Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Imani Christian QB Continues Athletic Ways

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Imani Christian QB Continues Athletic Ways

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Kenny Robinson took the snap, ran to his right, reversed field and soared over a would-be-tackler on his way to the end zone. The touchdown was called back because of a hurdling penalty, but the sensational leap made its rounds on social media this week and further showcased the talents of one of the WPIAL's best players.

Ronnell Heard, who is Robinson's coach at Imani Christian, said his blue-chip senior makes dazzling plays regularly during games and practice, so he wasn't shocked watching Robinson's ultra-athletic leap.

"These things happen all the time with Kenny. Once the ball is in his hands, it's just what he's going to do," Heard said.

Robinson is playing a new position at a new school. He was one of the top wide receivers in the City League last season while at University Prep, but decided to transfer to Imani Christian. There he is standing out as a quarterback and safety. The Saints are 1-1.

Robinson (6 feet 2, 200 pounds) is being recruited by Division I schools as an "athlete." Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Toledo are his top five. Robinson has scored in a variety of ways in his two games. Saturday against Riverview, he returned the opening kickoff for a score, rushed for two touchdowns and had a 15-yard touchdown pass. Against Greensburg Central Catholic, Robinson scored on a kickoff return and run, and passed for a score.

QUAKER VALLEY

Quaker Valley earned what many would call a surprising win last week when it defeated Neshannock, 25-20. The victory improved the Quakers to 2-0 and was fueled by an outstanding effort by junior Ricky Guss.

Guss typically plays running back, but started at quarterback due to an injury to starter Amos Luptak. Guss threw for 100 yards and had a 1-yard touchdown run, but it was his play on defense that was the difference in the game. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns on consecutive defensive series, one from 44 yards and the other 53. They came during a second-quarter flurry that saw Quaker Valley score three touchdowns in less than three minutes. …

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