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Florida State Seminoles beat Northern Illinois during parents weekend

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)-  The Florida State Seminoles beat the Northern Illinois Huskies on parents weekend 37-19 in front of a crowd of 65,633 fans.

The Huskies won the coin toss and deferred to halftime, bringing out the Seminoles offense first.

“Good win for the Noles, we got better as a team tonight,” head coach Willie Taggart said. “When we can run the ball successfully, that’s when this offense can be what we all know this offense can be.”

On the first drive, the Seminoles marched the ball right down the field. Redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois’ pass was intended for junior wide receiver Keith Gavin but caught by senior running back Jacques Patrick for an opening drive touchdown.

The Seminoles defense forces a quick three and out against the Huskies offense.  The Huskies first drive went for three plays, two yards and lasted 1:45.  The Seminoles offense came out not skipping a beat from the first drive.  Sophomore running back Cam Akers takes the hand off right for a seven yard touchdown giving the Seminoles a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Florida States defense was huge in the first quarter, not allowing the Huskies a first down and only allowing seven total yards.

The Huskies redshirt junior safety Trayshon Foster forced the Seminoles sophomore tight end Tre’ McKitty to fumble after an 11-yard gain. The fumble was recovered by redshirt junior Antonio Jones-Davis.   The Huskies then made the Seminoles pay for that turnover when redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Childers connected with redshirt senior wide receiver Jauan Wesley for a 20-yard touchdown pass over the top midway into the second quarter.

The Seminoles junior kicker Ricky Aguayo then gets in on the fun by knocking in a field goal from 42-yards out to put the Seminoles up 17-7 with 3:58 remaining in  the half.  Seminoles defense then force another three and out and the offense moves the ball down into the red zone.  Florida State then sends Agauyo out and he drills a 50-yard field goal to send the Seminoles into halftime with a 20-7 lead.

The Seminoles struggled on both sides of the ball in the third quarter.  After a couple three and outs the Seminoles ran the ball five straight times out of the seven plays in the drive.  Aguayo came out and kicked a 42-yard field goal to put the Seminoles up 23-7 with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter.

The following drive for the Huskies was a rough one. Childers fumbled the snap and was facing third down with 13-yards to the first down.  Childers finds redshirt senior wide receiver Dale Burton down the middle for a 66-yard bomb and touchdown.

“I have to say we got better up front today, for us to execute like we did and score like we did it all starts up front, we aren’t were we need to be but are guys got better today,”Taggart said.

Francois gives the Huskies a taste of their own medicine as he finds  freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 78-yard bomb to put the Seminoles ahead  30-13.

The Seminoles defense holds up and Francois and the offense march back on the field.  Francois then throws an interception right to the Huskies linebacker setting them up just outside the redzone.  Junior corner back Levonta Taylor then gets called for a pass interference placing the Huskies on the 11-yard line.  Childers calls his own number and puts his head down and rushes up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown run.

“Our guys are learning to get better, learning how to win and we have to continue to get better and understand those mistakes we made today we can’t make against really good football teams,” said Taggart.

The Seminoles defense comes up with a big stop on their 30-yard against the Huskies offense.  Junior running back Amir Rasul is in to close out the game and gets six straight carries with the last one finding the end zone on a seven yard carry. That was Rasul’s first career touchdown.  The Seminoles beat the Huskies 37-19.

Stats:

Offense

Deondre Francois: 23-31 352-yards 2 TD 1INT

Cam Akers: 22 carries for 75-yards 1 TD

Amir Rasul: 6 carries for 28-yards 1TD

Keith Gavin:L 6 catches for 93-yards

Nyqwan Murray: 5 catches for 85-yards

Defense:

Dontavious Jackson: 4 tackles

Fredrick Jones: 3 tackles 1 sack 1 TFL

Brian Burns: 3 tackles

 

 

 

 

 

Preview: Florida State Seminoles host Northern Illinois on Parents Weekend

 

Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- The Florida State Seminoles will host the Northern Illinois Huskies at 3:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPNU.

The Seminoles (1-2, 0-2) take on the Huskies (1-2, 1-0) in a non-conference game.  It will be a special day for the Seminoles as it is parents weekend at Florida State.

After a disappointing loss on the road to Syracuse, the Seminoles are looking forward to getting their second win of the season.  It has been a rough start to get the offense flowing. The defense has been good, but are on the field too long getting fatigued.

The Seminoles offense is ranked 109th out of 129 total FBS schools.  The Seminoles defense is ranked 95th out of 129 FBS schools.  The Huskies offense is ranked 129th, while their defense is ranked 49th.

The Seminoles have only scored one touchdown this season against an FBS opponent and that was redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois keeping it on the read option against the Syracuse Orange.

The Huskies defense is giving up 4.6 yards a play and a total of 342-yards a game, while the Seminoles defense is giving up 5.5 yards a play and 428.3-yards a game.

The Seminoles will be dressed in the traditional gold helmets, garnet jersies and gold pants. 

North Florida Christian Quarterback Transfers

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

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

Trey Fisher is taking his talents to Tharpe Street.

The sophomore Quarterback from North Florida Christian has transferred over to Amos P. Godby High School.

During his sophomore season with the Eagles Fisher completed 112/231 passes, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.  He averaged 149 yards a game, 14.6 yards a completion and totaled up over 1600 passing yards.

Last season with Fisher under the helm of the offense the Eagles managed an 8-3 record with Fisher playing in all 11 games.

Last season with first year head coach Corey Fuller the Godby Cougars managed an 11-2 season going undefeated in district play and just came up short losing in the Regional Semifinals to Trinity Christian Academy.

Cougars offense with upcoming senior Tony Street returning to the backfield will be special.  Street played in nine games for the Cougars last season rushing for over 800 yards on 114 carries.  Street averaged 7.1 yards a carry, 90.2 yards a game and scored nine touchdowns.

With the way the roster is set now it won’t be surprising to see Coach Fullers Cougars back in regional’s next season, except this time coming out victorious.

 

 

Franchise Sports Spotlight: Trey Fisher

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  Naturally, you would assume that someone like North Florida Christian quarterback Trey Fisher, who’s father is one of the best coaches in all of college football, would leave his fate up to nepotism. If you didn’t know him, you’d figure he would coast throughout life while lazily siphoning clout, accolades and success from his last name.

NFC assistant coach Eddy Arza doesn’t agree. He  said Fisher is as hardworking and dedicated as they come.

“Trey leads by example he never wants to take a break, always runs sprints full speed and never misses a practice. Even when he was sick he was at practice getting mental reps and helping teammates,” Eddy said.

Fisher spends the majority of his time involved in football-related activities. He studies film every day and when he’s not doing that he’s lifting weights, working on his agility or throwing to his receivers.

“I appreciate the daily grind of the game. I love the workouts, I love the morning film sessions, I love everything about the game,” Fisher said.

One of Fisher’s best friends, standout receiver and go-to target, Macho Arza, also spoke about his starting signal caller’s hard work and their relationship. He talked about how they make each other better.

“I believe we have a really tight connection off the field and that helps on the field a lot. We motivate each other. We want to be the best players in the country,” Macho said.

Hard work isn’t the only thing that makes him special according to Devin Rispress, head coach of Fisher’s 7 on 7 team, the Tallahassee RecordBreakerz. Rispress said Fisher’s football acumen separates him on the field.

“I’ve coached some great players in my career, but what separates Trey is his knowledge of the game. I have to be very sharp when coaching a player with [a football IQ] as great as Trey’s. He reminds me of Drew Brees in the way he delivers the ball and the way that he’s a field general. The similarities are consistent all the way down to the height,” Rispress said.

Brees is one of Fisher’s many idols in a list that includes great players his father has coached as well as players he’s coached against. He also learns from established professionals as well as up and coming collegiate stars.

“I pattern my game after pro guys like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Jameis [Winston] but I try to learn from the younger guys like [Deondre] Francois too,” Fisher said.

People around him said his competitive streak reaches more than just football. Macho Arza said he turns everything into a competition and that he loves winning.

“Oh no, he never stops! Trey wants to get every answer right, make the paper ball in the basket before anybody, all of that. He is the real definition of a competitor,” Macho said.

Fisher has also shown his coaches and teammates that he can be trusted in crunch-time situations. He’s led numerous comebacks for NFC and the RecordBreakerz.

“This past weekend (Feb. 21) in Myrtle Beach we were in an elimination game with six seconds to go on 3rd down. I looked at him to confirm the play and felt confident because I didn’t see any panic in him. He dropped back looked off the defense and threw a strike to Gadsden Country star receiver Sammy Carter to win the game with no time left,” Rispress said.

Workouts in the morning, afternoon and evening, a 7-on-7 practice and then an hour-long film session is a normal day for Fisher. Football is in his blood.

“The apple does not fall far from the tree. He’s a fierce competitor like his dad and he demands more of himself than me or coach Fisher,” Eddy said.

 

 

 

 

FSU Men’s Tennis Impresses vs FAMU

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The No. 13 Florida State men’s tennis squad faced Florida A&M in what was the first of two matches on the day.

FSU headed into the match-up fresh off the heels of a hard-earned victory against a top-10 University of Florida squad. Many suspected that fatigue would play a part in the matches, but the Seminoles seemed as energized as ever as they swept doubles and won 3 straight singles.

“Our team has been very consistent this year,” Noles head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We give good effort all the way through the match.”

All three doubles teams dominated their FAMU counterparts.

The Whitehurst twins set the pace with a dominating 4-2 victory over Jermaine Le Grand and Labelo Alex Mosehle. With that performance, they bring their overall record to 12-4.

Alex Knaff and Guy Iradukunda struggled a bit more against Adam Nourelidin and Nani Federico, yet still pulled out a 6-3 victory. Sebastian Arcila and Chase Wood rounded out the victories with a 6-2 win over Rodney Sturgis and Hasona Samer.

A couple of fresh faces got a chance to get some experience today.

“We use opportunities like this to build,” Hultquist said. “Today we had an opportunity to play some guys who don’t get in much and let them get some experience.”

One of those individuals was Arcila, who coming into today, only had one singles win under his belt. He won 6-3 and 6-0 over Moshele. Terrence Whitehurst also played in his eighth and ninth singles matches of the year, bringing his overall to 4-4. He won both matches 6-1.

Other singles matches victories included:

Iradukunda vs. Nourelidin (6-4, 4-2), Knaff vs. Federico (4-6 2-1), Rana Roop vs. Bhullar Hasona Samer Hema (6-1 6-14) and Terrell Whitehurst vs. Espinoza Luis Barres (6-1, 4-1).

Next week, the Seminoles plan on keeping their winning streak alive in the National indoors tournament on Feb. 16. The Rattlers plan to bounce back against Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday in Fort Meyers, Florida.

 

 

FSU Set To Face FAMU In Men’s Tennis Match-up

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State men’s tennis team will square off against cross-town rival Florida A&M on Saturday. Matches kickoff at 10 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis center located on FSU’s campus.

The Seminoles are led by head coach Dwayne Hultquist and the Rattlers are led by director of tennis Rochelle Goldthreate.

FAMU limps into Saturday’s match-up hoping to bounce back from their 5-2 loss to College of Charleston last week.

The duo of Hema Hasona and Illya Skoromnyy beat Alec Angradi and Easton Thomas to secure FAMU’s lone victory in doubles 6-3. Noyreldin Adam also defeated Benedikt Henning (CoC) 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3 .  Lebelo Alex Mosehle out lasted Youssef Dabbabi (CoC) for victories of 6-3 and 6-4.

FAMU’s key players Adam, Mosehle and the doubles squad of Hasona and Skoromnyy are given the rigorous task of keeping up with the Noles, who are one of the better tennis teams in the country.

FSU boasts numerous shutout victories and two wins over nationally ranked opponents the University of South Carolina (24) and the University of Florida (8). FSU is fresh off a 4-3 upset victory over the Gators.

Guy Iradukunda, Lucas Poullain and Alex Knaff each provided a singles victory for the Seminoles.
 
Knaff defeated Andy Andrade (UF) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Poullain defeated Oliver Crawford (UF) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) and Iradukunda defeated Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 7-6 (12-10), 6-3.
 
The combinations of Iradukunda/Knaff and Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst won all of FSU’s doubles by a score of 6-4 and 7-6, (7-3) respectively.
 
The No. 22 ranked Noles hold a record of 10-1. They are 5-0 at home, 2-1 away and 3-0 at neutral sites.
 
A few key players to look out for the Seminoles are senior twin brothers and hometown heroes Terrence and Terrell Whitehurst. Iradukunda, a senior from Gitega, Burundi is expected to play well and Sophomore Knaff is also a player to keep an eye on.
 
 
 

FSU No. 8 in preseason poll

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State men’s basketball is projected to finish eighth in the Atlantic Coastal Conference for the 2017-18 season, based on a preseason media poll conducted as part of ACC Media Day
this week in Charlotte.

This projection is coming on the heels of their winningest regular season in program history at 26-9. Last year, the same poll also had FSU finishing eighth. They wound up finishing second in the ACC, behind a 12-6 conference record.

The Noles return only one starter from last year’s team, junior Terrance Mann. FSU lost five total players from last year, including three key contributors to the draft. They look to bolster their lineup with fresh faces, including five-star freshman guard M.J. Walker. Walker finished fourth in ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year voting, earning two first-place votes.
Here is the complete poll:
1. Duke
2. North Carolina
3. Notre Dame
4. Miami
5. Louisville
6. Virginia
7. Virginia Tech
8. Florida State
9. Georgia Tech
10. Syracuse
11. Wake Forest
12. NC State
13. Clemson
14. Boston College
15. Pittsburgh

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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Cobras snap 2-game skid with 41-0 blowout win

 

Royal A. Shepherd, Director (@RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – After losing their last two games, the Capital City Cobras made a statement to the rest of the APDFL — we’re not dead yet. The Cobras put up 33 points in the first half en route to a 41-0 massacre over the Emerald Coast Scorpions Saturday at Godby High School. 

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Cobras quarterback Dion Graham scrambles away from pressure during the Cobras 41-0 win over the Emerald City Scorpions.

After losing quarterback Brandon Parks to injury, the Cobras turned to a familiar face to guide the offense. 36-year old veteran Dion Graham again was called to action and returned to the tune of five touchdown passes. The former Thomasville Bulldog QB, who still holds several records at the school including career passing touchdowns (60) and career completion percentage (58.6%), provided just the spark the team had been looking for. 

“Like I told them, it’s not that I’m back — I was just late,” Graham said. “They’ve been waiting on me and I just came to give my teammates what they have been waiting on.”

The team responded with its most dominant performance of the season. Their 41 points mark the team’s highest scoring total of the year and the defense posted its second home game shutout in as many games. 

Graham said the win came at the right time for the club. For a team that is not accustomed to losing streaks, dropping two games in a row puts a lot of older players in unfamiliar territory.

“This win just taught us that the train is still rolling and that we’re not out of it,” Graham said. “Two losses can take a little bit out of a team, but a win like this can pump the air right back in us.”

Head coach Antonio Ivey was visibly excited to get his team back on the winning track. His enthusiasm throughout the game was echoed by his players, who once again played with the moxie and confidence that has become their identity. 

“It was everything I needed. They did everything I asked them to,” Ivey said. “I asked for them to give me maximum effort, leave it all on on the field, and the scoreboard speaks for itself.”

He said the team has a point to prove and will spend the rest of the season putting the league on notice.

“It lets them know that our missing piece is back,” Ivey said. “A lot of teams have missing links too, but tonight shows that we are back to where we are supposed to be and a force to be reckoned with.”

The have a bye week and will use the time to recover from nagging injuries. They return to action April 8 in Orlando against the UMOJA Dragons. 

VIDEO UPDATE: Capital City Cobras open season with blowout win

Royal A. Shepherd, Director (@RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter)

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

The Capital City Cobras opened their season with a 34-0 opening day massacre of the Alabama Spartans. Head coach Antonio Ivey, offensive coordinator Brandon Robinson, quarterback Brandon Parks and defensive back Jarrod Marable give their thoughts after the game.

 

Sports Brief: Capital City Cobras to play first home game of the season

Royal A. Shepherd, Director (@RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –Tallahassee’s own semi-pro football team is set to take the field for the first time of the 2017 season. Head coach Antonio Ivey and the Capital City Cobras will face the Alabama Spartans at Godby High School on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Their Feb. 18 game against the First Coast Fire of Jacksonville was canceled, making this the first time Ivey will see his new team in action against another squad.

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Capital City Cobras quarterback Dion Graham looks over the defense in the first half. The Cobras defeated the Pensacola Bay Spartans 22-8 in the first round of the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League playoffs in 2015.

The Cobras are in their fourth year as members of the  Amateur to Professional Developmental League. The league is for players ranging in age from 18 to 30 looking for a second chance at either the collegiate or professional level, according to the APDFL website. The inaugural season was in 2013 and started with 18 teams. Today, it has 27 teams across five states, including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. 

In 2016, the team went 11-2, advancing all the way to second round of the playoffs before being defeated by the Opelika Chiefs 48-20. They will start the season ranked fourth in the league’s power rankings.

The Cobras roster features several notable names from the area. Former Louisville and Lincoln standout Travis Norton plays cornerback for the team. Godby’s own Jarvis “Boogaloo” Davis, Lavon Downs and Keith McCaskill all dawn Cobra jerseys. Tay Bennet from Monticello and William Sweets of East Gadsden round out the area players on this roster. 

Both Tallahassee universities are also represented on the team. Freddie Pompey and JuaQuinn Timmons are former Florida A&M players. Leon High School and Florida State quarterback Brandon Parks is also on the team along with former FSU linebacker Dorian Earley.

South Georgia names like Fred Holton and Jarrod Marble can also be found on a stacked Cobras team. More information can be found on the Capital City Cobras Facebook page.

Tickets are $3 for children ages 3-11 and $7 for patrons 12 and older.  They may also be purchased at the gate.

FAMU Baseball to Open Season With a Series of Home Games

Stanley Brooks, Correspondent (@StanleyBrooksFS on Twitter)

The Rattlers of Florida A&M University’s baseball team are excited to start their season against the Wofford College Terriers of the Southern Conference on Friday. The Rattlers have been making major improvements to their program for the last three years under head coach Jamey Shouppe.

Shouppe won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference coach of the year award in 2016 for the second time in his first three years of coaching. He was able to guide the Rattlers their first 30+ win season since 1980.

The Rattlers are looking to improve off of being back-to-back MEAC Southern Champions without their starting catcher and team captain Jackie Myles Jr. Myles Jr. was ruled out for the season Monday after he tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Shouppe was confident that his pitchers will still be able to pitch well even without Myles Jr. behind the plate to catch for them.

“We feel like we’re better pitching. We got a few more power arms that we have not had since I’ve been in this program,” Shouppe said. “We’re excited about our pitchers this year. We feel like we’re going to be a little better on the hill.”

The Rattlers are still hopeful about the upcoming season with the new change in the batting lineup since Myles Jr. is out for the season.

“John Capra will lead off for us and play shortstop this year. We feel he’s going to be our on base percentage type guy for us, only struck out either none or one time for us this past fall,” Shouppe said.

The Rattlers will start the season by playing 13 of their first 14 games at home to help their players miss fewer classes. The stretch of home games gives the fans more chances to witness FAMU build on to the rising program that they have.

“With us playing a lot of home games it keeps our kids in the classroom,” Shouppe said. “If we go on one road trip, it’s going to cost us about $1,300-$1,400. So it’s cost productive to bring teams to play early in the season. It’s great for the home fan base and it’s great for our kids to stay in the classroom and get caught up their classroom stuff so that when we do start to travel a little bit they aren’t behind.”