Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –
FAMU head coach Willie Simmons and linebacker Derrick Mayweather discuss the Rattlers’ 44-21 loss to the South Carolina State Bulldogs.
Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida A&M Rattlers football team will go up against South Carolina State Bulldogs Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium at 4 P.M
The Rattlers ( 6-3) are coming off a 31-21 lost against Howard Bison (4-4). Rattlers sophomore quarterback Ryan Stanley ended the game with 23 completions on 41 attempts for 272 yards , two touchdowns and two interceptions. Red shirt sophomore running back Bishop Bonnett finished with 10 carriers for 80 yards.
FAMU Red shirt freshman wide receiver Xavier Smith ended the game with six catches for 94 yards and one touchdown. Red shirt sophomore Azende Rey added with six catches and 75 yards and one touchdown. He also contributed in the rushing game finishing with two carriers for two yards and one touchdown. Freshman Chad Hunter ended the game with five catches for 49 yards.
The Bulldogs (3-5) are coming off a bye week. South Carolina State averages 16 points a game. All in total their offense have 2,407 yards. Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Tyrece Nick has threw for 896 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- The Florida State Seminoles football team hosted the Clemson Tigers in an ACC matchup. The result was a 59-10 loss and the Seminoles gave up the most points allowed at home.
The Seminole defense got off to a good start holding the Tigers to only three first downs, five rush yards and 71 passing yards in the first quarter. The offense was still searching for answers as they only had two first downs, seven rushing yards and 31-yards passing in the first quarter.
After the Seminoles defense held the Tigers offense scoreless in the first quarter they scored 28 points in the second quarter and 24 points in the third quarter. The Seminoles had six penalties for 48 yards in the second quarter and four penalties for 31 yards in the third quarter.
Three players for the Seminoles were ejected during the game. Sophomore safety Hamsah Nasirildeen was ejected for a targeting call, wide receiver Nyqwan Murray was ejected for throwing a punch and Zaquandre White was ejected for throwing a punch on the sidelines towards a Clemson player.
Clemson linebacker Tre Lamar picked off redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois after a tipped pass and the Seminoles also fumbled four times recovering three out of the four. The Tigers scored 10 points off the Seminoles turnovers.
The Tigers offense combined for 524 yards of total offense. Passed for 404 yards and rushed for 120 yards. The Seminoles offense combined for a total of 247 yards. Passed for 268 yards and rushed for -21 yards.
The Seminoles had 16 penalties for 134-yards compared to Clemson’s five penalties for 50-yards.
Francois finished the game 17-36 for 180 yards and one interception. Francois went down in the fourth quarter with an unspecified injury. He was replaced by sophomore quarterback James Blackman who went 3-4 for 88-yards and one touchdown.
True sophomore running back Cam Akers carried the ball 11-times for seven-yards with a long of four-yards.
Senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray caught five passes for 49-yards before being ejected for throwing a punch at a Clemson player. Redshirt freshman receiver Tamorrion Terry caught four passes for for 55 yards with a long of 22 yards. True freshman Keyshawn Helton finished with three catches for 100 yards, one touchdown and a long of 73 yards.
True Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 20-37 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a career high for Lawrence.
Amari Rodgers caught six passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 68 yards. Tee Higgins caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 21 yards.
The Seminoles defense made a stop bringing out the field goal unit for the Tigers. Redshirt senior kicker Greg Huegel missed a 40-yard field goal wide right but true freshman cornerback Asante Samuels Jr. got a roughing the kicker penalty, giving the Tigers a first down.
True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence found sophomore receiver Tee Higgins shortly after for a seven-yard touchdown pass, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 13:19 left in the first half.
Lawrence completes another touchdown pass to Higgins this time for three-yards, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 7:49 remaining in the first half.
Senior defensive tackle Christian Wilkins punched the ball in from one-yard out expanding the lead to 21-0 with 3:34 remaining in the first half.
Redshirt junior fullback Garrett Williams took the hand-off from Lawrence and punched it in from one-yard out, giving the Tigers a 28-0 lead with 1:07 remaining in the first half.
The Tigers received the kick from the Seminoles to start the second half and only needed two plays to take the ball 61 yards for a score. Lawrence found true sophomore wide receiver Amari Rodgers for a 58-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 35-0 lead with 14:12 remaining in the third quarter.
True sophomore wide receiver DJ Mathews muffed the punt and was recovered by the Tigers on the Seminoles 10-yard line. The Seminoles defense held and forced a 24-yard field goal by true freshman kicker B.T. Potter, giving the Tigers a 38-0 lead with 10:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers next scoring drive came on a 68-yard touchdown pass to Rodgers from Lawrence, giving the Tigers a 45-0 lead with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter.
The Seminoles get on the board with a 35-yard field goal from junior kicker Ricky Aguayo to avoid the shutout.
The Tigers backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Chase Brice, drove the ball down the field on the very next drive and found redshirt sophomore T.J. Chase for the five-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers a 52-3 advantage.
Senior running back Adam Choice of the Tigers took the handoff 15-yards for a touchdown, expanding their lead 59-3 with 13:50 remaining in the game.
Blackman found freshman receiver Keyshawn Helton for a 73-yard touchdown giving the Tigers a 59-10 advantage with 4:43 remaining.
The Clemson Tigers look to remain perfect against the Louisville Cardinals. The game will be aired on ABC at noon. The Seminoles look to rebound on the road against the No. 22 North Carolina State Wolfpack in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Chiles Timberwolves football team defeated the Leon Lions 48-13 on Leon’s Senior Night.
Chiles running back Chase Gillespie would get the first points of the game with a four-yard touchdown run for the Timberwolves. This would make it 7-0 with 6:54 left to go in the first quarter.
Timberwolves running back Jalen Harring would add to their early lead with a 57-yard touchdown run, making it 13-0 with 1:09 left to go in the first quarter after a failed fake field goal attempt.
Only 1:44 into the second quarter, Chiles quarterback Garret Greene would rush for a touchdown of his own, this time from four yards out. The Timberwolves’ lead would extend to 20-0.
Leon would finally get on the board with 2:36 left to go in the second quarter with Lions quarterback Paxton Tomaini’s four-yard touchdown run. This would cut the Chiles lead 20-7.
The Timberwolves would answer back, needing only seven plays and one minute and 59 seconds to travel 63 yards. This drive would end in another rushing touchdown by Greene, this time from threeyar ds out. The Timberwolves would take the lead into the half, leading 27-7.
After an interception by Chiles linebacker Cameron Richardson, the Timberwolves would rush for another touchdown, their fifth of the game. This time, Chiles guard Sam Neely would rush for a one-yard touchdown, increasing their lead to 34-7.
The Lions would get on the board again, with quarterback Tomaini throwing to wide receiver Donovan Mobley for a nine-yard touchdown. The Chiles lead was cut to 34-13 after a failed PAT.
Chiles would add two more touchdowns, both rushing touchdowns by Gillespie, with the last being a 49-yard scamper.
Greene would end up going 12-24 with 133 passing yards, as well as rushing for 63 yards on 10 carries with two rushing touchdowns.
Gillespie would finish with 123 rushing yards on 13 carries and a team-high three rushing touchdowns. Running back Jalen Herring would finish with a touchdown of his own, with 73 rushing yards on the night on six carries.
Chiles head coach Kevin Pettis said that his quarterback never ceases to amaze him.
“Garrett Greene is Garrett Green,” Pettis said. “[He] is unbelievable and never ceases to amaze me. He did a great job tonight. He takes over games and he took over tonight.”
Pettis said both of his running backs are great players.
“Chase Gillespie might be the best freshman I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some great ones,” Pettis said. “Jalen Harring is just a touchdown-maker, but both are just great players.”
“Chase [Gillespie] is only a freshman, but he runs the ball so hard,” Greene said. “And with Jalen, he is a freak on the outside, so if we give him the ball in the open field, he’ll do some work.”
Chiles will end their season at Deltona High Schoolon Friday. Leon will end their season on Thursday against Mosley High School on Thursday at Gene Cox Stadium.
Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The undefeated Godby Cougars will face off against Pine Forest Eagles on Friday at Gene Cox Stadium at 7 p.m.
The Cougars (7-0) are coming off a 37-12 win against their longtime rivals, the Rickards Raiders (2-7). Godby junior quarterback Trey Fisher finished the game with six completions on 17 attempts for 145 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Junior running back Jaquez Yant ended the game with 13 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Tony Street finished with nine carries for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Godby junior wide receiver Avery Boyd paced the team in receiving yards, ending the game with two catches for 78 yards. Senior Jaheim Knight finished with three catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. Junior Alvin Jones lll contributed with one catch for 18 yards and one touchdown.
The Eagles (5-2) are coming off a 36-0 win against Booker T Washington (0-7). Pine Forest junior quarterback Ladarius Clardy ended the game with eight completions on 10 attempts for two touchdowns. Senior running back Anwar Lewis finished with 12 carries for 166 yards and one touchdown. Junior wide receiver Eric Young had four catches for 37 yards and one touchdown.
Godby averages 231 passing yards compared to Pine Forest 141. The Cougars managed 222 rushing yards in contrast to the Eagles’ 201.
Alec Chessari, Correspondent on (@AlecChessariFS Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net)- The Florida State Seminoles football team beat the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons in an ACC matchup during homecoming week in front of a crowd of 67,274.
“It was good to see our guys go out there and compete and get better in some of the areas we needed to and find a way to win a ballgame,” Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart said.
The Seminoles (4-3, 2-3) looked stagnant on both offense and defense in the early moments of the game. The offense’s first two drives went for three and outs. The Demon Deacons (3-4, 0-3) offense took the ball right down the field with a 15-play drive for 61 yards and a field goal in three minutes.
“I thought we stopped substituting so much, they were running uptempo and or guys weren’t getting set and ready. Burns sack was big, he started that energy and he made that play to get us going on offense and defense,” Taggart said.
Freshman quarterback Sam Hartman found redshirt junior tight end Jack Freudenthal for a 9-yard pass for the touchdown giving the Demon Deacons a 10-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Seminoles answered with 38 unanswered points after that score.
After swapping three and outs from both teams, the Seminoles passing game started to heat up. Seminoles redshirt junior quarterback Deondre Francois found redshirt freshman wide receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 23-yard gain followed up by a pass completion to senior wide receiver Nyqwan Murray for a gain of 17 yards to the 3-yard line. Sophomore running back Cam Akers ran for a 3-yard touchdown, cutting the lead down to three with 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Demon Deacons had to punt after a seven-play drive stalled. Francois found junior wide receiver Keith Gavin for a 50-yard completion ending up with a fumble to the back of the end zone recovered by Demetrius Kemp of Wake Forest.
Hartman’s pass was tipped by the Seminoles freshman cornerback Asante Samuels and intercepted by sophomore free safety Stanford Samuels. Senior running back Jacques Patrick then punched it in from two yards out. Noles take the lead 14-10 with 9:50 remaining in the first half.
“We were hoping he was going to be open like that. That was the plan with the play call. These guys ran that play before, I believe it was in the Orange Bowl and Noonie came to me with the play, and we ran it, and it worked again,” Taggart said.
After Akers run went for three yards it is fourth down and three to go. Francois finds a wide open Murray in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown with 2:01 remaining until halftime giving the Seminoles a 21-10 lead heading into the half.
“Cam had a great week of practice, I haven’t seen him practice the way he did this week in a long time. We told him last night it was going to pay off and the Miami game helped also,” said Taggart.
The Seminoles received the ball to start the second half and only needing two plays to find the end zone. Akers takes the handoff for a 17-yard gain and takes the next handoff right up the middle for a 58-yard touchdown run. The Seminoles drive lasted 30 seconds and put them up 28-10 over the Demon Deacons with 14:30 remaining in the third quarter.
The Seminoles defense comes up with another huge stop forcing another punt from Wake Forest. Francois pas complete to Mathews for a 12-yard completion to bring up fourth down. Junior kicker Ricky Aguayo nails a 49-yard field goal to put the Seminoles up 31-10 with 11:19 remaining in the third quarter.
After a big punt return by Mathews, Francois finds freshman wide receiver Tre’shaun Harrison for the 21-yard touchdown giving the Seminoles a 38-10 lead with 9:43 remaining in the game.
For the 99th play ran by Wake Forest, Hartman finds redshirt freshman wide receiver Sage Surratt for a 9-yard touchdown. The Seminoles still lead 38-17 with 4:36 remaining.
FINAL: Flordia State 38 Wake Forest 17.
Offense: Deondre Francois 29-40 353 yards 2 TD
Cam Akers: 13 carries 98-yards 2 TD
Jacques Patrick 11 carries 21-yards 1 TD
Nyqwan Murray 8 catches 131-yards 1 TD
Tre’shaun Harrison 3 catches 24-yards 1 TD
DJ Mathews 5 catches 40-yards
Keith Gavin 2 catches 67-yards
Defense: Stanford Samuels 8 tackles 1 INT
Brian Burns 4 tackles 2 sacks 2 TFL
Jaiden Woodbey 5 tackles 2 pass breakups
Josh Kaindoh 3 tackles 2 sacks
Gabriela Rodriguez, Correspondent (@GabiRodriguezFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles women’s soccer team will play the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Charlottesville, VA. The game will be aired on ACC Network Extra.
Last week, the Seminoles were able to win, defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers 4-0. Defender Anna Patten, forward Kristen McFarland, defender Natalia Kuikka and forward Deyna Castellano led the Seminoles to victory last week by scoring one goal each. Castellano also had two assists.
The Cavaliers were also able to win, beating Syracuse 4-0. Forward/Midfielder Alexa Spaansta led the Cavaliers, scoring two goals. Forwards Sam Rosette and Ayan Adu followed by scoring one goal each, and forward Alissa Gorzak had one assist.
The Cavaliers defense is going to have to put up their best guard against the Seminoles Castellanos who has earned the Seminoles a total of 17 points this season. Yujie Zhao has earned the Seminoles 15 points this season. The Seminoles average 2.12 goals per game while Virginia averages 2.93 goals scored per game.
Christopher Lennie, Correspondent (@ChrisLennieFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FL. (FranchiseSportsOnline.net)
In front of a sold out crowd for FAMU’s homecoming, the Rattlers took the field to take on the Norfolk State Spartans. The Rattlers came out on top 17-0, as the team recorded its first shutout win since 2000 when it held Howard scoreless.
While Ryan Stanley and company struggled to get the ball moving on the offensive side of the ball, the defense did their part in getting the ball back for the offense.
The Rattlers did mange to score a field goal with 7:30 remaining in the second quarter. They would go in at half time with a score of 3-0.
Coming out of the half, the Rattlers would get the ball and continue to struggle to find the end-zone.
With 14:29 remaining in the game, the Spartans drove down to the red zone, but the Rattler defense held the Spartans to a field goal attempt that went wide left.
After a drive that started deep in the Rattlers’ own territory, Ryan Stanley found Chad Hunter in stride for a 13-yard touchdown, putting the Rattlers ahead of Norfolk 10-0 with 9:59 remaining in the forth quarter.
With under five minutes remaining in the game, the Rattlers defense would record an interception that would lead to a Bishop Bonnett touchdown with 2:34 remaining to seal the game for the Rattlers.
The Rattlers defense recored 3 interceptions on its way to shutting out the Spartans.
The Rattlers are now 3-0 in conference play, and get back to work preparing for North Carolina A&T.
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.
Luke Kresheck, Correspondent on (@LukeKresheckFS Twitter)
Tallahassee, Fla.,(www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Tallahassee Community College Lady Eagles basketball team 2018-2019 season is just around the corner. Expectations are very high this year, as the ladies of TCC are the defending national champions.
The Lady Eagles will make their scrimmage debut on Oct. 6 for the Southeast JUCO Jamboree in Albany, Ga. The first regular season game will take place in Tallahassee for the Seals Financial Tip-off Classic on Nov. 3. The ladies will be facing the Central Georgia Technical College Titans.
The Titans had a strong season last season, finishing 22-10, but their woes on the road haunted them all year long. They were 7-7 away from their home arena. On the flip side, TCC was 29-6 overall with a 10-2 home record.
The Eagles could be a very strong team if everything goes as planned. The team was very young last season, comprised of 11 freshmen and four sophomores. A year of experience and a national championship under its belt makes this squad one to look out for in the 2018-2019 season. TCC has also reloaded with some talented, young freshmen in addition to returning players. These ladies are primed to make another run this year.
According to TCC’s website, the roster is as follows:
|3||Aliyah Lawson||Guard||Freshman||5-6||Whitby, ONT, Canada / Sinclair Secondary School|
|10||Tameria Johnson||Guard||Sophomore||5-6||Ocala, Fla. / West Port HS|
|11||Victoria Pearce||Guard||Sophomore||5-8||Bay Shore, N.Y. / Bay Shore HS|
|13||Kennedy Perry||Guard||Freshman||5-5||Chicago, Ill. / Harlan Community Academy HS|
|14||Tamia Riles||Guard||Freshman||5-8||Tallahassee, Fla. / James Rickards HS|
|15||Nesma Khalifa||Center||Freshman||6-4||Alexandria, Egypt / KGC Kawmya Girls College|
|20||Daisha Bradford||Guard||Freshman||5-7||Mobile, Ala. / Leflore HS|
|21||Jada Perry||Forward||Sophomore||6-0||Lady Lake, Fla. / Sumter Christian School|
|23||Juliunn Redmond||Guard||Sophomore||5-11||Chicago, Ill. / John Marshall Metro HS|
|25||Daishona Washington-Polk||Forward||Freshman||5-11||Canton, Ohio / Glen Oak HS|
|32||Jamyra McChristine||Forward||Sophomore||6-0||Chicago, Ill. / Simeon Vocational HS|
|40||Rushell Jacob||Center||Freshman||6-1||Winter Haven, Fla. / Winter Haven Senior HS|
|6-0||Cincinnati, Ohio/ Princeton HS|