Bailey Hockman has announced his decision to transfer from Florida State University after head coach Willie Taggart announced Deondre Francois would start game one for the Seminoles last Monday.
Hockman was in a three-way position battle with James Blackman and Francois all during summer workouts. He spoke highly on the competition and even after not getting the starting job, Hockman released a statement stating he will do whatever he needs to do for this program to win.
Coming out of high school, Hockman was a four-star pro-style quarterback with a 6’2″ frame. He was ranked the 11th best Pro-style QB in his class and with high expectations for himself he expected to get the start after redshirting his freshman year.
In high school, Hockman combined for 6,058 total yards, 63 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, averaged 209 passing yards a game and completed 52.7% of passes as a three-year varsity starter.
With Hockman transferring that leaves the Seminoles football team with only two quarterbacks on scholarship this season.
This story will be updated when more information as to where Hockman will transfer is released.
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.
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.
Highlights of FAMU head football coach Willie Simmons, Quarterback Ryan Stanley and Middle Linebacker Jabreel Hazly talking about their week 1 matchup against Fort Valley State. Full press conference can be found on our YouTube page.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – For the first time in over a year, Deondre Francois will trot onto Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium as the starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles.
Francois last appeared in the opening game against Alabama last September in Atlanta, Ga. Francois exited the game in the fourth quarter after being tackled from behind. Later that week, it was revealed that he tore his patellar tendon in his right knee, and would miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
The redshirt junior won ACC Rookie of the year honors in 2016, posting a 20:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 3,350 yards with a 142.1 quarterback rating.
Francois was also competing with redshirt freshman Bailey Hockman and sophomore James Blackman, who replaced Francois last year.
Seminole fans have been longing for the start of this season after the hiring of head coach Willie Taggart. Last season’s 7-6 record was the worst at FSU since 2009.
No. 19 FSU opens the season against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Monday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m.
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.