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Robinson Rockets Blast Off

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Waco Robinson Looks Like a Different Team

The Robinson Rockets are 3-0 on the new season thanks to a high flying offense. Their offense is scoring over 62 points per game. The defense is starting to settle down but they have given up over 42 points per game which has made for some exciting games so far.

A big part of the Rockets' story is the passing connection of Chase Allison to Braxton Ashcraft.  In a season where passing/receiving records seem to be under attack each week, the two are lighting up the record books.

Coach Tommy Allison has had success since arriving at Robinson - four straight winning seasons and a 31-15 record... until last season. Waco Robinson was in unfamiliar territory last season going 1-9, but things appear to be quite a bit different this time around.  We contacted Coach Allison to find out what is going on with the Rockets.

Head Coach Q&A

Q. What are your thoughts on how your team is now 3-0 after a 1-9 season last year?

A. “Our kids have worked extremely hard and have responded well to adversity when it presented itself to this point. We have found a way to pull out some close games that slipped out of our hands last year.”

Q. Your offense has scored 188 points in 3 games. What is your secret to such success?

A. “Offensively we have done a great job of playing with tempo and creating explosive plays.”

Q. Your QB Chase Allison and WR Braxton Ashcraft have both taken over the lead in the state in passing and receiving. What can you tell the fans about these 2 players?

A. “Both Chase and Braxton are young men of high integrity. They are two really good players whose success is a product of hard work and having 9 other guys around them doing their job well.”

A side note on both kids. Chase qualified for the US Junior golf tournament in Tennessee this past summer and Braxton made the Area Code baseball team that competed in California.

Q. What are your thoughts about the rest of the season?

A. “It has been a great start to the season for us, but we must continue to improve weekly if we are going to have a chance to compete with the teams that are left on our schedule.”

I am grateful for the attention you are giving our program and kids.  Thanks for what you do for Texas football!

In Week 1, the Rockets beat Taylor (1-2) 62-46. They followed that up with an exciting 70-68 win over Lampasas (1-2) in Week 2. Last week, they took out Troy (2-1) 56-14. Not bad for a team that went 1-9 last year.

The spotlight for this year is on the offense. That offense is led by quarterback Chase Allison and wide receiver Braxton Ashcraft. These two are now the state leaders in passing and receiving yards. Allison had thrown for 1,437 yards on the season while Ashcraft has been on the receiving end of 743 of those yards.

The duo had record breaking games in week 1 against Taylor. Their 158 points in the game also made the record books. Allison had 34 completions for 580 yards and 8 touchdowns while Ashcraft had 325 yards and 7 touchdowns receiving in the game.

The teams 158 total points puts them in 4th place all-time
All-Time Most Points Scored By Both Teams In A Regular Season Game (224 Games Listed)

Allison's 34 passes completed ties for 94th place all-time

T94.   34 - Chase Allison, Robinson vs. Taylor, 2016
T94.   34 - Mark Torrez, El Paso Eastwood vs. Wolfforth Frenship, 2015
T94.   34 - Mark Torrez, El Paso Eastwood vs. Arlington Lamar, 2015
T94.   34 - Brett Gilchrist, Whitney vs. Kirbyville, 2014
T94.   34 - Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse vs. Mesqite Poteet, 2013
T94.   34 -  Manny Harris, Copperas Cove vs. A&M Consollidated, 2013
T94.   34 - Jeremiah Drake, Ducanville vs. Colleyville Heritage, 2013

Allison's 580 yards puts him in 18th place all-time
All-Time Single Game Passing Yards (182 Players Listed)

13	590	Kirk Saul	Turkey Valley (???)	Chillicothe	1986
14	589	Jerry Lopez	Laredo Alexander (5A)	Laredo Martin	2008
15	588	Kyle Fuller	San Antonio Lee (6A)	San Antonio Jefferson	2014
15	588	Dwain Frazier	Houston Elmore (???)	Aldine Carver	1968
17	583	Shea Patterson	Hidalgo (3A)	Progresso	2012
18	580	Chase Allison	Robinson (4A)	Taylor	2016
19	579	DeShun Qualls	Jersey Village (6A)	Cypress Woods	2015
20	578	Javi Obregon	McAllen Rowe (5A)	PSJA North	2012
21	577	Aaron Brown	Gilmer (4A)	Texarkana Liberty-Eylau	2016
22	573	Victor Rodriguez	Amarillo Caprock (5A)	Lubbock Monterey	2014
22	573	Graham Harrell	Ennis (4A)	Waxahachie	2003

Allison's 8 touchdown puts him in a tie for 10th place all-time
All-Time Single Game Touchdown Passes (127 Players Listed)

10	8	Chase Allison	Robinson (4A)	Taylor	2016
10	8	Shelton Eppler	Navasota (4A)	Houston Sterling	2015
10	8	Shelton Eppler	Navasota (4A)	Houston Furr	2015
10	8	Shelton Eppler	Navasota (4A)	Houston Washington	2015
10	8	Ignazio Tellez	Laredo United (6A)	Mission Sharyland	2015
10	8	Landry Turner	Graham (4A)	Brownwood	2015
10	8	Josh Green	Boerne Champion (5A)	Georgetown	2015
10	8	Ignazio Tellez	Laredo United (6A)	La Joya	2014
10	8	Victor Rodriguez	Amarillo Caprock (5A)	Lubbock Monterey	2014
10	8	Zach Smith	Grandview (3A)	Maypearl	2014
10	8	Austin Skinner	Teague (3A)	Lexington	2014

Ashcraft's 325 yards puts him in 17th place all-time
All-Time Single Game Receiving Yards (203 Players Listed)

12	345	Michael Aceves, Cedar Hill (3A) vs. Wylie, 1988
13	335	Gabrael Ediae, Austin Crockett (5A) vs. Marble Falls, 2005
14	333	Zach Witherspoon, Quinlan Ford (3A) vs. Van, 2010
15	328	Josh Theissen, San Antonio Johnson (5A) vs. San Antonio Brandeis, 2013
16	327	Dallas Sewell, Pottsboro (2A) vs.Sunnyvale, 2012
17	325	Braxton Ashcraft, Robinson (4A) vs. Taylor, 2016
18	324	Avery Mack, Manor (4A) vs. Pflugerville Hendrickson, 2011
19	320	Steven Ortiz, Austin Akins vs. Austin Travis, 2004
19	320	 Philip Beck, Crosby (4A) vs. Houston Davis, 2003
21	312	Chas Taylor, Flower Mound (5A) vs. Dallas Jesuit, 2011
22	311	Ricky Cantu, LaVilla (1A) vs. Marine Academy, 2010

Ashcraft's 7 touchdowns puts him in a tie for 2nd place all-time

1.    8 - Robbie Rhodes, Fort Worth Southwest vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights, 2011
T2.   7 - Chase Allison, Robinson vs. Taylor, 2016
T2.   7 - Dylan Cantrell, Whitehouse vs. Longview Pine Tree, 2011
T4.   6 - Carson Williams, Gruver vs. Texhoma, 2014
T4.   6 - Cain Lowe, Decatur vs. Sanger, 2013   
T4.   6 - Marc Lozoya, Laredo Alexander vs. Eagle Pass Winn, 2013
T4.   6 - Randy Boone, Chillicothe vs. Aspermont, 1984 
T4.   6 - Brian Christian, Deactur vs. Little Elm, 2004 
T4.   6 - Clay Warner, Grand Saline vs. Whitehouse, 1966

What are your thoughts?