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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.

Godby set to defend their District Title

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Godby enters the District 2-6A Tournament Final as defending District Champions after they defeated the Rickards Raiders 61-52 to claim last year’s title. This year, the Cougars are set to have a rematch with the Raiders as they both find themselves in the finals again.

On Wedensday February 14th, the Godby Cougars defeated the Wakulla War Eagles to clinch a spot in Friday’s District Championship game.  The Cougars beat the War Eagles 61-40 at Suwannee High School, the host site of the tournament. Earlier this season, the Raiders and Cougars met in a district matchup that saw the Raiders win 69-50. Rickards point gaurd Gentry Sparks led the scoring that game with 19 points.  Senior gaurd Trey Jones of the Cougars scored 13 points. Both of these are players to watch, as well as Vincent McCray, who has been the Raiders leading scorer throguhout the season.  These teams will clash head to head on Friday February  16th at Suwannee High School.

 

Back on Track: Rickards Gets First Win of the Season Over Choctawhatchee

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Two weeks ago, Rickards turned the ball over four times in a 27-18 loss to Madison County. Friday night was a different story altogether. The Raiders didn’t turn the ball over at all and put up 37 points in the second half alone. The result was a 41-0 thrashing of the Choctawhatchee Indians.

“We focused on not giving the ball up,” said Rickards coach Quintin Lewis. “We needed to limit our turnovers so that we could be efficient offensively.”

The Raiders (1-1) got off to a fast start. After forcing the Indians to a three and out, Rickards drove 77 yards for the first touchdown of the game. On 3rd and ten from their own 23, D.J. Phillips connected with Ferante Cowart for 32 yards, giving the Raiders the ball at Choctawhatchee’s 45 yard line.  Two plays later, Jaden Merritt ran the ball 31 yards, putting Rickards in the Red Zone for the first time. The Raiders gave the next three carries to Destin Coates, who finally punched his way into the end zone on a three-yard plunge.

On their next possession, after driving to the Raider 27, Choctawhatchee (0-3) failed to convert a 4th and 15. Following a Rickards three and out, the Indians got the ball back on the Raider 36. On the first play of the drive, Indian quarterback Brady Ooten found Markus Maloy on a go route, setting up Choctawhatchee at the four. After three unsuccessful plays, Raider cornerback Javon Wooten broke up an Ooten pass in the end zone on 4th and goal from the two.

“We had two great goal line stops,” said Lewis. “We spent a lot of time on it this week. It just shows the effort they put in to learn the game plan.”

Both offenses stalled out on their next possessions, sending Rickards into the half with a 7-0 lead.

The Raiders offense busted the game open in the second half, with four of their five drives ending in touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns came from Coates, including a 94-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter.

“We knew that gameplan wise, we were going to be running the football tonight,” said Lewis. “Destin Coates busted a long run tonight. He’s one of those guys that needs to get going because the better he gets going, the better we are are offensively.”

Rickards faces East Gadsden next Friday at home.

Choctawhatchee travels to Navarre.

 

Notable Raider Stats

QB D.J. Phillips – 183 Pass Yards, 1 TD – 59 Rush Yards

RB Jaden Merrit – 62 Rush Yards, 1 TD

RB Destin Coates – 159 Rush Yards, 3 TD

High School Spring Football Jamboree Preview

Tallahassee, Fla. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Tallahassee high school football players and coaches will be able to show exactly what they have been working on this off-season Thursday night at Gene Cox Stadium.

Lincoln, Leon, Rickards and Godby high school will be participating in a football jamboree, each team will play each other at least once and each game will last two quarters.

Over the last 19-day period, high school football programs all over Florida have been working on the fundamentals and techniques of football, and also installing new schemes on offense and defense in preparation for the upcoming 2012-13 football season.

Players will have the opportunity on Thursday night to display a quick view of whats to come for their program in the fall of the 2012. Coaches will also be able to evaluate where their program stands at this point in game.

The Franchise Sports crew was able to check out all the teams that will be participating in the activities Thursday. And, to get a view words with coaches before the big event.

Check it out here….

Produced By: Marcus Joseph

Big Bend Volleyball District Tournaments

District 1-7A
Semifinals 
Tuesday
Lincoln at Chiles, 6:30 p.m. 
Forest at Buchholz, 6 p.m. 
Finals at Gainesville Buchholz 
Thursday
Winner Play at 6 p.m. 

 

District 2-4A at Florida High 
Semifinals
Tuesday 
Godby vs. East Gadsden, 5 p.m. 
Florida High vs. Madison Co., 7 p.m. 
Finals 
Thursday 
Winners play at 6 p.m. 
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