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.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattlers’ new head coach Robert McCullum made his first appearance in Monday night’s home opener against the Johnson University Suns.
McCullum is a former University of Oregon men’s basketball assistant and a head coach at the University of South Florida and Western Michigan University.
The Rattlers had yet to have a game until Monday night while the Suns came into the contest with a 0-2 record. FAMU standout small forward Desmond Williams, a senior from Alpine, Ala., averaged 16.2 points per game while shooting 48% from the field during the 2016-17 season.
Williams continued his high scoring with 14 points in the first half alone but had four turnovers. Turnovers were the main story for the Rattlers during the first half, as they committed 13.
“We talked about it at halftime. Some of them were unforced on our part, but yet that pace lends itself to that. Quite frankly, we didn’t want to turn it over a single time in the second half, but it feels good knowing we only turned it over six times in the second half,” McCullum said.
At halftime, the Rattlers led the Suns 44-35, with Williams leading in scoring. Isaiah Martin led the team at the half with five rebounds. Marcus Barham also scored seven points and tallied five assists.
In the second half, the Rattlers began to pull away from the Suns. Williams continued his scoring outburst in the second half with 10 more points bringing his total to 24 for the game. He also led the team in rebounds with 10 as the FAMU defeated the Suns 107-71.
“I got to take it one game at a time. I scored a couple points tonight. It felt good mentally to be in a groove, but now this game is behind me. Times, feelings and vibes change as the season goes so I just have to stay humble and approach it one game at a time and one possession at a time,” Williams said.
The win gives the Rattlers a 1-0 record as they head to Phoenix, Arizona to play the Grand Canyon Antelopes on Nov. 10.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (franchisesportsonline.net) – Boston College will be relieved that they won’t have to see anymore of Florida State starting pitcher Mike Compton.
Compton made it look easy Friday night, as he breezed through the Eagles lineup on his way to a two-hit complete game shut out in FSU’s 7-0 win over Boston College (5-7).
“Coach [Mike] Bell did a great job of calling pitches,” Compton said. “He told me what to expect of those hitters, and what we should try to do with those hitters to gain an advantage. It was really trying to command my fastball and slider. I wanted to get ahead of hitters, get ground balls, get outs, and take advantage of the pitch count.”
Despite the cold gloomy day, Chiles defeated Georgia-based Mountain View 9-2. C
Chiles dominated all facets of the game led by LF Josh Mclanahan, who went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.
Chiles starting pitcher Alec Elsbernd threw five scoreless innings finishing the afternoon with four strikeouts. He was relieved in the top of the sixth by Junior Andrew Dorsch. Dorsch closed out the game allowing four hits and two runs.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Lincoln needed just five innings to take care of Leon 14-4 in a faceoff between two longtime district rivals.
Willis McDaniel went 2-for-3 for Lincoln, and Brayson Smith, Blake Reese, Jake Stanbridge, and Cole McCord all went 2-for-4.
The Trojans came into the bottom of the first inning with a 2-0 deficit, but would quickly recover, scoring eight runs and building a comfortable lead. With bases loaded and only one out, command issues would get the better of the Leon pitching staff. The next four batters were either walked or hit by a pitch, forcing in the Trojans first four runs.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida State got a chance to relax and have a little fun at the expense of South Florida Tuesday, after grinding out three tough victories over UNC-Wilmington over the weekend.
The Seminoles scored early and often, routing the Bulls 24-1. FSU (9-3) scored two or more runs in every inning but the sixth and hit home runs in each of their first four innings.
The 24 runs scored by FSU is the most since hanging 37 on Ohio State in the NCAA regional championship back in 2009.
“Well I obviously didn’t see that one coming,” Florida State Coach Mike Martin said. “Maybe we deserved a game like this. We’ve played close games all year long, but it was nice to see everyone get a chance to play.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby raced out to a six-run lead after the first inning and didn’t let up. The Cougars tallied 14 runs before the night was over, run-ruling Madison County 14-0 after 4 ½ innings.
Sophomore pitcher Logan Lacey starred on the mound for Godby (2-4), throwing a five-inning shutout and striking out eight along the way. Adam Cromer went 2-for-3 on the night, and Eddie Wright went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for the Cougars.
CJ Bell singled off Lacey to start the game for Madison County (1-4), but he would be one of only three Cowboys to reach base all night. Godby scored all six of its first inning runs with two outs. Wright opened the scoring with a two-run single, and the rest of the lineup followed suit. Six of the next seven Cougar batters put the ball in play.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Shondarious Baker’s breakaway dunk with 11 seconds left in the game put the exclamation point on Rickards 57-43 win over Baker County. Rickards captured the Regional Championship and now moves on to face Tarpon Springs in the State Semifinal.
Raiders guard Maurice Howard led all scorers with 17 points, and Baker added 7. Charles Ruise had 15 points for Baker County, and Mike Evans scored 8.
Rickards built their double-digit lead after a 12-0 run midway through the third quarter, but they would be tested down the stretch.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – In Lincoln’s second wire-to-wire game of the week, the Trojans fell to the Crestview Bulldogs 58-56 in the Regional Semifinals.
Kamron Mack and Patrice Sarrazin combined for 30 points for the Trojans. The Bulldogs’ Rusty Moorer and Andrew Adkins combined for 26 points in the win.
Lincoln (20-8) had a chance to tie the game with nine seconds left. The Trojans inbounded the ball to the top of the key with their season on the line. Crestview (20-9) played close man coverage and pressured the ball, and Sarrazin lost the ball as the final seconds ticked off of the clock.