Cougars' football a family affair for Robinsons

Cougars' football a family affair for Robinsons


Cougars' football a family affair for Robinsons


Mountain Heritage’s Joey Robinson tries to avoid bringing his work home.

Robinson walks a finer line than most football coaches, though.

Especially when the quarterback who has accounted for 47 touchdowns for the Cougars (3-2) in the past two years is sitting at the dinner table each night and sleeping underneath the same roof.

Trevor Robinson (751 passing yards, 597 rushing yards and 20 combined touchdowns) was his usual self Friday night. The senior passed for 171 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 123 yards as Mountain Heritage fought past West Henderson, 47-31, in Burnsville.

“Trevor is not the biggest kid or the fastest kid,” Joey Robinson said. “I think the fastest he has ever run the 40-yard dash is 4.69 (seconds), so he’s not a blazer. But he’s not slow either, and he’s a great leader with a tough mentality. That’s the best thing about him and this team, they have such great character and they’ve been together a long time.”

Robinson is in his 14th season at Mountain Heritage and 12th as head coach.

He said Trevor Robinson has been on the team’s sideline and riding buses to road games since he was 4 years old.

“I like having my dad as a coach,” Trevor Robinson said. “Sometimes it is hard that we live together, but it’s good, too, because we can go over stuff at home. The best thing about him as a coach is that he cares about the team and works his hardest every year to put in the effort to make us good.”

Trevor Robinson was an All-Western Highlands Conference selection in 2012. As a junior, he passed for 1,515 yards and 18 touchdowns with 13 interceptions, while rushing for 619 yards and nine touchdowns.

This season he has 12 rushing touchdown and eight through the air.

“He’s had a rough life at times,” Joey Robinson said jokingly.

“We don’t talk a ton about (football) at home. I try to give him his time and avoid smothering him with it. And for me, I’ve got to have some time in there where I’m just a dad. My general rule is we won’t talk about it unless he brings it up.”

Friday was the third consecutive win for Mountain Heritage, which is coming off back-to-back four-win seasons.

Trevor Robinson and the offense have scored 40 or more points in each game of the streak. The two teams the Cougars lost to, Erwin and Patton, are 4-0.

Mountain Heritage opens WHC play Friday at two-time defending champion Hendersonville (2-3).

“I know there are some tough teams out there, but I feel like we can make a good run at (a conference title),” Trevor Robinson said. “We’ve really come together, and I think we’ve got it all ready to go.”

Opponents are surely counting down the days until Trevor Robinson’s final game for the Cougars, but there is bad news on the horizon.

Joey Robinson said youngest son, Trey, is a 173-pound eighth-grade quarterback at East Yancey Middle School.


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