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North Florida Christian Baseball Beats Maclay at Home

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – North Florida Christian started the game out slow but had a big fourth inning to help them beat rival Maclay. Sophomore catcher JD Jerry had a strong showing on both defense and offense and broke the game open for NFC.

The first three innings of the game would see no hits from either team; the North Florida Christian Eagles (3-1, 2-0) had back-to-back quick innings to start the game, only three plate appearances each inning. NFC players were swinging early in the count and were lacking patience. A few pitching mistakes from Maclay (3-3, 0-1) and timely hitting helped the Eagles find their rhythm offensively.

“We just relaxed a little bit,” said NFC head coach Mike Posey. “The pitcher’s pitch count was getting up there a little bit, so we started looking at more pitches. We did a great job with two strikes – we had several two-strike at-bats and we worked the guy for walks. We just had to relax a little bit. Zero, zero in the fourth inning you get a little tight.”

After three walks and two players hit by pitches, JD Jerry eventually got to the plate with his team winning 2-0 and the bases loaded. Jerry sent a ball into left field – for the first hit of the game – that unloaded the bases and put him on 2nd. Jerry finished the game going 2-for-3 and also threw somebody out at 2nd base after a wild pitch.

The Eagles scored a combined 30 runs in their previous two games before tonight, but in this game it took them a while to heat up offensively. Mike Posey credited Maclay to his team’s early struggles.

“I think our offense is pretty good – we’ve been scoring some runs, but this was a better team today that we played,” said Posey.

Even though NFC came out on top, coach Posey still thinks the team has some areas to improve on early in the season.

“We have to work a little bit better on concentration at the plate,” said Posey. “I think we battled and fought with two strikes a lot, but I think we swing at pitches sometimes that weren’t in the strike zone – we just have to do a better job at that.”

Maclay will try to shake this one off in their next game as they face Godby at home on March 10th at 4PM. North Florida Christian plays again at home against Hamilton County on March 9th at 4PM. Both

FAMU DRS Caps Off Another Perfect Season in District Play

Nick Pierce, Correspondent (@NickPierceFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – FAMU DRS held off a fourth quarter rally, holding on to beat NFC 85-81 in overtime. The win marked the second year in a row that the Baby Rattlers went undefeated in district play.

After building a 65-51 lead with just five minutes remaining in the game, FAMU DRS (13-9, 10-2) fell victim to a vicious Eagle rally. Andre Combs and Major Posey led NFC on a 15-4 scoring run. At one point during the run, the Eagles (6-14, 4-6) went to the free-throw line three times in just 37 seconds. Deandre McCray then made a layup with eight seconds remaining, tying the game at 74 and sending it to overtime.

“I thought that they came back on the free-throw line. We allowed them to get there too much, and that rattled our kids,” Baby Rattler coach Sean Crowe said. “It’s all part of the maturation process, though. We’re still a pretty young team and have some growing up to do.”

FAMU DRS took the lead for good after Chris Brown hit a three-pointer with 1:14 left in the overtime period. Brown then sealed the game by making a free-throw with seven seconds remaining, putting the Baby Rattlers up by two possessions.

“I think a big part of our success is that our players are just learning to play with each other,” Crowe said. “They’re getting comfortable with what I’m asking them to do. I know what they like and they know what I like, so it works.”

FAMU DRS trailed for almost the entirety of the first half. That changed when Posey was charged with a technical foul with 1:01 left in the second quarter. Baby Rattler guard Mekhi Yant was then sent to the line. Yant made all four of his free-throws and Brown drained a jumper on the ensuing possession. The six-point swing gave FAMU DRS a 37-36 halftime lead.

“Mekhi’s growing into the leadership role,” Crowe said. “He played great for us tonight. One of the things I’ve asked him to do is to teach the new guys how we do things. He’s done a really good job with that.”

The Baby Rattlers host Lincoln tomorrow night. The Eagles will take on Aucilla Christian Monday night.

Leading Scorers

FAMU DRS:

Mekhi Yant – 21

Marquis Davis – 19

Javion Johnson – 10

Chris Brown – 8

 

NFC:

Andre Combs – 16

Deandre McCray – 14

Trent Phillips – 13

Major Posey – 13

Victor Clark – 8

 

Wakulla Too Good for NFC

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

Tallahassee FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net)-Wakulla proved to be too much for NFC  on Friday night. The War Eagles held NFC to less than 170 yards of offense in route to a 42-3 road victory.

Wakulla made the most of the first half. After Jason McCarl threw an interception on their first drive of the night, the War Eagles bounced back and scored touchdowns on their next four possessions. Jaylon Worsham, Demarcus Lindsey, Chris Beverly, and Brandon Berry all found the end zone for Wakulla, giving the War Eagles a 28-0 lead at the half.

Not much changed in the second half. Wakulla’s offensive line continued to control the game after a running clock was instituted. Derek Allen scored a 68-yard rushing touchdown on a read-option keeper during the War Eagle’s second drive of the half.

“Our offensive line has been getting better every week,” said Wakulla coach Scott Klees. “We only had one returner from last year, but he got hurt in the beginning of the year and missed the first six games. He played tonight, so we’re glad to get him back. I was very happy with the way we came out. We had a tough loss last week and our guys bounced back up, so I was really pleased with the physical part of our game.”

On NFC’s next possession, Cephus Greene  intercepted quarterback J.D. Jerry. The defensive back returned the ball 60+ yards for another War Eagle touchdown. Greene had two interceptions on the night.

“He (Greene) is fast,” said Klees. “He’s a hard-nosed, young kid. He had a couple picks tonight and returned one for a touchdown, so we’re very proud of Cephus.”

It was a big night for Wakulla. The War Eagles amassed 305 yards of offense, 204 of which came on the ground. While that’s less than their 287 yard rushing average, it was more than enough to get the job done.

Wakulla hosts Arlington Country Day next Friday. NFC will play FAMU DRS.

Florida High Snaps NFC Winning Streak

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State University High School snaps North Florida Christian’s five-game winning streak, beating the Eagles 37-21 at home. Junior running back Kevin Sawyer Jr. lived in the end zone, scoring three of the Seminole touchdowns.

After ending the first quarter ahead 10-0, Florida High was looking to run away with it, but NFC stayed in this game until the end. In the second quarter the Eagles went down the field in less than a minute and scored with 11 seconds remaining in the half to cut the Seminole lead to just three points, 17-14. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Seminoles came out with a little more intensity in the second half.

“For us it’s been about ‘keep doing what we’ve been doing,’” said Florida High football coach Jarrod Hickman. “The last couple of weeks, we didn’t make the plays that we made tonight – not that they weren’t there, not that we were playing poorly – just five or six plays, and we executed those plays really well tonight…A couple adjustments here, go out and do what we did the first half – just be a bit better.”

Coach Hickman’s running back Sawyer really helped the team tonight by scoring nearly half of their points. Sawyer only had two carries in the first quarter, amounting to nine yards, but took advantage of his increase in touches the second half, and so did his fellow teammates. The team finished with 233 total rushing yards.

“We wanted to see how they were going to play us, we thought they were going to play us a bunch of man-to-man and they didn’t, they played a lot more zone,” coach Hickman said. “Once we kind of figured out what we were doing, having Mike [Greaves], and Kevin [Sawyer], and once Makel [Young] gets healthy, we’ve got a good punch in there. I thought our guys up front blocked really well all night long.”

North Florida Christian had a good chance to really swing the momentum their way early in the third quarter but failed to do so. The Seminoles threw an interception on third down, but the play was called back for a defensive hold. Even after this mishap, the defense held tight and forced the Seminoles to go for it on fourth down. Junior fullback Kyle Prater, who had a solid 66 yards on the ground, ran it up the gut to secure a new set of downs for Florida High, who scored on the next play and stretched the deficit to 16, and essentially put the game out of reach.

Not only did Florida High snap the NFC winning streak, they snapped their own three-game losing streak. After a tough stretch, coach Hickman still believes he’s got a great football team, and this game proves it.

“We’re a good football team – we’ve been a good football team – we just haven’t won those close games the last couple of weeks,” Hickman said. “For us it’s about keep doing what we’ve been doing in practice. As long as we do that, and continue to grow as a football team, we’ll do just fine.”

Florida High will likely try and carry this momentum into their next game at home against Mosley next week at 8:00, while North Florida Christian has to hit the road again to face Cambridge Christian next Friday at 7:30.

NFC Storms Back From First Half Deficit

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) After finishing the game on a 27-0 run, the North Florida Christian Eagles defeat the Hamilton County Trojans 34-16. Senior Terrell Powell had a great game rushing for 119 yards and put the game on ice scoring the last two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The winless Trojans (0-3) were fighting hard, keeping it close and leading for three fourths of the game. The Trojans were running a triple option the entire game, and running it well, giving the Eagles (3-0) a hard time.

“They hadn’t run it [triple option] one time all year; it’s not on film and they run it well, they got the kids to do it,” head coach of NFC Steve Price said. “It was very important that we play disciplined – and even though we never practiced against it, because they never showed it on film, we still did a nice job of staying disciplined taking care of our gaps, taking care of our responsibilities. I’m really pleased. Our defense played lights out all game.”

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JPII Gets First Win Over NFC In School History

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Pitchers Colby Maroney and Nick Piazza combined for six shutout innings, Jordan Latimer had a 2 RBI double, and the JPII Panthers beat North Florida Christian for the first time in school history 4-3.

“The boys played really well,” JPII coach Ken Silvestri said. “They were alert, awake, and had a lot of fun. They’ve been practicing really well, but we just haven’t been playing games very well. I just keep telling them, if you ever play a game like you practice, good things are going to happen. They played today like they’ve been practicing.”

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