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TCC Drums the Ambassadors in Tuesday Night Showdown

Robert Blackburn, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – Tallahassee Community College took an early lead over TAAG Academy, starting the game with a 20-0 run and never looked back.

The Eagles went on to beat the Ambassadors 132-61, led by guard Ryan Johnson’s 27 points. It was the largest margin of victory for a game ending in regulation in school history.

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Seminoles Confront Two Top 10 Teams

Elizabeth Martinez, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The Florida State Seminoles will be traveling to play two conference games at Virginia Tech (13-2-1) and The University of Virginia (11-1-1) this Thursday October 22nd and Sunday October 25th.

The Seminoles regained their No.1 ranking after defeating UNC last week.

“This weekend we sure are going to find out how good we are,” said Florida State University head coach Mark Krikorian.

Virginia Tech is ranked No. 7. They have only lost two conference games and only one game at home. “I think they are certainly going to test us,” said coach Krikorian.

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NFC Defeats Maclay 53-3

By: Jordan Pandy, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – North Florida Christian ran all over district rival Maclay with the assistance of running back Korey Charles, who helped the Eagles secure their fifth win of the season. The North Florida Christian Eagles were led by stellar performances by running back Charles and quarterback Avery Thomas.

After scoring on their first possession, the Eagles didn’t look back on their way to a 53-3 win.

North Florida Christian’s (5-3, 1-0) defense stepped up and aided the team to post a near shutout by recording four sacks and numerous rushes to the Maclay (1-6, 1-1) quarterback Jack Brady.

“As good as that quarterback is, it was important for us to pressure,” NFC Head Coach Robert Craft said. “Our guys did a great job of running to the football and tackling.”

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Wakulla Defeats Rickards 20-13

By: Brielle Olorunda, Correspondent 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The Friday night matchup between the Wakulla War Eagles and the Rickards Raiders was a highly anticipated game that ended with the Eagles outscoring their opponent 20-13. The War Eagles were led by LSU commit Feleipe Franks, who played strong in the third and fourth quarters.

“This is the biggest game in Rickards History,” Rickards Head Coach Quintin Lewis said. “We’ve been preparing for this since last year, and this is where it counts. We are going to attack them the best way we can.”

The Raiders (5-2) came out eager to play, as they dominated the first half. Raiders quarterback Dj Phillips got his team going early with a pass completion to Chad Hunter for a touchdown just five minutes into the game.

Wakulla (6-1) answered back quickly with a touchdown pass thrown from the 35-yard line by Feleipe Franks to Keith Gavin. The War Eagles attempted the 2-point conversion shortly after, but couldn’t convert. At the end of the first quarter the game was tied 6-6, and the intensity was only just beginning.

The War Eagles started the second quarter on the move with a pass completion by Feleipe Franks to Tavelle Curry, which resulted in a 15-yard gain. Unfortunately, Franks couldn’t keep his momentum and was sacked twice at the 23-yard line.

“You know Felipe played okay, we expect him to play great every night and we want greatness out of him every night,” Wakulla Head Coach Barry Klees said. “He played good, but we want greatness and we are not going to settle for good.”

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Lincoln Defeats Leon 21-7

By Andrew Small, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The Lincoln Trojans (2-4) successfully defeated the Leon Lions (2-4) in rushing battle 21-7. Lincoln’s downfield attack was led by senior running back Denzel Washington. Washington ended the night with 17 carries for 134 yards.

“We knew we could beat them on the ground,” said Lincoln offensive coordinator Brad Casalvieri. “The offensive line played great. The tight ends played great. The running backs found the holes and took them to the house. Very proud of them.”

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FAMU, S.C. State Open MEAC Play in Week 3

Florida A&M (0-2) opens Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play Thursday night on ESPNU against longtime MEAC rival South Carolina State (1-1).

The Rattlers’ will head to South Carolina State looking for a win over the Bulldogs

FAMU is 33-23-3 all-time against SCSU, dating back to 1930. SCSU has dominated recently, winning ll of the last 12 games in the series.

The Rattlers’ dropped a 58-21 road decision at Samford (Ala.), while S.C. State also fell at home, 41-14 against Coastal Carolina last Saturday.


FSU Soccer Update

The National Champion Florida State soccer team started its preseason camp this week, adding eight freshmen to the 2015 roster.

The Seminoles will open their season on August 21 in the Lobo Invitational, taking on New Mexico and Southern Cal in Albuquerque, N.M.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the Seminoles’ as the No. 1 ranked team in the country, the highest preseason ranking in school history.

FAMU Football Update

After having productive spring and summer programs, the Florida A&M football training camp will be about working on how to compete in a complete manor, according to first-year head coach Alex Wood.

With about a month of practices between now and the season kickoff against the University of South Florida on Sept. 5, one of the main focuses will be making sure players know how to finish games, Wood said.

“We obviously want to play physical and play hard, but we also want to make sure we know how to play a complete contest from play one to play last,” Wood said. “That’s what we are really working on and also making sure we are fundamentally sound.”

The fall camp will also be the time when Wood and his staff will be able to implement their systems on offense, defense and special teams.

“It’s our ability to create a rarefied atmosphere that’s really about training, comparing and building chemistry up for the football season,” Wood said.

First day of full contact drills will be on Monday August 10, with two work sessions.


FAMU head baseball coach Jamey Shouppe talks NCAA tournament and recruiting

Florida A&M head baseball coach Jamey Shouppe believes experience will continue to be a valuable tool for getting his team back to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament for a second straight title, and hungry to play better in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

Two seasons ago, Shouppe and his team played in their first MEAC tournament. They didn’t win it, but the experience the players gained was what sparked the Rattlers to coming back this season to win their first MEAC Conference title in 21 years.

“The experience we gained will make our guys not satisfied with just going there showing up,” Shouppe said. “We are going to be hunger this year, and coach to win. And play to win every game we play.”

The FAMU baseball team has won 49 games over the last two seasons, while tallying their most conference wins in a two-year stretch. The Rattlers will be returning over a dozen seniors, who will go into next year’s season ready to be more competitive.

“We have to continue doing what we have done,” Shouppe said. “We have to refine the process. As we continue to set our own bar higher. We have to continue working harder and smarter.”

Shouppe will enter his third season as the Rattlers’ head coach in the upcoming season. He is working on recruiting talent that will be better, and overall improving his baseball program. He will be looking for players that can do the job in the classroom, but also be competitive on the baseball field.

“Pitching. You always have to recruit for pitching,” Shouppe said. “You are not going to win if you do not have pitching. We saw that in the post season. We will continue to look to bring in better arms.”

“We just have to recruit well to continue to build,” he added.

Shoupe was also able to gain experience this past season, which will help moving into next season.

“Obviously, when you play good teams, you see good players,” Shoupe said. “We saw the type player it takes to make it, and win the regional tournament. And, to move on in the NCAA tournament. We saw our strengths, and the guys who get exposed.”