Aug 23, 2012, 1:25 PM EST
So what do you do if you’re a varsity high school football coach, and your only viable quarterback goes out of the game with an injury? You turn to your middle school quarterback, of course. Who cares if he’s only a sixth grader? Get in there, Lucas.
Actually his name is Andrew Robison, whom I’m assuming is 11 years old (the typical age for sixth graders). And all he did on his first play from scrimmage for Franklin Christian Academy (Tenn.) is chuck a 63-yard scoring pass to a junior wide receiver. This makes him, unofficially, the youngest player ever to throw a touchdown pass in a varsity high school game.
What coach in his right mind would let an 11-year-old play in a varsity game? Andrew’s father, Drew Robison, is Franklin’s head football coach and athletic director. Andrew, the starting QB for Franklin’s middle school team, was inserted into the game when their varsity QB went down with cramps in their game against McClain Christian Academy.
Robison is listed as 5-foot-1, 100 pounds on the Franklin roster. It’s not uncommon for Franklin to use middle school players on occasion to fill out its varsity roster, due to the school’s small enrollment.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) actually has a rule prohibiting anyone who is not in the ninth grade or above from playing varsity sports. But since Franklin is not a member of the TSSAA, it’s not bound by that rule.
“I called a slant and put him in the shotgun. I was really concerned, to be honest,” he said.
The younger Robison had a quick release and Thon did the rest, streaking toward the end zone for the long score.
The first person to greet him was Andrew Robison.
“After he threw that pass, he was just sprinting. He was going crazy,” Drew Robison said. “His reaction was a lot like Terrell Owens after he caught the post from Steve Young.”
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