Cashion’s T.J. Roberts – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit

By Chad Waters

If there’s a sport or activity available at Cashion High School, it’s safe to say T.J. Roberts is probably a part of it. Roberts, a senior at Cashion, competes on the Wildcats football, basketball, baseball, and golf teams.

Roberts is a three-year starter at running back for the Cashion football team. And this Fall, Roberts and the Wildcats wrapped up back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and district championships. Cashion fell to Ringling at this year’s State Championship game, 20-14, but that doesn’t take away from the impressive three-year run the Wildcats went on with a record of 32-4. In those three years, Roberts was named to the All-District team. But he makes sure to credit his fellow teammates and coaches for all his success.

“We’ve been a really good run team, and one of the main keys has been our offensive linemen,” Roberts said. “They’ve been amazing and have led us throughout the season because we’ve been such a run-dominant team.”

“And having Coach Shackelford has been amazing because he knows so much about offense and the plays he draws up are amazing,” he continued. “And Coach Wood always has great defensive plans no matter who we play.”

Roberts is also a center on the Wildcats basketball team and plays third base and pitcher on the baseball team. However, a sport he started playing his sophomore year might be his favorite. This Spring, Roberts will start his third season for the Cashion golf team. And his passion started thanks to his dad, Mike.

“My dad is a really good golfer, and he’s always tried to get me into the sport,” Roberts said. “I just love the sport. My dad’s been showing me a bunch of stuff, and Coach Howard has been teaching me a lot of things as well.”

“I’ve been progressing every year going from the five bag my sophomore year to probably being the one bag this year,” he continued. “It’s something that I really want to go to college for.”

Wherever Roberts decides to go to college, he wants to continue playing golf and study business. However, he’s found a new passion in an FFA class this year.

“I’m in horticulture class, which wasn’t planned, but honestly, I’ve gotten to fall in love with it,” Roberts said. “You wouldn’t think it, but I’m starting to fall in love with flowers, and it’s cool to learn how to plant certain flowers. And I love golf so much that I think having a horticulture background would be another way to be a part of the sport.”

Regardless of what Roberts decides on, he knows he will have the support of his dad, mom, Jennifer, and little sister, Tinley.

“My sister has been really supportive of me and will give me a hug on the day of a game and tell me I’m going to go play great,” Roberts said.