Category Archives: Amos P. Godby

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.

 

GODBY HIGH SCHOOL WINS AGAINST WAKULLA HIGH SCHOOL ON HOMECOMING NIGHT

Sean Bin, Correspondent

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

The Godby High School football team defeated Wakulla War Eagles 21-6 on their homecoming night for their sixth straight win.

Both teams had trouble putting scores on the board during the first quarter, with back-to-back drives ending up in punts. Godby who broke the ice when senior running back Jerry Ray, found the end zone with a 26-yard run. Wakulla tried to answer back but ended up having to punt for the third straight time. It wasn’t until the end of first quarter that Wakulla was able to get a field goal.

The second quarter started out rough with a fumble from the Godby quarterback Rasean Mckay. Fortunately for Godby, it was recovered in their favor. Right after the fumble, running back Tony Street broke out for a 45-yard run to put the ball in Wakulla’s 37 yard line. Mckay finished the drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown, bringing the score to 14-3 with Godby in the lead. 

Wakulla received the ball at the start of the third quarter but ended up punting again. Godby started their drive at their own 48 yard line.  Godby was able to increase the lead by 18 points thanks to a 10-yard pass from Mckay to Tyler Pye for a touchdown.

It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Wakulla scored another field goal to make the score 21-6. Wakulla tried to get the momentum going but the time wasn’t in their favor as the clock ran out.

 

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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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: 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. 

Godby bounces back on senior night

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Godby (21-1) defeated the Leon (14-9) Tuesday night by a score of 58-44. Godby avenged their loss to Rickards on Saturday—their first of the season— beating Leon 58-44 on senior night.

The Cougars (21-1) relied heavily on stingy interior defense and contributions from senior twins, Montre (15 points) and Montreal Edwards (12 points).

“At the end we played pretty good defense,” Godby head coach Andy Colville said. “When you only give up 44 points, you should win.”

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The game was close for much of the first half until Godby went on a 9-0 run with 6:05 left in the second quarter, adding to their lead and notching the score at 29-21 at halftime.

Leon (14-9) went on a 6-0 run of their own at the beginning of the third quarter, positioning them back into the game, but still trailing 33-31 with 2:50 left in the third.

The Cougars responded with a buzzer-beating three at the end of the third quarter by Montre Edwards, energizing the crowd and providing the home team with some momentum heading into the final period and leading 45-37.

“It felt really good, especially on Senior Night,” Edwards said of his buzzer-beater. The game marked Edwards’ last home appearance for the Cougars during the regular season.

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Rickards Hands Godby First Loss Behind Troutman’s 25 Points

Emma Vargas, Correspondent (@EmmaVargasFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Rickards put an end to Godby’s 20-game win streak, giving the Cougars their first loss of the season with a 66-54 victory in front of the Raiders’ rowdy home crowd.

Alic Troutman scored a game-high 25 points for the Raiders (17-5), including a few rim-rocking dunks that ignited the crowd. “It felt good to give Godby their first loss,” Troutman said. “I’m glad it was us and not anybody else.”

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Troutman is just a sophomore, and as great as he played against Godby, the 6-foot-6 big man could get even better with more experience. “Alic is growing up,” Rickards coach Eli Bryant said. “The kid turned 16 on Tuesday. He’s never played in front of this many people in his life.”

Godby (20-1) tied the game 46-46 with a 3-pointer by Trey Jones, equaling Rickards score for the first time since 2:39 left in the second quarter. The Cougars tried to amp up the pressure with a full court press after the basket. Rickards had no trouble breaking it, and Troutman slammed it home at the other end with an emphatic dunk.

Back-to-back free throw opportunities, and a 3-pointer from Vincent McCray put the Raiders back in the driver seat. Then they put the pedal to the metal closing the game out on a 13-2 run.

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Godby Pushes Their Winning Streak To 20 After Beating Chiles

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby remains undefeated this season after beating Chiles 81-63. The Cougars’ hounding defense suffocated the Timberwolves the whole game.

Godby (20-0) put up a lot of points and shot efficiently the entire game, shooting over 50%, but their defense is what helped them win the game. The Cougars played a full-court press the entire game and caused a number of turnovers.

The Cougars scored 23 points in the first quarter but only allowed Chiles (5-10) to score nine. The Stifling Godby defense caused the Timberwolves to commit 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone – a majority of the Cougars’ points came off of turnovers.

The second quarter really hurt the Timberwolves as they made five shots and missed 11. Unlike Chiles, Godby shot well in the same quarter, going 11-20. Chiles had a hard time stopping the Cougars from getting to the paint, all 10 of the 11 shots made were layups – and the 11th was an alley to junior Corbin Merritt who finished with 13 points.

Montreal Edwards was the one getting to the basket throughout the game. The senior guard tallied 18 points in the game and was distributing the ball well throwing up a couple alley-oops.

The leader in points was on the losing team tonight, as Kamari Brown poured in 21 points. Brown had a handful of nice dunks in the game, but unfortunately nobody else was making shots

Chiles will go on to face Taylor County at home tomorrow night at 7pm. Godby puts their undefeated season on the line against Rickards – after winning the first matchup at home this season – this Friday at 7:30pm.

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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