Uploaded on Dec 6, 2008
Robbie Rouse could be confused for a 10-year-old on the street, but on the football field, the Madison High running back could be mistaken for a Tasmanian devil.
That's what Rouse resembled last night in Madison's 45-26 San Diego Section Division IV semifinal win against visiting Mission Bay.
Rouse spun, twisted, sprinted and pounced through defenders to find the end zone five times and help the Warhawks remain undefeated and propel his team to the school's first-ever section final.
With the win, the Warhawks (12-0) not only earned a meeting with Valley Center in Friday's title game at Qualcomm Stadium but also avenged a loss to the Buccaneers (6-5-1) in last year's semis. Madison had lost four of its past five games against Mission Bay before last night.
This time Mission Bay didn't have an answer for Rouse, who finished with 245 yards on 20 carries.
He's listed at 5-feet-6, 170 pounds on the team's roster but appears shorter and lighter.
It's just motivation, said Rouse of his size. It's hard for them to see me behind my big boys.
Rouse, who rushed for 200 yards for the seventh time this year, ran wild behind Madison's offensive line, made up of Jason Breaux, Gibby Sanchez, Tavo Naranjo, Christian Marquez and Russell Humphrey.
What's going through my mind is I got to keep my legs going, said Rouse, who scored on rushes from 16, 51, 37, 4 and 58 yards out. Everyone blocked. It was just an overall well-played game.
It was a game that got out of hand for Mission Bay in the third quarter.
The Buccaneers, who finished the game without playmaker and starting quarterback Dillon Baxter, couldn't recover from a 26-20 halftime deficit.
Backup Greg Houston finished at quarterback for the Bucs.
Things looked promising for coach Willie Matson's team when Dixon took a long kickoff return to the Warhawks' 42-yard line but Baxter injured his back on the return. He took two more snaps, including a lost fumble that resulted in one of Rouse's touchdown runs.
Baxter, who used his legs to create plays in the first half and scored on runs from 12 and 9 yards, wouldn't return. Baxter also threw a 2-yard touchdown pass in the first half.
It was a double whammy for us, said Matson about losing Baxter and the fumble. We lost the momentum.
It was all Warhawks in the second half.
David Lamar caught his second TD pass from Taylor Patrick to cap Madison's scoring. Lamar's first score came on a 26-yard pass that opened up the scoring.
We got a good motor on us, said Madison coach Rick Jackson. So does Robbie. He's ridiculous. He's a heck of a ball player. This is a heck of a moment. But we're not content being here. We want to win the (darn) thing.
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