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Wakulla improves to 6-2 after win over Florida High

Rebecca Sweeney, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –The Wakulla High School football team took on Florida State University High School with the intention of gaining their sixth win of their 5-2 season. The War Eagles ended with a 38-7 victory.

Wakulla started the game with a 30-yard run by running back Cephus Greene, which then led to a touchdown from by running back Jordan Bolden with 6:52 left in the first quarter. The extra point gave the War Eagles a 7-0 lead.

Florida High tight end Andre Lightbourne scored the first touchdown for the Seminoles on a 13-yard pass from quarterback Bryson Hill, evening the score to 7-7.

Wakulla managed to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter, making the score at halftime  21-7.

The War Eagles added two more scores and an extra point to seal the game.  The loss leaves Florida High at 4-3 on the season.

“It was a great win tonight against a very good football team. Florida High has great talent, great running backs and great receivers,” Wakulla head coach Barry Klees said. “I thought we came out and were able to establish the run. We got off to a good start, controlled the clock and ended up with a little bit more depth tonight.” 
Wakulla High is now 6-2 and plays Rickards High School next week.

“We haven’t even thought about this,” Klees said. “We are going to go home and enjoy this win tonight and then we’ll start on Rickards tomorrow.”

Sports Brief: JV coach trying to help build young men

Renita Woodard-Barkley, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Coach Adolph Toussaint is no stranger to public school football programs. He was the head football coach at Raa Middle School for five years. 

He left Raa and landed at Leon High in 2010 as an assistant JV coach. He moved into the JV head coaching role for five years then back to a JV assistant coach. 

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Coach Adolph Toussaint

Toussaint said his standards have never changed in all of his years of coaching. 

“I expect what is expected every year- greatness in the classroom, on the field and in the community, in that order.”

He said his goal is to mold and mentor these young men while in his care to make sure the greatness is instilled in them. Toussaint chose Leon because of their tradition and being one of the oldest high schools in the state of Florida.

“The opportunity presented itself and it was too great to pass up.”

Florida High to host Wakulla

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

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

The Florida State High School Seminoles football team will take on the Wakulla War Eagles Friday at Florida High stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Both teams are coming off wins from last week. The Seminoles (4-2) took on North Florida Christian (5-1)  and gave them their first loss of the season. Florida high won 28-18. Wakulla (5-2) took on

Wakulla (5-2) took on Leon (0-6) and won by a score of 44-7. Both teams have played well on offense, with sophomore quarterback
Bryson Hill leading the Seminoles. Last week, he had 13
completions on 19 attempts for 269 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Senior Kevin Sawyer Jr. had 10 carries for 96 rushing yards. He also contributed catching the ball, with four catches for 37 yards.

Leading the Eagles offense, sophomore quarterback Jaylan Worsham had 13 completions on 21 attempts for 249 passing yards and four touchdowns last week.  Senior wide receiver Cephus Greene hauled in four catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns. 

Wakulla tops Leon in a blowout

Sean Bin, Correspondent (@SeanBinFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Wakulla War Eagles secured a win against the Leon Lions with a  44-7 blowout on a Thursday night at Gene Cox Stadium.

Wakulla (4-2) received the ball first but sophomore quarterback Jaylon Worsham threw an interception on the War Eagles’ opening drive.

Wakulla started their second drive on their own 8-yard line after a Leon (0-5) punt.  The War Eagles found the end zone, thanks to a 26-yard jet sweep play on a fourth down by Chris Beverly, a senior wingback.

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It didn’t take long for Wakulla to find the end zone for the second time after another Leon punt. A 60-yard touchdown pass from Worsham to Jordan Bolden, a sophomore running back gave Wakulla a 14-point lead. Wakulla was able to score one more touchdown before the end of first quarter, on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Worsham to Cephus Greene, a senior running back.

Leon’s next drive was ended on an interception thrown by senior quarterback John Carey. Wakulla scored another touchdown with a 9-yard run by Worsham. Leon got an interception from senior cornerback Raequon Greene, but couldn’t turn it into any points.

Wakulla’s offense kept on putting points on the board, with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Worsham to Hezekiah Gross, a senior running back. Wakulla snagged another touchdown before the end of first half with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Worsham to Greene.

“The holes were opening and teammates were getting open so I was able to complete the passes. The O-Line was blocking as well,” Worsham said after 4 touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.

The third quarter began with a 62-yard kickoff return by Queze Brutton, a senior kick returner for Leon. Leon scored their first touchdown of the game with a 2-yard run by Josh Johnson, a senior running back.

Wakulla started their back-ups for the rest of the game but they still managed to put points on the board. A 34-yard field goal by Hunter Busen, a junior kicker, increased the lead to 37 points.

 “I stayed focused, believed in my quarterback, line, and just made plays like I always do,” Greene said. 

“We came out really well. We had a rough game last week. We came out tonight very focused,” Wakulla head coach Barry Klees said. “Offensively, we threw the ball really well, spread them out and the defense was really physical. Special teams were great also so it was a good overall game tonight.” 

Lincoln Falls Short to Trinity Christian, 35-21

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent (@AVanSlyckFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln high school football team threw an interception on the opening drive of the game, setting the tone for their loss to Trinity Christian, 35-21, Friday night at Gene Cox Stadium.

On the second drive of the game, Conquerors’ (5-2, District 2-0) quarterback Winston Sweeting ran 15 yards into the end zone, giving them a 7-0 lead. The Trojans (4-3, District 2-0) responded with a quick drive into their end zone through a 34-yard pass from quarterback Chris Beard to wide receiver Derek Curry,  tying the game with 8:36 remaining in the first quarter.

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The rest of the first quarter brought a muffed punt and long drives for each team that resulted in no points. The first quarter ended with the game still a tied 7-7.

The second quarter opened with a 24-yard touchdown run by Trinity Christian’s Marcus Crowley, giving them a 14-7 lead. Beard responded with a two-yard touchdown pass to Kamari Morales with 4:16 remaining in the half to tie the score 14-14.

The Trojans forced a fumble on Trinity Christian’s next possession but came away with no points. Lincoln head coach Quinn Gray said the team needs to capitalize on those opportunities.

“We have to work harder in practice. Everything that has happened to us thus far this season has been somewhat a mistake we’ve seen in practice,” Gray said. “Until we understand that practice translates to the field were going continue to make the mistakes that were making out here on the game field. So we’re going to go back to the drawing board on Monday and we’re going to correct those mistakes.”

The first half ended a tie game, 14-14.

Trinity Christian opened the second half with a touchdown, again giving them the lead 21-14. Lincoln’s first drive of the second half began with a 15-yard pass to Caleb Matthews. Then, two penalties against Trinity Christian; face mask and encroachment. The Trojans were unable to complete the drive for a touchdown when a poor snap on third down forced them to turn the ball over.

Lincoln completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Stanton Johnson to tie the game 21-21 after a stalled Conquerors’ drive.

Trinity Christian responded with a touchdown, bringing the score to 28-21. The Conquerors blocked the Trojan’s punt on their next drive 10.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

With 5:38 remaining in the fourth, Crowley scored a touchdown from one yard out, increasing Trinity Christian’s lead 35-21.

The game ended when the Lincoln Trojan’s threw for an interception, giving Trinity Christian the opportunity to run the clock out.

“Everything that we get, we’re going to earn. That’s from winning to playing time and everything,” Gray said. “If you’re going to play here at Lincoln, it’s going to be earned on the practice field and in the classroom. Bottom line.”

NFC drops first game of the season to Florida High

Rebecca Sweeney, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State High School football team played North Florida Christian in hopes of adding another win to their 3-2 season. The Seminoles ended up with a 28-18 victory.

The first quarter started off strong for the Seminoles with their first touchdown of the night with 10:18 left on the clock. After making the field goal they led 7-0. There were no other scores in the quarter. 

Florida high scored a touchdown with 11:51 on the clock, making the score at 14-0. NFC scored their first touchdown of the night with 1:05 on the clock, making the score 14-6. Florida High scored another touchdown with 29 seconds left in the half, increasing their lead to 21-6 until the end of the first half.

The Eagles fought back in the third quarter with Florida High only scoring one touchdown to put the score at 28-6. NFC’s Jonathan Railey scored the team’s second touchdown of the night, making the score at 28-12.

Near the end of the fourth quarter, NFC scored their final touchdown of the night. The loss put an end to North Florida Christian’s Undefeated season.

“I thought we did a good job of coming out and setting the tone early. We did a really good job, of making plays early. It is a really good football team we played tonight and we got a good win,” Florida High head coach Jarrod Hickman said.

 Florida High is now 4-2 this season with 4 more games left in the season. The Seminoles will take on the Wakulla War Eagles next week.

 “Get better,” Hickman said. “We have to clean up some of our things because they are a really good football team. They can run it and throw it and their coach is a really good coach.”

GODBY HIGH SCHOOL WINS AGAINST WAKULLA HIGH SCHOOL ON HOMECOMING NIGHT

Sean Bin, Correspondent

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

The Godby High School football team defeated Wakulla War Eagles 21-6 on their homecoming night for their sixth straight win.

Both teams had trouble putting scores on the board during the first quarter, with back-to-back drives ending up in punts. Godby who broke the ice when senior running back Jerry Ray, found the end zone with a 26-yard run. Wakulla tried to answer back but ended up having to punt for the third straight time. It wasn’t until the end of first quarter that Wakulla was able to get a field goal.

The second quarter started out rough with a fumble from the Godby quarterback Rasean Mckay. Fortunately for Godby, it was recovered in their favor. Right after the fumble, running back Tony Street broke out for a 45-yard run to put the ball in Wakulla’s 37 yard line. Mckay finished the drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown, bringing the score to 14-3 with Godby in the lead. 

Wakulla received the ball at the start of the third quarter but ended up punting again. Godby started their drive at their own 48 yard line.  Godby was able to increase the lead by 18 points thanks to a 10-yard pass from Mckay to Tyler Pye for a touchdown.

It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Wakulla scored another field goal to make the score 21-6. Wakulla tried to get the momentum going but the time wasn’t in their favor as the clock ran out.

 

Trojans Offense Overpowers Chiles

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent

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

On their first drive of the game, the Lincoln high school football team drove the ball down the field to score a touchdown for a fast start to their win over Chiles, 47-21.

With 3:14 left in the first quarter, Lincoln made another quick drive down the field to further their lead 14-0. The Trojan’s very next drive led to another touchdown, as the seemingly untouchable Trojans now dominated Chiles 21-0. 

Things finally began to look up for Chiles when their quarterback, Garrett Greene, threw a 35-yard pass to wide receiver Dillon Haire, who caught the pass with one hand. The drive ended in Chiles’ first touchdown of the game. Lincoln, however, fought back with a touchdown on their next drive just before halftime. Both teams ran into the locker rooms with Lincoln up 28-7.

The third quarter began with Trojans quarterback, Christopher Beard, throwing an interception to Chiles safety Nicholas Clayton. The Timberwolves carried that momentum over to the offense. Greene recovered a Dillon Giesecke fumble and ran it in for a score, cutting Lincoln’s lead to 14.

With 8:25 left in the third quarter, tensions began to rise between coaches, players and the refs, which lead to a flag on the Lincoln Trojans and unnecessary roughness calls on Chiles.

“It got a little out of control, but at the end of the day it’s football, you don’t take anything personal,” Lincoln head coach Quinn Gray said on the third quarter rumble.

The third quarter continued with an intentional grounding penalty on Chiles forcing them to punt from their own 3-yard line. The punt ended after a poor snap hit the goal post, resulting in a safety. On Lincoln’s next drive, Beard ran the ball in for another Trojan touchdown to end the third quarter.

“The young quarterback is doing a great job,” Gray said.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Lincoln recovered the ensuing on-side kick and drove down the field to score another touchdown, bringing the score to 44-14.

Lincoln added a 43-yard field goal and the Timberwolves managed another score before the end of the game. 

Lincoln head coach said the key to the team’s success was that “we were able to keep our composure at the right times and

“We were able to keep our composure at the right times and that just serves as a testament to our guys,” Gray said.  “Overall, I’m proud of my kids and how they composed themselves.”

 

 

Godby Rallies Back In Extra Innings

Andrew Miller, Correspondent (@AndrewMillerFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby used two extra innings to defeat the Sneads Pirates 6-5 on Thursday night.  The Cougars were able to capitalize on the Pirates’ errors to rally back on senior night after falling behind several runs early due to poor pitching.

Sneads got into a groove against a shaky-looking Godby squad early in the game. Senior pitcher Bryan Hamilton was hitting his spots for the Pirates in the first couple of innings, making it tough for the Cougars to get any offense going.

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Treasured Leon Coach Jimmy Sauls Passes Away at 71

Kaitlin McMillan, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Sports fans and athletes from Tallahassee and beyond are feeling the loss of esteemed former Leon County high school football coach, Jimmy Sauls. He was admitted to the hospital where he died of cardiac arrest on April 13th at the age of 71.

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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

Godby Advances Over Rickards

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)Godby  overpowered Rickards by a final of 65-50 on Tuesday night, advancing them to the next round of the state playoffs.

They played classic Godby basketball for almost the entire game, full-court pressing their opponent on defense and attacking the paint on offense until Rickards got into foul trouble.

Rickards (19-9) tried giving Godby (25-1) a taste of their own medicine with full-court pressure to start off the game, but it did not seem to slow Godby down.

“They pressed up on us all night, so the lane was open for us to attack,” Godby point guard Montre Edwards said.

Instead, the Cougars jumped out to a commanding lead in the first quarter—one it never relinquished—holding the Raiders scoreless for the first six minutes of the game.

Godby’s lead swelled in the second quarter as the home team attacked the paint relentlessly. Senior center Corbin Merritt had a thunderous dunk and subsequent block on the defensive end with four and a half minutes to go in the quarter, which is a testament to the team’s insistent hustle and aggressiveness.

At one point, Godby led 26-5. Rickards responded with an 8-0 run to get them back into the game at 28-13 with a minute left in the half, including a jump shot as the halftime buzzer sounded. Godby led 29-15 at halftime.

The momentum stayed with Godby in the second half. They immediately came out on a 13-6 run to double Rickards’ score 42-21, a product of continuing to force turnovers and draw fouls. At times, Rickards looked frantic and could not effectively set up their offense.

Many of the Raiders’ offensive woes can be attributed to the Cougars’ unshakeable defense. The Edwards twins kept tight pressure on the ball and Merritt was bothering shots all night, a tough combination to overcome when your bench is not as deep as your opponent’s.

“We played tremendous defense,” Godby head coach Andy Colville said. “To come out here and play that well from start to finish, I think we proved that we are one of the better—if not the best—teams in this area.”

When you take a step back and look at what Colville and his squad have accomplished this year, it is hard not to be impressed.

“A lot of them didn’t play last year.” Colvile said. “And none of them played two years ago when we were undefeated. I think that says a lot about our program and our kids, to have the chance to go back to Lakeland with not one player that was on that [2014-15] team.”

Godby advances to the regional semifinals against Ribault, where they will play on February 24 for a trip to the Final Four.