Preview: Florida State football hosts NO. 20 Boston College

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Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles will host NO. 200 Boston College in an ACC matchup Saturday the 17th at 3:30 p.m.

The Seminoles (4-6, 2-5) will look to extend their bowl streak and it all starts with a win against Boston College on Saturday the 17th.  The Seminoles are currently sixth in the ACC and clearly out for a chance in the ACC division game.  With a win, this weekend and a win the following weekend against the Gators, the Seminoles will have enough to sneak in and extend their bowl streak.

Boston College (7-3, 4-2) currently hold the third spot in the ACC as they look to inch closer to competing in the ACC division game with a win this weekend in Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Eagles are looking to win back to back games against the Seminoles as they won 35-3 in Alumni Stadium in 2017.  With an Eagles win over the Seminoles on Saturday and a Syracuse loss that would put the Eagles in the second spot behind the undefeated Clemson Tigers.

 

 

Seminoles Open Up Tournament Play Agasint Loyola

 

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –After being selected as a number one seed in the D1 Women’s Soccer: 2018 Selection Show the Florida State Seminoles will start the NCCA Tournament against the Loyal Chicago Ramblers on Friday, November 9th at The Seminole Soccer Complex in Tallahassee, Florida.  As a number one seed the Seminoles will have home field advantage in every game they play in the tournament except the championship match.

The Ramblers come into Fridays’ match with a record of 11-6-1.  The Ramblers are led by Senior Forward Jenna Szczesny who has a team high 11 goals on the season.  The Seminoles come into the contest with a record of 15-4-2 and are heavy favorites as a number one seed.  Leading the Seminoles is Junior Forward Deyna Castellanos who has a team high nine goals and six assists on the season.

The Seminoles are going into the NCAA Tournament as ACC Conference Champions. The Seminoles defeated the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, at a neutral site, 3-2.  During the ACC Championship Tournament the Seminoles also defeated the Duke University Blue Devils and the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

GAME PREVIEW: FAMU TAKES ON SOUTH CAROLINA STATE

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Florida A&M Rattlers football team will go up against South Carolina State Bulldogs Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium at 4 P.M

The Rattlers ( 6-3) are coming off a 31-21 lost against Howard Bison (4-4). Rattlers sophomore quarterback Ryan Stanley ended the game with 23 completions on 41 attempts for 272 yards , two touchdowns and two interceptions. Red shirt sophomore running back Bishop Bonnett finished with 10 carriers for 80 yards.

FAMU Red shirt freshman wide receiver  Xavier Smith ended the game with six catches for 94 yards and one touchdown. Red shirt  sophomore Azende Rey  added with six catches and 75 yards and one touchdown. He also contributed in the rushing game finishing with two carriers for two yards and one touchdown. Freshman Chad Hunter ended the game with five catches for 49 yards.

The Bulldogs (3-5) are coming off a bye week. South Carolina State averages 16 points a game. All in total their offense have 2,407 yards. Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Tyrece Nick has threw for 896 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.

 

 

 

Clemson dismantles Florida State at home

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles football team hosted the Clemson Tigers in an ACC matchup. The result was a 59-10 loss and the Seminoles gave up the most points allowed at home.

The Seminole defense got off to a good start holding the Tigers to only three first downs, five rush yards and 71 passing yards in the first quarter.  The offense was still searching for answers as they only had two first downs, seven rushing yards and 31-yards passing in the first quarter.

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Quarterback Deadre Francois drops back to pass during the first quarter.

After the Seminoles defense held the Tigers offense scoreless in the first quarter they scored 28 points in the second quarter and 24 points in the third quarter.  The Seminoles had six penalties for 48 yards in the second quarter and four penalties for 31 yards in the third quarter.

Three players for the Seminoles were ejected during the game.  Sophomore safety Hamsah Nasirildeen was ejected for a targeting call, wide receiver Nyqwan Murray was ejected for throwing a punch and Zaquandre White was ejected for throwing a punch on the sidelines towards a Clemson player.

Clemson linebacker Tre Lamar picked off redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois after a tipped pass and the Seminoles also fumbled four times recovering three out of the four.  The Tigers scored 10 points off the Seminoles turnovers.

The Tigers offense combined for 524 yards of total offense. Passed for 404 yards and rushed for 120 yards. The Seminoles offense combined for a total of 247 yards. Passed for 268 yards and rushed for -21 yards.

The Seminoles had 16 penalties for 134-yards compared to Clemson’s five penalties for 50-yards.

Total Stats

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Francois finished the game 17-36 for 180 yards and one interception.  Francois went down in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury.  He was replaced by sophomore quarterback James Blackman who went 3-4 for 88-yards and one touchdown.

True sophomore running back Cam Akers carried the ball 11-times for seven-yards with a long of four-yards.

Senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray caught five passes for 49-yards before being ejected for throwing a punch at a Clemson player.  Redshirt freshman receiver Tamorrion Terry caught four passes for for 55 yards with a long of 22 yards.  True freshman Keyshawn Helton finished with three catches for 100 yards, one touchdown and a long of 73 yards.

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True Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 20-37 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a career high for Lawrence.

Amari Rodgers caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 68 yards.  Tee Higgins caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 21 yards.

The Seminoles defense made a stop bringing out the field goal unit for the Tigers.  Redshirt senior kicker Greg Huegel missed a 40-yard field goal wide right but true freshman cornerback Asante Samuels Jr. got a roughing the kicker penalty, giving the Tigers a first down.

True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence found sophomore receiver Tee Higgins shortly after for a seven-yard touchdown pass, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 13:19 left in the first half.

Lawrence completes another touchdown pass to Higgins this time for three-yards, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 7:49 remaining in the first half.

Senior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins punched the ball in from one-yard out expanding the lead to 21-0 with 3:34 remaining in the first half.

Redshirt junior fullback Garrett Williams took the hand-off from Lawrence and punched it in from one-yard out, giving the Tigers a 28-0 lead with 1:07 remaining in the first half.

The Tigers received the kick from the Seminoles to start the second half and only needed two plays to take the ball 61 yards for a score.  Lawrence found true sophomore wide receiver Amari Rodgers for a 58-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 35-0 lead with 14:12 remaining in the third quarter.

True sophomore wide receiver DJ Mathews muffed the punt and was recovered by the Tigers on the Seminoles 10-yard line.  The Seminoles defense held and forced a 24-yard field goal by true freshman kicker B.T. Potter, giving the Tigers a 38-0 lead with 10:18 remaining in the third quarter.

The Tigers next scoring drive came on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Rodgers from Lawrence, giving the Tigers a 45-0 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.

The Seminoles get on the board with a 35-yard field goal from junior kicker Ricky Aguayo to avoid the shutout.

The Tigers backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Chase Brice,  drove the ball down the field on the very next drive and found redshirt sophomore T.J. Chase for the five-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 52-3 advantage.

Senior running back Adam Choice of the Tigers took the handoff 15-yards for a touchdown, expanding their lead 59-3 with 13:50 remaining in the game.

Blackman found freshman receiver Keyshawn Helton for a 73-yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 59-10 advantage with 4:43 remaining.

The Clemson Tigers look to remain perfect against the Louisville Cardinals.  The game will be aired on ABC at noon. The Seminoles look to rebound on the road against the No. 22 North Carolina State Wolfpack in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

Chiles has Second Straight Winning Season with win over Leon

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Chiles Timberwolves football team defeated the Leon Lions 48-13 on Leon’s Senior Night.

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Chiles running back Chase Gillespie would get the first points of the game with a four-yard touchdown run for the Timberwolves. This would make it 7-0 with 6:54 left to go in the first quarter.

Timberwolves running back Jalen Harring would add to their early lead with a 57-yard touchdown run, making it 13-0 with 1:09 left to go in the first quarter after a failed fake field goal attempt.

Only 1:44 into the second quarter, Chiles quarterback Garret Greene would rush for a touchdown of his own, this time from four yards out. The Timberwolves’ lead would extend to 20-0.

Leon would finally get on the board with 2:36 left to go in the second quarter with Lions quarterback Paxton Tomaini’s four-yard touchdown run. This would cut the Chiles lead 20-7.

The Timberwolves would answer back, needing only seven plays and one minute and 59 seconds to travel 63 yards. This drive would end in another rushing touchdown by Greene, this time from threeyar ds out. The Timberwolves would take the lead into the half, leading 27-7.

After an interception by Chiles linebacker Cameron Richardson, the Timberwolves would rush for another touchdown, their fifth of the game. This time, Chiles guard Sam Neely would rush for a one-yard touchdown, increasing their lead to 34-7.

The Lions would get on the board again, with quarterback Tomaini throwing to wide receiver Donovan Mobley for a nine-yard touchdown. The Chiles lead was cut to 34-13 after a failed PAT.

Chiles would add two more touchdowns, both rushing touchdowns by Gillespie, with the last being a 49-yard scamper.

Greene would end up going 12-24 with 133 passing yards, as well as rushing for 63 yards on 10 carries with two rushing touchdowns.

Gillespie would finish with 123 rushing yards on 13 carries and a team-high three rushing touchdowns. Running back Jalen Herring would finish with a touchdown of his own, with 73 rushing yards on the night on six carries.

Chiles head coach Kevin Pettis said that his quarterback never ceases to amaze him.

“Garrett Greene is Garrett Green,” Pettis said. “[He] is unbelievable and never ceases to amaze me. He did a great job tonight. He takes over games and he took over tonight.”

Pettis said both of his running backs are great players.

“Chase Gillespie might be the best freshman I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some great ones,” Pettis said. “Jalen Harring is just a touchdown-maker, but both are just great players.”

“Chase [Gillespie] is only a freshman, but he runs the ball so hard,” Greene said. “And with Jalen, he is a freak on the outside, so if we give him the ball in the open field, he’ll do some work.”

Chiles will end their season at Deltona High Schoolon Friday. Leon will end their season on Thursday against Mosley High School on Thursday at Gene Cox Stadium.

GAME PREVIEW: COUGARS TAKES ON EAGLES

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The undefeated Godby Cougars will face off against Pine Forest Eagles on Friday at Gene Cox Stadium at 7 p.m.

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The Cougars (7-0)  are coming off a 37-12 win against their longtime rivals, the Rickards Raiders (2-7).  Godby junior quarterback Trey Fisher finished the game with six completions on 17 attempts for 145 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Junior running back Jaquez Yant ended the game with 13 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Tony Street finished with nine carries for 53 yards and one touchdown.

Godby junior wide receiver Avery Boyd paced the team in receiving yards, ending the game with two catches for 78 yards.  Senior Jaheim Knight finished with three catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. Junior Alvin Jones lll contributed with one catch for 18 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles (5-2)  are coming off a 36-0 win against Booker T Washington (0-7). Pine Forest junior quarterback Ladarius Clardy ended the game with eight completions on 10 attempts for two touchdowns. Senior running back Anwar Lewis finished with 12 carries for 166 yards and one touchdown. Junior wide receiver Eric Young had four catches for 37 yards and one touchdown.

Godby averages 231 passing yards compared to Pine Forest 141.  The Cougars managed 222 rushing yards in contrast to the Eagles’ 201.

 

Florida State Seminoles beat Wake Forest on Homecoming weekend.

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles football team beat the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons in an ACC matchup during homecoming week in front of a crowd of 67,274.

“It was good to see our guys go out there and compete and get better in some of the areas we needed to and find a way to win a ballgame,” Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart said.

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The Seminoles (4-3, 2-3) looked stagnant on both offense and defense in the early moments of the game. The offense’s first two drives went for three and outs. The Demon Deacons (3-4, 0-3) offense took the ball right down the field with a 15-play drive for 61 yards and a field goal in three minutes.

“I thought we stopped substituting so much, they were running uptempo and or guys weren’t getting set and ready.  Burns sack was big, he started that energy and he made that play to get us going on offense and defense,” Taggart said.

Freshman quarterback Sam Hartman found redshirt junior tight end Jack Freudenthal for a 9-yard pass for the touchdown giving the Demon Deacons a 10-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Seminoles answered with 38 unanswered points after that score.

After swapping three and outs from both teams, the Seminoles passing game started to heat up.  Seminoles redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois found redshirt freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 23-yard gain followed up by a pass completion to senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray for a gain of 17 yards to the 3-yard line.  Sophomore running back Cam Akers ran for a 3-yard touchdown, cutting the lead down to three with 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The Demon Deacons had to punt after a seven-play drive stalled.  Francois found junior wide receiver Keith Gavin for a 50-yard completion ending up with a fumble to the back of the end zone recovered by Demetrius Kemp of Wake Forest.

Hartman’s pass was tipped by the Seminoles freshman cornerback Asante Samuels and intercepted by sophomore free safety Stanford Samuels. Senior running back Jacques Patrick then punched it in from two yards out. Noles take the lead 14-10 with 9:50 remaining in the first half.

“We were hoping he was going to be open like that. That was the plan with the play call. These guys ran that play before, I believe it was in the Orange Bowl and Noonie came to me with the play, and we ran it, and it worked again,” Taggart said.

After Akers run went for three yards it is fourth down and three to go. Francois finds a wide open Murray in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown with 2:01 remaining until halftime giving the Seminoles a 21-10 lead heading into the half.

“Cam had a great week of practice, I haven’t seen him practice the way he did this week in a long time. We told him last night it was going to pay off and the Miami game helped also,” said Taggart.

The Seminoles received the ball to start the second half and only needing two plays to find the end zone.  Akers takes the handoff for a 17-yard gain and takes the next handoff right up the middle for a 58-yard touchdown run.  The Seminoles drive lasted 30 seconds and put them up 28-10 over the Demon Deacons with 14:30 remaining in the third quarter.

The Seminoles defense comes up with another huge stop forcing another punt from Wake Forest.  Francois pas complete to Mathews for a 12-yard completion to bring up fourth down.  Junior kicker Ricky Aguayo nails a 49-yard field goal to put the Seminoles up 31-10 with 11:19 remaining in the third quarter.

After a big punt return by Mathews, Francois finds freshman wide receiver Tre’shaun Harrison for the 21-yard touchdown giving the Seminoles a 38-10 lead with 9:43 remaining in the game.

For the 99th play ran by Wake Forest, Hartman finds redshirt freshman wide receiver Sage Surratt for a 9-yard touchdown.  The Seminoles still lead 38-17 with 4:36 remaining.

FINAL: Flordia State 38 Wake Forest 17.

Key Stats:

Offense: Deondre Francois 29-40 353 yards 2 TD

Cam Akers: 13 carries 98-yards 2 TD

Jacques Patrick 11 carries 21-yards 1 TD

Nyqwan Murray 8 catches 131-yards 1 TD

Tre’shaun Harrison 3 catches 24-yards 1 TD

DJ Mathews 5 catches 40-yards

Keith Gavin 2 catches 67-yards

Defense: Stanford Samuels 8 tackles 1 INT

Brian Burns 4 tackles 2 sacks 2 TFL

Jaiden Woodbey 5 tackles 2 pass breakups

Josh Kaindoh 3 tackles 2 sacks

Preview: Florida States Women’s Soccer Team Goes Against The Virginia Cavaliers

Gabriela Rodriguez, Correspondent (@GabiRodriguezFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles women’s soccer team will play the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Charlottesville, VA.  The game will be aired on ACC Network Extra.

Last week, the Seminoles were able to win, defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers 4-0. Defender Anna Patten, forward Kristen McFarland, defender Natalia Kuikka and forward Deyna Castellano led the Seminoles to victory last week by scoring one goal each. Castellano also had two assists.

The Cavaliers were also able to win, beating Syracuse 4-0.  Forward/Midfielder Alexa Spaansta led the Cavaliers, scoring two goals. Forwards Sam Rosette and Ayan Adu followed by scoring one goal each, and forward Alissa Gorzak had one assist.

The Cavaliers defense is going to have to put up their best guard against the Seminoles Castellanos who has earned the Seminoles a total of 17 points this season. Yujie Zhao has earned the Seminoles 15 points this season.  The Seminoles average 2.12 goals per game while Virginia averages 2.93 goals scored per game.

FAMU Shuts Out Spartans

Christopher Lennie, Correspondent (@ChrisLennieFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (FranchiseSportsOnline.net)

In front of a sold out crowd for FAMU’s homecoming,  the Rattlers took the field to take on the Norfolk State Spartans. The Rattlers came out on top 17-0, as the team recorded its first shutout win since 2000 when it held Howard scoreless.

While Ryan Stanley and company struggled to get the ball moving on the offensive side of the ball, the defense did their part in getting the ball back for the offense.

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The Rattlers did mange to score a field goal with 7:30 remaining in the second quarter. They would go in at half time with a score of 3-0.

Coming out of the half, the Rattlers would get the ball and continue to struggle to find the end-zone.

With 14:29 remaining in the game, the Spartans drove down to the red zone, but the Rattler defense held the Spartans to a field goal attempt that went wide left.

After a drive that started deep in the Rattlers’ own territory, Ryan Stanley found Chad Hunter in stride for a 13-yard touchdown, putting the Rattlers ahead  of Norfolk 10-0 with 9:59 remaining in the forth quarter.

With under five minutes remaining  in the game, the Rattlers defense would record an interception that would lead to a Bishop Bonnett touchdown with 2:34 remaining to seal the game for the Rattlers.

The Rattlers defense recored 3 interceptions on its way to shutting out the Spartans.

The Rattlers are now 3-0 in conference play, and get back to work preparing for North Carolina A&T.

 

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