By DAN TOMLIN
Special to the Herald-Whig
EAST MOLINE – Four times, three different ways.
Malique Robbins started his much-anticipated senior year in a way he could have only dreamed.
The Quincy fullback rushed for a pair of touchdowns, caught a quick TD pass and returned a kickoff for a 77-yard score as the Blue Devils routed United Township 34-13 in Western Big Six Conference play.
After giving up two huge drives and a score to the Panthers, Quincy answered right back with Robbins' return to knot it up. The next time the Blue Devils got the ball, George Crickard IV tossed it to Robbins who was alone in the end zone for a 5-yard score.
It wasn't all Quincy, all night though.
After the first quarter, the Panthers had seven first downs, and Quincy had none. UT had 18 plays, a touchdown and 102 yards of offense. Quincy had 12 yards on just 5 plays, but the kickoff return helped ease the Devils into the game.
"We were obviously glad that Malique got the return, but we never really saw our offense in the first quarter, so it took us some time to get things rolling," Quincy coach Rick Little said.
The Blue Devils dominated the final three quarters, allowing only 123 yards the rest of the way. Robbins, on the other hand, dashed for TD runs of 8- and 57-yards in the second half.
Throw in Jordan Osborne's 44-yard run in the first half and Quincy had three touchdowns of 40-yards or more.
That kind of bang is the way they wanted to start.
"We expect to make big plays," Robbins said. "I told the guys it only takes one guy to make a big play, and we made a few of them tonight."
A pair of first-half fumble recoveries and a plethora of tackles-for-loss highlighted QHS's defense.
"Every time they punched us, we punched back," Robbins said. "We had to. We wanted to punch back harder. Last year we lost five games in the second half, and we can't do that again."
The Blue Devils were stout in the second half. Although they committed a few too many penalties for QHS supporters, the overall product was pretty good.
"I wouldn't give us an ‘A' but I think it was probably a high "C," Little said. "Too many penalties and let them get away with converting too many third downs."
On the night, Robbins rushed for 129 yards, Osborne ran for 62 and Crickard went 4-of-6 passing. QHS had 346 yards of total offense.