By LARRY VAUGHT
FRANKFORT — The more I see Wandale Robinson play, the more impressed I am.
Robinson and Western Hills lost 54-35 to unbeaten Boyle County here tonight but Robinson certainly played like the state’s best player.
He was stymied in two games against Boyle last year — something that Boyle head coach Chuck Smith has a knack for doing. However, despite being the focus of the Boyle defense, he ran 26 times for 189 yards and two scores and caught two passes for 23 yards. He’s no slouch on defense, either, as he had eight solo tackles (one tackle for loss) and three assists.
His 47-yard touchdown run in the second half was vintage Robinson. He broke through two tackles, stayed inbounds and outran the defense to the end zone. His 5-yard scoring run showcased his vision and patience as he waited for an opening and then exploded into the end zone.
Boyle junior Reese Smith, who got a UK scholarship offer earlier in the week, had four touchdowns to help Boyle pull away after the game was tied 35-35 after three periods.
The receiver/safety caught three touchdowns passes along with a two-point conversion. He sealed the win for Boyle in the final minutes when Western Hills had a fourth-and-goal at the Boyle 10. Robinson slipped about the 4-yard line and Smith picked off the pass intended for him at the goal line and returned it 100 yards for the touchdown.
Boyle junior running back Landen Bartleson — who has scholarship offers from Ohio State and Kentucky along with others — was hurt in the second quarter. It seemed to be a leg injury as he stayed on the sideline the second half in uniform.