“He was a great example to the other kids,” head coach Lynn Shackelford said. “OK, you don't want to come to the weight room today, well, we've got a guy in here with a torn ACL who's doing it. So you don't have any excuses about being a little sore and not wanting to come work out.”
Now, Robertson is back at full speed and pain free, trying to keep 12-0 Cashion rolling through the postseason. He anchors the line of an offense that's among Class A's best, averaging around 475 yards per game.
“When we're gonna run the ball, we're running behind him. It's no secret,” Shackelford said. “The other day, somebody said, ‘Hey, I think they know we're running left.' Well, yeah. If they don't know, they're morons. Somebody's still got to get off his block.”
Quarterback Ty Reasnor is certainly thankful for Robertson's protection.
“It's an insurance policy having him over there on the blind side,” Reasnor said. “I don't think I've been sacked from the left side this year. Run-blocking, he's like a bus. It's amazing how far down the field he can push a guy.”
The state's Division II colleges, as well as some in the neighboring states, are still strongly interested in him — “Somebody's gonna get a steal when they sign him,” Shackelford said — but Robertson is more focused on trying to play three more games at Cashion before he worries about college.
“It's a huge opportunity to be playing on Thanksgiving weekend,” he said. “The team is really excited and the community has been great.
“We've got to get through the next game, keep on working hard. That's what I keep trying to preach.”
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Cashion (12-0) at Talihina (11-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Talihina High School
Noteworthy: Cashion has one of the longest road trips of any team in the playoffs this week, measured at 212.3 miles according to MapQuest. Cashion and Talihina have been strong in the postseason of late, combining for 12 playoff wins dating back to the 2009 season. Friday's winner will face either Wynnewood or Thomas in the Class A semifinals.