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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.

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
Photo By: Brittany Defran

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.

Lincoln Flexes Depth in Win over Wakulla

 

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Lincoln showed their depth in an 81-45 win over Wakulla on Wednesday night. In a game where the Trojans were without starting power forward Derrion Flukka, all of coach Dimitric Salters’ available players saw the court, and 12 of them scored for the Trojans.

“Games like this are always a good chance to develop younger players,” said Salters. “I’m really proud of my Senior Jabari Richardson and those guys who came off the bench. They got some rhythm going and were able to put up good shots.”

Salters’ squad got off to a fast start. Dwight Wilson led Lincoln on a 14-2 scoring run in the first 3:55 of the game. The James Madison signee had four points during that span, including an alley-oop dunk from Richardson.

The Trojans never looked back. Lincoln (14-1) forced Wakulla (10-9) to 19 of their 28 turnovers in the first half, sending them to a 33-21 halftime lead.

“Our goal was to force turnovers tonight,” said Salters. “We played some small ball for the first time. We tried to mix some things up because as we go down the road, we’ve got to find a way to generate some points.”

The Trojans lead got even larger in the second half. Behind a press defense that continued to force turnovers, Lincoln scored 33 points in the third quarter,

Evan Samuels then came off the bench in the fourth quarter. The Senior scored 11 points, including three three-pointers.

“We got some rhythm going in the second half,” said Salters. “We’re going to try some different things going forward. We’re working on some new things offensively. We want to pick up some more points. We want to be putting up 70 or 80 points a game. That fits us best.”

The Trojans travel to play Chiles on Friday night before facing Godby on Saturday in a highly anticipated matchup.

Top Scorers:

Lincoln:

Dwight Wilson – 15

Tionne Rollins – 15

Evan Samuels – 11

 

Wakulla:

Elexpe Johnson – 14

Richie McMullen – 9

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking News Update: Leon football coach accused of having sexual relations with a student

Royal A. Shepherd, Production Director (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, Fla. –  Leon high school football coach Brad Casalvieri has been arrested on accusations of having inappropriate relations with a student during his tenure at Lincoln High School.

Photo Courtesy of Florida.arrest.org

 

Casalvieri, 30, was said to have been having a sexual relationship with a student from June 2015 through February 2016. It is believed that there were more than 26 sexual encounters, at least one believed to be held on school grounds.

Casalvieri, a biology teacher, has been taken into custody and suspended with pay from the school board. 

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Lincoln Eliminated From Playoffs In OT

Katherine Broomfield, Correspondent (@KatBroomFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans entered the first round of the FHSAA class 5A playoffs in a matchup against the Columbia Tigers of Lake City last Friday night at Gene Cox Stadium.

It took overtime to decide a winner, but in the end Columbia (7-3) prevailed 35-28 after picking off Trojans quarterback Chris Brimm on Lincoln’s first possession in OT.

Lincoln led the entire fourth quarter until Columbia quarterback Davin Schuck scored on a three-yard run with only 49 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Then Kylen Callum put the Tigers on top with a 10-yard rushing touchdown.

“The team didn’t take advantage of the team opportunities,” Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir said.

Lincoln had plenty of opportunities, especially early on helped by some spectacular play from Marquel Pittman.

“Pittman had a good night, speed level to have a good season with NFL, but we gave up some big plays in the first half,” said Shakir.

The Trojans scored 21 points in the first quarter, but couldn’t get any stops on defense to separate themselves and the game was tied 21-21 after one quarter. Neither team scored until the end of the third quarter, when Trojan Kai Davis intercepted Schuck and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown.

Lincoln kept their 28-21 lead until 49 seconds left when Schuck tied the game.

The Trojans finished their season 5-4 on the year, while Columbia will move on to face the Lee Generals Friday (November 18th) at 7:30.

Lincoln Beats Leon on Their Way to Secure District Championship

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans make it 18 straight against the Leon Lions in their Senior Night victory, winning 26-3. Senior quarterback Chris Brimm carried the Trojans, accounting for all of their three touchdowns.

Brimm and the Trojan offense started the game off strong scoring in just two minutes on their first drive after a kickoff return that set them up at the midfield mark. Fellow senior Malik Garye caught a perfectly placed ball from Brimm for a 19-yard score.

The Lions felt the need to answer and set up quite a first drive themselves. On the first play of the drive James Peterson ran up the middle for a long gain of 59. This set the Lions up on the Trojan six yard line. After giving up the large gain, the Trojan defense held tough and only allowed a field goal, but the defense did not falter the rest of the game.

After the Trojan offense put up another score, a one-yard run by Brimm, the defense became stingy. The Lions were held to just 70 total rushing yards and zero passing yards in the first half. The second half was not any better; Leon ran for 64 more yards and completed one pass for 17 yards. Peterson was the leading rusher with 77 yards. Stephan Pierre was getting to the Leon quarterback Tyhran Glasco, coming up with two sacks on the night resulting in a total loss of 24 yards.

Chris Brimm, on the other hand, was doing whatever he wanted on offense. The Lincoln quarterback threw for a touchdown and ran the other two in himself. Brimm threw for 107 of his 244 yards in the first half alone, that’s more than Leon had in the entire game.

With this victory, not only did the Trojans secure bragging rights, again, over Leon, but they also secured another district championship. This is their 18th in a row.

The Trojans must now focus their attention to the University High School Titans, after a bye week, on the 28th of October. Leon plays again a week from tonight at home against Duval Charter.

 

Lincoln Bests Chiles in Defensive Struggle

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – After losing a 39-37 barn burner to Rickards last week, the Lincoln Trojans came out on top in a defensive struggle Friday night, beating rival Chiles 17-14.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. Lincoln especially, as the Trojans only accounted for two first downs through two quarters of play. Chiles had a little more success and had three drives into Trojan territory.

Neither team scored until the final 1:54 of the first quarter, when Marquel Pittman returned a deep punt for a Trojan touchdown. Special teams were a double-edged sword for Lincoln, though, as the Trojans muffed three punts on the night, two being in the first half.

While Lincoln was able to recover their first muffed punt, a Chiles defender was able to fall on their second, setting up the Timberwolves at the Trojan 11-yard line midway through the second quarter. After two offensive penalties backed Chiles all the way to the 26, quarterback Avery Thomas hit Kris Reed for a 20-yard strike that set up the Timberwolves for fourth and goal at the 6. Timberwolves coach Gharett John called for some trickery on the ensuing play, but Jake Meyer’s fake field-goal pass attempt was knocked down in the end zone.

Chiles was able to force a three-and-out on the next Lincoln possession, forcing Caleb Hayes to punt out of his own end zone. Even after a solid punt, Chiles was able to start the drive at the Trojan 48.

Timberwolves running back Kris Reed broke free for an 18-yard rush to start off the resulting drive. Two plays later, he carried the ball again, this time into the end zone for a 26-yard Touchdown.

The next Lincoln drive faltered again, as Hayes was forced to punt. But the Trojan defense would come up huge on the ensuing Chiles possession, as Tre’jan Huggins sack-stripped Thomas on third down. The Trojans recovered at the Timberwolves 26, setting up Beto Aguirre to kick a field goal. This gave Lincoln a 10-7 lead going into the half.

After stalling Chiles’ opening drive of the second half, Lincoln muffed another punt. Chiles recovered and Shane Sanders dove up the middle for a 20 yard-touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive, giving the Timberwolves their first lead of the night.

Lincoln responded by throwing the ball a lot more. Quarterback Chris Brimm had 10 of his 16 pass attempts in the second half for 65 of his 103 yards. He connected with tall receiver Malik Gary on third and goal from the nine for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter, giving the Trojans the lead for good.

“We knew they couldn’t cover our guys in space,” said Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir. “We felt like we were better athletes on the edge. We just wanted to get our guys in space and loosen some of those things up.”

Chiles’ best scoring opportunity in the 4th quarter came after Reed returned an interception to the Trojan 40. Lincoln’s defense remained strong, though, forcing three straight incompletions by Thomas and a three and out.

“We had a kick return for a touchdown and ended up winning by a field goal, so that’s the difference,” said Shakir. “But we gave them both their points on short drives. We muffed one punt which gave them a short field, but they didn’t end up scoring. The next punt we muffed they turned around and scored, so really, if we just secure the ball, they get zero points.”

Lincoln plays Leon next Friday at Gene Cox Stadium. Chiles travels to face Mosley.