Last season, San Antonio Brennan took a major step towards serious relevance at the 4A level, putting together an undefeated regular season and rolling to the state quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champ Cedar Hill. And Thursday, the Bears took another big step toward making another run toward state in beating San Antonio East Central, a Class 5A playoff team a year ago, 49-21.
"I mean, we had a couple mistakes, a couple mental mistakes that could have been fixed," Roberson said. "The game should have been a whole lot more to Brennan's side. But we've still got a couple things to work on."
Roberson himself had a big game, making a number of tackles, pressuring Hornets quarterback and Rice commitment Jeremy Jones — "He knows how to escape from pressure. He's really good." — and falling on a fumbled snap right around the end zone for what he thought was a touchdown.
"Yeah, I thought I was in," Roberson said, laughing. "It is what it is."
Instead, the ball was ruled a recovery at the half-yard line, with Brennan adding a key score after the turnover.
"I played all right," Roberson said. "I could have had more sacks. I had a lot of tackles. I did OK for my team."
Included in the near-sacks were a couple big pressures in key situations where Roberson was able to use his explosiveness to bend the edge, dipping his shoulder and driving into the quarterback.
"That's one of my special moves," Roberson said. "I only use that in crunch time because that's my go-to move. I haven't used that as much, but it's really effective."
Watching from the stands was San Antonio Warren defensive tackle and fellow Texas commitment Trey Lealaimatafao.
"Trey, we're really good friends," Roberson said. "As far as on the football field, we're always talking about playing at Texas. We just can't wait to be on the same line as each other."
Roberson made those comments less than a week after the Longhorns let go of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
"It doesn't affect me at all," Roberson said of the switch. "My recruitment came straight from Coach [Duane] Akina and Coach [Oscar] Giles so really, it doesn't affect me at all."
But if internal changes aren't affecting Roberson's recruitment, what about external ones? This week, Roberson was offered by Longhorn rival Oklahoma. And another Texas rival, Texas A&M, invited Roberson to the Aggies' game against Alabama this weekend. But Roberson said he wasn't going to College Station on Saturday, and added that while he appreciated the interest from both schools, he was sticking with his Longhorn commitment.
"I'm 100 percent Texas," Roberson said. "But it's kind of good to know you have fallback plans."
Roberson said he and Lealaimatafao are both excited for the entire defensive line group the Longhorns are bringing in.
"We're just going to make them a lot more explosive," Roberson said. "We're going to bring a lot more sacks and pressure."
Was there anything else Roberson would like to add at all?
"Hook 'em," he exclaimed.