Jessie Hubbard was a happy guy Saturday night. Soaking wet, but happy.
New Miami High School’s first-year football coach got his first official water-cooler dousing after the Vikings blanked visiting Gamble Montessori 32-0 in a season opener at Mara Field.
“That was straight ice water,” Hubbard said with a grin. “It was great, though. I’ll accept that one. I’ve preached to these kids that if you give me 100 percent, good things are going to happen. They’re starting to see it.”
FRIDAY NIGHT COVERAGE
Quarterback Trey Robinette ran for two touchdowns and connected with Gage Retherford for a score, while Jordan Robinette and David Cunningham had a rushing TD apiece.
It was a long evening for everybody — the start of the game was delayed for two hours and 13 minutes by inclement weather — but New Miami didn’t mind. It was the program’s first shutout since a 50-0 win over Cincinnati Christian on Oct. 23, 2015.
“It’s the first time in a long time that New Miami’s had a running clock, so the kids were excited,” said Hubbard, with the Vikings reaching the 30-point threshold with 8:14 remaining. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.
“Hopefully they can see how good they can be. We’ve got a great group of seniors. They’re just tired of the old way. They like this way a lot better.”
Jordan Robinette, a sophomore halfback and cornerback, said this year’s team has a different vibe.
“We’re more physical, we’re hitting more at practice, and this Wing-T is perfect for us,” he said.
The ground-and-pound offensive attack produced 216 rushing yards against Gamble, which used a similar approach to rush for 146 yards.
The Gators had beaten New Miami in their last three openers, but Gamble coach Robert Rachel knew this Viking squad would be different.
“They took the mentality of their coach,” Rachel said.”Their coach is hard-nosed, so his football team is going to be very hard-nosed. They’re definitely very improved.”
The Gators’ deepest drive of the night was their first. It ended on downs at the New Miami 12-yard line.
The hosts opened the scoring late in first period when Trey Robinette, who was 4-of-8 passing for 70 yards, found Retherford for a 20-yard touchdown. The Vikings extended the lead to 19-0 heading into halftime.
Jordan Robinette paced New Miami with 123 yards on 12 carries. Cunningham ran 10 times for 83 yards.
“I’m nothing without my line. I love every one of them,” Robinette said. “The line worked their butts off and made holes, and we just kept on going.”
“From Day 1, I’ve told them that when you get in a game and impose your will on somebody, there’s nothing like it,” Hubbard said. “They’d never done that before tonight. We got better as the game went on. The O-line is still the strength of our team and they made some mistakes early, but the effort was there. As long as that’s the case, we’ll fix everything else.”
Anthony Allen carried the ball 15 times for 80 yards for Gamble.
“We didn’t play well at all. They executed, we didn’t,” Rachel said. “We’re going to go back to the drawing board on Monday, and we’ll get better.”
The Vikings played without running back/outside linebacker Danny Spivey, who isn’t expected to return from a knee injury until Week 3.
New Miami will travel to Greenon on Friday, while the Gators visit Batavia.
New Miami 7-12-6-7—32
N: Gage Retherford 20 pass from Trey Robinette (Trey Robinette kick)
N: Jordan Robinette 26 run (Kick failed)
N: Trey Robinette 4 run (Kick blocked)
N: Trey Robinette 5 run (Run failed)
N: David Cunningham 17 run (Trey Robinette kick)
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