Hoisington wins fourth straight with rout of Minneapolis

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 11:27 PM CDT
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HOISINGTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Three hundred yards is a career night for most prep running backs. For Hoisington senior Legend Robinson Friday night, it was merely a half. The Homecoming king rushed for 295 yards and five touchdowns in the first two quarters as the Cardinals rolled over Minneapolis 36-6.

“The line had a lot to do with it,” Robinson said. “I got like the first 10 yards guaranteed most every time. I like to use my speed most of the time, but if I have to I throw in a stiff arm.”

Hoisington finished second in Class 2A in 2020 but Zach Baird suffered another big graduating class. That assisted on the worst loss of his tenure, a 68-18 drubbing at the hands of Pratt. The Greenbacks fell to Cheney 28-17 Friday in one of the state’s premiere matchups, but Hoisington has now won four-straight to set themselves up nicely in Class 2A, District 8.

“I was proud of our guys,” Baird said. “They’ve been showing up to work every day and obviously it’s paying off. We still have some things to clean up. I think the big thing for them is they can see the progress, and they deserve it.”

Robinson ran 54 yards on the third play of the game, then scored from two yards out just two plays later. After a Minneapolis punt, Hoisington sophomore Tony Moore ran 30 yards before Robinson scored again on a 55-yard run.

The Cardinal defense allowed just 32 yards all night and recovered a fumble on the next Lion drive. Robinson ran 46 yards on his next touch, then scored again from two yards out. Robinson had 163 yards and two scores on his first six carries.

“He’s a really good player,” said Baird. “For a big kid, you don’t find that combination of size and speed. He played great tonight.”

That theme played out all night. Early in the third quarter Robinson broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run. His 17-yard score put the Cards on top 34-0 with 5:11 still to play in the first half.

The offenses slowed in the second half. Two fumbles on one play ultimately resulted in a safety when Hoisington junior Cole Gilliland tackled the Minneapolis punter in the end zone.

With a running clock in the fourth quarter, Minneapolis got on the board in the final three minutes when senior Weston Schrader scored on the Cardinal junior varsity defense from four yards out.

Senior Gannon Cleveland proved to be the Minneapolis workhorse with 44 yards on 19 carries on the night.

Robinson finished with 327 yards and the five touchdowns on 24 carries. Moore added 37 yards on four attempts. Quarterback Wyatt Wikum netted 24 yards on seven carries and missed on all four pass attempts in the game.

Minneapolis defeated Norton in week four but falls behind the Bluejays in District 8 standings at 2-3 overall. Hoisington and Beloit now sit atop the district with a big head-to-head matchup scheduled for Oct. 22.

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