By LARRY VAUGHT
Just when you think Wandale Robinson couldn’t possibly do anything else to impress you even more, then he does it.
The 5-9, 185-pound Robinson is the likely Mr. Football winner. He probably will be the Gatorade Player of the Year as well as the Paul Hornung Award winner. His numbers are just too overwhelming to see anyone else beating him and make it easy to understand why his verbal commitment to Kentucky on Thursday was such a huge bonus for UK coach Mark Stoops.
Robinson’s team lost 78-74 at Lawerence County Friday night in the highest score game ever in Kentucky high school football to end his prep career but he had 405 total yards and 34 points. He ran 13 times for 129 yards and two scores, caught nine passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns, returned two kicks for 44 yards and had five two-point conversions. He also had 14 tackles, including one tackle for loss.
If those numbers don’t wow you, take time to check out his career totals.
He finished with 6,795 yards and 97 touchdowns rushing. He caught 102 passes for 1,837 yards and 21 scores. He completed 15 of 22 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He had eight kick return touchdowns (five kickoffs, three punts) and 806 career points.
He led the state in rushing, touchdowns and points scored this year and was third in total yards — the only non-quarterback in the top 10 in total yards.
On defense, he had 268 career tackles, nine interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and four quarterback sacks. He was second in the state in total tackles this year.
“There are people that play football and there are football players,” Western Hills coach Don Miller said. “There are players that change the dynamic of a game. Players that have passion and grit. Players that make something happen when it doesn’t seem possible.
“Players like this are rare and when you see one, you know it. Wandale is one of those. He takes every opportunity to be the best he can be. He loves the game and his stats prove it.”
Indeed they do.
He’s now the state’s second all-time leading scorer — and only the second player to amass 800 points (the all-time leader is Dominique Hayden of Lexington Christian with 837 points from 2006-2009. His 130 career touchdowns also rank second all-time in Kentucky behind Hayden’s 138. He’s 10th on the all-time rushing list in Kentucky.
“But the amazing thing is that stats still really don’t tell just how special he is and I might be as proud of what he did on defense as anything,” Miller said. “He’s just a once in a lifetime player.”