Lovejoy rising senior Randy Robinson is considered the anchor of the Wildcats offensive line that is charged to protecting a potentially explosive offensive unit. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
LOVEJOY - If you ask someone what the most important position on the offense is, the most common answer you will receive is the quarterback. However, the second answer you may find is the offensive line.
Without a strong offensive line, it is almost impossible to have a successful offense.
Charged with protecting the offense, the offensive line has to be one of the most cohesive and strong units. The member that is in command of this unit is the center, and Lovejoy has one of the best in the state in rising senior Randy Robinson.
“The center position is one of the main priorities of the team,” Robinson said. “They have to make the calls at the line, make sure everyone is in the right position plus snap and block. They’re like the quarterback of the line.”
Robinson serves as the anchor of the offensive line that has helped Lovejoy propel into one of the states perennial powers in class AAAAAA.
Over the last three seasons, the Wildcats hold a record of 37-5 with two state championship game appearances. During this span they have sent a number of players to college on the offensive end.
This year is no different as they come back with a boatload of prospects lead by Robinson, wide receivers Preston Williams and Tremaine Dillard and running back Kevin Morris-Strong.
“When you’re at Lovejoy, greatness is expected and that’s what we plan on doing,” Robinson said. “We have great coaches, players, fan base and tradition. We’re working to accomplish our goal and getting better everyday.”
Robinson’s strong play has garnered the attention of numerous college programs. He currently holds offers from Old Dominion, Richmond, James Madison, William & Mary and Mercer; he also took a visit to ACC runner-up Duke recently.
“Randy is a great young man and everything you want in a senior leader,” Lovejoy assistant coach Cory Johnson said. “He’s a student-athlete who understands that handling your grades comes first and athletics is second.”
Robinson does see himself as a leader on and off of the field, and that includes instructing them on their athletic play as well as what to do in the classroom.
“Grades are the most important thing, without strong academics playing in college is not a possibility,” Robinson added. “As far as the field, I just give them my experiences and make sure their technique is strong so they can have success also.
With Robinson leading the way and strong pieces throughout the team, Lovejoy is poised to make another run at a state championship.
And that has coach Johnson very excited.
“This year we’re coming together closer as a family, there’s more mentoring going on,” Johnson said. “We have young guys learning their role and competing, which is making our team better and deeper. It will be a very exciting season.”