Excessive Faculty Soccer: Robins Kicked Highly effective Kicks – Salisbury Put up
Posted by Mike London
SALISBURY – Wade Robins became as famous as it gets to have a kicker in Salisbury’s run to the 2AA State Football Championship.
Robins, the special team player of the Post of the Year, made two of the kicks of the century, scored the decisive field goal in the brutal 10: 7 defensive fight against Burns in the third round and started another to defeat archenemy North Davidson 24:21 rush in the regional finals.
“Two kicks that sent us to the state championship game,” said Salisbury coach Brian Hinson.
Robins was one of the busiest athletes in the county that spring – jumping from soccer to soccer, golf to baseball.
“We only had Wade for four or five soccer drills,” said Hinson. “So we got a hell of a good return on our investment.”
Robins kicked 49 PATs, including 6-on-6 in the state championship game, and put a decent percentage of his kickoffs in the end zone. And if he got you to start on the 20th, walking 80 yards against Salisbury’s defense was a hopeless task.
Even so, he will be remembered for the clutch field goals he executed with the help of his blockers, long snappers Jackson Murphy and owner Vance Honeycutt.
“That kick on Burns, 39 yards, 3.5 seconds on the clock, kicking from the left hash. I don’t think there are many high school kids out there who could have done this,” Hinson said.
He had previously missed one on Burns, though after watching the film, Hinson believes that what was deemed a failure could have been good.
In the game against North Davidson, Robins made the PAT 6:59 for a 21 all-draw. Then he kicked the game-winning field goal with 1:09 left.
“Not as long as Burns, but at a sharper angle,” said Hinson. “Wade’s improvement over 2019 has been fantastic. He made two powerful kicks. “