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Godby bounces back on senior night

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Godby (21-1) defeated the Leon (14-9) Tuesday night by a score of 58-44. Godby avenged their loss to Rickards on Saturday—their first of the season— beating Leon 58-44 on senior night.

The Cougars (21-1) relied heavily on stingy interior defense and contributions from senior twins, Montre (15 points) and Montreal Edwards (12 points).

“At the end we played pretty good defense,” Godby head coach Andy Colville said. “When you only give up 44 points, you should win.”

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The game was close for much of the first half until Godby went on a 9-0 run with 6:05 left in the second quarter, adding to their lead and notching the score at 29-21 at halftime.

Leon (14-9) went on a 6-0 run of their own at the beginning of the third quarter, positioning them back into the game, but still trailing 33-31 with 2:50 left in the third.

The Cougars responded with a buzzer-beating three at the end of the third quarter by Montre Edwards, energizing the crowd and providing the home team with some momentum heading into the final period and leading 45-37.

“It felt really good, especially on Senior Night,” Edwards said of his buzzer-beater. The game marked Edwards’ last home appearance for the Cougars during the regular season.

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Rickards Hands Godby First Loss Behind Troutman’s 25 Points

Emma Vargas, Correspondent (@EmmaVargasFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Rickards put an end to Godby’s 20-game win streak, giving the Cougars their first loss of the season with a 66-54 victory in front of the Raiders’ rowdy home crowd.

Alic Troutman scored a game-high 25 points for the Raiders (17-5), including a few rim-rocking dunks that ignited the crowd. “It felt good to give Godby their first loss,” Troutman said. “I’m glad it was us and not anybody else.”

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Troutman is just a sophomore, and as great as he played against Godby, the 6-foot-6 big man could get even better with more experience. “Alic is growing up,” Rickards coach Eli Bryant said. “The kid turned 16 on Tuesday. He’s never played in front of this many people in his life.”

Godby (20-1) tied the game 46-46 with a 3-pointer by Trey Jones, equaling Rickards score for the first time since 2:39 left in the second quarter. The Cougars tried to amp up the pressure with a full court press after the basket. Rickards had no trouble breaking it, and Troutman slammed it home at the other end with an emphatic dunk.

Back-to-back free throw opportunities, and a 3-pointer from Vincent McCray put the Raiders back in the driver seat. Then they put the pedal to the metal closing the game out on a 13-2 run.

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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

 

Godby Pushes Their Winning Streak To 20 After Beating Chiles

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby remains undefeated this season after beating Chiles 81-63. The Cougars’ hounding defense suffocated the Timberwolves the whole game.

Godby (20-0) put up a lot of points and shot efficiently the entire game, shooting over 50%, but their defense is what helped them win the game. The Cougars played a full-court press the entire game and caused a number of turnovers.

The Cougars scored 23 points in the first quarter but only allowed Chiles (5-10) to score nine. The Stifling Godby defense caused the Timberwolves to commit 10 turnovers in the first quarter alone – a majority of the Cougars’ points came off of turnovers.

The second quarter really hurt the Timberwolves as they made five shots and missed 11. Unlike Chiles, Godby shot well in the same quarter, going 11-20. Chiles had a hard time stopping the Cougars from getting to the paint, all 10 of the 11 shots made were layups – and the 11th was an alley to junior Corbin Merritt who finished with 13 points.

Montreal Edwards was the one getting to the basket throughout the game. The senior guard tallied 18 points in the game and was distributing the ball well throwing up a couple alley-oops.

The leader in points was on the losing team tonight, as Kamari Brown poured in 21 points. Brown had a handful of nice dunks in the game, but unfortunately nobody else was making shots

Chiles will go on to face Taylor County at home tomorrow night at 7pm. Godby puts their undefeated season on the line against Rickards – after winning the first matchup at home this season – this Friday at 7:30pm.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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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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The Raiders Come From Behind To Get Playoff Win

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Rickards Raiders had a home playoff game against the West Florida Jaguars that came down to the final drive of the game for the Raiders. Rickards won in a nail biter 33-30.

Rickards (10-1) got off to an early start scoring on the first drive of the game. DJ Phillips found Marcus Riley for the 12-yard reception to put the Raiders on the Jaguar 26-yard line. On the next play DJ Phillips checked his reads and found no receivers open down the field and scrambled 26 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders missed the PAT giving them an early 6-0 lead.

“It was a pretty good game, West Florida is very good defensively,” said Raiders head coach Quinton Lewis. “They haven’t given up more than 14 points a game in the last eight games and did a lot of things on defense that were complicated and that stagnated our offense a little bit.”

The Jaguars (9-3) forced the Raiders to punt while they were backed up into their own end zone. The Raiders snap was low and sailed right across the grass and through the back of the end zone for a safety for West Florida.

The Jaguars capitalized on the miscue by the Raiders and scored on the next possession giving them a 9-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders would then go into halftime trailing 16-12.

“They say big things come in small packages,” said Lewis. “I told them at halftime just don’t give up, lets battle it out these next 24 minutes and see if we can win a football game.”

Coming out of halftime both teams turned the ball over on their opening drives. West Florida got it together late in the third quarter when Devin Abrams broke free from multiple tackles and scored on a 16-yard carry making the lead 23-12.

Next drive for the Raiders, DJ Phillips found Javon Wooten for a gain of 35 yards bringing Rickards to the 15-yard line. Phillips carried the ball for a gain of ten yards to bring them within five yards of cutting the lead. Destin Coates would then take the handoff and leap over the line and into the end zone for a touchdown. Raiders still trailing 23-18.

The Raiders found themselves trailing 30-18 with 9:30 remaining in the ball game until Phillips found a hole and broke free for the touchdown to cut the deficit to just five points with seven minutes remaining.

Rickards turned the ball over with 4:52 remaining and down five points still. Their defense forced West Florida to punt with 2:07 in the ball game. Phillips converted a 4th and 15 on a pass to Wooten who kept their hopes of scoring alive. With 30.3 seconds remaining Phillips found Wooten again, this time for the game winning touchdown and the 2-point conversion was good.

Notable Stats

Offense:

DJ Phillips 11/24 264 yards 2TD and 16 carries 94 yards 2 TD

Destin Coates 12 carries 55 yards 1 TD

Javon Wooten 6 receptions 117 yards 2 TD

Defense:

Javon Peterson 9 tackles 1 INT

Justin Cruse 11 tackles (3 for loss)

Tavyn Jackson 7 tackles 1 pass deflect

Tyler Buckner 4 tackles 2 sacks

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.