Wakulla High School Quarterback Feleipe' Franks drops back for a pass during the first half of the Annual Blue and White Game.

Wakulla War Eagles host Annual Blue and White Game

By: Royal A. Shepherd, Production Director

Crawfordville, Fla. (FranchiseSportsOnline.net) -The Wakulla High School football team gave the community its first look at what to expect from next year’s squad in the Annual Blue and White game on Friday.

The War Eagles took Jerry Reynolds Field at J. D. Jones Stadium to evaluate the team’s progress since the beginning of spring practices. The result was a 14-14 draw at the end of nearly one half of play.

The blue team featured future Florida State wide receiver Keith Gavin and the nation’s top duel-threat quarterback Feleipe’ Franks. Franks said he enjoyed the light-hearted contest.

Wakulla High School Quarterback Feleipe' Franks drops back for a pass during the first half of the Annual Blue and White Game.Royal A. Shepherd

Wakulla High School Quarterback Feleipe’ Franks drops back for a pass during the first half of the Annual Blue and White Game.

“This is a fun game. We come out her to be competitive but to have fun in the same sense,” he said. “It’s always nice to come out here to enjoy these moments with family and friends and to get better.”

Franks, a 6-foot-6-inch LSU commit, threw two touchdown passes to Kelton Donaldson in the scrimmage. He also used his legs on a few breakout runs. He said the game was an opportunity to show his progress as a player.

“I’ve been reading defenses all summer so I definitely feel like I’ve gotten better in that area,” he said. “There are always areas to improve though. Footwork and accuracy are places where I can always grow.”

Head coach Scott Klees was relieved to finish the game without the team suffering any injuries. He said aside from safety, getting a look at how the team would perform in a game setting was the primary objective.

“Our main goal was to get out of here healthy. We wanted to come out here and hit on defense and run to the ball,” Klees said. “The defense really looked good. We showed them several different formations that they would have to work on.”

Junior linebacker/running back Monterious Loggins said he was excited to see how the offseason work would translate in a real game atmosphere.

“It was good. We practiced hard for the past three weeks, so it was good to put that out on the field,” he said. “I expect for the team to continue to work hard and for us to accomplish all of our goals.”

According to Klees, the showing was the first step in a season with high expectations.

“I think the kids are working hard,” Klees said. “We still have a long ways to go but they are becoming more of a family each and every day.”

White team running back Antonio Davis started the game’s scoring with five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Franks answered with his first touchdown pass to Donaldson on the next drive. The two connected a few drives later for the second score on a corner fade in the back of the endzone.

A 50-yard run by White team quarterback Derek Anderson in the second quarter capped the game’s scoring.

The team will return to action May 22 for scrimmages against Rikards and Godby.

 

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Kevin Haplea Leaves His Mark On FSU

By: Kristen Edwards

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Well-rounded student athletes have long been revered for their abilities both on and off the field. Astounding athletic performance coupled with a passion for service to the community is the impressive combination Penn State transfer Kevin Haplea brought to Florida State in 2012. After transferring to FSU, he proved his skill in games and demonstrated true character in founding the Uplifting Athletes chapter for FSU.

Uplifting Athletes is an organization that champions research for rare diseases. Each school with a chapter selects a rare disease that in some way affects the sports team the chapter represents. For Haplea, selecting Fanconi Amenia was a no-brainer considering Coach Jimbo Fisher’s son Ethan suffers from the illness. Therefore, the Fisher’s Kidz1stFund was unquestionably chosen to represent FSU’s chapter and its events, which benefit research for Fanconi Anemia.

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Maclay Earns Spot In District Finals

By: Kristen Edwards

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Maclay baseball team will advance to the Leon County district finals following their 4-0 win over John Paul II Tuesday night.

The even matchup made for a close game in six of the seven innings played. The innings were quick, the errors were few, and both teams made solid consistent contact throughout the game.

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Early Enrollees Show Out At The Spring Game

By: Kristen Edwards

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Early enrollees casted away all doubts about their future performances at the spring game this past Saturday.

With Devante Phillips, Josh Sweat and Calvin Brewton out due to injuries, the remaining five early enrollees either started or saw significant playing time on the Gold squad. Their combined performances right out of the gate and throughout the game helped the Gold to a 38-17 victory over Garnet.

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Pieces Falling Into Place For Seminoles O-Line

By: Adrianna Matamoros

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Change means opportunity to progress from what is old with hopes of building a better new. No other college football program understands this more than at Florida State University, where twelve key players, including 2013 Heisman winning quarterback Jamies Winston, beckon their college football careers goodbye.

What is left is a young and new team, hoping to continue a legacy that was garnered by the twenty-nine and one 2012-2014 BCS and ACC championship team.

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Secondary Gives Glimpse of Promising Future at the Spring Game

By: John Hynes

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The big story at Florida State’s spring football game on Saturday was who would emerge as the frontrunner to replace Jameis Winston at quarterback next year (spoiler: none of them did). However, that wasn’t the only storyline drawing attention. The Seminoles secondary also offered some intriguing position battles as well as players moving from one position to another.

Coming into the Spring Game, the Seminoles had lost both starting cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby to the NFL Draft. The pair had become two of college football’s top corners, and their loss is a major blow to the Florida State defensive secondary. In order to keep playing defense at the elite level Florida State fans are accustomed too, new recruits as well as returning players will have to step up in a big way next season. On Saturday, fans got a sneak peek of what that might look like, and it was encouraging to say the least.

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Spring Game QB Battle

By: Andrew Small

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –In this past weekend’s spring game, the public got to see three of the four (possibly five) quarterbacks play against each other. It was a day that definitely built some confidence for some prospects and may have diminished some for others. Sean Maguire, J.J. Cosentino, and early enrollee De’Andre Johnson all showed up to play, but some play was better than others.

The fourth quarterback in the mix, John Franklin III, did not play due to a shoulder injury last Tuesday. De’Andre Francois, the fifth quarterback in the group is the no. 3 dual threat quarterback recruit from this year’s class, according to ESPN. He will not be attending FSU until the fall semester starts. Take a closer look at each quarterback’s day at the helm of their team. Continue reading

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A New Era Begins in Tallahassee

By: Max Fay

Gold 38, Garnet 17

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Spring is a time for growth and rejuvenation even for college football teams. New faces on the team get a chance to prove themselves, and old ones get a chance to show much they improved.

The 2015 Florida State football team will look a whole lot different than the team fans have been accustomed to seeing the past couple years. Florida State will be coming into the 2015 season inexperienced at many key positions, so it’s hardly automatic that they will repeat the great success of the past two seasons.

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Tallahassee Baseball Schedule: Week of April 13 – April 19

Date Matchup Time
Monday
4/13 FAMU DRS @Maclay 4:30
4/13 East Gadsden @Rickards 6:00
Tuesday
4/14 Chiles @North Florida Christian 4:00
4/14 Florida High @Maclay 4:30
4/14 Tiftarea Academy @Rickards 5:00
4/14 Lincoln @Forest 5:30
4/14 JPII @Godby 6:00
4/14 Leon @Taylor County 6:00
4/14 Florida @Florida State 6:00
Wednesday
4/15 Wewahitchka @Godby 5:00
Thursday
4/16 Maclay @Godby 6:00
4/16 North Florida Christian @Lincoln 6:00
4/16 JPII @Taylor County 6:00
4/16 Rickards @Chiles 7:00
Friday
4/17 Pittsburgh @Florida State 6:00
4/17 North Florida Christian @Bay 7:00
4/17 Rickards @Florida High 7:30
4/17 Leon @Davidson 8:00
Saturday
4/18 Valdosta @Chiles TBA
4/18 Pittsburgh @Florida State 6:00
Sunday
4/19 Pittsburgh @Florida State 1:00
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FSU Spring Game Halftime Recap

By: Max Fay

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) -Redshirt junior quarterback Sean Maguire started the game off on the wrong foot. His first completion went for minus four yards, and the next pass attempt was intercepted by freshman safety Derwin James, who returned it 41 yards for a touchdown.

Maguire settled in from there finishing the first half 13 of 21 for 212 yards and an interception. Redshirt freshman J.J. Cosentino looked good in limited time as he split the first half quarterbacking duties with De’Andre Johnson. Cosentino went 5-for-7 for 129 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Continue reading

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