It’s a part of the game coaches hate to practice, but every now and then a player comes along to prove why it’s still part of the game. Senior cornerback Keon Robinson of the Shepherd University football is one of those players, being named WVIAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his standout play in Shepherd's 41-20 win over West Virginia State on Saturday. Robinson gained WVIAC weekly honors for the third time this season.
I spoke with Keon about his and the teams play so far this season.
Robinson had a sensational game on special teams for the Rams in the win at West Virginia State. Robinson returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. After a field goal for the Yellow Jackets in the third period, Robinson returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for a score. He accounted for 217 all-purpose yards in the game.
This week, all nine WVIAC squads are in action on Saturday. Hard to believe it's already week 8 of the season, but with the conference title still not locked up, it makes this weekends slate of contests look appealing. Lets look at the match-ups.
At 1 p.m., Charleston heads to West Liberty. The Golden Eagles will try to jump into the top 25 with a victory while maintaining a share of first place in the WVIAC. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 17-16 victory over No. 25 Shepherd a week ago. WLU has won back-to-back games. A victory would push the team ever closer to the top of the WVIAC standings – and possibly to the top depending on what happens around the conference Saturday.
Glenville State makes the trek to West Virginia Wesleyan for a 1 p.m. contest. The Pioneers are coming off a 29-12 win over West Virginia State. In the victory, GSC used its defense to take control. A win would help the Pioneers keep pace at the top of the conference. The Bobcats dropped a road game at Fairmont State. However, the return home could be good news. WVWC has won back-to-back home games, scoring over 30 points in each contest.
Shepherd is on the road again, this time at West Virginia State for a 1 p.m. game. The Rams are coming off a one-point loss at West Liberty. The loss dropped SU out of the top 25. A win would keep them atop the WVIAC standings. The Yellow Jackets lost at Glenville State and have not won since Sept. 29 at Seton Hill. A win would push WVSU to within a game of .500 in the league standings.
Fairmont State hosts Seton Hill at 2 p.m. The Griffins are coming off a 29-26 loss to defending WVIAC Champion Concord. SHU led the entire way until the last five minutes. The squad is searching for its first win of 2012. The Falcons are coming off a 49-32 come-from-behind win over West Virginia Wesleyan. Another win by FSU would move its WVIAC record to 3-2 on the season and just a game back in the standings.
Concord travels to Division I and Big South Conference competitor Liberty. It marks the second time the teams have squared off in recent history. The Mountain Lions are coming off a 29-26 come-from-behind win at Seton Hill, where the team scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over five minutes to play. A win by CU would push its winning streak to three games.