Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director
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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|
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.
Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State University men’s basketball team will participate in a Garnet and Gold scrimmage on Oct. 14 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at 4 p.m.
The Seminoles will look to carry over their success from last season, which saw them going 23-12 with an Elite 8 appearance, losing to Michigan.
FSU will have 13 players from last season returning to the team, with seven of these players with 20 or more game appearances.
A reason for their success last year was redshirt junior forward Phil Cofer, who will be one of the five seniors on this year’s team. He would lead the Seminoles last season in points per game (12.8), minutes played per game (29.3) and total points (449). He would also rank second in total rebounds (178) and total field goals made (168).
Terance Mann, a 6’7″ senior guard, looks to be another contributing factor, as another returning as a starter. He would lead last year’s squad in total field goals made (171) and in total rebounds (185), while also coming behind Cofer in points per game (12.6) and place third on the team in field goal percentage.
University of Albany transfer David Nichols will look to play a role in this year’s team. During his three-year career at Albany, he would average 13.8 points per game, 2.8 assists and a field goal percentage of 42.5 percent.
After the Garnet and Gold scrimmage, FSU will partake in two exhibition games, with the first being against the University of West Florida on Oct. 26 and the other being against Valdosta State University on Nov. 1. Their first regular season game will be against the University of Florida on Nov. 6 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M football team will go up against North Carolina Central Eagles (1-2) Saturday in Durham, NC at 4 p.m. on ESPN3.
The Rattlers (2-2 , 1-0) are coming off a 31 -13 win against Savannah State Tigers (0-3, 0-1). This was also a conference game for the Rattlers.
In the game, Rattlers quarterback Ryan Stanley ended the game with 14 attempts and 20 completions for 166 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Also, sophomore running back Bishop Bonnett finished the game with 94 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also contributed in the passing game with two catches for 70 yards and one receiving touchdown.
Senior running back Devin Bowers ended the game with eight carries for 53 yards. Running back Deshawn Smith also contributed with seven carries for 28 yards and one touchdown.
Leading the FAMU receiving group was redshirt freshman Xavier Smith, ending the game with five catches for 47 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt junior Marcus Williams finished the game with four catches for 44 yards.
North Carolina Central is coming off a 55-13 loss versus Duke Blue devils (4-0). Duke outgained the Eagles in passing and rushing yards. The Blue Devils had a total of 256 passing yards compared to the Eagles 56. Duke rushed for 372 yards in contrast to North Carolina Central’s 136.
This is a well-known conference game between the Rattlers and Eagles. Both teams are hoping to get a win to add on their conference record.
Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –On Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the Florida State Seminoles women’s soccer team will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Notre Dame, Indiana.
The Seminoles are coming off their second loss of the season against the Boston College Eagles by a score of 2-1. The Seminoles are sitting at 8-2-1 on the season and are ranked sixth in the country by the NCAA Women’s Soccer RPI. The Fighting Irish come into this matchup with a record of 5-5, most recently scoring a win over the Wake Forest Deacons 1-0.
Despite losing their last game, the Seminoles had a good shooting performance, having 12 total shots with seven of them on target. A great game for the goalkeeper and a mid-game penalty shot made by Boston College ultimately helped put the Eagles over the top, despite having fewer shots on goal.
The Seminoles come into this game led by junior Deyna Castellanos, who is tied for most goals scored on the team, with four, and is the leading shot taker. The Fighting Irish have a much more even scoring approach having five different players tied at two goals each leading their team.
Both teams could use a conference win to boost their records in the ACC. Despite having the better overall record the Seminoles are 1-2 in the conference and the Fighting Irish have a conference record of 1-1.