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Lincoln Ends Their Losing Streak Against Rickards

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Lincoln Trojans football team defeated the Rickards Raiders 49-0. The win would end a long losing streak against Rickards for the Trojans.

After only two plays of scrimmage, Rickards quarterback Greg Winters threw a pick-six to Lincoln cornerback Jalen Glaze for 40 yards, giving the Trojans the 7-0 lead.

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Lincoln would add to this lead with a one-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Sage Ennis, which would make the Trojan’s lead 14-0. This would also be the score at the end of the first quarter.

Lincoln quarterback Christopher Beard would connect with wide receiver Marko Skarcia for a 37-yard touchdown pass, ending a 73-yard, 11 play drive with 10:30 left to go in the 2nd quarter.

Lincoln would take over at the Rickards 23-yard line after a failed fourth down conversion by Rickards. This would lead to 23-yard touchdown throw by Beard, extending their lead to 28-0.

Beard would add two more touchdowns in the first half. He would have another passing touchdown, making their lead 28-0.

After Lincoln running back Chris Pendleton’s one-yard touchdown run, Beard would rush for a five-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left in the second quarter. At the end of the first half, the Trojans would lead Rickards 42-0.

In the second half, both head coaches would agree to have a running clock.

The Trojans would score on their first drive of the second half, with Beard passing for his third touchdown, this time to tight end Kamari Morales for 13 yards.

Beard would go 10-18 on the night, with 179 passing yards and 4 total touchdowns. Pendleton would also contribute with 96 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Lincoln head coach Quinn Grey said both Beard and Pendleton are playing well going into a crucial stretch of games.

“They’re hitting their stride at the right point in the season,” Grey said. “To have those guys come out in this type of game and to have a big game, it was big.”

Grey said he and his team were motivated to finally beat the Raiders.

“The seniors on our team had yet to beat this team since they have been in high school. There was motivation there for them,” Grey said. “But at the end of the day, we were more concerned about coming out here to play a good football game and not making mistakes that we’ve made in the past.”

Lincoln will end their Touchdown Against Cancer series at Gene Cox Stadium next Friday night against Chiles High School. Rickards will be hosting East Lake High School from Tarpon Springs, Florida on Oct. 5 at Gene Cox Stadium.

 

Godby Celebrates Homecoming, Remain Unbeaten

 

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Godby Cougars celebrated more than just homecoming as they move on to 5-0 with their 59-0 win over Titusville.

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From the start, Godby was in control. On the first play of the game, Trey Fisher found Macho Arza for a 53-yard reception. After a three and out by Titusville, Fisher started right where he left off connecting for three straight passes, including a 45-yard screen to Jaquez Yant.

The following drive saw great execution from the Godby defense as Quentin Miller snagged his first of two sacks in the game, forcing another punt. On his final pass of the night, Fisher connected with Alvin Jones III for a 26-yard touchdown. For the night, Fisher threw 5-5 on passes for 137-yards and three touchdowns.

On the final drive of the first Kamron Martin would get Godby on the scoreboard again to make the score 33-0. While the first quarter had a larger focus on the passing game, the second was made up of punt returns and rushes. On the second play of the second quarter, Alvin Jones III got his second touchdown of the game on a 45-yard punt return. After failed fourth down conversion from Titusville, Godby pounded the ball 40-yards in six plays between Travion Evans and Tyriq Parramore who punched it in to make it 46-0 before the halftime whistle blew.

A quick second half, due to a running clock, saw little change in game. Godby began to substitute players on both sides of the ball. Leland would find the endzone on a rush, along with Macho Arza on the following possession.

The Cougars look to get a district win next week when they travel to Wakulla.

“The clock starts now. We’re gonna celebrate, but we have a district game against Wakulla next week and we have to get our minds right for that one” head coach Corey Fuller said.

GODBY TO TAKE ON TITUSVILLE FOR HOMECOMING

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net–  The undefeated Godby Cougars (4-0) will go up against the Titusville Terriers (1-4) Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Forbes Field. This is also the Cougars homecoming game.

Godby is coming off a 57-0 win against Leon Lions (2-2).  Last week, Cougars junior quarterback Trey Fisher ended the game with 16 completions on 21 attempts for 355 yards and four touchdowns. Junior running back Jaquez Yant finished the game with four carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. Junior Running back Tyriq Parramore also contributed with seven carries for 46 yards and two touchdowns.

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Junior receiver Alvin Jones lll finished the game with five catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jahiem Knight ended the game with four catches for 97 yards and one touchdown. He also had three carries for 58 yards and rushed for one score. On the defensive side of the ball, safety De’shawn Rucker led the team with six tackles.

The Lions were led by senior linebacker Bryce Carpenter with seven tackles. Linebacker Joshua Seabrocks added six tackles and senior safety Miles Saunders also contributed with four tackles.

The Terriers are coming off a 49-14 loss against Palm Bay Pirates (2-2). Titusville is on its fourth consecutive loss of the season. The Terriers is hoping to get a win to end that streak.

Rickards’ Dean Jr. Putting Up Strong Numbers

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– Kelvin Dean Jr. has been tearing it up this season. In the first month, the senior running back put up a 5A District 2 high of 613 yards on 67 carries and eight touchdowns. That is an average of 153 yards per game along with two touchdowns in each.

In every game he’s played, the Temple commit has shown why defenses game plan around him. In his first game of the season, Dean Jr. only put up 40 rushing yards on 11 carries and averaged 3.6 yards per carry. Against Leon, he was an immovable object; he put up 173 yards on 13 carries and also had a touchdown. This was only through two and a half quarters due to an injury that kept him out for the rest of the game.

The next week he was back on the field against Chiles where he put up 115-yards on 17 carries and another touchdown. Dean Jr. hit it out of the park against Gadsen County. He rushed for 285 yards on 26 carries. On those carries, six of them were touchdowns. With numbers like these, Dean Jr. will be close to his career high from last season of 1,836 rushing yards.

The season is still young. Dean Jr. hopes that his numbers lead to more as Rickards this season is 1-4. The Temple commit looks to take the momentum of last week’s phenomenal performance to Gene Cox this Friday night as Rickards takes on Lincoln.

Godby Dominates Leon 57-0

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Godby Cougars overpowered Leon on both sides of the ball leading to a decisive win 57-0.

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From the start of the first quarter, the Cougars were on fire. After forcing a quick three and out from Leon, Godby pounded the ball with Tyriq Parramore leading to their first touchdown of the game.

The Lions fought back on the next drive as Paxton Tomaini connected with DJ Campbell for a 48-yard play, but ultimately the drive was unsuccessful as Leon would miss a 26-yard field goal. Godby followed up with an 11-play drive, culminating in Trey Fisher touchdown to Jahiem Knight from 34 yards out.

After a Christion Williams interception, Fisher connected with junior Alvin Jones III for a 48-yard touchdown. The score was 18-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw much of the same. After three consecutive drives ending with punts, Godby was back on the board as senior running back Kamron Martin punched it in to make it 24-0. On the Lions’ next possession, Williams would get his second interception of the game. The Cougar offense would follow with a 64-yard sprint by junior running back Jaquez Yant for another score.

After another three and out from Leon, Fisher would get in the end zone one more time as he found Macho Arza from four yards out. At the half, the score was 37-0.

The third quarter started with a 60-yard bomb from Fisher to Jones III to make it 43-0. On their next drive, Parramore would get his second touchdown of the game to make it 50-0. Jahiem Knight would also score again late in the fourth, making the final score 57-0.

Fisher had a total of 316 passing yards and four passing touchdowns.

“Our receivers made all the plays, did most of the work, I was just the guy to throw them the ball,” Fisher said.

The Cougars rushing game was also crucial as they picked up nearly 200 rushing yards and another five touchdowns split between Knight, Yant, Martin, and Parramore.

Leon looks to bounce back from their two-game losing streak and get above .500 next week against Gateway in Kissimmee. Godby will be happy to play their first home game next week against Titusville.

 

Rickards Gets First Win Of The Season Against Gadsden County

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Rickards Raiders High School football team defeated the Gadsden County High School Jaguars Thursday night. Despite the teams having a combined eight turnovers, the final score wound up 55-32.

Rickards fumbled on the first play from scrimmage.  Quarterback Blake Goins fumbled a jet sweep to wide receiver Sammy Carter. Gadsden County recovered the ball deep in Rickards territory,  which led to a three-yard rushing touchdown by Jaguar’s running back Koleion Rich, giving them a 6-0 lead.

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Rickards would bounce back with running back Kelvin Dean Jr. would score three consecutive touchdowns.

Gadsden would get back into the game with a pick six, narrowing the Rickards lead to 21-12. Rich added a 61-yard touchdown to make the score 21-18 with 7:34 left in the first half.

Rickards would get the ball back inside their own 10 yard line with about a little more than a minute left to go in the half. This would lead to another touchdown run by Dean Jr., this time from 84 yards out. Dean Jr. would also accumulate 203 yards and 4 touchdowns in the first half on only 14 carries.

In the second quarter, Goins would go down with an injury and did not return to the game. Junior quarterback Greg Winters would step in for the remainder of the game.

Gadsden County would start the second half with an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. After Gadsden intercepted Winter’s pass, the Jaguars would take the lead with a touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Da’nillo McCloud, making it a 32-28 game.

This would be the last touchdown Gadsden would get. Dean Jr. and Carter would both add two touchdowns, with Carter having a running and a receiving touchdown.

Dean Jr. would end up having 253 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns on 26 carries. The rest of Rickards’ struggled with turnovers, with five total in the game. 

Rickards head coach Quintin Lewis said the turnover problem for the Raiders has been present all season.

“We’ve been struggling with turnovers all year,” Lewis said. “We’ve got to keep working. We have to keep on practicing and work on it more and more. We have tough games coming up and we can’t turn the ball over against some of these teams.”

Dean Jr. shinned, averaging 9.7 yards per carry. He said the team’s first victory should help get things rolling for the Raiders

“It’s a great team win. It’s a great bounce back from 0-3 and we have to keep rolling. We can’t go back from here, only up. Next game, I want to go for 260, and after that, maybe 300,” Dean Jr. said. “We got a lot of fight in us. I love these boys with all my heart and I told them I’m going to go hard for them every day.”

Rickards will play at Lincoln, at Gene Cox Stadium next Friday night to end the Touchdowns for Cancer series.

 

Trojans Win On Historic Night

 

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Lincoln Trojans made history in a  75-0  win against the Hudson Cobras, including 41 in the first half.

Lincoln set the tone early against Hudson. Junior quarterback, Christopher Beard threw for 160 yards on 8-10 passing attempts and had four passing touchdowns. On the receptions were Sage Ennis, Marko Skarica, and Kamari Morales twice. Skarica also had a 55-yard punt return in the quarter and Caleb Matthews ran for 75-yards with a touchdown. 

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In a reverse of positions, the second quarter saw Morales throw a 38-yard bomb to Beard in the end zone. The Trojans held the Cobras to 15 yards in the half with interceptions by Markus Knight and Jalen Glaze.

After a short weather delay, Lincoln found themselves in the endzone again as Jaylond Pendleton got his first of two rushing touchdowns to put the team up at half 54-0.

The second half saw much of the same as Pendleton would rush for a 35-yard touchdown, making it 61-0. Lincoln also got a chance to see Anthony Rowe at quarterback. He would throw for 51 yards and score on a running play to conclude the third quarter 68-0.

In a quick fourth quarter, Raymond Ashley would score the final touchdown of the game, making it the most points in Lincoln history, 75-0.

“Honestly, I wasn’t aware of the records, but it’s good to know that this team will go down in history as the team to put down 75,” Beard said on the accomplishment.

The Trojans look to carry on their winning ways next week against at Lowndes.

Six Turnovers Gets Leon Past Rickards

Brandon Halas, Correspondent (@BrandonHalasFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Leon Lions football team forced the Rickards Raiders into six turnovers to extend their record to 2-0 on the year with a close 22-21 win Friday night at Gene Cox Stadium.

The game was dominated early by Rickards as they went up early 7-0 behind a 40-yard touchdown by Kelvin Dean Jr. Leon would capture its first turnover on a Khamari Brown interception that was returned for 33 yards. That led to a 19-yard touchdown by junior quarterback Paxton Tomaini on the first play of the second quarter.

The second quarter was defined by turnovers as Rickards gave away another interception to junior Marvin Easley.

“Getting turnovers is something we practiced all week,” Easley said.

Again the turnover would lead to points. The Lions would kick a field goal making it 9-7 going into the half.

Rickards came out rejuvenated in the second half behind senior quarterback, Blake Goins as he led Rickards downfield culminating in a nine-yard rush to put the Raiders back on top 14-9. Tomanini and the Lions responded quickly with a nine-yard quarterback rush of their own, regaining the lead 15-14.

Rickards’ rushing game was hurt by the injury of leading rusher, Kelvin Dean Jr., on an awkward landing on a rush in the third quarter. Dean Jr. put up a staggering 145 rushing yards along with a touchdown through three quarters.

Rickards would take back the lead again with a quick strike from Goins making it 21-15 heading into the fourth quarter. However, on their next possession, Leon would get another takeaway when sophomore Jarvis Williams picked off Goins. On the following Leon punt, Rickards fumbled the return and the Lions recovered the ball on the five-yard line. Parker Williams would punch it in on the goal line making it 22-21.

Although Dean Jr. left earlier with an undisclosed injury, sophomore De’andre Francis picked up the load for the rest of the game for the Rickards running attack as he totaled 53 yards in the fourth. Once again, a fumble led to another turnover for the Raiders. Leon would run out the clock, gaining their second win of the season.

“Overall, it was just a great team win,” Tomaini said. He finished the game with 120 total yards. “Any time your defense gets six turnovers, your more than likely going to win.” 

Rickards looks to bounce back from their 0-2 start next week against Chiles. As for Leon, they look to ride their 2-0 start into the rest of the season. The Lions take on Sandalwood September 7th at home.

“Leon we’re back on the map!” Easley said.

Lincoln Trojans Nearly Shut Out Bainbridge

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Lincoln High School football team went up against the Bainbridge Bearcats on a rainy Thursday night at Gene Cox Stadium. The Trojans almost posted a shutout, but a touchdown by Bainbridge in the final two minutes of the game brought the final score to 28-6.

 

Both team’s offenses started off slow as Bainbridge went three and out on nearly every possession in the first quarter. With 1:14 left in the first period, the Trojans scored the first touchdown of the game on a blocked punt as junior wide receiver Sage Ennis scoped it up and scored to put Lincoln up 7-0.

Ennis said it was more important for the teams to be prepared mentally for the dealing with the elements. 

“On offense, we had some mental mistakes and some physical. Nothing that we can’t fix up,” Ennis said. “It was really just a mental thing. Everybody was ready to come out and the weather will get to you. The weather can affect you but it’s all about what you can do.”

In the second quarter, Bainbridge sophomore running back Rashad Broadnax took a carry up the middle for a 25-yard run, but the Bearcat offense could not do anything more and had to punt on that possession. 

At the 5:15 mark in the second quarter, the Trojans were on the three-yard line in Bearcat territory before junior quarterback Christopher Beard ran 96 yards into the endzone to give the  Trojans a 14-0 lead. The score would remain the same heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Trojans scored two more touchdowns, giving them a  28-0 lead. Bainbridge scored late in the fourth quarter but missed the extra point attempt. But, the damage was already done.

Lincoln’s stingy defense against the Bearcats earned the praises of the Trojan’s head coach, Quinn Gray. Gray said the defense has been clicking all season.

“The last two weeks, they’ve been lights out. I am really proud of them,” Gray said. “They are swarming to the ball and they are celebrating with each other when they make plays. They just got to keep it up.”

The Trojans offense posted 28 points but they also had some minor mistakes. Gray said despite the production, cutting out the mistakes will be key moving forward in the season.

“We have a pretty explosive offense and we got some pretty explosive guys on offense,” Quinn said. “Too many holding penalties, people coming free in the run game and we have to fix it. I am sure we will get it corrected.”

Lincoln’s next game will be against the Hudson Cobras on Sept. 7 at Gene Cox Stadium at 7 p.m. Bainbridge will face the Brooks County Trojans in Quitman, Ga.

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.