2017-2018 Godby Volleyball Season Comes to An End

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Amos P. Godby Cougars volleyball team began the 2017 season with an opener against North Florida Christian High School (25-1, 6-0), where they lost 3-0, setting the tone for a tough season.

After a season full of long battles to capture a win, the Cougars (2-14, 0-4) headed into districts on Oct. 17 against the Wakulla War Eagles  (14-14, 6-0) with a 2-13 record, needing a win to continue into the second round of districts.

The Cougars season ended when the War Eagles defeated them 3-0. The team’s national ranking dropped 281, now standing at 12311, and their Florida ranking dropped 2, now standing at 500 to conclude their season.

Godby’s two wins came against the Munroe High School Cougars (6-10, 5-9) and the Jefferson County High School (1-14, 0-7).

Rattlers take on Eagles in preseason warmup

Devin Craig, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Softball is back in season and what a better way to welcome it back than with a healthy preseason game between the Lady Rattlers of FAMU and the Eagles of Tallahassee Community College.  It was a game of back and fourths, as these two very talented teams battled it out.

TCC struck early in the top of the first with two runs scored by Alyssa Rosenbaum and Elisa Cecchetti. FAMU answered quickly with run of their own to tightened up the score at 2-1 to finish the first.

 

The second inning was purely defensive as neither team scored which kept things close until an explosive third inning which saw FAMU score two runs to take the lead at 3-2.

 

It looked as if FAMU finally had control of the game until TCC scored early in the fourth to tie up the score, setting it back to an even 3-3. FAMU had an answer and scored off of a double that gave them a 4-3 lead until the sixth inning.

 

In the sixth inning, TCC scored off of a single. A player was pegged in the face with a wild pass to first that allowed two of her teammates to steal home.

TCC rode that lead home as FAMU had an opportunity to win the game at the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t capitalize.

 

“This game shows us where we’re at. I’m really pleased with how we performed,” TCC head coach Patti Townsend said.

 

 

Rickards drops second game of the season

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Rickards Raiders came into Friday’s contest with a record of 5-1 and the Raines Vikings had a record of 6-1.

The Raiders were without Purdue commit Destin Coates due to an injury. That meant they would have to rely heavily on Louisville commit, quarterback Marcus Riley.

Riley ended the game 18-34 for 177 passing yards. He added 64 yards on the ground on 22 carries.

Early on in the contest, the offenses were slow and by halftime, only one touchdown had been scored and that was by the Vikings.

The Raiders did miss a field goal, which costs them three points. Rickards returned a kickoff for a touchdown that was called back for holding. The Raiders tallied up nine penalties. 

“I don’t know what the penalty count was but it took back a lot of key plays from us, even defensively,” Rickards head coach Quinton Lewis said.

In the second half, more penalties kept costing the Raiders as the Vikings went on to score four more touchdowns which put the final score to 35-0.

“We have to make plays in the second half. We had opportunities to make plays and when they put the ball on the ground, we missed tackles,” Lewis said. “We have to continue to play. That team elevated their play and we have to elevate ours.”

This loss puts the Raiders at 5-2 and they head next week to Crawfordville to play against the Wakulla War Eagles who have a record of 6-2.

“I thought we did a good job, we just lost the second half and throughout the game, we have to continue to make plays,” Lewis said.

 

Florida High falls to Marianna

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (@JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida High School football team fell to the Marianna Bulldogs in a close game, 28-22 Friday night at Florida High.

Marianna got on the board first with a touchdown by running back Werlean Pollock. However, Florida High stormed back, scoring 19 unanswered points. Marianna scored with a Pollack run, right before the half to only trail by five at the half.

In the second half, Marianna and Florida High both turned the ball over the ball over twice, with Marianna’s quarterback Kelly, fumbling twice. Pollack scored twice to give Marianna a 28-22 lead, with a Florida High field goal made in between of those touchdowns.

After a failed fourth-down conversion attempt for the Seminoles, Marianna took over at their own 39-yard line, with 4:51 left to go in the game. However, after moving the ball down to the Florida High 20-yard line, they could not convert a fourth-down attempt, as Florida High got the ball back with 1:31 left to go in the game.

After a 16-yard pass by Seminoles quarterback Bryson Hill, who had a total of 195 passing yards, Florida High could not complete a long pass, dropping 3 potential touchdowns.

Florida High head coach Jarrod Hickman said one play won’t define his running backs’ season.

“Kevin [Sawyer] has made so many plays for us over the entire year, but it’s one play. One play doesn’t win or lose the game. Learn from it, how can you be better, focus more in that situation and move on,” Hickman said.

Hickman said one word to describe his team’s play would be “Inconsistent”.

“We put 19 points on the board in the first half and 3 on the board in the second half. We looked really good at times on defense and at other times we didn’t tackle very well,” Hickmann said. “We just have to be a lot more consistent throughout the game. There were plays to be made. We were inside the red zone a couple of times and didn’t score. This is the result that you get sometimes.”

Florida High moves to 4-4 on the season, and plays at Godby on Oct. 26, while Marianna moves to 4-3 on the season, and plays Holmes County next Friday, at home.

               

FSU Soccer Notebook

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles women’s soccer team head into game number 15 this season against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at The Seminole Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 for an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

 

The Seminoles (10-4, 4-3) and the Fighting Irish (7-5-3, 3-3-1) last faced each other in 2016 at Alumni Stadium where Florida State defeated the Irish 1-0. This season, the game will be a close matchup with Notre Dame scoring a total of 29 goals this season and the Seminoles totaling 28 goals.

 

However, Florida State has dominated their previous opponents this season, averaging 16 first-half goals, compared to opponents total of five first-half goals. Notre Dame has gone into halftime tied nine times this season, forcing them to fight for their wins in the second half.

The Seminoles and Fighting Irish both have similar average shots per game. FSU averages 15.6 shots per game while Notre Dame attempts 15.9 shots per game. The Florida State defense doesn’t allow as many shots on goal as the Irish. Seminole opponents average 7.4 shots per game, Notre Dame opponents average 10.5 shots per game.

Seminoles forward, Deyna Castellanos, has had an outstanding season, more than doubling the goals scored by the Florida State’s next highest scoring player, with 12 goals this season.

 

Florida State goalie Cassie Miller will be another key factor in the upcoming matchup. This season Miller has made 35 saves and only allowed 11 goals total by Seminole opponents.

All-time the Seminoles have gone 5-3 against Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish, but this season the Fighting Irish have gone 2-0-1 on the road.

Florida State will face the Pittsburgh Panthers on Oct. 22  in the Seminole Soccer Complex.

 

Sports Brief: FAMU vs. Hampton

Devin Craig, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Today, FAMU (2-5) will travel to Hampton, Va. to play conference rival Hampton University (4-2). 4 p.m.

FAMU is coming off a heart-wrenching homecoming lost to North Carolina A&T and Hampton is riding high on top of a two-game win streak over Norfolk State and Savannah State.

FAMU’s passing attack will be tested early and often against Hampton’s suffocating secondary. The Pirates defense boasts a staggering 170 yards allowed through the air per game. This may trouble FAMU who averages, the majority of their yards through the air, with 190 per game.

Through six games, Hampton’s defense has given up 3,162 yards on the ground, which may serve as something FAMU can exploit in the game.

On the flip side, FAMU’s Achilles heel is their lackluster rush defense who has given up 1,230 yards. Opponents average155 yards per game on the ground against the Rattlers.

 

FAMU Football Notebook

Calvin Sykes, Florida A&M Correspondent (@CSykesSportsU on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – After a devastating loss on its homecoming, the Florida A&M Rattlers football team is on a three-game losing streak.

In his weekly press conference, FAMU head coach Alex Wood would only take questions about the team’s next game against Hampton University.

Defense remains the same

Throughout the Alex Wood era, the best part of his team has always been his tough and rugged defense.

This year, the FAMU defense ranks in the top-50 in the FCS in the following categories: #No. 10 in Pass Defense, #No. 27 in Total Defense, #No. 33 in Pass Efficiency Defense and #No. in Red Zone Defense.

“We just are playing better, and playing more inspired defense,” Wood said. “I think our personnel is a little bit older, stronger, faster, and more explosive. Our guys are playing hard. Defensive coaches are doing a good job implementing schemes that are geared towards stopping the opponents.”

Despite the high praise, Wood said his team still needs to work on stopping the run.

“We said that we wanted to stop the run, but we are not quite there yet.”

Stanley’s Progress

In the middle of season, quarterback Ryan Stanley, a redshirt freshman, has struggled with turnovers. He has thrown five interceptions midway through the season.

Facing Another Giant

Hampton is 3-0 in the MEAC. This will be the second week in a row the Rattlers face a team with a winning record.

“We got some common opponents, and different results,” Wood said. “It will be tough up there. We are really looking for to the matchup.”

Hampton averages 20.4 points per game and runs the spreads offense. He credits a big portion of that to the Pirates’ offensive line.

“They have bigger and thicker guys up front, and then zone you up defensively,” Wood said.” The running back gets behind them and pops out because no one can find him.”

Defensively, Hampton runs an efficient zone defense and only allows 18.2 points per game.

 

 

 

 

Sports Brief: FSU Soccer

Sean Bin, Correspondent (@SeanBinFS on Twitter)

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

The Florida State women’s soccer team is  10-3-0 two months into their 2017-18 season. The team started the season strong with three straight wins before losing to Alabama by a goal. With the other two losses coming from Duke and North Carolina, the team is looking to have another solid season.

The spotlight is on sophomore forward Deyna Castellanos. Through 13 games, she has11 goals and two assists. Castellanos is also a candidate for FIFA goal of the year. She played for the Venezuelan national U-17 women’s soccer team in Jordan, scored seven goals last season (team-high), and scoring a game-winning goal against Miami.

The team’s next game is against Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Thursday, Oct.19 in Tallahassee. You can watch the game live at the Seminole Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. The team has two more games to conclude this month against Pittsburgh Panthers and Clemson Tigers. The game against Pittsburgh is on Sunday at 1 p.m. at home while the Clemson game is away on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Sports Brief: Godby vs. Pine Forest

Rebecca Sweeney, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Godby High School Cougars will go head to head with The Pine Forest Eagles Friday in Pensacola at 7:00 p.m.

The Cougars (7-0) have had an undefeated season so far and played Rickards High School (5-1) last week giving the Raiders their first loss. Godby won 21-6.

The Pine Forest Eagles have gone 3-3 this season after winning their last game against Booker T. Washington High School (2-5) with a final score of 21-13.

As a team, Godby has 141 receiving yards and 148 rushing yards as well as 25 touchdowns this season putting the Cougars above the national average in almost all. Pine Forest has a team total of 126 receiving yards and 196 rushing yards as well as 75 total tackles.

Season Preview: Florida State Basketball

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team are coming off its winningest regular season in school history at 26-9. They were also the first FSU team to ever go undefeated at home. However, with a disappointing early 2nd round tournament exit, they’re looking to build off last year and get back to form.

 
With five players either graduating or declaring for the draft, it’ll be no easy task. Freshman Jonathan Isaac, sophomore Dwayne Bacon, and redshirt junior Xavier Rathan-Mayes all left to go to to the NBA. Seniors Michael Ojo and Jarquez Smith both graduated and went undrafted. With the three drafted players gone, they lose an average of 39.2 points per game. They also lose three guys who could create plays on the court for the offense that was third best in points per game in the ACC.

Perhaps the biggest addition for this Florida State team is shooting guard M.J. Walker. Walker is a five-star freshman out of Jonesboro, Ga, and will likely make an immediate impact on the perimeter. He was the fourth-ranked shooting guard in the nation according to 247 Sports. At 6’5 and 205 lbs., he already has the frame to match up against the defenders of the ACC.

The Seminoles are also bringing in four four-star recruits, center Ikechukwu Obiagu, power forwards RaiQuan Gray and Wyatt Wilkes, and shooting guard Anthony Polite.

Although the Seminoles lost a few key players, they return some that could keep the offensive firepower strong. Junior shooting guard P.J. Savoy, who led the team in 3-point field goal percentage last year with 40 percent, looks to be the main shot-taker this season. Savoy played limited minutes, but was extremely efficient on offense, scoring .68 points per minute. This was more efficient than either Isaac, Bacon, or Rathan-Mayes.
With the loss of long-time center Michael Ojo, the Seminoles look to plug the post with junior Christ Koumadje. Although Koumadje isn’t as wide as Ojo, he’s 7’4″, three inches taller than Ojo. Koumadje is another efficient scorer who looks to get more shots this year, as he led the team last year with a .654 field goal percentage.

If there is one thing the Seminoles need to improve, it’s their free-throw percentage. Last year, they made only 69 percent of their free-throws, which ranked 217 in the nation.
The Seminoles begin their season at home on Nov. 14 against George Washington University.

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.

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.