Category Archives: High School

NFC Routes John Paul II

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – 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., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – 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., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –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., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – 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
Cougars.

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.

2017-2018 Godby Volleyball Season Comes to An End

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Amos P. Godby Cougars volleyball team began the 2017 season with an opener against North Florida Christian High School (25-1, 6-0), where they lost 3-0, setting the tone for a tough season.

After a season full of long battles to capture a win, the Cougars (2-14, 0-4) headed into districts on Oct. 17 against the Wakulla War Eagles  (14-14, 6-0) with a 2-13 record, needing a win to continue into the second round of districts.

The Cougars season ended when the War Eagles defeated them 3-0. The team’s national ranking dropped 281, now standing at 12311, and their Florida ranking dropped 2, now standing at 500 to conclude their season.

Godby’s two wins came against the Munroe High School Cougars (6-10, 5-9) and the Jefferson County High School (1-14, 0-7).

Godby set to take on Florida High

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

The Florida High Seminoles will take on the undefeated Godby Cougars. The Seminoles (4-4) will host the Cougars (8-0) Oct. 26 at Gene Cox stadium at 7 p.m.

The Cougars are coming off a close win against Pine Forest (3-4) by a score of 19-12. The Seminoles are coming off a 28-22 loss to
Marinna (4-3), their second loss in a row. 

Leading the Cougar’s offense is senior quarterback Rasean Mckay. He finished last week’s game with five completions
on 13 attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Travious Barkley added eight carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Jerry Ray had 15 carries for 65 yards.

Leading the Seminoles offense is sophomore quarterback Bryson Hill, who had 17 completions and 30 attempts for
204 yards last week. Senior running back Kevin Sawyer Jr. had 11 carries for 57 yards and senior wide receiver Will Haigler had four catches for 65 yards.

Rickards drops second game of the season

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Rickards Raiders came into Friday’s contest with a record of 5-1 and the Raines Vikings had a record of 6-1.

The Raiders were without Purdue commit Destin Coates due to an injury. That meant they would have to rely heavily on Louisville commit, quarterback Marcus Riley.

Riley ended the game 18-34 for 177 passing yards. He added 64 yards on the ground on 22 carries.

Early on in the contest, the offenses were slow and by halftime, only one touchdown had been scored and that was by the Vikings.

The Raiders did miss a field goal, which costs them three points. Rickards returned a kickoff for a touchdown that was called back for holding. The Raiders tallied up nine penalties. 

“I don’t know what the penalty count was but it took back a lot of key plays from us, even defensively,” Rickards head coach Quinton Lewis said.

In the second half, more penalties kept costing the Raiders as the Vikings went on to score four more touchdowns which put the final score to 35-0.

“We have to make plays in the second half. We had opportunities to make plays and when they put the ball on the ground, we missed tackles,” Lewis said. “We have to continue to play. That team elevated their play and we have to elevate ours.”

This loss puts the Raiders at 5-2 and they head next week to Crawfordville to play against the Wakulla War Eagles who have a record of 6-2.

“I thought we did a good job, we just lost the second half and throughout the game, we have to continue to make plays,” Lewis said.

 

Florida High falls to Marianna

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (@JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida High School football team fell to the Marianna Bulldogs in a close game, 28-22 Friday night at Florida High.

Marianna got on the board first with a touchdown by running back Werlean Pollock. However, Florida High stormed back, scoring 19 unanswered points. Marianna scored with a Pollack run, right before the half to only trail by five at the half.

In the second half, Marianna and Florida High both turned the ball over the ball over twice, with Marianna’s quarterback Kelly, fumbling twice. Pollack scored twice to give Marianna a 28-22 lead, with a Florida High field goal made in between of those touchdowns.

After a failed fourth-down conversion attempt for the Seminoles, Marianna took over at their own 39-yard line, with 4:51 left to go in the game. However, after moving the ball down to the Florida High 20-yard line, they could not convert a fourth-down attempt, as Florida High got the ball back with 1:31 left to go in the game.

After a 16-yard pass by Seminoles quarterback Bryson Hill, who had a total of 195 passing yards, Florida High could not complete a long pass, dropping 3 potential touchdowns.

Florida High head coach Jarrod Hickman said one play won’t define his running backs’ season.

“Kevin [Sawyer] has made so many plays for us over the entire year, but it’s one play. One play doesn’t win or lose the game. Learn from it, how can you be better, focus more in that situation and move on,” Hickman said.

Hickman said one word to describe his team’s play would be “Inconsistent”.

“We put 19 points on the board in the first half and 3 on the board in the second half. We looked really good at times on defense and at other times we didn’t tackle very well,” Hickmann said. “We just have to be a lot more consistent throughout the game. There were plays to be made. We were inside the red zone a couple of times and didn’t score. This is the result that you get sometimes.”

Florida High moves to 4-4 on the season, and plays at Godby on Oct. 26, while Marianna moves to 4-3 on the season, and plays Holmes County next Friday, at home.

               

Sports Brief: Godby vs. Pine Forest

Rebecca Sweeney, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Godby High School Cougars will go head to head with The Pine Forest Eagles Friday in Pensacola at 7:00 p.m.

The Cougars (7-0) have had an undefeated season so far and played Rickards High School (5-1) last week giving the Raiders their first loss. Godby won 21-6.

The Pine Forest Eagles have gone 3-3 this season after winning their last game against Booker T. Washington High School (2-5) with a final score of 21-13.

As a team, Godby has 141 receiving yards and 148 rushing yards as well as 25 touchdowns this season putting the Cougars above the national average in almost all. Pine Forest has a team total of 126 receiving yards and 196 rushing yards as well as 75 total tackles.

Lincoln defense post shutout against Leon

Devin Craig, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans’ defense limited the Leon Lions football team to zero points and forced three fumbles, all while keeping Leon under 250 yards of total offense. 

“We wanted to limit big plays, and that’s what we did,” Lincoln linebacker Neryan Forston said.

Lincoln head coach Quinn Gray said the this was his team’s best defensive effort of the season.

“Absolutely, our defense did a hell of a job,” Gray said.

Lincoln posted 47 points on offense, exploding for 33 points in the third quarter.

Quarterback Chris Beard ran for one touchdown and threw for three more. Starting running back Caleb Matthews picked up over 125 yards rushing and two scores along the way.

Gray said before the half they were not playing up to par. 

Late in the third quarte, Matthews scored off of a 68-yard touchdown run that sent many hopeful Leon fans home and sucked the life out opposing side of the stadium.

Lincoln now sits at 3-4 on the season and is in the driver’s seat of the district.

“This win means that we’re district champs, and it gives us a chance to go to the dance. Our kids know that our job isn’t done yet,” Gray said.

Leon loss their seventh game of the season, this being their homecoming. The Lions are still winless on the season.

Leon outside linebacker Jeffrey Perry was a bright spot with 7 tackles on the night.

Godby wins in battle of unbeaten teams.

Genesia Davis, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –It’s all about bragging rights when it comes to the Rickards High Raiders versus Godby High Cougars rivalry game. It was the first time both teams went into this rivalry game with undefeated records. A battle for the best high school team in the big bend.

Godby is known for its excellent front seven that play on defense; however, Rickards High is known for its powerful offense.

The Cougars started the game receiving the kickoff, but got a quick three and out. Rickards’ first drive ended up similar. Both teams were held scoreless through the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, the Raiders put the first points on the scoreboard. A Raider field goal gave them a 3-0 lead with 11:50 left in the second quarter. 

Godby received the kickoff returned it to their 32-yard line. Due to running back Jerry Ray’s running, the Cougars marched down the field. Godby eventually scored on a quarterback sneak with 6:16 left in the second quarter, making the score 7-3. The Cougars defense stiffened and stopped the Raiders from scoring before halftime.

Rickards started the second half receiving the football, but they came up short on their first possession after going for it on fourth down.

The Cougars took over on the Raiders 49-yard line and scored on another quarterback sneak at the 4:26 mark in the third. The PAT made the score 14-3. The Cougars front seven held the Rickards Raiders scoreless the remainder of the third quarter.

Rickards managed to kick a field goal with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter to bring the score to 14-6. The Cougars answered with a touchdown on a sweep play. Godby was now ahead 21-6.

The Raiders received the ball, but the Cougar defense shut them down again with an interception to seal the game.

Defensive ends Kyler Laing and Trey Laing , nicknamed the double trouble brothers talked about what gave them the edge.

“We noticed the tackles were kind of leaning all night, so we used our slap and rip technique to get around them to make tackles,” Kyler said. 

“Our pass rush is very deadly and we stayed composed and worked our bread and butter slap and rip technique,” Trey said. “This is the best front seven I’ve coached in eleven years of high school football.”

“This is the best front seven I’ve coached in eleven years of high school football,” Godby head coach Corey Fuller said.

 

Wakulla improves to 6-2 after win over Florida High

Rebecca Sweeney, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Wakulla High School football team took on Florida State University High School with the intention of gaining their sixth win of their 5-2 season. The War Eagles ended with a 38-7 victory.

Wakulla started the game with a 30-yard run by running back Cephus Greene, which then led to a touchdown from by running back Jordan Bolden with 6:52 left in the first quarter. The extra point gave the War Eagles a 7-0 lead.

Florida High tight end Andre Lightbourne scored the first touchdown for the Seminoles on a 13-yard pass from quarterback Bryson Hill, evening the score to 7-7.

Wakulla managed to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter, making the score at halftime  21-7.

The War Eagles added two more scores and an extra point to seal the game.  The loss leaves Florida High at 4-3 on the season.

“It was a great win tonight against a very good football team. Florida High has great talent, great running backs and great receivers,” Wakulla head coach Barry Klees said. “I thought we came out and were able to establish the run. We got off to a good start, controlled the clock and ended up with a little bit more depth tonight.” 
Wakulla High is now 6-2 and plays Rickards High School next week.

“We haven’t even thought about this,” Klees said. “We are going to go home and enjoy this win tonight and then we’ll start on Rickards tomorrow.”