Casselberry does everything to lead Hart’s football team
Casselberry was hoping to win the tailback job this season but was beaten out by sophomore Delano Howell. That’s when Casselberry’s team-first mentality kicked in, and he’s done everything he can – quite literally – to help Hart to a 4-1 record entering tonight’s Foothill League opener against Saugus (2-3) at College of the Canyons. “Robbie is a big attribute,” said kicker Paul Weinstein, one of Casselberry’s best friends. “I think after it was clear Robbie wasn’t going to be the starting running back this year, everyone started to realize he can do so many other things. He’s one of our best receivers, and I think he’s got the best hands on the team. Plus, he’s got these moves you can’t stop, and when he lowers his shoulder, you can’t bring him down.” Against Loyola, Casselberry rushed for 73 yards on five carries, caught seven passes for 49 yards and scored on runs of 8 and 5 yards and receptions of 12 and 20 yards. He also made a tackle on defense and was the holder on four successful PATs. He’s leading Hart in touchdowns (six) and rushing (224 yards, 9.3 avg.), and he’s the third-leading receiver, with 16 catches for 188 yards and three TDs. “I just kind of wanted to show everyone I was a good player and could make a difference this year,” Casselberry said. “I think the Loyola game was my best game, because it came against a good team, and we really needed the win. I had four TDs, plus I blocked pretty well.” Casselberry wants to play football as long as he can. He’s hoping to impress college scouts, although he might not be big enough to hook up with an NCAA Division I team. “I’m listed at 5-(foot)-10, 190 pounds, but I’m actually closer to 5-8 and about 180,” he acknowledged. At any rate, the Casselberry name should live on at Hart for at least a few more years. His brother, Ryan, is a promising freshman running back who scored 38 touchdowns in one season during youth ball. “Ryan’s fast, but I think he knows he’s not faster than me,” Casselberry said with a smile. “I like being a big brother, and we watch each other play every chance we get.” Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – Robbie Casselberry’s four-touchdown performance in last week’s 34-27 victory over Loyola of Los Angeles must have felt like a breath of fresh air. Burdened by the “potential” stigma for most of his up-and-down football career at Hart High, the senior all-purpose back finally broke out, and it likely took incredible self-control not to tell everyone, “See? I told you so.” Casselberry is one of Hart’s fastest and most athletic players, and he undoubtedly is the most versatile, lining up at running back, receiver, linebacker, defensive end and defensive back this year. He’s also the holder on field goals and extra points. Previous seasons have been marked by disappointment: After a promising year on the freshman team, Casselberry was demoted from varsity to junior varsity as a sophomore, then lost his starting job at running back to Najee Bright late in his junior season.