It may have said Week No.10 on the schedule ending the regular season, but for Hahnville and senior quarterback Andrew Robison it was a new beginning.
There was the firing, the move, the ineligibility, the appeal, the Temporary Restraining Order, the arbitration, the ruling, and after over 350 days, there was finally a football game for Andrew Robison. The senior quarterback, making his season debut three days after an arbitrator ruled in Hahnville’s favor making Robison eligible, went 13-19 passing for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns leading Hahnville to 48-0 win over H.L. Bourgeois.
“It was a great feeling,” said Robison. “I love my teammates, this crowd is amazing. We had more fans than (H.L. Bourgeois) did and they had to travel an hour. Just to be out here is just special, I’m so grateful and humbled for the awesome support from everyone. I can’t say enough about my teammates. When you have teammates like Noah Chassion and Jha’Quan Jackson and Dajan Butler and all those guys…” In the middle of his answer, Robison was given a mini “Gatorade Bath” from the teammates he was praising.
“Like I was saying, teammates like that,” said Robison.
The scoring started on the ground with an 8-yard touchdown run from Brandon Comadelle on the opening possession and the Tigers never looked back.
Robison’s first touchdown pass in a Hahnville uniform closed out the next drive when he fired a bullet to Jonathan Hill for 10-yard scoring strike to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead.
“When I threw the first one, that was (Hill’s) first touchdown ever so when I threw that one, he did a great job of selling in the window like we talked about yesterday. I just looked up and said ‘Thank you God’ I was told I wasn’t playing this whole season so after I threw that I proved all the people who said that I wasn’t going to play and you know ‘rules are rules’ and everything, I mean we didn’t break any. When I get to go out and do that I just can’t tell you how grateful I am. I love football more than anything in the world. When you have something like that it’s just a moment you just got to look around and say this isn’t just me. l have amazing support, I have amazing fans, I love my parents I love my teammates I love my coaches. I just can’t say enough about all of them and all the support I’ve gotten.”
After a blocked punt was returned for a touchdown by Robert Jackson, Hahnville closed out the first half scoring with Robison’s second touchdown pass this one going to sophomore Corey Lorio with 0:30 left in the first half as the Tigers extended the lead to 27-0.
Jerry Spencer returned the second half opening kick for a sparkling touchdown, and Jackson followed suit later with another sensational effort giving Hahnville a third special teams touchdown.
The win evens Hahnville’s overall record at 5-5 and secures a playoff spot for the Tigers who started the year 1-4.
“As happy as I am that hes returned it makes you wonder for me as the head coach it makes you wonder what we would have been like had all of these shenanigans not taken place you know how good we would have been the whole year long because we’ve been really good defensivley,” said Hahnville coach Nick Saltaformaggio. “Both Andrews (Naquin and Robison) have handled this like champs all the way through. I think they’ve both been settling influences on our football team. What Andrew Robison brings is he just brings that senior moxie and we become a more explosive football team. It’s what Hahnville should be, this is the kind of games we’ve played since I’ve been the head coach here. I’m just glad that we are where we are and somebody’s going to get the bracket Sunday and they’re going to go ‘you know we worked all year to be a Top 8 seed and we got (Hahnville) coming in here.” I think we got a shot. As crazy as it seems a 5-5 team I think we got a shot and we got kids that believe it now.”