Darren Williams keys Marshall past Robeson

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Marshall handed Robeson its first loss of the season with a 22-6 victory in Heartland play Friday at Stagg Stadium.

The Commandos held an 8-0 lead at halftime. Chrishun Harris’ 13-yard touchdown run with 2:02 remaining in the second quarter capped an eight-play, 38-yard drive. Marshall (3-2, 2-0) then used a bit of trickery on the opening kickoff of the third quarter when Roger Williams Jr. recovered an onside kick. The Commandos drove 49 yards in nine plays and scored on a two-yard run by quarterback Emontay Hall with 8:22 remaining in the third quarter. The score was set up by a 34-yard pass reception by Williams from Hall.

Marshall’s next onside kick attempt was not successful and the Raiders scored two plays later on a 34-yard run by Darren Williams to cut the lead to 16-6 with 7:30 remaining in the third quarter. The Commandos dashed all hope from Robeson’s comeback when Devin Mosby recovered the Raiders’ onside kick attempt on the ensuing kickoff and returned it 54 yards to the end zone for a 22-6 lead.

“We knew it was their homecoming and we did not want to come here and be embarrassed with them pinning 50 on us,” Marshall coach Jarve Lewis-Bey said. “The kids practiced hard and we had a very good week.”

“I am not taking anything away from Marshall,” Robeson coach Fabray Collins said. “They were the better team today. We did not match their intensity and we played a terrible game.”

The Commandos defense limited Raiders running back Darren Williams to 86 yards on ten carries. It was the first time this season Williams did not eclipse 100 yards rushing for Robeson (4-1, 1-1).

Hall credited the defense for the victory.

“Our defense kept getting us the ball in great field position and we were able to execute from that point,” said Hall.

In the first half Marshall did not give up a first down and the Raiders weren’t able to cross midfield cross the 50 yard line. Williams, who also plays outside linebacker, led the way with 11 tackles and two sacks.

“Everybody did their job,” Williams said. “We played assignment football and we all showed up.”

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