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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.

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.

 

Title Defense: Lady Eagles 2018-2019 Basketball Preview

Luke Kresheck, Correspondent on (@LukeKresheckFS Twitter) 

Tallahassee, Fla.,(www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Lady Eagles basketball team 2018-2019 season is just around the corner.  Expectations are very high this year, as the ladies of TCC are the defending national champions.  

The Lady Eagles will make their scrimmage debut on Oct. 6 for the Southeast JUCO Jamboree in Albany, Ga.  The first regular season game will take place in Tallahassee for the Seals Financial Tip-off Classic on Nov. 3.  The ladies will be facing the Central Georgia Technical College Titans. 

The Titans had a strong season last season, finishing 22-10, but their woes on the road haunted them all year long.  They were 7-7 away from their home arena.  On the flip side, TCC was 29-6 overall with a 10-2 home record. 

The Eagles could be a very strong team if everything goes as planned.  The team was very young last season, comprised of 11 freshmen and four sophomores.  A year of experience and a national championship under its belt makes this squad one to look out for in the 2018-2019 season.  TCC has also reloaded with some talented, young freshmen in addition to returning players.  These ladies are primed to make another run this year. 

According to TCC’s website, the roster is as follows:  

Aliyah Lawson  Guard  Freshman  5-6  Whitby, ONT, Canada / Sinclair Secondary School 
10  Tameria Johnson  Guard  Sophomore  5-6  Ocala, Fla. / West Port HS 
11  Victoria Pearce  Guard  Sophomore  5-8  Bay Shore, N.Y. / Bay Shore HS 
13  Kennedy Perry  Guard  Freshman  5-5  Chicago, Ill. / Harlan Community Academy HS 
14  Tamia Riles  Guard  Freshman  5-8  Tallahassee, Fla. / James Rickards HS 
15  Nesma Khalifa  Center  Freshman  6-4  Alexandria, Egypt / KGC Kawmya Girls College 
20  Daisha Bradford  Guard  Freshman  5-7  Mobile, Ala. / Leflore HS 
21  Jada Perry  Forward  Sophomore  6-0  Lady Lake, Fla. / Sumter Christian School 
23  Juliunn Redmond  Guard  Sophomore  5-11  Chicago, Ill. / John Marshall Metro HS 
25  Daishona Washington-Polk  Forward  Freshman  5-11  Canton, Ohio / Glen Oak HS 
32  Jamyra McChristine  Forward  Sophomore  6-0  Chicago, Ill. / Simeon Vocational HS 
40  Rushell Jacob  Center  Freshman  6-1  Winter Haven, Fla. / Winter Haven Senior HS 
45  De’Asia Reid  Forward  Freshman 

 

6-0  Cincinnati, Ohio/ Princeton HS 

 

FSU To Hold Garnet and Gold Scrimmage on Oct. 14

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Florida State University men’s basketball team will participate in a Garnet and Gold scrimmage on Oct. 14 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at 4 p.m.

The Seminoles will look to carry over their success from last season, which saw them going 23-12 with an Elite 8 appearance, losing to Michigan.

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FSU will have 13 players from last season returning to the team, with seven of these players with 20 or more game appearances.

A reason for their success last year was redshirt junior forward Phil Cofer, who will be one of the five seniors on this year’s team. He would lead the Seminoles last season in points per game (12.8), minutes played per game (29.3) and total points (449). He would also rank second in total rebounds (178) and total field goals made (168).

Terance Mann, a 6’7″ senior guard, looks to be another contributing factor, as another returning as a starter. He would lead last year’s squad in total field goals made (171) and in total rebounds (185), while also coming behind Cofer in points per game (12.6) and place third on the team in field goal percentage.

University of Albany transfer David Nichols will look to play a role in this year’s team. During his three-year career at Albany, he would average 13.8 points per game, 2.8 assists and a field goal percentage of 42.5 percent.

After the Garnet and Gold scrimmage, FSU will partake in two exhibition games, with the first being against the University of West Florida on Oct. 26 and the other being against Valdosta State University on Nov. 1. Their first regular season game will be against the University of Florida on Nov. 6 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

GAME PREVIEW: FAMU TAKES ON EAGLES

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  The Florida A&M football team will go up against North Carolina Central Eagles (1-2) Saturday in Durham, NC at 4 p.m. on ESPN3.

The Rattlers (2-2 , 1-0) are coming off a 31 -13 win against Savannah State Tigers (0-3,  0-1). This was also a conference game for the Rattlers.

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In the game, Rattlers quarterback Ryan Stanley ended the game with 14 attempts and 20 completions for 166 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Also, sophomore running back Bishop Bonnett finished the game with 94 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also contributed in the passing game with two catches for 70 yards and one receiving touchdown.

Senior running back Devin Bowers ended the game with eight carries for 53 yards. Running back Deshawn Smith also contributed with seven carries for 28 yards and one touchdown.

Leading the FAMU receiving group was redshirt freshman Xavier Smith, ending the game with five catches for 47 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt junior Marcus Williams finished the game with four catches for 44 yards.

North Carolina Central is coming off a 55-13 loss versus Duke Blue devils (4-0). Duke outgained the Eagles in passing and rushing yards. The Blue Devils had a total of 256 passing yards compared to the Eagles 56. Duke rushed for 372 yards in contrast to North Carolina Central’s 136.

This is a well-known conference game between the Rattlers and Eagles. Both teams are hoping to get a win to add on their conference record.

Florida State vs. Notre Dame Women’s Soccer Preview

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –On Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the Florida State Seminoles women’s soccer team will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The Seminoles are coming off their second loss of the season against the Boston College Eagles by a score of 2-1.  The Seminoles are sitting at 8-2-1 on the season and are ranked sixth in the country by the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI. The Fighting Irish come into this matchup with a record of 5-5, most recently scoring a win over the Wake Forest Deacons 1-0.

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FSU Women’s Soccer Team prepares for the season at Day 2 of preseason training.

Despite losing their last game, the Seminoles had a good shooting performance, having 12 total shots with seven of them on target.  A great game for the goalkeeper and a mid-game penalty shot made by Boston College ultimately helped put the Eagles over the top, despite having fewer shots on goal.

The Seminoles come into this game led by junior Deyna Castellanos, who is tied for most goals scored on the team, with four, and is the leading shot taker.  The Fighting Irish have a much more even scoring approach having five different players tied at two goals each leading their team.

Both teams could use a conference win to boost their records in the ACC.  Despite having the better overall record the Seminoles are 1-2 in the conference and the Fighting Irish have a conference record of 1-1.