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After Brighton got blown out by Greater Lawrence Friday, 41-12, the team’s only source of offense could not have been more fired up in an impassioned plea to his teammates.
“We gotta want it, we gotta play harder, every game we gotta get better, we gotta get better every game,” senior wide receiver Damian Robinson (two TD receptions) said to his teammates as rain poured down on their post-game huddle.
“It’s our time right now, it’s our time right now. This is my last year; I want to live it up. I want this. You all gotta want this like I want this. All of us have to want this.”
The devastating loss came a week after Brighton (2-2) blew a lead before losing to Martha’s Vineyard, 45-38.
During an interview after his speech, Robinson said he only played three games last season because he was suspended for most of the season for disciplinary reasons.
“I told them you gotta want it, you gotta feel it like I feel it,” he said during the interview.
Robinson definitely felt it during the game. Despite a driving rain, he caught a 34-yard TD from junior quarterback Jalen Apperwhite just before halftime and then he and Apperwhite hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown in the final quarter.
“I just thought they couldn’t stick me,” Robinson said of his two TDs. “The whole game I felt like they couldn’t stick me so I just told my quarterback ‘Hey just throw it up there I’ll get it for you.’”
While Brighton had a rough week of practice heading into the Greater Lawrence game in terms of injuries and players missing practices, coach Randolph Abraham said he was proud of the effort Apperwhite and his receivers put in during the week.
“We’ve been working hard, they’ve been working hard, they made a commitment this week to perfecting their routes and passes and making that connection like brothers,” Abraham said after the Greater Lawrence loss. “It wasn’t easy but we’re getting there.”
But Brighton’s passing game didn’t produce more points on Friday night because Greater Lawrence shut down the Bengals’ run game, leaving Brighton off balance offensively. The pouring rain didn’t help matters either; leaving Robinson to wonder what might’ve been if conditions weren’t so bad.
“I already know man,” Robinson said. “I really would [like to re-play the game in dry weather]. I would like to see what that would come down to.”
Robinson’s real focus, however, is on playing Madison Park Friday afternoon. Last year Brighton lost to the Cardinals, 36-14, after Robinson said a dozen Bengals’ players got suspended from the game for making what he called a “dumb video.”
“We all got in trouble last year,” Robinson said of the Madison Park game. “That was a fluke. This year we’re coming. It’s going to be a good game.”
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