Category Archives: North Florida Christian

GAME PREVIEW: NOLES TAKES ON EAGLES

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net–  Florida State High Seminoles will go up against North Florida Christian Eagles on Friday at Florida High at 7:30 p.m.

The Seminoles (4-1) are coming off a 45-8 win over Gadsden County Jaguars (0-5). Florida State junior quarterback Bryson Hill finished the game with four completions on eight attempts for 65 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore running-back Alfred Menjor ended the game with seven carriers for 95 yards. Junior running back Willie Taggart Jr. rushed for ten yards with three carriers and one touchdown. Taggart Jr. also contributed at quarterback throwing the ball four times and completing them all for 58 yards.

Seminoles sophomore receiver Ahmari Harvey ended the game with three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Raymond Woodie added 30 yards and one catch.

Junior linebacker Jacob Massey led the team in tackles, finishing with eight total. Adding to the mix with seven tackles was sophomore linebacker, Amarrie Harris.

North Florida Christian (4-2) is coming off a huge 30-0 win versus South Walton Seahawks (3-3). The Eagles freshman quarterback Drew Fauort ended the game with seven completions on seven attempts for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Jonathan Riley finished the game with 16 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Senior cornerback T.J ward led the team in tackles with a total of seven.

The Seminoles average 28 points a game compared to the Eagles 20.

North Florida Christian Quarterback Transfers

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

Max Fay | Franchise Sports Tallahassee

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.

 

 

Franchise Sports Brief: Chiles Baseball

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)– It’s baseball season and the Chiles Timberwolves are hungry for revenge.

Last year, the Timberwolves, led by head coach Dick Steed, finished with an overall 15-12  record and suffered a first-round playoff exit to the Fletcher Senators. Last year’s team graduated nine seniors who played pivotal roles in the batting rotation as well as served as leaders.

The Timberwolves dominated district play, posting a 7-1 record and even earning the 48th spot for the best team in the state.

Experience isn’t an issue. The Timberwolves have eight returning players who all received a fair amount of playing time last year.

Talent shouldn’t be an issue either. Three of those eight returning players are juniors or younger. Players who will finally get a chance to step up into a bigger role.

As of now, Chiles has a 10-7 record, at home they are 5-3 and away they are 5-4. In their last 10 games, they are 6-4 but they’re currently on a six-game win streak that they plan on extending against the Lincoln Trojans in a home match on April 6. Chiles has seven games left, five of which are district games.

Although consistency has been an issue (the Timberwolves have had several losing streaks of two or more games), Chiles plans on making some noise in the playoffs. Their final game this season is a tough match-up against the NFC Eagles. The same Eagles that secured a 14-3 victory over the Timberwolves earlier this season.

Franchise Sports Spotlight: Trey Fisher

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –  Naturally, you would assume that someone like North Florida Christian quarterback Trey Fisher, who’s father is one of the best coaches in all of college football, would leave his fate up to nepotism. If you didn’t know him, you’d figure he would coast throughout life while lazily siphoning clout, accolades and success from his last name.

NFC assistant coach Eddy Arza doesn’t agree. He  said Fisher is as hardworking and dedicated as they come.

“Trey leads by example he never wants to take a break, always runs sprints full speed and never misses a practice. Even when he was sick he was at practice getting mental reps and helping teammates,” Eddy said.

Fisher spends the majority of his time involved in football-related activities. He studies film every day and when he’s not doing that he’s lifting weights, working on his agility or throwing to his receivers.

“I appreciate the daily grind of the game. I love the workouts, I love the morning film sessions, I love everything about the game,” Fisher said.

One of Fisher’s best friends, standout receiver and go-to target, Macho Arza, also spoke about his starting signal caller’s hard work and their relationship. He talked about how they make each other better.

“I believe we have a really tight connection off the field and that helps on the field a lot. We motivate each other. We want to be the best players in the country,” Macho said.

Hard work isn’t the only thing that makes him special according to Devin Rispress, head coach of Fisher’s 7 on 7 team, the Tallahassee RecordBreakerz. Rispress said Fisher’s football acumen separates him on the field.

“I’ve coached some great players in my career, but what separates Trey is his knowledge of the game. I have to be very sharp when coaching a player with [a football IQ] as great as Trey’s. He reminds me of Drew Brees in the way he delivers the ball and the way that he’s a field general. The similarities are consistent all the way down to the height,” Rispress said.

Brees is one of Fisher’s many idols in a list that includes great players his father has coached as well as players he’s coached against. He also learns from established professionals as well as up and coming collegiate stars.

“I pattern my game after pro guys like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, and Jameis [Winston] but I try to learn from the younger guys like [Deondre] Francois too,” Fisher said.

People around him said his competitive streak reaches more than just football. Macho Arza said he turns everything into a competition and that he loves winning.

“Oh no, he never stops! Trey wants to get every answer right, make the paper ball in the basket before anybody, all of that. He is the real definition of a competitor,” Macho said.

Fisher has also shown his coaches and teammates that he can be trusted in crunch-time situations. He’s led numerous comebacks for NFC and the RecordBreakerz.

“This past weekend (Feb. 21) in Myrtle Beach we were in an elimination game with six seconds to go on 3rd down. I looked at him to confirm the play and felt confident because I didn’t see any panic in him. He dropped back looked off the defense and threw a strike to Gadsden Country star receiver Sammy Carter to win the game with no time left,” Rispress said.

Workouts in the morning, afternoon and evening, a 7-on-7 practice and then an hour-long film session is a normal day for Fisher. Football is in his blood.

“The apple does not fall far from the tree. He’s a fierce competitor like his dad and he demands more of himself than me or coach Fisher,” Eddy said.

 

 

 

 

Trey Fisher Earning his Spot

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – FSU fans all across the world were heartbroken when head coach Jimbo Fisher declared starting quarterback Deondre Francois would miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season due to a patella tendon injury suffered in the second half of the season opener against Alabama. 

But to the Fishers, specifically Trey Fisher, this is nothing out of the ordinary.

Trey Fisher was thrust into the position of North Florida Christian’s starting quarterback after a career-ending shoulder injury sidelined last years starter, JD Jerry.

In most cases, having a sophomore forced into a position as important as quarterback has dire consequences on a season. Most coaches would tweak entire offenses based off of this change.

NFC’s head coach Steve Price did none of that.

Instead, through ten games the Eagles are 8-2 and in the second round of the 2A playoffs. In part because of Fisher stepping up and accepting the bigger role and all of its responsibilities.

Fisher is a born leader. It’s evident, with the majority of NFC’s core being young. Both leading rushers are juniors or younger and leading receiver Macho Arza is a junior as well. So Fisher fits in perfectly with their young talent.

“It feels great (to be starting),” Fisher said. “NFC is a storied program and I hope to write my own chapter in it.”

 

NFC Routes John Paul II

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – In the opening round of the Florida high school football 2A playoffs, John Paul II took a short bus ride to play the favored North Florida Christian Eagles. NFC won 43-10 in a dominant performance offensively as well as defensively.

NFC running back Von Hayes totaled 115 yards and two touchdowns and Macho Arza added two touchdowns on the ground.

John Paul quarterback Brain Woodend gained 232 yards of total offense against the stout Eagles defense. Star running back Nehemiah Mitchell added 122 total yards as well as the Panthers lone touchdown on a 73-yard touchdown reception.

The first half was anyone’s ball game. The Panthers scored first with a 15-yard field goal on their opening drive.

Defensive line pressure led by Jalen Norwood forced Woodend into a grounding penalty that resulted in a safety to set the score to 3-2.

In the second quarter, Arza scored on a quarterback option from 25 yards out that gave the Eagles the lead. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was 10-3.

The Panthers answered quickly with what would be their first and last touchdown of the night on a 73-yard pass from Woodend to Mitchell.

NFC went on to score 33 points unanswered.

A 33-yard pass touchdown from Trey Fisher to receiver Deondre McCray kicked off NFC’s scoring tirade.

On the Eagles opening drive of the second half, they marched 50 yards down the field to scored on a one-yard run by running back Quan Myrick.

Later in the third, the Eagles would score again on an 18-yard pass from Fisher to Hayes. One series later, Hayes scored on a 15-yard scamper for the final score of the game.

“We feel like we have weapons,” NFC head coach Steve Price said. “Fisher’s been playing well and we have some great runners.”

John Paul’s historic season did not end as planned but the Panthers posted the schools all-time best record, 9-1.

“I’m very proud of my guys, they played great, they really stuck their necks out there. We had a terrific season,” -JPII head coach Kez McCorvey said.

Next week NFC will travel to Jacksonville and play University Christian.

NFC drops first game of the season to Florida High

Rebecca Sweeney, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State High School football team played North Florida Christian in hopes of adding another win to their 3-2 season. The Seminoles ended up with a 28-18 victory.

The first quarter started off strong for the Seminoles with their first touchdown of the night with 10:18 left on the clock. After making the field goal they led 7-0. There were no other scores in the quarter. 

Florida high scored a touchdown with 11:51 on the clock, making the score at 14-0. NFC scored their first touchdown of the night with 1:05 on the clock, making the score 14-6. Florida High scored another touchdown with 29 seconds left in the half, increasing their lead to 21-6 until the end of the first half.

The Eagles fought back in the third quarter with Florida High only scoring one touchdown to put the score at 28-6. NFC’s Jonathan Railey scored the team’s second touchdown of the night, making the score at 28-12.

Near the end of the fourth quarter, NFC scored their final touchdown of the night. The loss put an end to North Florida Christian’s Undefeated season.

“I thought we did a good job of coming out and setting the tone early. We did a really good job, of making plays early. It is a really good football team we played tonight and we got a good win,” Florida High head coach Jarrod Hickman said.

 Florida High is now 4-2 this season with 4 more games left in the season. The Seminoles will take on the Wakulla War Eagles next week.

 “Get better,” Hickman said. “We have to clean up some of our things because they are a really good football team. They can run it and throw it and their coach is a really good coach.”

North Florida Christian Baseball Beats Maclay at Home

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent (@JordanPandyFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – North Florida Christian started the game out slow but had a big fourth inning to help them beat rival Maclay. Sophomore catcher JD Jerry had a strong showing on both defense and offense and broke the game open for NFC.

The first three innings of the game would see no hits from either team; the North Florida Christian Eagles (3-1, 2-0) had back-to-back quick innings to start the game, only three plate appearances each inning. NFC players were swinging early in the count and were lacking patience. A few pitching mistakes from Maclay (3-3, 0-1) and timely hitting helped the Eagles find their rhythm offensively.

“We just relaxed a little bit,” said NFC head coach Mike Posey. “The pitcher’s pitch count was getting up there a little bit, so we started looking at more pitches. We did a great job with two strikes – we had several two-strike at-bats and we worked the guy for walks. We just had to relax a little bit. Zero, zero in the fourth inning you get a little tight.”

After three walks and two players hit by pitches, JD Jerry eventually got to the plate with his team winning 2-0 and the bases loaded. Jerry sent a ball into left field – for the first hit of the game – that unloaded the bases and put him on 2nd. Jerry finished the game going 2-for-3 and also threw somebody out at 2nd base after a wild pitch.

The Eagles scored a combined 30 runs in their previous two games before tonight, but in this game it took them a while to heat up offensively. Mike Posey credited Maclay to his team’s early struggles.

“I think our offense is pretty good – we’ve been scoring some runs, but this was a better team today that we played,” said Posey.

Even though NFC came out on top, coach Posey still thinks the team has some areas to improve on early in the season.

“We have to work a little bit better on concentration at the plate,” said Posey. “I think we battled and fought with two strikes a lot, but I think we swing at pitches sometimes that weren’t in the strike zone – we just have to do a better job at that.”

Maclay will try to shake this one off in their next game as they face Godby at home on March 10th at 4PM. North Florida Christian plays again at home against Hamilton County on March 9th at 4PM. Both

FAMU DRS Caps Off Another Perfect Season in District Play

Nick Pierce, Correspondent (@NickPierceFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – FAMU DRS held off a fourth quarter rally, holding on to beat NFC 85-81 in overtime. The win marked the second year in a row that the Baby Rattlers went undefeated in district play.

After building a 65-51 lead with just five minutes remaining in the game, FAMU DRS (13-9, 10-2) fell victim to a vicious Eagle rally. Andre Combs and Major Posey led NFC on a 15-4 scoring run. At one point during the run, the Eagles (6-14, 4-6) went to the free-throw line three times in just 37 seconds. Deandre McCray then made a layup with eight seconds remaining, tying the game at 74 and sending it to overtime.

“I thought that they came back on the free-throw line. We allowed them to get there too much, and that rattled our kids,” Baby Rattler coach Sean Crowe said. “It’s all part of the maturation process, though. We’re still a pretty young team and have some growing up to do.”

FAMU DRS took the lead for good after Chris Brown hit a three-pointer with 1:14 left in the overtime period. Brown then sealed the game by making a free-throw with seven seconds remaining, putting the Baby Rattlers up by two possessions.

“I think a big part of our success is that our players are just learning to play with each other,” Crowe said. “They’re getting comfortable with what I’m asking them to do. I know what they like and they know what I like, so it works.”

FAMU DRS trailed for almost the entirety of the first half. That changed when Posey was charged with a technical foul with 1:01 left in the second quarter. Baby Rattler guard Mekhi Yant was then sent to the line. Yant made all four of his free-throws and Brown drained a jumper on the ensuing possession. The six-point swing gave FAMU DRS a 37-36 halftime lead.

“Mekhi’s growing into the leadership role,” Crowe said. “He played great for us tonight. One of the things I’ve asked him to do is to teach the new guys how we do things. He’s done a really good job with that.”

The Baby Rattlers host Lincoln tomorrow night. The Eagles will take on Aucilla Christian Monday night.

Leading Scorers

FAMU DRS:

Mekhi Yant – 21

Marquis Davis – 19

Javion Johnson – 10

Chris Brown – 8

 

NFC:

Andre Combs – 16

Deandre McCray – 14

Trent Phillips – 13

Major Posey – 13

Victor Clark – 8

 

Wakulla Too Good for NFC

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

Tallahassee FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net)-Wakulla proved to be too much for NFC  on Friday night. The War Eagles held NFC to less than 170 yards of offense in route to a 42-3 road victory.

Wakulla made the most of the first half. After Jason McCarl threw an interception on their first drive of the night, the War Eagles bounced back and scored touchdowns on their next four possessions. Jaylon Worsham, Demarcus Lindsey, Chris Beverly, and Brandon Berry all found the end zone for Wakulla, giving the War Eagles a 28-0 lead at the half.

Not much changed in the second half. Wakulla’s offensive line continued to control the game after a running clock was instituted. Derek Allen scored a 68-yard rushing touchdown on a read-option keeper during the War Eagle’s second drive of the half.

“Our offensive line has been getting better every week,” said Wakulla coach Scott Klees. “We only had one returner from last year, but he got hurt in the beginning of the year and missed the first six games. He played tonight, so we’re glad to get him back. I was very happy with the way we came out. We had a tough loss last week and our guys bounced back up, so I was really pleased with the physical part of our game.”

On NFC’s next possession, Cephus Greene  intercepted quarterback J.D. Jerry. The defensive back returned the ball 60+ yards for another War Eagle touchdown. Greene had two interceptions on the night.

“He (Greene) is fast,” said Klees. “He’s a hard-nosed, young kid. He had a couple picks tonight and returned one for a touchdown, so we’re very proud of Cephus.”

It was a big night for Wakulla. The War Eagles amassed 305 yards of offense, 204 of which came on the ground. While that’s less than their 287 yard rushing average, it was more than enough to get the job done.

Wakulla hosts Arlington Country Day next Friday. NFC will play FAMU DRS.

Florida High Snaps NFC Winning Streak

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State University High School snaps North Florida Christian’s five-game winning streak, beating the Eagles 37-21 at home. Junior running back Kevin Sawyer Jr. lived in the end zone, scoring three of the Seminole touchdowns.

After ending the first quarter ahead 10-0, Florida High was looking to run away with it, but NFC stayed in this game until the end. In the second quarter the Eagles went down the field in less than a minute and scored with 11 seconds remaining in the half to cut the Seminole lead to just three points, 17-14. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Seminoles came out with a little more intensity in the second half.

“For us it’s been about ‘keep doing what we’ve been doing,’” said Florida High football coach Jarrod Hickman. “The last couple of weeks, we didn’t make the plays that we made tonight – not that they weren’t there, not that we were playing poorly – just five or six plays, and we executed those plays really well tonight…A couple adjustments here, go out and do what we did the first half – just be a bit better.”

Coach Hickman’s running back Sawyer really helped the team tonight by scoring nearly half of their points. Sawyer only had two carries in the first quarter, amounting to nine yards, but took advantage of his increase in touches the second half, and so did his fellow teammates. The team finished with 233 total rushing yards.

“We wanted to see how they were going to play us, we thought they were going to play us a bunch of man-to-man and they didn’t, they played a lot more zone,” coach Hickman said. “Once we kind of figured out what we were doing, having Mike [Greaves], and Kevin [Sawyer], and once Makel [Young] gets healthy, we’ve got a good punch in there. I thought our guys up front blocked really well all night long.”

North Florida Christian had a good chance to really swing the momentum their way early in the third quarter but failed to do so. The Seminoles threw an interception on third down, but the play was called back for a defensive hold. Even after this mishap, the defense held tight and forced the Seminoles to go for it on fourth down. Junior fullback Kyle Prater, who had a solid 66 yards on the ground, ran it up the gut to secure a new set of downs for Florida High, who scored on the next play and stretched the deficit to 16, and essentially put the game out of reach.

Not only did Florida High snap the NFC winning streak, they snapped their own three-game losing streak. After a tough stretch, coach Hickman still believes he’s got a great football team, and this game proves it.

“We’re a good football team – we’ve been a good football team – we just haven’t won those close games the last couple of weeks,” Hickman said. “For us it’s about keep doing what we’ve been doing in practice. As long as we do that, and continue to grow as a football team, we’ll do just fine.”

Florida High will likely try and carry this momentum into their next game at home against Mosley next week at 8:00, while North Florida Christian has to hit the road again to face Cambridge Christian next Friday at 7:30.