The AAF is made up of eight teams across the United States, with a few rule changes compared to its NFL counterpart. One rule that drew myself in the most is the allocation of players to regions they gained their fame from. Tallahassee can find some familiar faces on the sideline of the two closest teams in the Atlanta Legends and Orlando Apollos.
Through the first two weeks, Orlando is tied at the top of the standings with the Birmingham Iron and Arizona Hotshots with a 2-0 record. Northup has been in the starting defensive lineup for the Apollos both games with eight total tackles. Bracy-Williams has returned punts for Orlando, but had a disappointing outing in week one with a dropped punt. While not in the starting lineup, Newberry is in the rotation on defense with a single tackle in the first two games. The Apollos look to continue their winning ways Saturday against the Memphis Express at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.
Atlanta has struggled, losing its first two games by a combined 46 points. Haskins has yet to get in but looks to hear his number called next Sunday as the Legends host the Birmingham Iron at 4 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.
Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter) TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– The No.13 Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team (13-2, 1-1) host the No.1 Duke Blue Devils (13-1, 1-0) today at 2 pm. The Seminoles look to add another accolade to their already impressive start to the season.
In their last outing, Florida State beat the Miami Hurricanes 68-62. The Seminoles were led by senior guard David Nichols as he put up 13 points, 3 assists, and a rebound off the bench. The bench was the story of the game, outscoring Miami’s 41-10. The win was Florida State’s first ACC win of the season and a nice bounce back off of the Virginia loss last Saturday.
Duke comes into this game off of a blowout performance against Wake Forrest 87-65. The Blue Devils were led by their star freshmen Zion Williamson (30 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists) and RJ Barrett (21 points, 7 assists, and a rebound). It was their eighth straight victory and first inside of the ACC conference.
Keys to a Seminole victory includes the deposition of stopping Zion Williamson. On the season the future star averages 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. Zion also ranks twenty-second on double doubles this season with seven. Limiting bad shot attempts is a must for Florida State’s offense as Duke ranks fifth in defensive field goal percentage (37.1%).
Florida State have found themselves on the losing end in this series with Duke (9-37). However, the Seminoles have won their last three against when Duke is ranked as the AP No. 1 team dating back to the 01-02 season. It is eight years to the day of the last occurrence of this when the Seminoles beat the Blue Devils 66-61.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State Seminoles get a close win with a score of 22-21 over rank.20 Boston College Eagles Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium.
On the 1st drive of the game the Seminoles junior quarterback Deandre Francois threw a pass to freshman wide receiver Keyhawn Helton who took it for 25 yards. The next play sophomore running back Cam Akers ranned the ball for 12 yards. Later on, in that drive the Seminoles had to settle for a field goal but it was blocked by Boston College.
Later in the quarter, Francois threw a interception to the Eagles red shirt freshman corner Brandon Sebastian who took it for 6 yards and put their offense at the 20 yard line. Boston college were forced to kick a field goal but it was no good.
With 10:48 in the 2nd quarter Francois hooked up with red shirt freshman Tamorrion Terry on a 32 yard pass. The Seminoles struggled to get the ball in the end zone so they were forced to kick a field goal. Junior kicker Ricky Aguayo made it and the Seminoles took the lead 3-0
Late in the 2nd quarter Boston College red shirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Brown threw a 34 yard pass to junior tight end Korab Idrizi . which put them in the red zone , The next play sophomore running back A.J Dillon punched it in the end zone with a four yard run. That touchdown puts the Eagles in front 7-3.
Before the half Aguayo kicked a 23 yard field goal making the score 6-7 with the Noles still behind by one.
In the beginning of the 3rd quarter Francois hooked up with Naseir Upshur for a 28 yard pass. That pass put the Seminoles on the 5 yard line, Sophomore running back Cam Akers ranned it in the touchdown on a 4 yard run. Giving Florida State the lead 13-7.
With 6:36 left in the quarter Brown Threw a deep pass to junior wide receiver Jeff Smith for a 26 yard touchdown to put Boston College up front 14-13.
Early in the 4th quarter the Eagles converted a 4th&1 conversion with Brown throwing a 4 yard pass to Michael Walker. A.J Dillon pounded it in to put the Eagles on top 21-13.
Akers rushed up the middle for a 55 yard run. The Seminoles went 3&Out and were forced to kick a field goal. Aguayo made it and the Seminoles were still trailing 16-21.
Late in the 4th quarter with 1:49 on the clock Francois threw a 74 yard deep pass to Terry for the game winning touchdown giving FSU the close win with a score of 22-21.
Florida State head coach Willie Taggart talked about the team effort. He also talked about the game winning touchdown.
“They did not give up, we made all of the plays we needed to make and we got the dub” Said Taggart. ” We all go by certain converges, we seen one on one so we took it”
Florida State: Deandre Francois finished the game 19-36 with 322 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions. Cam Akers had 14 carriers for 110 yards and one touchdown. Tamorrion Terry paced the Noles with three catches for 112 yards and one touchdown
Boston College: Anthony Brown ended the game 18-36 with 297 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. A.J Dillon had 37 carriers for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Kobay White led the Eagles receivers with seven catches for 121 yards.
The Seminoles will take on their long time rival rank.13 Florida Gators Saturday Nov 24 at Doak Campbell Stadium at 12 P.M
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles women’s volleyball team will play the Virginia Cavaliers on Friday at 1 p.m in Charlottesville, Va.
After a victory against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons last Sunday, the Seminoles are ready to win their second game of conference play. Florida State’s junior hitter Payton Caffey was the player to watch in last week’s game. Caffey had 18 kills, three aces, seven digs and three blocks. Sophomore blocker Taryn Knuth also added six blocks and nine kills against the Demon Deacons.
After a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers are looking forward to getting their fifth win this season. Junior right side hitter Jelena Novakovic and sophomore outside hitter Sarah Billiard led the Cavaliers during the game against the Hokies last week. Novakovic and Billiard had a total of 17 kills and four blocks combined.
Caffey has dominated the court with 188 kills, 11 aces, 94 digs and 25 blocks so far this season. She has earned the Seminoles a total of 212.5 points this season, while redshirt senior Christina Ambrose follows with 156.0 points.
Billard has scored 204.0 points for the Cavaliers along with 179 kills, 10 aces, 36 digs and 27 blocks. Novakovic has followed right behind earning 140.0 points this season with 110 kills, 15 aces, 45 digs and 29 blocks.
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.