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Zim Nwokeji Leads Maclay to MLK Invitational Win

Nick Pierce, Correspondent (@NickPierceFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net.) – Zim Nwokeji scored 22 points and the Maclay Marauders held East Gadsden to just 15 second half points, winning a 41-39 thriller on the final game of the MLK Invitational.

Down 40-39 with 22.6 seconds remaining, two East Gadsden players forced a jump ball. The Jaguars won the possession arrow, giving them one last chance to take the lead. Maclay’s defense held strong, and Pace Wilson came down with the game clinching rebound. Wilson then made one of two free-throws with three seconds left, icing the game.

“We want to be prepared for every situation,” said Maurader coach Eugene Granger. “At the end of the season, if we make a run, any situation can come up, so close games like this are good for us.”

Maclay had a slow start to Monday night’s game and were held scoreless through the first 3:30 of the first quarter.

Things changed when Nwokeji came off the bench. Highlighted by a dunk assisted from Robert Parker-Crawford, the 6-foot-8 forward carried his team on a 16-5 scoring run over the next three minutes, putting the Marauders up 16-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Maclay struggled shooting the ball in quarter number two. East Gadsden’s aggressive defense held the Maruaders to just 2-10 from the field. The Jaguars went on an 11-1 run in the first six minutes, surging to a 24-23 halftime lead.

“Sometimes our shots go in, and sometimes they don’t,” said Granger. “But we’re not going to get discouraged. We’re still going to continue to put up shots.”

Nwokeji turned the tide once more in the third quarter. The Sophomore scored 11 of Maclay’s 13 points, giving the Mauraders a 36-30 lead.

“Nwokeji is a tall player,” said Granger. “He can do everything. Rebounding, finishing at the rim, you name it.”

The lead would not change for the rest of the game. East Gadsden was able to tie it at 39 with 1:15 remaining, but Nwokeji forced a foul on Maclay’s ensuing possession. He made one of two free-throws, putting the Marauders up for good.

Maclay travels to face Port St. Joe tomorrow night. The Marauders won the pair’s last meeting 61-40.

 

 

 

Maclay Football Holds On to Beat St. Johns Country Day School

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Maclay Marauders held off a second half comeback from the St. Johns Country Day School Spartans winning at home 37-23. Junior John Sniffen had a monster game rushing and receiving.

After an uninspiring three-and-out on their first drive, Maclay scored on the first play of their second drive. Sniffen, from the backfield, rushed the ball for an 80-yard run down the sideline for his first of four touchdowns on the night. Sniffen ended the game with 87 receiving yards and 133 yards on the ground.

Sniffen scored on a 1-yard draw up the middle with nine seconds left in the first half and again on Maclay’s first drive in the second half on, what was one of the more exciting plays of the game, a fake punt leading to a 50-yard touchdown pass thrown by Ian Widener.

The Marauders were up 24-9 after the trick play, but the Spartans were not going away. Maclay quarterback Brecht Heuchan threw an interception late in the third quarter and the Spartans capitalized, scoring three plays later making the score 24-9.

This score gave St. Johns some momentum as they forced Maclay to a three-and-out and then proceeded to score on the very next play on an 85-yard pass. The Spartans were a possession away with the fourth quarter quickly approaching.

Maclay caught a break early in the fourth after another three-and-out. After St. Johns blocked a punt, the ball bounced the right way for Maclay. The ball bounced off of a St. Johns player and was scooped up by the Marauders. Three plays later Heuchan threw a 28-yard pass to freshman Robert Parker-Crawford for a touchdown.

The Spartans kept fighting. After Heuchan’s second interception, St. Johns marched down the field and scored once more with seven minutes left in the game. The Marauders were not happy with the slight lead and tried to put more points on the board.

With a little less than a minute left, Sniffen put the team ahead by two scores running in his final touchdown from four yards out. Parker-Crawford sealed the deal intercepting the ball on the Spartans’ first play of the drive.

Maclay will be looking to even up their record next Friday, the 7th of October, as they go on the road to face the North Bay Haven Academy Buccaneers.

Maclay Improves Winning Streak to Nine

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The last time Maclay played Godby, the Cougars won 8-2. This game, however, was completely different. Billy Grant pitched seven scoreless innings for Maclay and Max McKinley recorded four RBI, leading the Marauders to a 12-0 victory.

“We showed up today,” said Maclay coach Drew Sherrod. “That first time, for whatever reason, we didn’t play well. We didn’t throw strikes, and when we did throw strikes, we couldn’t catch or throw the ball. We also took terrible bats at the plate. When you do all of those things, you get your butt kicked.”

The Marauders sure didn’t get their butts kicked this time. They started the game by getting three straight runners on base. Grant then hit a deep single, driving in Jack Brady and Matt Caballero. This gave Maclay a 2-0 lead.

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Photo Gallery: Maclay beats Leon 13-3

Photo Credit & Contributor: Griffin Doupnik

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TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (franchisesportsonline.net) – In last night’s district game at Bobby Benson field, Maclay overpowered the Lions from start to finish for a 13-3 victory. The Marauders need to maintain this momentum when they take on the Jesuit Tigers and number 5 ranked IMG Academy this weekend in Tampa. The following week, the Marauders will play three home games, two of which are against teams ranked in the top 20 in the state of Florida.

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