Here's a newsflash the rest of the Peninsula District probably doesn't want to hear: Phoebus just might have found yet another offensive threat.
Fullback Chaz Robinson rushed for 89 yards, 79 more than in the season's first three games, and scored twice as the Phantoms rolled Friday night to a 48-0 win over Warwick at Darling Stadium. Phoebus (4-0, 3-0 PD) played with a running clock for the fourth straight week by holding the Raiders to three first downs and 63 total yards.
Robinson, a junior who took over for Darius McMillan at fullback, scored his first touchdown on a 24-yard reception from Tajh Boyd in the first quarter. Then, on Phoebus' second possession of the second half, he broke up the middle with a nice block from Charlie Jones and raced to a 65-yard touchdown.
"When I was running, I just saw the back of the end zone," said Robinson, who had three carries for 10 yards in Phoebus' first three games. "I just kept my eyes on the end zone. It was just me and the end zone."
With tailback Shawne Alston and Boyd already proven commodities, could Robinson give the Phantoms' offense another dimension?
"It's all about me doing my part," he said. "We have a lot of weapons in the running game and passing game, and we can do whatever we put our minds to."
Robinson's second touchdown gave Phoebus a 35-0 lead with 8:37 left in the third quarter and set the clock in run mode the rest of the way. The Phantoms cruised to their third consecutive shutout by not allowing the Raiders (1-3, 0-3) to get any closer than the Phoebus 39.
"Our defense was super tonight," head coach Bill Dee said.
In four games this season, the Phantoms have outscored the opposition 192-7, including 74-0 in the third quarter alone. Phoebus took a 28-0 lead at halftime Friday night, and it was 48-0 going into the fourth period.
"At halftime, our motto is always that the score is 0-0," defensive end Demetrius Ward said. "Even when we're up by a lot of points, that's the way we do it."
Warwick QB Lamonte' Williams, who threw for 250 yards in last week's loss to Bethel, was 4-of-13 with two interceptions. He also was sacked five times, once resulting in a fumble that Ward recovered in the end zone.
"When you can't control the line of scrimmage, you can't do anything," Warwick coach Stan Sexton said. "We were totally dominated up front, and when that happens, not a lot of good things are going to happen.
"They're really fast and they run to the ball well. But it helps a lot when (we) don't block."
The running clock limited Phoebus to 46 offensive plays, and the reserves took over in the fourth quarter. Alston finished with 61 yards on 11 carries, both season lows, and for the third straight week didn't have any attempts in the fourth period.
And here's a stat any coach would love: Phoebus had no penalties.
"We're playing good, hard, consistent football right now," Dee said.
PHOEBUS 48, WARWICK 0
Warwick 0 0 0 0 - 0Phoebus 14 14 20 0 - 48
Pho-Alston 4 run (Crocker kick)
Pho-Robinson 24 pass from Boyd (Crocker kick)
Pho-Ward recovers fumble in end zone (Crocker kick)
Pho-Newkirk 58 pass from Boyd (Crocker kick)
Pho-Robinson 65 run (Crocker kick)
Pho-Davenport 1 run (Crocker kick)
Pho-Alston 8 run (kick failed)
War PhoFirst downs 3 14Rushes-yards 29-6 32-218Passing yards 57 146Comp.-att.-ints 4-13-2 7-14-1Punts-avg. 6-20.2 2-35.5Penalties-yards 4-20 0-0Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-1