HUDSON -- James Robinson wasn't expecting to start at running back for Hudson in Friday's Class B Reinfurt Division game against Ichabod Crane. But when senior Tyler Bleau went down with a leg injury during the game's opening kickoff, Robinson was pressed into service -- and the Bluehawks junior certainly made the most of his opportunity.
Robinson rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to spark the Bluehawks to a 25-6 victory over their county rivals.
"It was a heck of an effort, he really stepped up," Hudson coach John Davi said of Robinson's performance.
The win was Hudson's first of the season after dropping a 12-0 non-conference decision to Columbia in its opener, a game in which the Bluehawks managed just 50 yards on the ground and 109 yards of total offense. Davi was especially pleased with how his team bounced back this week.
"We have a tendency to hang our heads sometimes, but these guys didn't do that," he said. "I don't know if it's the rivalry, but they hung tough. We had a couple things go against us, but they hung in there and battled back from it and played well. I'm proud of them."
After last week's dismal rushing numbers, Hudson looked to establish its ground game early against Crane and it did just that during an 11-play, 64-yard scoring drive on its first possession. Of the 11 plays, nine were runs with Robinson capping off the march with a six-yard jaunt.
Crane wasted no time in answering Hudson's impressive start as Donovan Brown fielded the ensuing kickoff at his own 13, burst through a gaping hole up the middle and was off to the races. The 87-yard return evened the score at 6-6 with 7:15 left in the opening quarter.
The score remained deadlocked until five minutes into the second stanza when Hudson quarterback Corey Topple bulled his way into the end zone from a yard out to make it 12-6. A 35-yard halfback option pass from Caleb Romano to Mike Green was the key play of the 70-yard drive.
The Riders missed out on a golden opportunity late in the half when Tyler James recovered a fumble on Hudson's 35. On the next play though, James pass intended for tight end Haydon Broockmann was intercepted by Mike Green at the Bluehawks' 16 with just :51 remaining until halftime.
At that point, Robinson took over, first breaking off a 42-yard run to set the Bluehawks up at the Riders 42. He followed with a 10-yard run with a grabbing the facemask penalty tacked on to bring the ball to Crane 18. On the third play of the drive, Robinson took a handoff from Topple, started up the middle, then bounced to the outside and raced 18 yards for the score. Tristen Collins added the point after kick to widen the gap to 19-6 at the intermission.
The Bluehawks added one more score in the fourth quarter when Topple tossed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Charles Goodermote.
Along with Robinson's standout performance, a trio of freshman -- Isaiah Maines, Caleb Romano and Isaiah Robinson -- contributed to the victory.
Maines rushed for 34 yards on nine carries, Romano's halfback option pass led to a score and Isaiah Robinson played well at linebacker.
"These guys do a great job for us," Davi said. "I'm completely happy with the way they've learned the system and bought in."
Topple completed 7 of 13 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Romano completed his one throw for 35 yards.
Goodermote paced the Bluehawks' receivers with five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Green had one catch for 35 yards, James Robinson one catch for 18 and Emmett Fairbairn one catch for 12.
Goodermote added 27 rushing yards on four carries. Topple rushed for 10 yards and a score on two carries and Green had one carry for two yards.
Spencer Goldstien and Nick Bernockie were all over the field defensively for Hudson. Goldstien had six solo tackles and an assist, while Bernockie collected four solos and three assists; Goodermote had two solos, three assists and one interception; Tristen Collins four solos; James Robinson two solos and one assist; Delroy Smith two solos and one assist; Isaiah Robinson two solos and one assist; Mike Green three solos, one assist and one interception, Topple three assists; Antonio McCalop one solo and one assist; Dayquan Griffin one solo; Brock Saunders one assist; Dayshawn Gordon one solo and one assist; Tanner Race one fumble recovery.
James completed 5 of 11 passes for 90 yards with two interceptions for Crane. Broockmann had two catches for 55 yards.
Zucco was held in check by the tenacious Hudson defense, collecting just 34 yards on 18 carries.
Brown stood out on special teams, returning a kickoff 87 yards for a TD and bringing punt back 40 yards.
Zucco's 13 tackles led the Crane defense. Austin Walsh and Colby Fisher each had nine tackles and James three tackles and a fumble recovery.
"It was a physical football game all night," Riders' coach Tom Call said. "Credit to the Hudson coaching staff for coming up with a great game plan and their players for executing their assignments. We'll go back and review the film to get a better assessment pn areas to clean up. I love the effort our boys gave tonight. As stated, the development of the program is a process. We continue to improve every time we compete. I'm excited for our next challenge."
Both teams return to action on Friday night at 7. Hudson (1-1) plays host to Lansingburgh (0-2), while Ichabod Crane (0-2) entertains Schalmont (2-0) in its home opener.