South County last year -- a game that determined key playoff seeding for both squads.
Two of Robinson's receptions went for long touchdowns and "He just broke our backs," Bendorf said.
In a great piece in today's edition, fellow reporter Preston Williams does a great job detailing Robinson's unlikely path to Annandale from Southeast D.C.
In tonight's match-up, however, on the opposite side of ball, will be one of the area's top recruits in the class of 2010 at defensive back, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder named Andre Simmons.
Both Simmons and Robinson were pre-season All-Mets and this is the first time this season, we'll see two of our preseason award-winners go head to head.
Bendorf told me that the match up could end up being a disappointment for on-lookers, because the Stallions will use a rotation of players to try to handle Robinson.
"I think you have to do a couple of things," Bendorf said. "You need to know where [Robinson] is at all times. People have done a fairly good job of defending him, but he so big he can still make a play or get a pass interference call."
Annandale uses a two quarterback system in Annandale Coach Dick Adams' son Ricky -- a 5-foot-11 running threat -- and 6-foot-1 big-armed sophomore Tony Hysjulien, making it a bit more likely that Simmons and South County will be able to detect the pass (when Hysjulien enters the game).
"For us, we do a lot of stuff by formation," said Bendorf. "We're not going to play [Robinson] one way all the time."
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September 17, 2009; 2:16 PM ET
Categories: AA Dulles , AAA Concorde District , AAA Liberty District , AAA National District , AAA Patriot District , Annandale , South County
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