By: Madison Read, Correspondent
Nick Pierce, Correspondent
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State simply overpowered Valdosta State on Thursday night, beating the Blaze 104-76 in the Seminoles final preseason matchup.
Valdosta State kept the score close for the first ten minutes of the game, but eventually, FSU just proved to be too athletic. The Seminoles busted the game open with a 20-4 scoring run, giving them a 45-25 lead with 4:47 left in the first half.
FSU had a significant height advantage over the Blaze. This allowed for the Seminoles to score 38 points in the paint during the first half alone, while only giving up four. The faster FSU team also scored 21 points off of turnovers in the first half, while only giving up 5. All of this gave way to a 58-32 Seminole lead at halftime.
Not much changed in the second half. FSU kept scoring points and maintained a double-digit lead. The defense, however, struggled at times to stop Valdosta State, as they gave up 34 points in the final half of play.
“We gave up too many uncontested shots tonight, but I expect us to do better in the future,” said FSU coach Leonard Hamilton. “Tonight’s performance showed that we have a tremendous amount of talent, but it’s still a work in progress.”
Jonathan Isaac led the way for the Seminoles, as the Freshman scored 20 points in only 19 minutes of play. Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Dwayne Bacon added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
FSU opens regular season play Saturday, November 12. They will host Charleston Southern at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
By: Robert Blackburn, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Despite an hour and a half delay, and an uncharacteristically slow start for Tallahassee Community College, the Eagles (1-0) topped Faith Baptist Christian Academy (0-1) 69-59. Tre Todd hit a big three with 3:45 remaining in the game to secure the season opener for TCC.
Though the offense never really got in gear, the Eagles played aggressive defense shutting down the Faith Baptist offense and winning the rebound battle 60-51 to make up for a lack luster night shooting the ball.
Deion Bute and Ronald Bell led the defense charge both finishing the game with a double-double. Bute’s night ended with 16 rebounds, 10 of which we offense and 10 points all of which coming in the paint. Bell had 10 points and 10 rebounds in his first game under head coach Mark White.
Tallahassee finished the night 2-17 from three-point land, good for 11 percent. Coach White, was obviously displeased with the outcome from behind the arc but chalked it up as it being opening night and just one of those games were the ball did not fall.
Alec Chessari, Correspondent
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net)
Penalties played a major factor in Florida State’s 37-34 loss to third-ranked Clemson on Saturday in Doak Campbell Stadium. Mental errors cost the Seminoles 111 yards in penalties.
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher was not happy with the officiating of the game. He was arguing with the referee after a chop block called on FSU fullback Freddie Stevenson that he did not agree with. He even suggested that the officials needed to be monitored closer.
“It’s ridiculous. It is not a chop,” Fisher said. “I’m going to tell you what, you hold the coaches accountable, the players accountable, hold the damn officials accountable.”
By Madison Read, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – No. 12 Florida States takes on No. 3 Clemson in a Saturday night ACC showdown. The Seminoles are at home, but need to get off to a good start against the Tigers. If not, the Tigers explosive offense may be too much to handle. Kickoff is at 8pm.
Jordan Pandy, Correspondent
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State basketball dominates offensively, blowing out Southeastern University 119-58 in their first exhibition game of the season. Phil Cofer was the top scorer for the Seminoles, putting up 20 points in 20 minutes.
The Seminoles were playing much faster than they were last year, 20 of their points came off of fast breaks. A lot of the increase in tempo comes with the slight change of the lineup. The Noles started the game with three guards, one forward, and a center, essentially playing with four ball handlers on the floor at a time.
“You guys have been asking me, ‘who’s playing the four, who’s playing the three, who’s playing the one?’ the only position we really dominate by is the post guy,” said Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We’re trying to create a system where we’re more difficult to defend because we have multiple handlers, multiple guys who are pushing – anybody who gets the rebound has the ability to push the ball up the court and create early offense.”
One player who seemed to really flourish in this system was second-year guard Dwayne Bacon. Bacon shot 62% from the field, 60% from three, and finished with 13 points. He commented on the, close to, positionless system.
“Like it says in the stat book: guard, guard, guard – we have a lot of guards,” said Bacon. “We want to play all guards and one big. We want to run up and down.”
One of ball handling big men was the number one high school recruit in the state, Jonathan Isaac who made his Florida State debut. Isaac ended the game with a solid double-double, 17 points and 11 rebounds. Listed at 6’10” Isaac handled the ball well and was looking to push it on many of his defensive rebounds. Coach Hamilton liked what he saw from his freshman star, but also attributed his success to the offensive system.
“What I saw was effort,” said Hamilton. “This team is going to have to win by committee – he had a night tonight. He’s a talented player but when we move the ball and make the extra pass we’ll create those kinds of opportunities for each other and every night it will be somebody different.”
Isaac also impressed his fellow teammates.
“He’s a freak,” said Bacon. “That guy is just crazy. He’s going to be a great guy for us this year. He can lead us in so many ways. Not just offensively but defensively too – he got a couple blocks and a lot of rebounds. He’s going to be a great addition to our team this year, for sure.”
The Seminoles used a total of 10 players throughout the game, each player played around the same amount of minutes. With the increase of speed this year it is important that players get enough rest during the game, even if that means a slight drop in minutes for some players.
“I’m fine with the rest because we have fresh guys that come and they can lead off right where we [first unit] left off,” said Bacon who averaged almost 29 minutes last season and played 23 in this game. “We have guys this year that, when we get out and they come in there won’t be any difference in game. Those guys will still compete at the highest level. When we come back in, we can play at our highest level – every time I come in I feel like I’m fresh.”
The Seminoles looked good but, according to coach Ham, there is still a lot to work on. The next preseason game for the Noles will be against Valdosta State November 3rd at 7pm.
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FAMU leads North Carolina A&T, 43-15-2 all-time since the first game in 1938. N.C. A&T won last year’s game, 28-10 in Tallahassee.
FAMU redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley, was named MEAC Rookie of the Week for the second straight week after his performance in the Rattlers’ 31-14 Homecoming win over Hampton Saturday.
Samuel Profeta, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (FranchiseSportsOnline.net) – This week is a big week for the No. 12 ranked Florida State Seminoles as they face a tough match against currently ranked No. 3, the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles will attempt to end the Tiger’s hopes of reaching the playoffs and in return create a huge leap for themselves in the polls. This is arguably one of the most anticipated games on the schedule for Coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles as this is their ACC division rival and not to mention that Clemson is standing strong at the top of the division with a 7-0 record.
When asked about facing Clemson’s talented defense, this is what Coach Fisher had to say:
“What I’m saying, there’s no lay-ups and things you can just — you’ll have a chance to get, and they make you execute and play tight coverage in the secondary.”
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Alec Chessari, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE FLA, (franchisesportsonline.net)- The Florida A & M University Rattlers have had an eventful homecoming weekend. They played the Hampton University Pirates Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The stands were packed with 26,044 fans wearing orange and green as all the Rattler fans were excited for this big homecoming game against the Pirates. The Rattlers finished off this exciting week with an even more exciting 31-14 win over Hampton University Pirates.
The Rattlers started the game fast and didn’t hold back after that. The first drive for the rattlers ended up as a touchdown. Ryan Stanley found his big guy an offensive lineman Louben Polinice for a 19 yard TD. Stanley finished the drive 4-5 with two carries as well.
The defense played a big role in this win as well as the offense. The rattlers defense only let the Hampton pirates get in the red zone twice the entire game. The defense forced a fumble which was recovered by Braxton Brown and got two interceptions tonight.
The offense was also on a role, every time they got the ball they were hungry to score. Ryan Stanley finished the game off 18-31 212 yards and 2 TD. Stanley hasn’t turned the ball over since he has been named the starting QB.
The running backs had a nice game. Devin Bowers had 18 carries for 74 yards and Hans Supre had 10 carries for 44 yards and a TD.
Kareem Smith was all over the field whether it was on special teams or even on offense. He finished the game with 6 catches for 86 yards. He also had 3 punt returns for a total of 54 yards and a long of 35 yards.
Braxton Brown 6 tackles 1 tackle for loss
Orland Mckinley 5 tackles
Justen Bennett had 5 tackles
Quenteze Gallon 5 tackles
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – After ending Florida State’s national championship run in the semi-finals last year, defeating the Seminoles 2-0, Duke visited Tallahassee to play Florida State for the first time this season in an ACC top 10 match up. After 97 minutes of challenging back and forth play, Kaycie Tillman was able to head the ball in the back of the net scoring the golden goal.
Florida State (10-2-2) started off strong with dominant possession, but Duke (12-2-2) challenged the Seminoles with fast pace and physical play. Megan Connolly took the first corner kick for the Seminoles seven minutes into the first half. Goalkeeper Cassie Miller’s first save of the game came off of a shot by Duke forward Toni Payne on a corner kick in the 21st minute. The half ended with another save by Miller, who blocked a penalty kick from outside the box taken by Olivia Erlbeck.
Both teams came out of halftime with aggressive attitudes. Seminole midfielder Olivia Bergau made a goal attempt in the 58th minute with a cross toward the left top corner of the net, which was saved by the Duke goalkeeper, E.J. Proctor. The Blue Devils followed up with a series of three corner kicks, all taken by Ashton Miller, in four minutes – none of which resulted in a goal. Kristen McFarland of the Seminoles attempted a high shot which passed over the net.
With five minutes remaining in the second half, the Blue Devils received a free kick; defender Mia Gyau was tackled in the box by Florida State defender Natalia Kuikka. Duke midfielder, Christina Gibbons, who carried a strong presence throughout the game, stepped up to take the penalty kick, but her shot was blocked, rebounded, and finally saved by the goalkeeper, Miller. Miller made another save in the final minute of the half, slimly capturing an attempted shot from Morgan Reid, ending the second half still scoreless.
“I really wanted our team to get a win tonight, so I did what I could do,” said Miller. “I just chose a side and I went. The soccer gods were in my favor. Every single day in practice I train for shots from out wide.”
The teams then entered a ten-minute overtime period. Both teams knew what was at stake and played even harder than before. With two minutes and fifty-seven seconds left in the first overtime period, Tillman made a dramatic game-ending header from the six-yard line into the net with a cross sent over from teammates Bergau and Kuikka.
“By and large we competed very well today,” said Seminole head coach Mark Krikorian. “And sometimes these games you need a little bit of luck, and we had a little bit of luck.”
Florida State gets a huge win and gives the Blue Devils their first ACC loss of the year. The Seminoles need to turn their attention now to the Louisville Cardinals who they face in their last home game of the year October 23rd at 1PM.