Seth Robertson – three-sport star
By R. Alan Richardson
When it comes to All-Star athletes at Morgan County High School, you don’t have to look any further than football, track, and baseball’s Seth Robertson. The 5’11’ 167 pound junior is poised for a possible run at a State Championship on this year’s baseball team that finished in the Final Four a year ago. He’s also looking at the possibility of multiple individual State Championships in track, and is getting some serious looks from around the Southeast as a cornerback and slot receiver in football.
This young man certainly has the genes for it. His father, Cedric Robertson, was also a three-sport standout at Morgan County where he played running back and corner for Alvin Richardson and Steve Cisson on the 1990 Elite Eight State Quarterfinals team. That team was the last to have made it that deep into the playoffs. Teammates included Trellis Worrel, Mike McCauley, Carlos Crutchfield, Richard Hubbard, and Michael Chapman in what he described as the “core group with great chemistry.” He also held the record in the 110 high hurdles (that record may still stand) for Todd Swymer’s track squad and played baseball under the legendary Allen Crowley. Robertson now runs and owns CDR Enterprises in Madison and is married to Mrs. Karen Robertson for the past 21 years.
Seth was asked if he ever hears that the 1990 squad could have whupped the 2018-19 team. He laughed and said, “All the time, but not from him (Dad). He doesn’t have to brag because people brag for him.”
There are a lot of stellar athletes at MCHS, but few, if any, with the set of skills this 17-year-old has. Here are a few of his stats from this year alone. In track just two weeks ago at Clarke Central he finished first in the long jump, second in the triple jump, fourth in the 200, second on the 4 x 4 relay team, and third in the 4 x 100 relay. He now holds the long jump school record at 22’9 ½” and in the triple jump at 45’3”. His baseball stats are pretty gaudy as well sporting a .300+ batting average from his left field or centerfield position and leads the team in stolen bases while leading off or hitting in the nine hole. He hasn’t even played baseball in three years, but was recruited by Ainslie and the move has paid off for the Dogs. He’s got speed to burn, but one of the hardest things in any sport is the ability to hit a curve ball. That is unique.
Football seems to be where Robertson will hang his hat two years from now. He’s getting looks from the likes of Georgia State, Samford, Mercer, Furman, and Vanderbilt. And all for good reason. On defense he recorded 10 passes broken up, four interceptions, and 50+ tackles. Offensively as a receiver, he brought in 30+ catches for 500 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. On top of that, he’s already qualified on the ACT and SAT and is an excellent student with a 3.1 GPA. Laughter broke out when he was asked, “Is this all you can do?”
His three coaches made the following comments about their superstar.
Merritt Ainslie (Baseball), “Seth is a very gifted athlete who hasn’t played baseball in two years and took to it like he never put the ball down that long. He’s very coachable and always hustles and makes others around him better. He’s a great teammate with a bright future in whatever he chooses to pursue.”
Aubrey Fortson (Track), “Seth Robinson is every Coach’s dream to coach. He is a humble kid that takes coaching very well and exceeds expectations on the track and football field! Currently, Seth is leading 3A in the triple jump! Hopefully he can bring home a state championship.”
Bill Malone (Football), “Seth is one of the best teammates in our locker room. From his positive attitude to his unmatched work ethic, Seth is a natural leader. He sets the kind of example the teachers and football staff at our school wants from of all our students. I’m excited to watch him play and continue to lead the team his senior year.”
Seth wanted to give a couple of shout outs in closing, “I have to thank my Dad for coaching me since rec ball. He’s taught me life lessons and made me the man I am today. I would also like to thank Jerry and Pops Arienzo as well as everybody that has helped me to compete at the highest level I can. I give God all the Glory.”
Dads are pretty special. His dad ended the conversation by saying, “When people tell you that you’ve instilled the right stuff in your child or that he’s a great kid, it means a lot to me. Just knowing that means as much to me as the kind of athlete he has become.” Ain’t that the truth.