Roberson and quarterback Reggie Pinner overcame a slow start in Friday’s nonconference game against Crest.
It was a second-half funk that doomed the Rams.
While Roberson struggled to find any consistency, Crest and speedy tailback Tre Harbison steadily lit up the scoreboard on the way to a 44-34 victory.
Harbison had more than 200 rushing yards for the Chargers (3-1). He only lost yardage on one of his 20 totes and scored on carries of 33, 3, 62 and 8 yards.
“I thought our kids played hard,” Roberson coach Jim Beatty said. “That’s a talented Crest team. We made way too many mistakes, and they capitalized on ’em.”
Pinner’s first five passes landed on artificial turf before he found a groove and helped the Rams make a game of it before halftime. Pinner finished with five touchdown passes and more than 200 passing yards with one interception.
He was dropped for a loss three times but otherwise rushed for an unofficial 61 yards.
“We came out flat in the first half then turned it on,” Pinner said. “We still had the intensity in the second half but made mental mistakes that killed us. We’ll keep fighting though. We start conference next week (vs. McDowell), and we’re 0-0.”
Harbison’s longest run had just given Crest a 21-7 edge when Pinner hit Zach Dollinger on consecutive touchdown strikes in the final 90 seconds of the first half. Roberson’s Jacob Deaton set up the second score by falling on a Crest fumble at the visitors’ 40, and Pinner hit Dollinger in the left side of the end zone four plays later.
But the second half was disastrous for Roberson and Pinner, who was picked off on his second pass attempt after intermission. Crest, which had scored on its earlier third-quarter possession, capitalized on the interception as Jalin Moore scored from 16 yards out to give the Chargers a 34-20 edge.
Moore struck again on a one-yard score early in the fourth quarter to all but put the game away.
Pinner hit Marcus Jenkins on touchdown throws of nine and 16 yards. But an onside kick after that last scoring pass was recovered by Crest, and the Chargers drained the clock then celebrated their third straight victory.