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Father of Hahnville QB Andrew Robison vows to continue fight against LHSAA

Kristian Garic
September 24, 2018 - 1:01 pm
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A court order could have allowed Hahnville quarterback Andrew Robison to play over the weekend, but Robison ultimately did not see the field for the Tigers.

Kristian Garic spoke with Robison’s father, Drew Robison at the game about the ongoing saga with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

This has to be painful for the family and for Andrew Robison himself.

“Andrew was really looking forward to it. We had probably about three times where we thought…it was going to work out.  We were really encouraged by the order the judge signed, but we’re really not interested in the legal battle as much as we’re interested in letting Andrew play.

“I am saddened and disappointed; but at the same time, I understand [the school’s decision>.  The leaders of the school are concerned.  My hope would be that a judge would make clear to them that they are protected.”

As a senior, this is the last year Robison could play high school football; but that is not happening.  While he and his family are frustrated, Drew Robison says his son is handling the situation well.

“I think he’s beyond my years. I’ve really been impressed with him.  We’re a family that really believes in faith, and we’ve tried to instill that in our kids.  I think that sometimes when you’re faced with really difficult situations, it really pulls you together.”

Drew Robison went on to talk about how his son is growing through this ordeal.

“I think it’s caused him to really focus on the bigger picture on what role football has in his life.  I think football is still what he loves most; it’s still the thing he wants to do for a long time.  But I think, probably for the first time, he’s realizing that football is a part of life, a way to be a better man.

“Sometimes you wonder if you’re doing a good job…and with this experience with Andrew, it’s like he’s becoming a grown up right before our eyes.”

Drew Robison does not plan on giving up the fight against the LHSAA, even if his son does not play at all this season; and he had harsh words for Eddie Bonine, LHSAA’s Executive Director.

“The man believes he is above the law, plain and simple.  If Andrew never sees the field in this state, I’m going to do everything I can, for the sake of every high school kid in this state, to make sure he loses that power.”

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