Greenbrier quarterback Brooks Robinson knew what his problem was in last week's loss to Lakeside.
Too much adrenaline pumping through his veins, he said. Not enough focus on the task at hand.
On Friday, Robinson made sure to keep his emotions in check.
Robinson connected with running back J.C. Jennings for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 6:31 left, and on the next series, Greenbrier's defense stopped Butler on a fourth-and-1 on the Wolfpack 12-yard line to hold off the Bulldogs 34-29 at Lumpkin Road Stadium.
Perhaps Robinson is on to something. Too much adrenaline, he's learned, does not necessarily equal a quarterback who leads his team to victory.
"This game, I was focused the whole time," said Robinson, who completed 12 of 15 passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score. "Last game, I was a little bit nervous, so this game, I knew I had to take a different approach, because everybody was doubting us."
Let them doubt no more.
By holding off a fast Butler squad (3-1, 1-1 Region 3-AAAA) with an equally physical offensive attack, the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-1) evened their record in the conference and officially put the loss against Lakeside behind them.
The Greenbrier offense can take most of the credit.
Led by Jennings' 11-carry, 78-yard performance, the Wolfpack gained 240 yards on the ground, leaving Robinson - who completed his first seven passes of the game - ample opportunity to find open receivers.
None, though, was bigger than Jennings' touchdown catch.
Although the Wolfpack led 20-7 in the second quarter, they allowed the Bulldogs - who got 120 yards and a touchdown from Rodgerick Nabors - to take a 29-26 lead with 13 seconds left in the third quarter.
Robinson led his team on a 13-play, 66-yard drive, which was capped by Jennings' beautiful catch over two Butler defenders.
"I just knew I had to catch it," Jennings said. "In the huddle, Brooks said to get up high. If he gets it anywhere near me, I'm going to get it."
Then the Greenbrier defense saved the game. With Butler driving, the Wolfpack defensive line stuffed D'vante Lee on a fourth-and-1 from the Greenbrier 12.
"We'd do the same thing again," Butler coach Galen Phillips said. "I don't fault the offense at all. We didn't do what it took to win on defense."
Reach Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.