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Rickards Celebrates Homecoming With Win Over East Lake

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Rickards Raiders football team defeated the East Lake Eagles 32-27 in the team’s homecoming game.

The Raiders would start the game with a one-yard touchdown from running back Kelvin Dean Jr. on their first drive.  It would consist of 11 plays, 75 yards and a 4th and goal conversion, and would give Rickards the early 6-0 lead, with a failed two-point conversion attempt.

After a three-and-out for East Lake and Rickards, Eagles defensive back Darien Pitman intercepted Greg Winter’s pass and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Eagles a 7-6 lead with 3:52 left to go in the first quarter.

The Eagles would get another interception before the end of the first quarter. This would lead to a 35-yard, 14 play drive for East Lake which would end up resulting in a one-yard touchdown run by fullback Hunter Swetokos, giving the Eagles a 14-6 advantage early in the second quarter.

The Raiders would answer with a touchdown of their own, with a 16-yard pass from quarterback Greg Winters to wide receiver Sammy Carter. Rickards would still trail 14-12 after another failed two-point conversion with 5:13 left to go in the first half.

On the ensuing kickoff, East Lake would fumble and give the Raiders the ball at the East Lake 33-yard line. It would only take six plays for the Raiders to reach the end-zone, with Dean Jr. rushing for another touchdown. This would give the lead back to Rickards, making it a 19-14 game with 3:11 left to go in the second quarter.

After a Raiders interception by defensive back Kameron Bell, the Eagles would intercept Greg Winters with a little under a minute left to go in the first half.

This would lead to a 21-yard touchdown run by Eagles senior running back Isaac Gibbs, giving East Lake a 21-19 lead going into halftime.

Rickards would get the ball back after a fumble by Gibbs early in the third quarter. This would lead to another one-yard touchdown run, this time from Dean Jr., his third touchdown of the game.

The Eagles would get the ball back and after four plays, Rickards defensive back Kameron Bell would intercept his second pass of the game, this time running it back for a touchdown. This would extend their lead even further, 32-21 with 5:43 left to go in the third quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter though, East Lake quarterback would connect with wide receiver Rayshuan Williams for a one-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Raider’s lead to 32-27.

After Winters would throw another interception, East Lake would not be able to score on two more drives within the last two minutes of the game.

Winters would end up finishing off going 11-21, with 140 yards and a touchdown. He would also end up having three interceptions.

Running back Kelvin Dean Jr. would have 120 yards on 23 carries and three rushing touchdowns on the game.

On the Raider’s four turnovers, Head Coach Quincy Lewis said there still has a lot of cleaning up to do.

“We’ve been trying our best to clean it up since game 1,” Lewis said. “It’s not an easy fix. It’s going to come with playing time and we have to keep on playing.”

On coming off a loss to tough loss to Lincoln, Lewis said his team found a way to win tonight.

“We fought tonight, even when the emotions got bad. We just kept on fighting,” Lewis said. “Its a testament to the team growing.”

Rickards will face Godby High School Friday at 7 p.m. at Gene Cox Stadium.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

Rickards drops second game of the season

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Rickards Raiders came into Friday’s contest with a record of 5-1 and the Raines Vikings had a record of 6-1.

The Raiders were without Purdue commit Destin Coates due to an injury. That meant they would have to rely heavily on Louisville commit, quarterback Marcus Riley.

Riley ended the game 18-34 for 177 passing yards. He added 64 yards on the ground on 22 carries.

Early on in the contest, the offenses were slow and by halftime, only one touchdown had been scored and that was by the Vikings.

The Raiders did miss a field goal, which costs them three points. Rickards returned a kickoff for a touchdown that was called back for holding. The Raiders tallied up nine penalties. 

“I don’t know what the penalty count was but it took back a lot of key plays from us, even defensively,” Rickards head coach Quinton Lewis said.

In the second half, more penalties kept costing the Raiders as the Vikings went on to score four more touchdowns which put the final score to 35-0.

“We have to make plays in the second half. We had opportunities to make plays and when they put the ball on the ground, we missed tackles,” Lewis said. “We have to continue to play. That team elevated their play and we have to elevate ours.”

This loss puts the Raiders at 5-2 and they head next week to Crawfordville to play against the Wakulla War Eagles who have a record of 6-2.

“I thought we did a good job, we just lost the second half and throughout the game, we have to continue to make plays,” Lewis said.

 

Godby wins in battle of unbeaten teams.

Genesia Davis, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –It’s all about bragging rights when it comes to the Rickards High Raiders versus Godby High Cougars rivalry game. It was the first time both teams went into this rivalry game with undefeated records. A battle for the best high school team in the big bend.

Godby is known for its excellent front seven that play on defense; however, Rickards High is known for its powerful offense.

The Cougars started the game receiving the kickoff, but got a quick three and out. Rickards’ first drive ended up similar. Both teams were held scoreless through the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, the Raiders put the first points on the scoreboard. A Raider field goal gave them a 3-0 lead with 11:50 left in the second quarter. 

Godby received the kickoff returned it to their 32-yard line. Due to running back Jerry Ray’s running, the Cougars marched down the field. Godby eventually scored on a quarterback sneak with 6:16 left in the second quarter, making the score 7-3. The Cougars defense stiffened and stopped the Raiders from scoring before halftime.

Rickards started the second half receiving the football, but they came up short on their first possession after going for it on fourth down.

The Cougars took over on the Raiders 49-yard line and scored on another quarterback sneak at the 4:26 mark in the third. The PAT made the score 14-3. The Cougars front seven held the Rickards Raiders scoreless the remainder of the third quarter.

Rickards managed to kick a field goal with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter to bring the score to 14-6. The Cougars answered with a touchdown on a sweep play. Godby was now ahead 21-6.

The Raiders received the ball, but the Cougar defense shut them down again with an interception to seal the game.

Defensive ends Kyler Laing and Trey Laing , nicknamed the double trouble brothers talked about what gave them the edge.

“We noticed the tackles were kind of leaning all night, so we used our slap and rip technique to get around them to make tackles,” Kyler said. 

“Our pass rush is very deadly and we stayed composed and worked our bread and butter slap and rip technique,” Trey said. “This is the best front seven I’ve coached in eleven years of high school football.”

“This is the best front seven I’ve coached in eleven years of high school football,” Godby head coach Corey Fuller said.

 

Godby Advances Over Rickards

Andrew Miller, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)Godby  overpowered Rickards by a final of 65-50 on Tuesday night, advancing them to the next round of the state playoffs.

They played classic Godby basketball for almost the entire game, full-court pressing their opponent on defense and attacking the paint on offense until Rickards got into foul trouble.

Rickards (19-9) tried giving Godby (25-1) a taste of their own medicine with full-court pressure to start off the game, but it did not seem to slow Godby down.

“They pressed up on us all night, so the lane was open for us to attack,” Godby point guard Montre Edwards said.

Instead, the Cougars jumped out to a commanding lead in the first quarter—one it never relinquished—holding the Raiders scoreless for the first six minutes of the game.

Godby’s lead swelled in the second quarter as the home team attacked the paint relentlessly. Senior center Corbin Merritt had a thunderous dunk and subsequent block on the defensive end with four and a half minutes to go in the quarter, which is a testament to the team’s insistent hustle and aggressiveness.

At one point, Godby led 26-5. Rickards responded with an 8-0 run to get them back into the game at 28-13 with a minute left in the half, including a jump shot as the halftime buzzer sounded. Godby led 29-15 at halftime.

The momentum stayed with Godby in the second half. They immediately came out on a 13-6 run to double Rickards’ score 42-21, a product of continuing to force turnovers and draw fouls. At times, Rickards looked frantic and could not effectively set up their offense.

Many of the Raiders’ offensive woes can be attributed to the Cougars’ unshakeable defense. The Edwards twins kept tight pressure on the ball and Merritt was bothering shots all night, a tough combination to overcome when your bench is not as deep as your opponent’s.

“We played tremendous defense,” Godby head coach Andy Colville said. “To come out here and play that well from start to finish, I think we proved that we are one of the better—if not the best—teams in this area.”

When you take a step back and look at what Colville and his squad have accomplished this year, it is hard not to be impressed.

“A lot of them didn’t play last year.” Colvile said. “And none of them played two years ago when we were undefeated. I think that says a lot about our program and our kids, to have the chance to go back to Lakeland with not one player that was on that [2014-15] team.”

Godby advances to the regional semifinals against Ribault, where they will play on February 24 for a trip to the Final Four.

Sports Brief: Rickards 50, Lincoln 63 Final

Brianna Biancardi, Correspondent (@BriBiancardiFS on Twitter) 

It was senior night last Wednesday at Rickards High School, as the Raiders played host to the  Lincoln Trojans.

Rickards (17-5) entered the game as the 25th ranked team in the state, but they would have a tough test in this matchup, as the sixth ranked Trojans (18-2) came into this game having lost only twice in their 20 games this season.

Lincoln came out strong offensively, led by senior big-man Dwight Wilson, who recorded 20-points and helped lead his team to a 63-50 victory.

While they did come up short in this one, Rickards was able to put up 50 points, as junior guard Vincent McCray was hot from beyond the arc, knocking down five three-pointers.

“We played hard,” said Lincoln Head Coach Dimitric Salters after the game as e summed up his team’s performance on the court. “We played smart.”

The Trojans’ schedule won’t get any easier for them, as they get set for the District Semifinal this Tuesday. Coach Salters stressed the importance of preparation, citing practice and taking advantage of other teams’ weaknesses as the keys to his team’s success moving forward.

Meanwhile, the Raiders will look to bounce back from their 13-point defeat and close out the season strong.

Four Rickards players sign letter of intent

Alec Chessari, Correspondent (@AlecChessariFS on Twitter) 

Rickards High School had four key players sign a national letter of intent to division one programs. In front of a packed gymnasium, Anfernee Simmons (Albany State), DJ Phillips (Florida A&M), Travius Harris (Troy) and Tavyn Jackson (University of South Carolina) all signed their letter with much excitement.

“Most proud of these kids education, they are smart kids classroom and football wise they are going to be great regardless from day one. Also how hard they work, every day I challenged them and asked them to do something they did it and I hope the next class puts in that much work and more,” Rickards head coach Quinton Lewis said.

This senior class helped the Raiders win their first district championship game in 15 years. They won the city championship, made it to the third round of the FHSAA playoffs and finished with a 10-2 record (best in school history).

Notable accolades and stats for these four signees:

Anfernee Simmons – 54 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT and 1 TD senior season. Career stats 124 tackles and 4 INT. Anfernee also played in the Florida/Georgia game.

Derearl Phillips – 145/243, 2,634 yards, 23 Touchdowns; 93 rushes 605 yards, 5 TD senior season. Career stats 355/601, 5,557 yards, 45 touchdowns; 269 rushes 866 yards, 10 TD. DJ also was first team All-Big Bend; third team class 5A All-State team and played in Florida/Georgia game.

Travius Harris – 35 tackles, 7 tackles for loss senior season. Career stats 70 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4 sacks. Travius also participated in second team class 5A All-State team and the Florida/Georgia game.

Tavyn Jackson – 76 tackles, 4 INT, 9 pass deflections, 1 INT return TD senior season. Career stats 143 tackles, 9 INT, 24 pass deflections, 1 sack. Tavyn also participated in the first team class 5A All-State team; first team All-Big Bend and the FACA All-star game.

 

Rickards Hands Godby First Loss Behind Troutman’s 25 Points

Emma Vargas, Correspondent (@EmmaVargasFS on Twitter)

Tallahassee, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Rickards put an end to Godby’s 20-game win streak, giving the Cougars their first loss of the season with a 66-54 victory in front of the Raiders’ rowdy home crowd.

Alic Troutman scored a game-high 25 points for the Raiders (17-5), including a few rim-rocking dunks that ignited the crowd. “It felt good to give Godby their first loss,” Troutman said. “I’m glad it was us and not anybody else.”

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Troutman is just a sophomore, and as great as he played against Godby, the 6-foot-6 big man could get even better with more experience. “Alic is growing up,” Rickards coach Eli Bryant said. “The kid turned 16 on Tuesday. He’s never played in front of this many people in his life.”

Godby (20-1) tied the game 46-46 with a 3-pointer by Trey Jones, equaling Rickards score for the first time since 2:39 left in the second quarter. The Cougars tried to amp up the pressure with a full court press after the basket. Rickards had no trouble breaking it, and Troutman slammed it home at the other end with an emphatic dunk.

Back-to-back free throw opportunities, and a 3-pointer from Vincent McCray put the Raiders back in the driver seat. Then they put the pedal to the metal closing the game out on a 13-2 run.

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