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Feature Story: Godby High Boys Basketball coach Andrew Colville

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – In order to understand the Godby Cougars boy’s head basketball coach Andrew Colville, you have to first know who has helped shape and impact his coaching career.

Throughout his journey as a coach, Colville looked up to former UCLA men’s basketball coach, John Wooden. In his career as a head coach, Wooden was named national coach of the year six times, he also won 10 NCAA national championships in a 12-year span while he was coaching at UCLA. Wooden’s record with the Bruins was 620-147 and he currently holds an NCAA men’s basketball record of 88 consecutive games won.

“The main role model I had growing up was John Wooden, the legendary coach from UCLA

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Similar to Wooden, Colville has helped put countless basketball players in college each year with full scholarships and, continues to maintain a successful program each year. He is also beloved by not only formers players, but also the community of Tallahassee for his work as a coach.

In 2015, Colville not only led Godby to an undefeated season with a record of 31-0 but also brought the 2015 4A-state championship title to Tallahassee.

Last year, the Cougars went 25-2 and made it to the playoffs, but came up short in the semi-finals with a 56-52 loss to the Ribault Trojans. The Cougars made it back to the playoffs this year but were eliminated after losing to the Rickards Raiders in the regional semi-finals, 67-56.

“A lot of people have a good team, not as many have good programs. You need to have a good program, not just a good team,” Colville said. “You just work with the young guys and keep your work ethic going. Our goal is to get to Lakeland. Some years it is easy with the talent we have. We’re young this year and on any given night I feel we can beat anybody.”

Colville talked about how and why you should treat every player on the team different.  He also spoke about how he has changed over the years dealing with different players.

“I’m a little old school but I adjusted over the years, I worked for a guy name Monte Taw, that coached at the University of New Orleans, where I coached at the time,” Colville said. “And one day he said I treat everybody different. So, it is true you have to treat each individual differently because you got to get the most out of all of them because they are all not the same person.”

Colville also took his entire team to Las Vegas last year in December to experience other things outside of basketball. He talked about what it was like to take the team on a journey.

“To take them out west to see a different part of the country was the best because a lot of them may not have gotten this opportunity in their life,” Colville said. “I just wanted to get them out there to show them there is a different world out there.”

With his success at Godby High School, Colville continues to impact high school players just like his role model John Wooden.


Franchise Sports Spotlight: Trey Fisher

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( –  Naturally, you would assume that someone like North Florida Christian quarterback Trey Fisher, who’s father is one of the best coaches in all of college football, would leave his fate up to nepotism. If you didn’t know him, you’d figure he would coast throughout life while lazily siphoning clout, accolades and success from his last name.

NFC assistant coach Eddy Arza doesn’t agree. He  said Fisher is as hardworking and dedicated as they come.

“Trey leads by example he never wants to take a break, always runs sprints full speed and never misses a practice. Even when he was sick he was at practice getting mental reps and helping teammates,” Eddy said.

Fisher spends the majority of his time involved in football-related activities. He studies film every day and when he’s not doing that he’s lifting weights, working on his agility or throwing to his receivers.

“I appreciate the daily grind of the game. I love the workouts, I love the morning film sessions, I love everything about the game,” Fisher said.

One of Fisher’s best friends, standout receiver and go-to target, Macho Arza, also spoke about his starting signal caller’s hard work and their relationship. He talked about how they make each other better.

“I believe we have a really tight connection off the field and that helps on the field a lot. We motivate each other. We want to be the best players in the country,” Macho said.

Hard work isn’t the only thing that makes him special according to Devin Rispress, head coach of Fisher’s 7 on 7 team, the Tallahassee RecordBreakerz. Rispress said Fisher’s football acumen separates him on the field.

“I’ve coached some great players in my career, but what separates Trey is his knowledge of the game. I have to be very sharp when coaching a player with [a football IQ] as great as Trey’s. He reminds me of Drew Brees in the way he delivers the ball and the way that he’s a field general. The similarities are consistent all the way down to the height,” Rispress said.

Brees is one of Fisher’s many idols in a list that includes great players his father has coached as well as players he’s coached against. He also learns from established professionals as well as up and coming collegiate stars.

“I pattern my game after pro guys like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Jameis [Winston] but I try to learn from the younger guys like [Deondre] Francois too,” Fisher said.

People around him said his competitive streak reaches more than just football. Macho Arza said he turns everything into a competition and that he loves winning.

“Oh no, he never stops! Trey wants to get every answer right, make the paper ball in the basket before anybody, all of that. He is the real definition of a competitor,” Macho said.

Fisher has also shown his coaches and teammates that he can be trusted in crunch-time situations. He’s led numerous comebacks for NFC and the RecordBreakerz.

“This past weekend (Feb. 21) in Myrtle Beach we were in an elimination game with six seconds to go on 3rd down. I looked at him to confirm the play and felt confident because I didn’t see any panic in him. He dropped back looked off the defense and threw a strike to Gadsden Country star receiver Sammy Carter to win the game with no time left,” Rispress said.

Workouts in the morning, afternoon and evening, a 7-on-7 practice and then an hour-long film session is a normal day for Fisher. Football is in his blood.

“The apple does not fall far from the tree. He’s a fierce competitor like his dad and he demands more of himself than me or coach Fisher,” Eddy said.





Franchise Sports Brief: Godby’s Boys Basketball Season

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)


Youth can either be a blessing or a curse depending on the circumstances. In sports, especially basketball, fresh legs and young eager players make coaches salivate. But sometimes youth can come with learning curves. Acclimating young players with little experience to a faster more physical varsity game is a tedious ordeal.

Amos P. Godby head basketball coach Andrew Colville graduated five seniors, including star players Montre and Montreal Edwards along with talented Center Corbin Merritt.

Last year’s Cougars team finished the season with a 25-2 record and a state rank of nine overall. They ended their season with a heartbreaking 56-52 loss in the state championship to Ribault of Jacksonville.

This season is a completely different story. So far the Cougars have hobbled into the playoffs with a less than stellar 15-11 record. Their state ranking has also dropped from nine to 193.

But all hope isn’t lost. So far in the playoffs, they’ve crushed their first-round district playoff match-up Wakulla, 61-40. They plan to do the same next week.

Their problem doesn’t seem to stem from talent. As a matter of fact, they have that in spades. Trey Jones, a senior, is averaging 16.5 points while Tavaris Kings, a junior, is averaging 15.2 points. Senior Kamari Richardson is averaging  11 rebounds per game and the Cougars have two players that average at least two steals a game. So if offense and defense aren’t the issues, then what is it? It seems their problems primarily stem from chemistry or a lack thereof.  With a home record of 6-2, but an away record of 3-6, only assumptions can be made.

But of course young teams have their ups and downs and it seems like as they enter the postseason, they’re hitting their stride. The future seems bright for the Cougars.

Preview: Lincoln High Takes On Leon In 8-A District Championship

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (www.FranchiseSportsOnline.Net) – The Lincoln High Trojans (16-8, 4-0 district) boys varsity basketball team will face the Leon High Lions (15-10, 2-1 district) for the 8–A district final championship on Friday at 7 p.m. at Leon High School.

Both teams are coming off of wins, with the Lions 60-53 win against Chiles Timberwolves (8-16, 0-3 district) to advance to play in the district final. The Lions eliminated chiles from the semifinals three seasons in a row. Leon high senior point guard T.J. Woolfolk led all scorers with a game-high of 16 points and seven turnovers. The senior small forward Jakari Gallon contributed 11 points, including one with 10 seconds left giving the Lions a six-point lead. He also ended the game with 15  rebounds and four blocked shots.

Leading the Timberwolves in points was Drew Burch with 11, followed by LaCorey Lavens, who finished the game with nine, all in the second half.

Leon High is also on an eight-game win streak.

During their own four-game win streak, the Trojans got a huge victory versus the Wakulla War Eagles (6-17, 1-4 District), with a score of 90-53. Coming into the conference game, Lincoln is 4-0 in district games and is in first place in their conference. The Trojans are also rank 15 in the 8-A class rankings.

Earlier this season, the two teams met on Jan.19 and Lincoln came out victorious with the final score of 75-53.  In that game, the leading scorer was Leon high small forward Gallon, ending the game with 14 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. They meet once again and this time it’s for the district championship.

Godby set to defend their District Title

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – Godby enters the District 2-6A Tournament Final as defending District Champions after they defeated the Rickards Raiders 61-52 to claim last year’s title. This year, the Cougars are set to have a rematch with the Raiders as they both find themselves in the finals again.

On Wedensday February 14th, the Godby Cougars defeated the Wakulla War Eagles to clinch a spot in Friday’s District Championship game.  The Cougars beat the War Eagles 61-40 at Suwannee High School, the host site of the tournament. Earlier this season, the Raiders and Cougars met in a district matchup that saw the Raiders win 69-50. Rickards point gaurd Gentry Sparks led the scoring that game with 19 points.  Senior gaurd Trey Jones of the Cougars scored 13 points. Both of these are players to watch, as well as Vincent McCray, who has been the Raiders leading scorer throguhout the season.  These teams will clash head to head on Friday February  16th at Suwannee High School.


Lincoln to Start 2018 Baseball Season with Regular Season Tournament

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (@JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)



Lincoln will start their 2018 baseball season in a tournament against Colquitt County High School and potentially Columbus High School on February 24th in Georgia.

Lincoln hopes to maintain their success from last year, as they went 26-6, and went on a 19-game winning streak to end the season and their first state championship, outscoring their opponents in the postseason tournament 21-2 in 5 games.

Overall, last season, Lincoln only lost 2 away games, 3 home games,  and 1 neutral site game, while allowing 77 runs and scoring 172 runs in 32 games.

Though, only 9 players from last year’s varsity team will be returning, including Josiah Miller, who led last year’s varsity team in batting average (.370), hits (34), RBIs (28), doubles (9), and Home runs (5), and Dallen Leach, who finished 2nd in batting average (.337), RBIs (21), and Home runs (4), all of which he finished behind Josiah Miller. The pitching staff, however, took a hit, as their two most successful starters in Zach Taylor and Austin Pollock, graduated last year. They combined for a 19-3 win-loss record, 27 appearances and both had below a 2.00 ERA in 2017.

This year’s roster will feature six seniors, nine juniors, and two sophomores, who came straight from the freshman team last year.

After the regular season tournament, Lincoln will play against Lowndes High School on February 27th.

Florida High upsets St. John Paul

Tyson Campbell, Correspondent (@TysonCampbellFS) On Twitter

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – The St. John Paul Panthers basketball team hosted the Florida High Seminoles. Florida High beat the Panthers 68-57.

Although St. John had home court advantage, Florida High came out in the first quarter moving the ball and scoring rapidly with fast breaks. Six minutes into the quarter, both teams were tied at four. Freshman Terrion Arnold scored a three for the Seminoles. Patrick Copenhaver responded back with a three of his own.

The first quarter ended with a 23-13 lead for the Seminoles.

In the second quarter,  Zhyan Scott scored the first four points for the Panthers.  Senior Andre Lightbourne scored a three for Florida High at the 5:53 mark in the second. Logan Roberts responded with a three for St. Johns, but the Panthers still trailed 32-24. With 57.5 seconds left before halftime, Panther junior Chosen Levarity blocked freshman Tre Donaldson. 

The Seminoles began the third quarter with turnovers off of bad passes. The Panthers used the opportunity to score. Brain Woodland hit two threes for the Panthers to start the quarter.

The Panthers were able to cut the lead to six, bring the score to 47-41.

The Panthers used a full-court press against the Seminoles in the fourth quarter. An Arnold turnover leads to a Panther score. 

The Panthers were able to close the gap to 51-49 at the 5:03 mark in the fourth, but the trio of Lightbourne, Arnold and Donalson were too much.

 Lightbourne hit two three-pointers for the Seminoles. With 37.0 seconds left, Chosen Levarity drove to the line and was fouled but missed the second of two free throws to end the Panthers comeback hopes.



Trey Fisher Earning his Spot

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – FSU fans all across the world were heartbroken when head coach Jimbo Fisher declared starting quarterback Deondre Francois would miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season due to a patella tendon injury suffered in the second half of the season opener against Alabama. 

But to the Fishers, specifically Trey Fisher, this is nothing out of the ordinary.

Trey Fisher was thrust into the position of North Florida Christian’s starting quarterback after a career-ending shoulder injury sidelined last years starter, JD Jerry.

In most cases, having a sophomore forced into a position as important as quarterback has dire consequences on a season. Most coaches would tweak entire offenses based off of this change.

NFC’s head coach Steve Price did none of that.

Instead, through ten games the Eagles are 8-2 and in the second round of the 2A playoffs. In part because of Fisher stepping up and accepting the bigger role and all of its responsibilities.

Fisher is a born leader. It’s evident, with the majority of NFC’s core being young. Both leading rushers are juniors or younger and leading receiver Macho Arza is a junior as well. So Fisher fits in perfectly with their young talent.

“It feels great (to be starting),” Fisher said. “NFC is a storied program and I hope to write my own chapter in it.”


NFC Routes John Paul II

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – In the opening round of the Florida high school football 2A playoffs, John Paul II took a short bus ride to play the favored North Florida Christian Eagles. NFC won 43-10 in a dominant performance offensively as well as defensively.

NFC running back Von Hayes totaled 115 yards and two touchdowns and Macho Arza added two touchdowns on the ground.

John Paul quarterback Brain Woodend gained 232 yards of total offense against the stout Eagles defense. Star running back Nehemiah Mitchell added 122 total yards as well as the Panthers lone touchdown on a 73-yard touchdown reception.

The first half was anyone’s ball game. The Panthers scored first with a 15-yard field goal on their opening drive.

Defensive line pressure led by Jalen Norwood forced Woodend into a grounding penalty that resulted in a safety to set the score to 3-2.

In the second quarter, Arza scored on a quarterback option from 25 yards out that gave the Eagles the lead. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was 10-3.

The Panthers answered quickly with what would be their first and last touchdown of the night on a 73-yard pass from Woodend to Mitchell.

NFC went on to score 33 points unanswered.

A 33-yard pass touchdown from Trey Fisher to receiver Deondre McCray kicked off NFC’s scoring tirade.

On the Eagles opening drive of the second half, they marched 50 yards down the field to scored on a one-yard run by running back Quan Myrick.

Later in the third, the Eagles would score again on an 18-yard pass from Fisher to Hayes. One series later, Hayes scored on a 15-yard scamper for the final score of the game.

“We feel like we have weapons,” NFC head coach Steve Price said. “Fisher’s been playing well and we have some great runners.”

John Paul’s historic season did not end as planned but the Panthers posted the schools all-time best record, 9-1.

“I’m very proud of my guys, they played great, they really stuck their necks out there. We had a terrific season,” -JPII head coach Kez McCorvey said.

Next week NFC will travel to Jacksonville and play University Christian.

Lincoln Gives Godby first loss of the season 

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – The undefeated Godby Cougars football team took on the Lincoln Trojans hoping to get their tenth-straight and final win of the regular season.

The first quarter started off with a forced fumble from Lincoln, that gave the Cougars good field position. Godby scored a touchdown on a five-yard touchdown pass from Rasean Mckay to Clevland Blackshear with 8:52 left on the clock.

Lincoln answers back with a touchdown pass from Christopher Beard to Marko Skarica with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter that tied the ball game, 7-7.

The Cougars started off the second quarter with a forty-yard pass from Rasean Mckay to Clevland Blackshear which made the way for a two-yard touchdown run by Tony Street. The Cougars fumbled the snap on the extra-point which made the score 13-7. Later in the quarter Lincoln responded with a touchdown pass from Christopher Beard to Marko Skarica  giving Lincoln the lead, 13-14.

In the third quarter, the Cougars turned the ball over on two occasions with a fumble and an interception.

Late in the fourth quarter the Cougars stopped the Trojans on the one-yard line. The Cougars were able to take over at the one-yard line and scored with :46 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a deep touchdown pass from Rasean Mckay to Alvin Jones. That put the Cougars on top with a score of 19-13. The Trojans got the ball back with :11 seconds left on the clock and scored with a H ail Mary pass to end the game. Leaving the Cougars stunned, 20 -19.

Godby takes down Florida High on homecoming

Tyson Campbell, Correspondent (@TysonCampbellFS) On Twitter

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( –The Godby Cougars headed into their homecoming game against Florida High with an undefended record of 8-0. The Seminoles were 4-4.

In the first quarter, The Seminol #4 the senior, Kevin Sawyer Jr. is brought down at the 23-yard line. By 9:00 into the first quarter the Seminoles turn over the ball at the 32rd yard-line. Within 8:00 the Cougars retain the ball. By 6:36, #36 Que Smith runs from the 31 to the 12-yard line. On the next position, #19 Beto Aguirre scores for the Cougars in the first- quarter. As the Seminoles retain the ball again, the quarterback Bryson Hill has trouble try to get a first down.
Florida High punts the ball with 1:21 left in the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter, #2 Tony Street runs on first- down runs from the 30 to the 51-yard line to end the quarter.

By the second quarter Cougars are up 10 to 0. #15 Resean Mckay throws a large pass to #10 Cleveland
Blackshear that inches to the cougars to the 10 yard line, inside the Seminoles territory. Cougars get to
third down and are not able to get the first down. The Seminoles with 0 unanswered points, try to bring
back the offense and still couldn’t maintain a first-down. Within 10: 26 into the second quarter,
Nicholas Dixon scores for the Cougars. By the end of the second half Cougars and Seminoles had two
turnovers, but the cougars stayed strong lead 17to 0.

By the third and fourth quarter, The Cougars score 37 points with the help of #2 Tony Street, #35
Kamron Martin and Resean Mckay. #15 Will Haigler for the Seminoles scroes a touchdown for Florida
High. In the fourth quarter, The Seminoles have the ball, and on second down Keldrick Pompey makes
an interception for the Cougars in the end of the fourth. Cougars take the lead against Florida High 37-7.

Coach Jarrod Hickman said, of Florida State Seminoles. “ Tough lost tonight, I am proud of my guys, we battled really hard. “

Godby goes from dismal to district champs

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., ( – The only time a high school football team goes from having a record of 2-7 to being undefeated and district champions in consecutive seasons is on Netflix. Until Godby hired coach Corey Fuller.

Godby decided to hire Fuller in December of 2016 after coach Todd Lanter’s resignation. This isn’t Fuller’s first rodeo as a head coach. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the maestro who led East Gadsden to back-to-back playoff appearances.

For the past two years, Fuller was an assistant coach at FAMU, gaining experience that would further his career. And if his coaching resume wasn’t impressive enough, he’s also a ten-year NFL veteran.

Fuller is a player’s coach with an eye for talent. Just ask starting quarterback Rasean McKay, who went from playing sparingly last season to leading one District 5A’s most prolific passing offenses.

Through nine games Godby is outscoring opponents 263 to 66. Along with coach Fuller there are a few new faces in the locker room. Starting running back Toney Street, who was the 2016 2A player of the year at East Gadsden, and defensive ends Kyler and Trey Laing, who’s father is the current defensive coordinator for the

Their mission hasn’t been completed yet. Coach Fuller expects this team to go all the way and with this talent and chemistry, they just might.