TCC FALLS SHORT TO RAIDERS

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Tallahassee Community College mens basketball team went up against North West Florida State Raiders Wednesday night and came up short 71-75.

The Eagles started the game off fast, in the middle of the first period  as TCC guard Richard Washington drains his second three pointer to give the eagles a 11 point lead.  With 10:52 left in the first period  the Raiders guard Chris Duarte knocks down a three to give them the lead 19-18.

Right before the half North West Florida State guard Trey Diggs hits a clutch three pointer putting the raiders ahead 36-32.  Washington paced the Eagles with 13 points going into the half. Durante led the Raiders also with 13 points.

With a block by Eagles forward Natorion Tyson and a dunk by guard Jalen Dalcourt TCC ties the ball game up 55-55 . Late in the 2nd period the raiders guard Javion Hamlet was fouled and sent to the line and made both free throws ending the game 75-71.

Finishing the game leading the Eagles in points were Washington with 17, seven rebounds and two assists. Devin Palmer ended the game with 15 points and three rebounds.

Duarte led the Raiders with 25 points four rebounds and one block. Forward Eric Villa finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds

Assistant head coach of the Eagles Zach Settembre talked about his team performance. he also chatted on the chances that they could win the panhandle conference.

” I am beyond proud of them, our kids competed” coach Settembre said. “If we play with this same fire and energy for the next nine games, we are going to have a great chance to play out of the conference and go to the championship”

The Eagles will face Pensacola State Pirates (13-7) on Saturday Jan 19. at 8:30 in Pensacola, Fl.

GAME PREVIEW: EAGLES TAKES ON RAIDERS

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net–  Tallahassee Community College Eagles men’s basketball team will go up against Northwest Florida State College Raiders Wednesday at 7:30 at the Bill Hebrock Eagle Dome.

The Eagles(17-2) are coming off a 101-73 loss against Chipola Indians (18-2). In this game pacing TCC in points were sophomore guard Mustafa Lawrence finishing with 23 points, one steal and two rebounds. Ending the game second in points was freshman guard Eric Boone closing the game out with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal.

North Florida State(17-2)  got a  huge 95-84 win over the Indians. Leading the Raiders in points were sophomore forward Eric Villa finishing with 24, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Javion Hamlet ended the game with 23 points, five rebounds and seven assist.

This is both teams first time seeing each other for this season.

Preview: No.13 Seminoles Host No.1 Duke

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter) TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– The No.13 Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (13-2, 1-1) host the No.1 Duke Blue Devils (13-1, 1-0) today at 2 pm. The Seminoles look to add another accolade to their already impressive start to the season.

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In their last outing, Florida State beat the Miami Hurricanes 68-62. The Seminoles were led by senior guard David Nichols as he put up 13 points, 3 assists, and a rebound off the bench. The bench was the story of the game, outscoring Miami’s 41-10. The win was Florida State’s first ACC win of the season and a nice bounce back off of the Virginia loss last Saturday.

Duke comes into this game off of a blowout performance against Wake Forrest 87-65. The Blue Devils were led by their star freshmen Zion Williamson (30 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists) and RJ Barrett (21 points, 7 assists, and a rebound). It was their eighth straight victory and first inside of the ACC conference.

Keys to a Seminole victory includes the deposition of stopping Zion Williamson. On the season the future star averages 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. Zion also ranks twenty-second on double doubles this season with seven. Limiting bad shot attempts is a must for Florida State’s offense as Duke ranks fifth in defensive field goal percentage (37.1%).

Florida State have found themselves on the losing end in this series with Duke (9-37). However, the Seminoles have won their last three against when Duke is ranked as the AP No. 1 team dating back to the 01-02 season. It is eight years to the day of the last occurrence of this when the Seminoles beat the Blue Devils 66-61.

“New Year Cougars” Beat Lady Lions in 4th Straight Victory

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Godby Lady Cougars defended “The Den” Wednesday night against the Leon Lady Lions.

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Coach Chelsea Johnson and her Godby squad were riding high off of their three game win streak to start the new year. ” The girls really came together over the break after our 2-6 start. They really embraced the new year, new us mentality and are putting it to work,” Coach Johnson stated.

From the start, Godby lead against the Lions in a close first quarter that ended 11-9. Senior shooting guard, Kiara Byrd was the “fireball” of the quarter. She put up five points, an assist, and a steal.

“The first quarter is where we feel out the other team, second quarter we’re attacking,” Byrd said on the game plan. She spoke the truth as the Cougars went on a 13-2 run led by two three pointers from senior guard,  Lashaydra Crumity. The Lions would go to half time with a 28-16 lead.

The second half saw more dominance from Byrd who was only in her third game back from an ACL scare. “It’s nerve racking still, but you have to get past that and get back to playing at a high level,” Byrd told us.

Her and the rest of the Godby team went on to put on an offensive show, ending with a 51-38 victory. Byrd’s stat line finished at 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal; Finishing as our MVP of the game.

Godby finished with three other impressive performances from Lashaydra Crumity (11 points, 75% from three point range), Armarni Williams ( 8 points), and Rondejah Johnson (9 points).

Leon (5-11) looks to rebound this season starting the 15th against Lincoln at home. They have the spark to lead them in senior forward, Jeda Morris, with her 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 blocks performance last night.

The Lady Cougars (6-6) hope to continue their winning ways this new year as they put the four game win streak on the line tonight against Wakulla at home tonight.

Florida State bowl streak snapped in the Sunshine Showdown.

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Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles host the Florida Gators in the Sunshine Showdown in front of a crowd of 71,953.  The result was a 41-14 beatdown.  The seniors of this class will finish 3-1 against the Gators in their four-year tenure with the Seminoles.

For the Seminoles this game is more than winning bragging rights for six straight years, It is more about keeping history alive and extending the 36-year active bowl streak to 37 straight years with a win over the rival in-state Gators. History has come to a close.

The Seminoles had seven penalties within the first 20 minutes of the game and finished with 10 penalties for 60-yards.  The Gators had seven penalties for 49-yards.

The Seminoles defense gave up a total of 536 yards.  The Gators had 254 yards through the air and 282 on the ground.  The Gators defense only allowed the Seminoles a total of 293 yards.  The Seminoles had 154 total pass yards and 139 total rush yards.

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Deondre Francois finished the game 14-29 for 154-yards 1 TD and 2 INT.

Jacques Patrick finished with 10 carries for 52-yards alongside Cam Akers finished with 13 carries for 37-yards.

Tamorrion Terry caught three passes for 78-yards and Senior receiver NyQwan Murray caught three passes for 35-yards.

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Feleipe Franks completed 16-26 passes for 254-yards and 3 TD.

Lamicael Perine carried the ball 13 times for 129-yards and 1 TD with a long of 75-yards.

Jordan Scarlett carried the ball 20 times for a total of 88-yards 1 TD and a long of 18.

Trevon Grimes caught five passes for 118 yards 1 TD and a long of 54.

Van Jefferson caught four passes for 92 yards 1 TD and a long of 39.

 

Freshman kicker Evan McPherson kicks a 27-yard field goal for the first score of the game.  Gators lead 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Junior running back Lamical Perine burst down the sidelines for a 75-yard touchdown, giving the Gators a 10-0 lead in the second quarter with 13:24 remaining.

McPherson kicks another field goal stretching the Gators lead to 13-0 with 6:33 remaining in the half.

Sophomore running back Cam Akers catches a 15-yard pass from redshirt Junior QB Deondre Francois for a touchdown, cutting the Gators lead down 13-7 with 5:25 remaining in the half.

Junior receiver Josh Hammond catches a 3-yard touchdown pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Feleipe Franks, extending the Gators lead 20-7 with 10:53 remaining in third quarter.

Franks found sophomore receiver Trevon Grimes for a 22-yard touchdown after a forced fumble by the Gators defense.  That extended the Gators lead 27-7 with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Francois took the QB carry into the endzone for a touchdown from four yards out.  The Gators led 27-14 with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Franks finds sophomore receiver Van Jefferson for a 38-yard touchdown, that would extend the Gators lead 34-14 with 14:53 remaining.

Redshirt Junior running back Jordan Scarlett gets in on the fun and scores on a 9-yard carry to extend the lead 41-14. with 3:56 remaining in the game.

 

FLORIDA STATE GETS A CLOSE WIN OVER BOSTON COLLEGE

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Florida State Seminoles get a close win with a score of 22-21 over rank.20 Boston College Eagles Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium.

On the 1st drive of the game the Seminoles junior quarterback Deandre Francois threw a pass to freshman wide receiver Keyhawn Helton who took it for 25 yards. The next play sophomore running back Cam Akers ranned the ball for 12 yards. Later on, in that drive the Seminoles had to settle for a field goal but it was blocked by Boston College.

Later in the quarter, Francois threw a interception to the Eagles red shirt freshman corner Brandon Sebastian who took it for 6 yards and put their offense at the 20 yard line. Boston college were forced to kick a field goal but it was no good.

With 10:48 in the 2nd quarter Francois hooked up with red shirt freshman Tamorrion Terry on a 32 yard pass. The Seminoles struggled to get the ball in the end zone so they were forced to kick a field goal. Junior kicker Ricky Aguayo made it and the Seminoles took the lead 3-0

Late in the 2nd quarter Boston College red shirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Brown threw a 34 yard pass to junior tight end Korab Idrizi . which put them in the red zone ,  The next play sophomore running back A.J Dillon punched it in the end zone with a four yard run. That touchdown puts the Eagles in front 7-3.

Before the half  Aguayo kicked a 23 yard field goal making the score 6-7 with the Noles still behind by one.

In the beginning of the 3rd quarter Francois hooked up with Naseir Upshur for a 28 yard pass. That pass put the Seminoles on the 5 yard line, Sophomore running back Cam Akers ranned  it in the touchdown on a 4 yard run. Giving Florida State the lead 13-7.

With 6:36 left in the quarter Brown Threw a deep pass to junior wide receiver Jeff Smith for a 26 yard touchdown to put Boston College up front 14-13.

Early in the 4th quarter the Eagles converted a 4th&1 conversion with Brown throwing a 4 yard pass to Michael Walker. A.J Dillon pounded it in to put the Eagles on top 21-13.

Akers rushed up the middle for a 55 yard run. The Seminoles went 3&Out and were forced to kick a field goal. Aguayo made it and the Seminoles were still trailing 16-21.

Late in the 4th quarter with 1:49 on the clock Francois threw a 74 yard deep pass to Terry for the game winning touchdown giving FSU the close win with a score of 22-21.

Florida State head coach Willie Taggart talked about the team effort. He also talked about the game winning touchdown.

“They did not give up, we made all of the plays we needed to make and we got the dub”  Said Taggart. ” We all go by certain converges, we seen  one on one so we took it”

Florida State:  Deandre Francois finished the game 19-36 with 322 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions.  Cam Akers had 14 carriers for 110 yards and one touchdown. Tamorrion Terry paced the Noles with three catches for 112 yards and one touchdown

Boston College: Anthony Brown ended the game 18-36 with 297 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. A.J Dillon had 37 carriers for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Kobay White led the Eagles receivers with seven catches for 121 yards.

The Seminoles will take on their long time rival rank.13 Florida Gators Saturday Nov 24 at  Doak Campbell Stadium at 12 P.M

Preview: Florida State football hosts NO. 20 Boston College

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Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles will host NO. 200 Boston College in an ACC matchup Saturday the 17th at 3:30 p.m.

The Seminoles (4-6, 2-5) will look to extend their bowl streak and it all starts with a win against Boston College on Saturday the 17th.  The Seminoles are currently sixth in the ACC and clearly out for a chance in the ACC division game.  With a win, this weekend and a win the following weekend against the Gators, the Seminoles will have enough to sneak in and extend their bowl streak.

Boston College (7-3, 4-2) currently hold the third spot in the ACC as they look to inch closer to competing in the ACC division game with a win this weekend in Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Eagles are looking to win back to back games against the Seminoles as they won 35-3 in Alumni Stadium in 2017.  With an Eagles win over the Seminoles on Saturday and a Syracuse loss that would put the Eagles in the second spot behind the undefeated Clemson Tigers.

 

 

Seminoles Open Up Tournament Play Agasint Loyola

 

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –After being selected as a number one seed in the D1 Women’s Soccer: 2018 Selection Show the Florida State Seminoles will start the NCCA Tournament against the Loyal Chicago Ramblers on Friday, November 9th at The Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Florida.  As a number one seed the Seminoles will have home field advantage in every game they play in the tournament except the championship match.

The Ramblers come into Fridays’ match with a record of 11-6-1.  The Ramblers are led by Senior Forward Jenna Szczesny who has a team high 11 goals on the season.  The Seminoles come into the contest with a record of 15-4-2 and are heavy favorites as a number one seed.  Leading the Seminoles is Junior Forward Deyna Castellanos who has a team high nine goals and six assists on the season.

The Seminoles are going into the NCAA Tournament as ACC Conference Champions. The Seminoles defeated the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, at a neutral site, 3-2.  During the ACC Championship Tournament the Seminoles also defeated the Duke University Blue Devils and the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

GAME PREVIEW: FAMU TAKES ON SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Florida A&M Rattlers football team will go up against South Carolina State Bulldogs Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium at 4 P.M

The Rattlers ( 6-3) are coming off a 31-21 lost against Howard Bison (4-4). Rattlers sophomore quarterback Ryan Stanley ended the game with 23 completions on 41 attempts for 272 yards , two touchdowns and two interceptions. Red shirt sophomore running back Bishop Bonnett finished with 10 carriers for 80 yards.

FAMU Red shirt freshman wide receiver  Xavier Smith ended the game with six catches for 94 yards and one touchdown. Red shirt  sophomore Azende Rey  added with six catches and 75 yards and one touchdown. He also contributed in the rushing game finishing with two carriers for two yards and one touchdown. Freshman Chad Hunter ended the game with five catches for 49 yards.

The Bulldogs (3-5) are coming off a bye week. South Carolina State averages 16 points a game. All in total their offense have 2,407 yards. Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Tyrece Nick has threw for 896 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

 

 

 

Clemson dismantles Florida State at home

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles football team hosted the Clemson Tigers in an ACC matchup. The result was a 59-10 loss and the Seminoles gave up the most points allowed at home.

The Seminole defense got off to a good start holding the Tigers to only three first downs, five rush yards and 71 passing yards in the first quarter.  The offense was still searching for answers as they only had two first downs, seven rushing yards and 31-yards passing in the first quarter.

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Quarterback Deadre Francois drops back to pass during the first quarter.

After the Seminoles defense held the Tigers offense scoreless in the first quarter they scored 28 points in the second quarter and 24 points in the third quarter.  The Seminoles had six penalties for 48 yards in the second quarter and four penalties for 31 yards in the third quarter.

Three players for the Seminoles were ejected during the game.  Sophomore safety Hamsah Nasirildeen was ejected for a targeting call, wide receiver Nyqwan Murray was ejected for throwing a punch and Zaquandre White was ejected for throwing a punch on the sidelines towards a Clemson player.

Clemson linebacker Tre Lamar picked off redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois after a tipped pass and the Seminoles also fumbled four times recovering three out of the four.  The Tigers scored 10 points off the Seminoles turnovers.

The Tigers offense combined for 524 yards of total offense. Passed for 404 yards and rushed for 120 yards. The Seminoles offense combined for a total of 247 yards. Passed for 268 yards and rushed for -21 yards.

The Seminoles had 16 penalties for 134-yards compared to Clemson’s five penalties for 50-yards.

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Francois finished the game 17-36 for 180 yards and one interception.  Francois went down in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury.  He was replaced by sophomore quarterback James Blackman who went 3-4 for 88-yards and one touchdown.

True sophomore running back Cam Akers carried the ball 11-times for seven-yards with a long of four-yards.

Senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray caught five passes for 49-yards before being ejected for throwing a punch at a Clemson player.  Redshirt freshman receiver Tamorrion Terry caught four passes for for 55 yards with a long of 22 yards.  True freshman Keyshawn Helton finished with three catches for 100 yards, one touchdown and a long of 73 yards.

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True Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 20-37 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a career high for Lawrence.

Amari Rodgers caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 68 yards.  Tee Higgins caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 21 yards.

The Seminoles defense made a stop bringing out the field goal unit for the Tigers.  Redshirt senior kicker Greg Huegel missed a 40-yard field goal wide right but true freshman cornerback Asante Samuels Jr. got a roughing the kicker penalty, giving the Tigers a first down.

True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence found sophomore receiver Tee Higgins shortly after for a seven-yard touchdown pass, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 13:19 left in the first half.

Lawrence completes another touchdown pass to Higgins this time for three-yards, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 7:49 remaining in the first half.

Senior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins punched the ball in from one-yard out expanding the lead to 21-0 with 3:34 remaining in the first half.

Redshirt junior fullback Garrett Williams took the hand-off from Lawrence and punched it in from one-yard out, giving the Tigers a 28-0 lead with 1:07 remaining in the first half.

The Tigers received the kick from the Seminoles to start the second half and only needed two plays to take the ball 61 yards for a score.  Lawrence found true sophomore wide receiver Amari Rodgers for a 58-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 35-0 lead with 14:12 remaining in the third quarter.

True sophomore wide receiver DJ Mathews muffed the punt and was recovered by the Tigers on the Seminoles 10-yard line.  The Seminoles defense held and forced a 24-yard field goal by true freshman kicker B.T. Potter, giving the Tigers a 38-0 lead with 10:18 remaining in the third quarter.

The Tigers next scoring drive came on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Rodgers from Lawrence, giving the Tigers a 45-0 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.

The Seminoles get on the board with a 35-yard field goal from junior kicker Ricky Aguayo to avoid the shutout.

The Tigers backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Chase Brice,  drove the ball down the field on the very next drive and found redshirt sophomore T.J. Chase for the five-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 52-3 advantage.

Senior running back Adam Choice of the Tigers took the handoff 15-yards for a touchdown, expanding their lead 59-3 with 13:50 remaining in the game.

Blackman found freshman receiver Keyshawn Helton for a 73-yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 59-10 advantage with 4:43 remaining.

The Clemson Tigers look to remain perfect against the Louisville Cardinals.  The game will be aired on ABC at noon. The Seminoles look to rebound on the road against the No. 22 North Carolina State Wolfpack in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

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