Eagles to face FSU, FAMU during fall slate

Credit: Tallahassee Community College Sports Information 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 29, 2016) – Tallahassee’s fall schedule opens on Sunday, October 2 with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the TCC Softball Complex against Team Venom.

The fall schedule features seven game dates, all between October 2 and 22, including three against neighboring Florida State University and Florida A&M University.

The Eagles will host Florida A&M at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6 then travel to the Lady Rattler Softball Complex on Wednesday, October 12 for the back end of the home-and-home (game time TBA).

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TCC announces 2016 men’s basketball signing class

Credit: Tallahassee Community College Sports Information 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 29, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College head men’s basketball coach Mark White has announced his 2016 signing class.

 

White, who is entering his second season as the Eagles’ head coach, signed 12 players who will join rising sophomore returnees Deion Bute (C/6’8”/Phillipsburg, St. Maarten) and David Simmons (G/6’3”/Henderson, Ky.)

 

The class features nine guards and three forwards and and the players are from six different states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and North Carolina,) as well as Canada.

 

“This is a great bunch of kids,” said White. “They are a very skilled group and have a lot of versatility. They are very coachable.”

 

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Dalvin Cook and Jimbo Fisher Locker Room Speech Following Win at USF

Dalvin Cook and Jimbo Fisher vent their frustrations in the locker room following Florida State’s 55-35 victory at South Florida. Cook, who rushed for a career high 267 yards and two touchdowns, played until the very end of the game even after FSU was guaranteed the win.

In this clip released by Showtime from their series “A Season With Florida State Football”, Cook calls on his teammates to not settle for the win. Head coach Jimbo Fisher chimes in telling his team that they let up. It is a message that could be valuable in the weeks to come as the Seminoles hosts UNC, who are ranked 23rd in the Coaches’ Poll, then travel down to No. 14 Miami the following week.

The Showtime series airs Tuesday nights at 10pm.

Rattlers crushed 48-14 in home opener

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By: Alec Chessari, Correspondent

The Florida A&M football team started their home schedule on Saturday night against South Carolina State University with a tough 48-14 loss. The stands were packed with 19,127 Rattler and Bulldog fans. The crowd was fired up for most of the game even through the Rattlers woes.

“Obviously we are not very good. That’s stating the obvious. If we were any good we wouldn’t be 0-4,” FAMU head coach Alex Wood said. Continue reading Rattlers crushed 48-14 in home opener

Rickards wins in a close one against Lincoln

Alec Chessari, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA (franchisesportsonline.net) – It was a slow start for Rickards football, but they were able to weather the storm.

Rickards at Lincoln was a great game and a tremendous effort from both teams.  Lincoln got off to a fast start by forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Tre’jan Huggins for a 38-yard touchdown.  On the next possession for the Raiders, Huggins comes up huge with an interception that he returned to the Raider’s 10-yard line.  The Trojans capitalized on that turnover with another touchdown. Chris Brimm threw a 14-yard dart to Shakel Brown, putting the Trojans up 14-0 with 8:33 left in the first quarter.

“It’s not what happened to you it’s how you react, just keep battling it’s a long game keep fighting,” said Raider coach Quintin Lewis.

Rickards found themselves down early in the football game.  Turnovers and penalties were hurting them and started to cause frustration along the Rickards sideline.  The Raiders gave up over 21 points just off of turnovers.  In the second half the Raiders came out on the field and immediately forced a fumble and Tavyn Jackson came up with the recovery on Lincoln’s 13 yard line.  Destin Coates then ran it for a 13 yard touchdown and Derearl Phillips ran the ball in for the 2 point conversion to bring Rickards within 1 with 11:20 left in the third quarter.

“We did a great job of weathering the storm and I am proud of them, they kept fighting,” said Coach Lewis.

The second half was all Rickards.  The defense only gave up 7 points in the second half and the offense was starving for the end zone. That’s what got them the 39-37 victory. Tylen Buckner came up with a huge hit on Lincoln’s Willie Williams on 3rd down.  That got the stadium rocking.  On Rickards next possession, Phillips hit Zachary Graham on a play action pass to convert a 4th down.  Justin Cruse came up with a major sack in the 4th quarter on 3rd down with 59 seconds left.  It was 4th down for the Trojans and they had to go for it.  Javon Wooten broke up the pass and that was the ball game.

“I just knew that we were playing great football we just had to get ourselves out of our own way and once that happened I knew we were going to be successful,” said Coach Lewis.

Destin Coates had an explosive game and rushed for 146 yards on 22 carries and had 4 touchdowns to his name. Phillips was 6 of 12 for 183 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.  Marcus Riley had two interceptions and two tackles. Jackson and Javon Peterson each had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery to their name.

 

First Half Recap: Madison County Leads Florida High

Karen Duarte, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net)– The Madison County Cowboys started the first half strong, leading 7-3 on the road at Florida High on Friday night. Both teams have a 2-0  record so far this season. They gave it their all during the first half, but the Cowboys were able to execute more successfully.

During the second quarter, the Cowboys played efficiently by earning five first downs, which helped them earn their first touchdown. At the 11-yard line there was a 5-yard penalty on the Cowboys and that gave them the advantage to move to the 6-yard line. Then, running back Teryon Henderson dove to the Seminole three. At the 2-yard line, freshman quarterback Tre Adams was able to convert the ball to wide receiver Tinarus Irvine, making the touchdown with 9:50 left in the second quarter.

The Seminoles did not let the touchdown bring them down. The Cowboys had possession of the ball, but with three minutes and forty-four seconds left Henderson fumbled the ball and defensive end Jourdan Jones was able to recover, giving the Seminoles possession. They did not take advantage of the fumble. Florida was able to gain possession once again with an interception by Kevin Sawyer with only thirty-eight seconds remaining in the second quarter. With only three seconds left in the half, Mike Greaves kicked a 43-yard field goal, giving the Seminoles three points at half.

5 Takeaways From Louisville

Derwin’s Loss Larger Than Expected

After the 63-20 loss to Louisville, the impact of Derwin James’s knee injury is massive. It was obviously a huge loss, but Nate Andrews return from injury was supposed to soften the blow. It certainly did not.

The Seminoles missed the type of player James is– a ball-hawking, hard-hitting, assured presence. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson ran wild on Saturday and no one on the Noles defense could match his speed and agility. James, whose 91 tackles were second most on the team a year ago, might have matched Jackson’s athleticism.

DeMarcus Walker burst into 2016 with 4.5 sacks against Ole Miss, but has zero since. Josh Sweat has only three tackles through three games and only one for a loss. James will be out indefinitely as the cartilage in his knee heals, and if the secondary is going to hold up in the mean time, the defensive line needs to get to the quarterback.


Louisville Is A Lot Better Than Anticipated

Yes, Louisville came in as the No. 10 team in the country, but routing the likes of Charlotte and Syracuse didn’t build a lot of credit with the Seminoles. They were “untested.” Florida State had already survived its “test” against Ole Miss and assumed the No. 2 ranking in the country.

Louisville wouldn’t be able to do the Seminoles what they did in their first two games. Not against an elite defense. They did.

Louisville put up 63 points against FSU accumulating 530 yards of total offense. Lamar Jackson was by far the best player on the field running 17 times for 146 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing for another 216 yards. Jackson upped his rushing total to 464 yards through three games, second most in the country.

Their defense was physical and punishing. The Cardinals sacked FSU QB Deondre Francois five times and held the Seminoles to only 284 yards of offense.


Offensive Line Needs To Get Better

Only seven teams have given up more sacks than Florida State (11) to begin the year. That is a staggering statistic.

This was a unit that should have gotten better in the last year. They returned everyone but Chad Mavety and somehow they seemed to have regressed. Granted they have been a little banged up to start the season, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for perhaps the deepest unit for Florida State. They carry 19 offensive linemen on scholarship.

They have also struggled to open holes for the running game. Dalvin Cook has no room to operate, gaining just 228 yards on the ground thus far. The line needs to win their individuals battles and start to push the defensive line backwards.


Where Is The Competitive Fire?

Florida State has trailed by double digits at halftime in three of their last four games dating back to last year’s 38-24 loss to Houston in the Peach Bowl.

Halftime deficit in those three games:

3-21 vs Houston

13-28 vs Ole Miss

10-35 vs Louisville

Ole Miss turned the ball over in consecutive possessions to start the second half, allowing FSU to climb back into the game, but the other games went in the opposite direction.

FSU looked beat against Louisville in the third quarter. They didn’t play for pride. They didn’t compete. The Cardinals hung another 28 points on them in the second half, including two 60-yard punt returns.


How Does FSU Get Back Into The Title Hunt?

It will be a long road back into playoff contention, but the loss is early enough in the season for Florida State to come back.

Step 1: Run the table

Another loss would surely eliminate Florida State from contention. They need to win out, simple as that.

Step 2: Win the ACC

The Seminoles put themselves in a big hole, but they are not out of contention for the ACC title. However, the three best teams in the conference are in the same division, and only one of them can make it to the ACC championship game.

Louisville now controls the Atlantic Division and plays a relatively easy conference schedule. After their showdown with No. 5 Clemson Oct. 1, they have conference games against Duke, NC State, Virginia, Boston College, and Wake Forrest remaining.

Clemson has yet to play a conference game. Their first test will be this Thursday night on the road against Georgia Tech at 7:30.

Step 3: Get Some Help

Florida State will need some help. First they  need Clemson to beat Louisville to have a chance to win the ACC. It looks like three of the four playoff teams will be the winner of the SEC, Big Ten, and ACC. The fourth may be the winner of the PAC 12 or Big 12.

There is a danger an undefeated Houston could sneak in over a one-loss Florida State. Ironically, FSU may need Louisville’s help. The Cardinals go on the road for a Thursday night matchup against No. 6 Houston Nov. 17.

Step 4: Impress The Committee

The Seminoles still have plenty of opportunities to impress the committee. Unlike past seasons, the Noles’ schedule will play to their advantage.

With games against USF, North Carolina, No. 15 Miami, No. 5 Clemson and No. 19 Florida still to come, Florida State could vault its way back through the rankings.

Godby Beats Leon for the Sixth Straight Time

Alec Chessari, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby’s explosive run game and defense lead them to their first win of the season over Leon.

Godby was 0-2 before their Friday night win. They went on the road and played Thompson, a tough Alabama school, as well Niceville, a perennial powerhouse.  Godby came into Gene Cox stadium tonight with a different attitude.  Their running backs were explosive and their defense was ready for Leon’s offense.  The result was a 14-10 victory for Godby.

“We want to play those top caliber teams early in the season so we can expose our weaknesses,” said Godby head coach Todd Lanter.

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NFC Storms Back From First Half Deficit

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) After finishing the game on a 27-0 run, the North Florida Christian Eagles defeat the Hamilton County Trojans 34-16. Senior Terrell Powell had a great game rushing for 119 yards and put the game on ice scoring the last two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The winless Trojans (0-3) were fighting hard, keeping it close and leading for three fourths of the game. The Trojans were running a triple option the entire game, and running it well, giving the Eagles (3-0) a hard time.

“They hadn’t run it [triple option] one time all year; it’s not on film and they run it well, they got the kids to do it,” head coach of NFC Steve Price said. “It was very important that we play disciplined – and even though we never practiced against it, because they never showed it on film, we still did a nice job of staying disciplined taking care of our gaps, taking care of our responsibilities. I’m really pleased. Our defense played lights out all game.”

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