LANGLEY --- Midland Valley senior tailback Jeremy Robinson picked the perfect game to offer a career-best performance.
With quarterback Marquett Carr on the sidelines nursing an injured shoulder, the team's other big playmaker turned in 180 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over Brookland-Cayce.
"We still missed Marquett, but even with Marquett in there, Jeremy's still the key (to the offense)," Midland Valley coach Rick Knight said. "It took him a quarter or two, but he got there."
Robinson finished the first quarter with six carries for 24 yards, then dominated in the second quarter in the Region 5-AAA game. He scored three times and hit halftime with 112 yards on the ground. By the end of the night, he had doubled his rushing touchdown total for the season.
"I knew with Marquett out I had to step up big time," Robinson said. "My (offensive) line made the difference. There were some real big holes."
Junior Cole Cromer stepped in as the starting quarterback for the Mustangs, and Shaquille Hightower took over later in the second half. Cromer scored the first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run and completed his first pass for 37 yards, but his other six passes fell incomplete.
"I'm still anxious about our passing game," Knight said. "Fortunately, we were able to run the football like we did."
Brookland-Cayce remained winless on the season and helped the Mustangs with a pair of turnovers and a blocked punt in the first half that led directly to three Midland Valley touchdowns.
Niko Hatcher filled in for Cromer at cornerback and picked off an errant pass to set up Midland Valley's first touchdown of the second quarter. Robinson ran the score to 21-0 with a 48-yard dash on the Mustangs' next possession.
Midland Valley's Wesley Meyer helped blow the game open by blocking a punt that was recovered at the Brookland-Cayce 8-yard line.
Robinson needed only one play to score and give the Mustangs a 28-0 halftime lead.
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MIDLAND VALLEY 35, BROOKLAND-CAYCE 0 PLAY OF THE GAME: Wesley Meyer blocked a Brookland-Cayce punt deep in the Bearcats' territory that set up a quick Midland Valley score for a 28-0 lead. PLAYER OF THE GAME: Midland Valley senior tailback Jeremy Robinson rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and 180 yards on 19 carries. WHY MIDLAND VALLEY WON: The Mustangs moved the ball at will and held Brookland-Cayce to three-and-out on more than half of its possessions. WHY BROOKLAND-CAYCE LOST: The Bearcats fell behind early on two turnovers and a blocked punt and never recovered. WHAT'S NEXT : Midland Valley at South Aiken, 7:30 p.m., Friday. Brookland Cayce vs. Airport.