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Robinson coach looking to ride off into sunset

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

There's just one Friday night left standing in the way of the high school football state finals.

For Robinson High, the semifinals have been a huge road block. This is where the Knights' seasons have ended four times since 1961.

Like a proud father, Mike Depue watches over his team knowing the end is near. Depue is looking forward to retirement after 30 years of coaching, but he's not quite ready to ride off yet.

"You savior the moments right now," he said. "I've told the kids if we do the right thing we have eight practices left (at the start of the week). Win Friday night, you have 4, 3, 2, 1. It ends at the state championship."

For Depue to reach the finals for the first time in his career, his Knights have to get by Godby from Tallahassee. They've been on the road for six of the of last seven games.

The Knights have been at home field advantage for the last four weeks of the playoffs.

"We've been here three out of the last four years," Depue said. "We haven't been able to get over the summit. I think that's what we're trying to do get ready to get up to the summit, make a state final."

Zain Gilmore engineers an explosive offense that's averaging 40 points game. This is expected to be an exciting shootout. Godby is putting up 42 points a game.

"If you looked at what we've done offensively over the last 10 years, it speaks for itself," he said. "That's why we are a winning program."

Crowning a long career with a state championship would be a perfect ending, Depue said.

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