FSU No. 8 in preseason poll

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State men’s basketball is projected to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coastal Conference for the 2017-18 season, based on a preseason media poll conducted as part of ACC Media Day
this week in Charlotte.

This projection is coming on the heels of their winningest regular season in program history at 26-9. Last year, the same poll also had FSU finishing eighth. They wound up finishing second in the ACC, behind a 12-6 conference record.

The Noles return only one starter from last year’s team, junior Terrance Mann. FSU lost five total players from last year, including three key contributors to the draft. They look to bolster their lineup with fresh faces, including five-star freshman guard M.J. Walker. Walker finished fourth in ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year voting, earning two first-place votes.
Here is the complete poll:
1. Duke
2. North Carolina
3. Notre Dame
4. Miami
5. Louisville
6. Virginia
7. Virginia Tech
8. Florida State
9. Georgia Tech
10. Syracuse
11. Wake Forest
12. NC State
13. Clemson
14. Boston College
15. Pittsburgh

Godby goes from dismal to district champs

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The only time a high school football team goes from having a record of 2-7 to being undefeated and district champions in consecutive seasons is on Netflix. Until Godby hired coach Corey Fuller.

Godby decided to hire Fuller in December of 2016 after coach Todd Lanter’s resignation. This isn’t Fuller’s first rodeo as a head coach. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the maestro who led East Gadsden to back-to-back playoff appearances.

For the past two years, Fuller was an assistant coach at FAMU, gaining experience that would further his career. And if his coaching resume wasn’t impressive enough, he’s also a ten-year NFL veteran.

Fuller is a player’s coach with an eye for talent. Just ask starting quarterback Rasean McKay, who went from playing sparingly last season to leading one District 5A’s most prolific passing offenses.

Through nine games Godby is outscoring opponents 263 to 66. Along with coach Fuller there are a few new faces in the locker room. Starting running back Toney Street, who was the 2016 2A player of the year at East Gadsden, and defensive ends Kyler and Trey Laing, who’s father is the current defensive coordinator for the
Cougars.

Their mission hasn’t been completed yet. Coach Fuller expects this team to go all the way and with this talent and chemistry, they just might.

Godby set to take on Florida High

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

The Florida High Seminoles will take on the undefeated Godby Cougars. The Seminoles (4-4) will host the Cougars (8-0) Oct. 26 at Gene Cox stadium at 7 p.m.

The Cougars are coming off a close win against Pine Forest (3-4) by a score of 19-12. The Seminoles are coming off a 28-22 loss to
Marinna (4-3), their second loss in a row. 

Leading the Cougar’s offense is senior quarterback Rasean Mckay. He finished last week’s game with five completions
on 13 attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Travious Barkley added eight carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Jerry Ray had 15 carries for 65 yards.

Leading the Seminoles offense is sophomore quarterback Bryson Hill, who had 17 completions and 30 attempts for
204 yards last week. Senior running back Kevin Sawyer Jr. had 11 carries for 57 yards and senior wide receiver Will Haigler had four catches for 65 yards.