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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.

Lincoln Falls Short to Trinity Christian, 35-21

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln high school football team threw an interception on the opening drive of the game, setting the tone for their loss to Trinity Christian, 35-21, Friday night at Gene Cox Stadium.

On the second drive of the game, Conquerors’ (5-2, District 2-0) quarterback Winston Sweeting ran 15 yards into the end zone, giving them a 7-0 lead. The Trojans (4-3, District 2-0) responded with a quick drive into their end zone through a 34-yard pass from quarterback Chris Beard to wide receiver Derek Curry,  tying the game with 8:36 remaining in the first quarter.

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The rest of the first quarter brought a muffed punt and long drives for each team that resulted in no points. The first quarter ended with the game still a tied 7-7.

The second quarter opened with a 24-yard touchdown run by Trinity Christian’s Marcus Crowley, giving them a 14-7 lead. Beard responded with a two-yard touchdown pass to Kamari Morales with 4:16 remaining in the half to tie the score 14-14.

The Trojans forced a fumble on Trinity Christian’s next possession but came away with no points. Lincoln head coach Quinn Gray said the team needs to capitalize on those opportunities.

“We have to work harder in practice. Everything that has happened to us thus far this season has been somewhat a mistake we’ve seen in practice,” Gray said. “Until we understand that practice translates to the field were going continue to make the mistakes that were making out here on the game field. So we’re going to go back to the drawing board on Monday and we’re going to correct those mistakes.”

The first half ended a tie game, 14-14.

Trinity Christian opened the second half with a touchdown, again giving them the lead 21-14. Lincoln’s first drive of the second half began with a 15-yard pass to Caleb Matthews. Then, two penalties against Trinity Christian; face mask and encroachment. The Trojans were unable to complete the drive for a touchdown when a poor snap on third down forced them to turn the ball over.

Lincoln completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Stanton Johnson to tie the game 21-21 after a stalled Conquerors’ drive.

Trinity Christian responded with a touchdown, bringing the score to 28-21. The Conquerors blocked the Trojan’s punt on their next drive 10.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

With 5:38 remaining in the fourth, Crowley scored a touchdown from one yard out, increasing Trinity Christian’s lead 35-21.

The game ended when the Lincoln Trojan’s threw for an interception, giving Trinity Christian the opportunity to run the clock out.

“Everything that we get, we’re going to earn. That’s from winning to playing time and everything,” Gray said. “If you’re going to play here at Lincoln, it’s going to be earned on the practice field and in the classroom. Bottom line.”

Trojans Offense Overpowers Chiles

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent

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

On their first drive of the game, the Lincoln high school football team drove the ball down the field to score a touchdown for a fast start to their win over Chiles, 47-21.

With 3:14 left in the first quarter, Lincoln made another quick drive down the field to further their lead 14-0. The Trojan’s very next drive led to another touchdown, as the seemingly untouchable Trojans now dominated Chiles 21-0. 

Things finally began to look up for Chiles when their quarterback, Garrett Greene, threw a 35-yard pass to wide receiver Dillon Haire, who caught the pass with one hand. The drive ended in Chiles’ first touchdown of the game. Lincoln, however, fought back with a touchdown on their next drive just before halftime. Both teams ran into the locker rooms with Lincoln up 28-7.

The third quarter began with Trojans quarterback, Christopher Beard, throwing an interception to Chiles safety Nicholas Clayton. The Timberwolves carried that momentum over to the offense. Greene recovered a Dillon Giesecke fumble and ran it in for a score, cutting Lincoln’s lead to 14.

With 8:25 left in the third quarter, tensions began to rise between coaches, players and the refs, which lead to a flag on the Lincoln Trojans and unnecessary roughness calls on Chiles.

“It got a little out of control, but at the end of the day it’s football, you don’t take anything personal,” Lincoln head coach Quinn Gray said on the third quarter rumble.

The third quarter continued with an intentional grounding penalty on Chiles forcing them to punt from their own 3-yard line. The punt ended after a poor snap hit the goal post, resulting in a safety. On Lincoln’s next drive, Beard ran the ball in for another Trojan touchdown to end the third quarter.

“The young quarterback is doing a great job,” Gray said.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Lincoln recovered the ensuing on-side kick and drove down the field to score another touchdown, bringing the score to 44-14.

Lincoln added a 43-yard field goal and the Timberwolves managed another score before the end of the game. 

Lincoln head coach said the key to the team’s success was that “we were able to keep our composure at the right times and

“We were able to keep our composure at the right times and that just serves as a testament to our guys,” Gray said.  “Overall, I’m proud of my kids and how they composed themselves.”

 

 

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.