By: Brittany Defran & Alec Chessari
On the slate for today…
High school football playoff update
FSU women’s basketball battles UCONN
FAMU football’s comeback win overshadowed by brawl
FSU football dominates Boston College
FSU basketball 2-0 to start the season
By: Brittany Defran & Alec Chessari
Emma Vargas, Correspondent
Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – An exciting, back-and-forth district matchup took place in Gene Cox Stadium last night between the Chiles High Timberwolves and the Leon High Lions, who were also celebrating their seniors. After a struggle in the middle of the game, the Lions held on and defeated Chiles 28-21, sealing their spot in the Playoffs.
Leon was soundly ahead of the Timberwolves by the end of the first half. Senior James Peterson, who accounted for 60 yards of Leon’s total running game, scored his first of two touchdowns on the night halfway through the first quarter. Chiles, meanwhile, struggled with their passing and running, as they only threw for 57 yards and rushed less than 20 yards the first half.
Timberwolves quarterback, Avery Thomas, experienced difficulty in finding an open man and making complete passes throughout the first half. Leon also made a field goal in each quarter, one from 45 yards and another from the 18-yardline, wrapping up the first half leading 13-0.
A seemingly new Chiles team appeared at the start of the second half. Leon senior quarterback, Tyhran Glasco, who had a decent night overall with a total of 122 pass yards, threw his only interception of the night, which resulted in a Timberwolves touchdown in the first minute of the second half. The Chiles momentum only increased from there.
A blocked Leon punt led to the Timberwolves’ wide receiver, Curtis Hatch, scoring one of his two touchdowns for Chiles, pushing the Timberwolves ahead of Leon 14-13. Leon, however, had an answer. The Lions mostly depended on rushing in the second half. Peterson scored his second touchdown of the night with a 17-yard sweep play to the right. Leon then made a successful two-point conversion to put them up 21-14 at the end of the third quarter, halting the Chiles momentum.
The Lions furthered their lead early in the 4th quarter with a 60-yard touchdown pass by Glasco, putting them up 28-14 over Chiles. However, later in the quarter a turnover on downs followed by a pass interference flag on Leon put Chiles in a convenient position to score another touchdown. Thomas threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Hatch, making the score 28-21 getting the Timberwolves closer halfway through the 4th quarter.
Seeing that running back, Shane Sanders, was being soundly stopped in the second half, Chiles looked to quarterback Thomas to keep them in the game. A few successful passes got the Timberwolves into the endzone in the final 47 seconds of the game, only to have the touchdown called back by a holding penalty. In an effort to tie the game at the final quarter’s end, Thomas threw his second interception of the night, which would end the game.
The Leon Lions will face Robert E. Lee High School in the first round of the 7A Region 1 playoffs, in Jacksonville, Friday November 11th.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans make it 18 straight against the Leon Lions in their Senior Night victory, winning 26-3. Senior quarterback Chris Brimm carried the Trojans, accounting for all of their three touchdowns.
Brimm and the Trojan offense started the game off strong scoring in just two minutes on their first drive after a kickoff return that set them up at the midfield mark. Fellow senior Malik Garye caught a perfectly placed ball from Brimm for a 19-yard score.
The Lions felt the need to answer and set up quite a first drive themselves. On the first play of the drive James Peterson ran up the middle for a long gain of 59. This set the Lions up on the Trojan six yard line. After giving up the large gain, the Trojan defense held tough and only allowed a field goal, but the defense did not falter the rest of the game.
After the Trojan offense put up another score, a one-yard run by Brimm, the defense became stingy. The Lions were held to just 70 total rushing yards and zero passing yards in the first half. The second half was not any better; Leon ran for 64 more yards and completed one pass for 17 yards. Peterson was the leading rusher with 77 yards. Stephan Pierre was getting to the Leon quarterback Tyhran Glasco, coming up with two sacks on the night resulting in a total loss of 24 yards.
Chris Brimm, on the other hand, was doing whatever he wanted on offense. The Lincoln quarterback threw for a touchdown and ran the other two in himself. Brimm threw for 107 of his 244 yards in the first half alone, that’s more than Leon had in the entire game.
With this victory, not only did the Trojans secure bragging rights, again, over Leon, but they also secured another district championship. This is their 18th in a row.
The Trojans must now focus their attention to the University High School Titans, after a bye week, on the 28th of October. Leon plays again a week from tonight at home against Duval Charter.
Alec Chessari, Correspondent
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby’s explosive run game and defense lead them to their first win of the season over Leon.
Godby was 0-2 before their Friday night win. They went on the road and played Thompson, a tough Alabama school, as well Niceville, a perennial powerhouse. Godby came into Gene Cox stadium tonight with a different attitude. Their running backs were explosive and their defense was ready for Leon’s offense. The result was a 14-10 victory for Godby.
“We want to play those top caliber teams early in the season so we can expose our weaknesses,” said Godby head coach Todd Lanter.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans withstood a late surge from the Leon Lions, winning 2-1 in this rivalry game. The Trojans scored their runs early, both coming in the second inning off of a single from senior second baseman Trevor McElroy.
The Trojan (16-4, 4-1) defense kept the Lions (10-13, 1-4) at bay, leaving their runners stranded almost every inning – including a bases-loaded double play to end the game.
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TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (franchisesportsonline.net) – In last night’s district game at Bobby Benson field, Maclay overpowered the Lions from start to finish for a 13-3 victory. The Marauders need to maintain this momentum when they take on the Jesuit Tigers and number 5 ranked IMG Academy this weekend in Tampa. The following week, the Marauders will play three home games, two of which are against teams ranked in the top 20 in the state of Florida.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans and the Leon Lions meet once again for the second time in postseason play. The Trojans came out on top winning 57-52 at home in a high-intensity game.
Both teams spent the first two quarters feeling each other out; the combined score was 41 points at the half; Leon shooting 33% from the field, while Lincoln shot 30%. The second half is where the action really picked up.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Four quarters were not enough to decide the outcome of the 7A District Championship where the Lincoln Trojans went on to beat the Leon Lions 68-62.
Leon (18-8, 1-3), although officially the away team, hosted Lincoln (17-5, 4-0) and fought hard, but in the end could not keep up.
“First of all, let me just give coach Ricky Davis and the Leon Lions a lot of credit,” said Lincoln head coach Dimitric Salters. “They came in and they stood toe to toe with us tonight. They refused to lie down and lose…It’s really tough to beat a team three times, especially in their gym, regardless of who’s the favorite.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Leon Lions narrowly escape their longtime rival, the Chiles Timberwolves, with a 63-58 win in the 7A-2 District Semi-Final game.
The score was close throughout the game, and the Lions held a 52-49 lead with 4:30 left to go in the game with the Timberwolves nipping on their heels. Leon’s junior point guard Trejan Davis charged to the basket for another layup to deflate the Timberwolves and regain momentum for the Lions to carry them to a sweet semi-final playoff victory.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – A month after an early season blowout victory at home, the Godby Cougars waltzed into Leon High School to play the Lions for the second time this season. If they expected another easy win, they thought wrong.
Leon gave them everything they had this time. The Lions led by six with just under two minutes to play before Godby scored seven straight leading to a 63-60 win over Leon.