Category Archives: High School

Godby Rallies Back In Extra Innings

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby used two extra innings to defeat the Sneads Pirates 6-5 on Thursday night.  The Cougars were able to capitalize on the Pirates’ errors to rally back on senior night after falling behind several runs early due to poor pitching.

Sneads got into a groove against a shaky-looking Godby squad early in the game. Senior pitcher Bryan Hamilton was hitting his spots for the Pirates in the first couple of innings, making it tough for the Cougars to get any offense going.

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Treasured Leon Coach Jimmy Sauls Passes Away at 71

Kaitlin McMillan, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Sports fans and athletes from Tallahassee and beyond are feeling the loss of esteemed former Leon County high school football coach, Jimmy Sauls. He was admitted to the hospital where he died of cardiac arrest on April 13th at the age of 71.

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North Florida Christian Baseball Beats Maclay at Home

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – North Florida Christian started the game out slow but had a big fourth inning to help them beat rival Maclay. Sophomore catcher JD Jerry had a strong showing on both defense and offense and broke the game open for NFC.

The first three innings of the game would see no hits from either team; the North Florida Christian Eagles (3-1, 2-0) had back-to-back quick innings to start the game, only three plate appearances each inning. NFC players were swinging early in the count and were lacking patience. A few pitching mistakes from Maclay (3-3, 0-1) and timely hitting helped the Eagles find their rhythm offensively.

“We just relaxed a little bit,” said NFC head coach Mike Posey. “The pitcher’s pitch count was getting up there a little bit, so we started looking at more pitches. We did a great job with two strikes – we had several two-strike at-bats and we worked the guy for walks. We just had to relax a little bit. Zero, zero in the fourth inning you get a little tight.”

After three walks and two players hit by pitches, JD Jerry eventually got to the plate with his team winning 2-0 and the bases loaded. Jerry sent a ball into left field – for the first hit of the game – that unloaded the bases and put him on 2nd. Jerry finished the game going 2-for-3 and also threw somebody out at 2nd base after a wild pitch.

The Eagles scored a combined 30 runs in their previous two games before tonight, but in this game it took them a while to heat up offensively. Mike Posey credited Maclay to his team’s early struggles.

“I think our offense is pretty good – we’ve been scoring some runs, but this was a better team today that we played,” said Posey.

Even though NFC came out on top, coach Posey still thinks the team has some areas to improve on early in the season.

“We have to work a little bit better on concentration at the plate,” said Posey. “I think we battled and fought with two strikes a lot, but I think we swing at pitches sometimes that weren’t in the strike zone – we just have to do a better job at that.”

Maclay will try to shake this one off in their next game as they face Godby at home on March 10th at 4PM. North Florida Christian plays again at home against Hamilton County on March 9th at 4PM. Both

Godby Advances Over Rickards

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)Godby  overpowered Rickards by a final of 65-50 on Tuesday night, advancing them to the next round of the state playoffs.

They played classic Godby basketball for almost the entire game, full-court pressing their opponent on defense and attacking the paint on offense until Rickards got into foul trouble.

Rickards (19-9) tried giving Godby (25-1) a taste of their own medicine with full-court pressure to start off the game, but it did not seem to slow Godby down.

“They pressed up on us all night, so the lane was open for us to attack,” Godby point guard Montre Edwards said.

Instead, the Cougars jumped out to a commanding lead in the first quarter—one it never relinquished—holding the Raiders scoreless for the first six minutes of the game.

Godby’s lead swelled in the second quarter as the home team attacked the paint relentlessly. Senior center Corbin Merritt had a thunderous dunk and subsequent block on the defensive end with four and a half minutes to go in the quarter, which is a testament to the team’s insistent hustle and aggressiveness.

At one point, Godby led 26-5. Rickards responded with an 8-0 run to get them back into the game at 28-13 with a minute left in the half, including a jump shot as the halftime buzzer sounded. Godby led 29-15 at halftime.

The momentum stayed with Godby in the second half. They immediately came out on a 13-6 run to double Rickards’ score 42-21, a product of continuing to force turnovers and draw fouls. At times, Rickards looked frantic and could not effectively set up their offense.

Many of the Raiders’ offensive woes can be attributed to the Cougars’ unshakeable defense. The Edwards twins kept tight pressure on the ball and Merritt was bothering shots all night, a tough combination to overcome when your bench is not as deep as your opponent’s.

“We played tremendous defense,” Godby head coach Andy Colville said. “To come out here and play that well from start to finish, I think we proved that we are one of the better—if not the best—teams in this area.”

When you take a step back and look at what Colville and his squad have accomplished this year, it is hard not to be impressed.

“A lot of them didn’t play last year.” Colvile said. “And none of them played two years ago when we were undefeated. I think that says a lot about our program and our kids, to have the chance to go back to Lakeland with not one player that was on that [2014-15] team.”

Godby advances to the regional semifinals against Ribault, where they will play on February 24 for a trip to the Final Four.

Recap: The Godby Cougars Defeats the Mosley Dolphins, 71-40

Janne Mundin, Correspondent (@JMundinFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Godby varsity basketball team defeated the Mosley Dolphins, 71-40,  Thursday, February 16. This game was part of the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship – Class 6A Semifinals.

Senior Corbin Merritt and Junior Trey Jones were the top scorer for Godby, scoring 18 points. Mosley was led by Senior Jacorian Calloway with the score of 18 points, followed by Junior Stacy Burse, scoring 9 points.

The Cougars came out strong in the first few minutes, scoring 13 points. Mosley fell behind quickly, and didn’t score at all until much later in the 1st quarter, ending the first quarter with the score 18-7. The Dolphins pulled through on the 2nd quarter, led by Jacorian Calloway, scoring 10 points. Godby led during halftime, 40-20.

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Both teams experienced technical foul at the same time during 2nd quarter, scoring 1 point each  by Godby’s Jones and Mosley”s Calloway.

“When it comes to games, [Merritt] is really good”  Godby’s coach Andrew Colville said. “He’s an MVP in Las Vegas during a tournament.”

Godby Cougars will be going against Rickard Raiders on Tuesday, February 21st for the regional Semifinals. The winner will then advance to the Regional Semifinals on February 24th.

Preview: Mosely Dolphins vs. Godby Cougars

Janne Ree Kiesha Mundin, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Godby Cougars will have a home game against Mosely Dolphins (Panama City FL) this Thursday, February 16 at Goby, 7:00pm EST. This is part of the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championship for the Class 6A.

Last season, the Cougars played the Dolphins twice during a non-conference game.

The Godby High School Boys’ Basketball Varsity team won the regular games, scoring 64-30 first match, and a close score of 63-61 on the final game.

So far, the Dolphins are ranked 126 in Florida and 3,035 nationwide, with an overall score of 18-10. The Cougars are 23-1, ranking fifth in the state of Florida and ranking 81 nationwide.

The winner will advance to the 2017 FHSAA Regional Semifinals on February 21st, 7:00pm EST.

Sports Brief: Rickards 50, Lincoln 63 Final

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@BriBiancardiFS on Twitter) 

It was senior night last Wednesday at Rickards High School, as the Raiders played host to the  Lincoln Trojans.

Rickards (17-5) entered the game as the 25th ranked team in the state, but they would have a tough test in this matchup, as the sixth ranked Trojans (18-2) came into this game having lost only twice in their 20 games this season.

Lincoln came out strong offensively, led by senior big-man Dwight Wilson, who recorded 20-points and helped lead his team to a 63-50 victory.

While they did come up short in this one, Rickards was able to put up 50 points, as junior guard Vincent McCray was hot from beyond the arc, knocking down five three-pointers.

“We played hard,” said Lincoln Head Coach Dimitric Salters after the game as e summed up his team’s performance on the court. “We played smart.”

The Trojans’ schedule won’t get any easier for them, as they get set for the District Semifinal this Tuesday. Coach Salters stressed the importance of preparation, citing practice and taking advantage of other teams’ weaknesses as the keys to his team’s success moving forward.

Meanwhile, the Raiders will look to bounce back from their 13-point defeat and close out the season strong.

Seven lincoln players sign on national signing day

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

Lincoln ended the 2016 season 5-4, but had six signees commit to collegiate programs on National Signing Day. One player even chose to stay really close to home.

Long snapper Grant Glennon signed to play with Florida State, choosing to stay near home. He is 6-foot-3-inches 220 pounds and ended the 2016 season as one of the top players in the city at his position. He held offers from the University of South Florida and University of Central Florida before committing to the Noles.

Chris Brimm, the Trojans’ 6-foot 200-pound quarterback, signed to Norte Dame, where they could use his throwing & running skills. He is a diverse quarterback that can sit in the pocket and use his feet to scramble. He ended the 2016 season with 1486 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 71 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. The next signee Is Malik

Malik Garye, a 6-foot-5-inch wide receiver ended the 2016 season with 27 receptions, 392 yards and 4 touchdowns. He held offers from Akron, Missouri, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a few other programs before choosing to sign with Albany State.

Tom Moss, the offensive lineman that stands 6-foot-1-inch 300 pound signed to Jacksonville University. Wide Receiver Shakel Brown, who stands 6-foot-inches, will play his collegiate ball at Highlands Junior College.

Stephan Pierre plays both linebacker positions, middle and outside. He is 6-foot-2-inches and 190 pounds. He ended the 2016 season with 84 total tackles (55 solo), 29 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. He is now signed to Albany State University.

Outside linebacer Jakobe Roberts (6-foot-3-inches 180 pounds) ended the 2016 season with nine total tackles (5 solo), 4 assisted tackles and 1.5 sacks. He is now signed with Southeastern University.

Four Rickards players sign letter of intent

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

Rickards High School had four key players sign a national letter of intent to division one programs. In front of a packed gymnasium, Anfernee Simmons (Albany State), DJ Phillips (Florida A&M), Travius Harris (Troy) and Tavyn Jackson (University of South Carolina) all signed their letter with much excitement.

“Most proud of these kids education, they are smart kids classroom and football wise they are going to be great regardless from day one. Also how hard they work, every day I challenged them and asked them to do something they did it and I hope the next class puts in that much work and more,” Rickards head coach Quinton Lewis said.

This senior class helped the Raiders win their first district championship game in 15 years. They won the city championship, made it to the third round of the FHSAA playoffs and finished with a 10-2 record (best in school history).

Notable accolades and stats for these four signees:

Anfernee Simmons – 54 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT and 1 TD senior season. Career stats 124 tackles and 4 INT. Anfernee also played in the Florida/Georgia game.

Derearl Phillips – 145/243, 2,634 yards, 23 Touchdowns; 93 rushes 605 yards, 5 TD senior season. Career stats 355/601, 5,557 yards, 45 touchdowns; 269 rushes 866 yards, 10 TD. DJ also was first team All-Big Bend; third team class 5A All-State team and played in Florida/Georgia game.

Travius Harris – 35 tackles, 7 tackles for loss senior season. Career stats 70 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4 sacks. Travius also participated in second team class 5A All-State team and the Florida/Georgia game.

Tavyn Jackson – 76 tackles, 4 INT, 9 pass deflections, 1 INT return TD senior season. Career stats 143 tackles, 9 INT, 24 pass deflections, 1 sack. Tavyn also participated in the first team class 5A All-State team; first team All-Big Bend and the FACA All-star game.

 

Sports Brief: Antwan Owens only cougar to sign on National Signing day

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

Antwan Owens was Godby Senior High School’s only signee to commit to a school on National Signing Day.  Owens, a 6-foot 3 286-pound defensive tackle, signed with Georgia Tech University last week.

Owens is a 3-star prospect who ended the 2016 season with 37 tackles (21 solo) and 2 sacks. He is a very physical defensive lineman who uses his hands a lot and has great technique. Owens was previously committed to the University of Central Florida, however, he went on a visit to Georgia tech and loved it. After the visit he decommitted from UCF and committed to the Yellow Jackets on signing day. 

RECAP: Lincoln Suffer Another Tough Loss to Godby on Senior Night

Brittany Defran, Correspondent (@BrittDefranFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – You could tell all eyes were on the Lincoln High School basketball last night as the controversy concerning the Trojans head coach still remained in the air on senior night.

The Trojans faced the Godby Cougars (22-1) at home in their last non-conference game of the season. Lincoln would put up a great fight early, but ultimately came up short, losing 38-48.

The night began with the honoring of eight senior players for the Trojans and highlighted their next steps as they move onto the next journey of their careers.

It was a quick start to the game for Lincoln as they are known for starting off games fast and strong. The Trojans would take the lead with junior Trinton Bryant opening the game with a shot from behind the three-point line. The Cougars with a shooting average of 65% fought to catch up to Lincoln.

Lincoln went on a 7-0 run with only 3:40 left in the first period.

The Trojans struggled to control the ball in the beginning of the second period, causing multiple turnovers and allowing the Cougars to gain the lead going into the halftime, 22-25.

As the third period of the game commenced, it seemed as if Lincoln had lost their momentum. And,  was then now trailing behind Godby.

The Trojan senior Dwight Wilson, who averages 16.1 points per game at center, shot back-to-back layups putting the Trojans right behind the Cougars, 28-29 with 5:30 left in the third period.

The Cougars would control the lead at the start of the final period.

Brittany Defran
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Senior Derrion Fluka for the Trojans seemed to help get his teams momentum back-up in the fourth period. The 6-9 power forward Derrion Fluka was not only a key player in the game, but was also honored Wednesday as he signed his commitment letter for a full-ride scholarship to Madison University.

Both seniors Fluka and Wilson stepped up in the fourth period of the game helping the Trojans battle back to bring the Trojans within 10-points during the final stretch. But, it wouldn’t be enough.

They both would combine for a total of 20-points of the Trojans’ 38-points. 

The No. 6 ranked team in the state now moves onto next weeks district tournaments with a fresh start in the postseason.

After the game, Lincoln interim coach Clemon Johnson reminded his team that the Cougars, who are ranked No. 5 in the state, are not Lincoln’s district opponents.

Sports Brief: Lincoln’s Head Basketball Coach on Administrative Leave

Brittany Defran, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Lincoln High boys basketball head coach Dimitric Salters has been suspended indefinitely, after news surfaced this week. He has been put on administrative leave by the Leon county schools department.

Salters is under investigation due to suspicious actions with the financials of Lincoln’s basketball program. The breaking news was first reported by WCTV and the Tallahassee Democrat.

Salter is in his fourth year as the Trojans head coach and led them to a district championship last season. The Trojans are 19-2 on their season right now, off to a good start with only one game left in the regular season. All eyes on the No. 6 ranked team in the state as the postseason begins next week.

Prior to working for Lincoln, Salters had an explosive start to his career working with East Gadsden High. He had an extremely successful nine years with the program, leading them to five straight championships. He also saw 33 of his players advance into college ball.