By: Brittany Defran & Alec Chessari
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State University High School snaps North Florida Christian’s five-game winning streak, beating the Eagles 37-21 at home. Junior running back Kevin Sawyer Jr. lived in the end zone, scoring three of the Seminole touchdowns.
After ending the first quarter ahead 10-0, Florida High was looking to run away with it, but NFC stayed in this game until the end. In the second quarter the Eagles went down the field in less than a minute and scored with 11 seconds remaining in the half to cut the Seminole lead to just three points, 17-14. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Seminoles came out with a little more intensity in the second half.
“For us it’s been about ‘keep doing what we’ve been doing,’” said Florida High football coach Jarrod Hickman. “The last couple of weeks, we didn’t make the plays that we made tonight – not that they weren’t there, not that we were playing poorly – just five or six plays, and we executed those plays really well tonight…A couple adjustments here, go out and do what we did the first half – just be a bit better.”
Coach Hickman’s running back Sawyer really helped the team tonight by scoring nearly half of their points. Sawyer only had two carries in the first quarter, amounting to nine yards, but took advantage of his increase in touches the second half, and so did his fellow teammates. The team finished with 233 total rushing yards.
“We wanted to see how they were going to play us, we thought they were going to play us a bunch of man-to-man and they didn’t, they played a lot more zone,” coach Hickman said. “Once we kind of figured out what we were doing, having Mike [Greaves], and Kevin [Sawyer], and once Makel [Young] gets healthy, we’ve got a good punch in there. I thought our guys up front blocked really well all night long.”
North Florida Christian had a good chance to really swing the momentum their way early in the third quarter but failed to do so. The Seminoles threw an interception on third down, but the play was called back for a defensive hold. Even after this mishap, the defense held tight and forced the Seminoles to go for it on fourth down. Junior fullback Kyle Prater, who had a solid 66 yards on the ground, ran it up the gut to secure a new set of downs for Florida High, who scored on the next play and stretched the deficit to 16, and essentially put the game out of reach.
Not only did Florida High snap the NFC winning streak, they snapped their own three-game losing streak. After a tough stretch, coach Hickman still believes he’s got a great football team, and this game proves it.
“We’re a good football team – we’ve been a good football team – we just haven’t won those close games the last couple of weeks,” Hickman said. “For us it’s about keep doing what we’ve been doing in practice. As long as we do that, and continue to grow as a football team, we’ll do just fine.”
Florida High will likely try and carry this momentum into their next game at home against Mosley next week at 8:00, while North Florida Christian has to hit the road again to face Cambridge Christian next Friday at 7:30.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Maclay Marauders held off a second half comeback from the St. Johns Country Day School Spartans winning at home 37-23. Junior John Sniffen had a monster game rushing and receiving.
After an uninspiring three-and-out on their first drive, Maclay scored on the first play of their second drive. Sniffen, from the backfield, rushed the ball for an 80-yard run down the sideline for his first of four touchdowns on the night. Sniffen ended the game with 87 receiving yards and 133 yards on the ground.
Sniffen scored on a 1-yard draw up the middle with nine seconds left in the first half and again on Maclay’s first drive in the second half on, what was one of the more exciting plays of the game, a fake punt leading to a 50-yard touchdown pass thrown by Ian Widener.
The Marauders were up 24-9 after the trick play, but the Spartans were not going away. Maclay quarterback Brecht Heuchan threw an interception late in the third quarter and the Spartans capitalized, scoring three plays later making the score 24-9.
This score gave St. Johns some momentum as they forced Maclay to a three-and-out and then proceeded to score on the very next play on an 85-yard pass. The Spartans were a possession away with the fourth quarter quickly approaching.
Maclay caught a break early in the fourth after another three-and-out. After St. Johns blocked a punt, the ball bounced the right way for Maclay. The ball bounced off of a St. Johns player and was scooped up by the Marauders. Three plays later Heuchan threw a 28-yard pass to freshman Robert Parker-Crawford for a touchdown.
The Spartans kept fighting. After Heuchan’s second interception, St. Johns marched down the field and scored once more with seven minutes left in the game. The Marauders were not happy with the slight lead and tried to put more points on the board.
With a little less than a minute left, Sniffen put the team ahead by two scores running in his final touchdown from four yards out. Parker-Crawford sealed the deal intercepting the ball on the Spartans’ first play of the drive.
Maclay will be looking to even up their record next Friday, the 7th of October, as they go on the road to face the North Bay Haven Academy Buccaneers.