Glendale Ironwood sophomore running back Jett Robertson is bound to have his share of big games throughout his prep career, but his coach isn’t going to let any of them go to his head — at least not yet.
“Be sure to give the credit to your offensive line,” Ironwood coach Ian Curtis barked at Robertson after Robertson carried 30 times for 217 yards to greatly help Ironwood to a 21-14 victory in a Division II football at Phoenix Sunnyslope.
Robertson scored two touchdowns, including a 2-yard run midway through the third quarter that pulled Ironwood into a 14-14 tie against a Sunnyslope team that appeared poised for an upset with a rejuvenated second-half passing attack.
Sunnyslope (1-3) took advantage of two Ironwood first-half turnovers to stay in the game, despite a significant statistical disadvantage at halftime with Robertson already past the century mark on 11 carries.
“No, we weren’t frustrated,” said Robertson, who quickly gave credit to his offensive line. “We played a real good game on defense. I felt I did OK.”
Curtis disagreed on a few things.
“I think frustrated is a very good word to describe this,” he said. “(Robertson) is was great out there and he’s quite the football player.”
Sunnyslope’s passing attack caught fire in the third quarter as Mike Humphrey connected twice to wideout Brandon Cruz for 39 yards on a drive that brought Sunnyslope to the Ironwood 5.
From there, Nicholas McCarthy scored from the 5 for a 14-7 lead with six minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the third,
But Ironwood (3-1) needed only three plays on the ensuing drive, Robertson and Abram Chairez each running for 25-yard gains and Robertson’s 2-yarder tied the game with 5:12 to play.
Ironwood took the lead in the fourth when quarterback Dyllan Leblanc capped a 9-play, 65-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge with 5:21 to play in the game.
“We just ran out of gas,” Sunnyslope coach Damon Pieri said. “We try to keep them in shape, but we just lack the depth to bring kids in and out.”
Robertson’s 21-yard TD run opened the scoring late in the first. Humphrey’s 1-yard run tied the game early in the second.