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.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Willie Taggart’s offense got its first touchdown of the season after 70 minutes, 57 seconds of game time. He also collected his first win as the head coach at FSU.
A 33-point favorite, Florida State didn’t lead the game until the fourth quarter in the 36-26 nailbiter win over the Samford Bulldogs at Doak Cambell Stadium on Saturday.
Taggart said the slugfest was a solid first win for his team. He acknowledged the team’s desire to play better on offense, but said he would take the wins however they come.
“Good win for the Noles,” he said. “It was good to see our guys find a way to come back and get a win after we started slow and weren’t playing as well. I thought it was a great team victory.”
Offensively, FSU continued to struggle up front. Despite only giving up one sack, Seminole quarterback Deandre Francois was hit frequently. He would finish the game 31-46 for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Cam Akers paces the Noles on the ground with 76 yards on 14 carries. In total, the team had 134 rushing yards, averaging 3.8 yards a carry.
The Noles gave up 525 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs, including 475 through the air from senior quarterback Devlin Hodges. Hodges completed 39 of 60 passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
Samford scored on its first play from scrimmage on a 54-yard bomb from Hodges to senior receiver and Bradenton native, Kelvin McKnight. Cooper Cross failed to connect on the extra point attempt, leaving the score at 6-0.
The Bulldogs would get another score in the first when senior running back Roland Adams plowed his way into the endzone from two yards out. This time Cross would convert the PAT, increasing the lead to 13-0.
The Seminoles would get their first touchdown of the season on a 27-yard hookup from quarterback Deondre Francois to wideout Tamorrion Terry to cut the Bulldogs lead to six.
Freshman kicker Mitchell Fineran added a 30-yard field goal to push the Bulldog lead to 16-7.
The Noles would trim the lead when Francois scored on an 8-yard keeper, cutting the deficit to two and bringing the score to 16-14.
Despite Florida State’s back-to-back scores, Samford continued its onslaught with a 27-yard touchdown from Hodges to McKnight to extend the lead to 23-14. It was the pair’s second touchdown connection.
Francois would find Terry again in the second quarter on a 15-yard strike for a touchdown to cut the lead again to 23-21, where it would remain until halftime.
Fineran’s late field goal with 7:58 left in the game gave Samford a 26-21 lead.
FSU would get the go-ahead touchdown with 4:03 left in the game when Francois found tight end Tre McKitty on a 5-yard pass into the endzone. It gave the Noles a 29-26 lead, their first of the game.
McKitty said the play was designed for him and his only job was to make a play on the ball.
“I was the first read,” McKitty said. “As soon as we left the huddle I knew the ball was coming to me.”
LeVonta Taylor returned an interception for a touchdown in the game’s final minutes to salt it away.
During a break in the game, Florida State played a video tribute for former Nole Burt Reynolds. Reynolds died on Thursday at the age of 82.
Samford will take on the Mercer Bears in their next contest. Florida State will travel to New York for a conference matchup against the Syracuse Orange in a noon kickoff on Sept. 15.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida State Seminoles Women’s Soccer Team hosted the visiting University of Southern California Trojans at The Seminole Soccer Complex Friday night.
This cross-conference match marked the fifth game for the Seminoles and the fourth for the Trojans. The match ended in a 0-0 draw despite the Seminoles having six shots on goal and the game entering extra time. Three of those shots on goal coming from Junior Forward Deyna Castellanos.
Despite the draw, the Seminoles had more scoring opportunities with a total of 18 shots. The Trojans only managed 6 shots. Although the shot difference was large each team had the same amount of corner kicks at 5. The draw keeps each team without a loss as the Seminoles are 4-0-1 and the Trojans are 3-0-1.
Brooke Bollinger started at goalkeeper for the Seminoles and Kaylie Collins was the starter for the Trojans. The Seminoles put pressure on the Trojans quickly and had a shot that was off target by Castellanos in the first minute. The Seminoles continued the pressure getting off four shots in the first period compared to just two by the Trojans. Each Keeper ended the first period with one save.
The second period had more shooting from the Seminoles, totaling eight to the Trojans two shots. All of these shots by the Seminoles meant the Trojans’ Collins had a busy half saving four shots on goal. Sophomore midfielder Gloriana Villalobos, who was subbed in during the 24th minute, had one of her three shots during the second period.
The shooting for the Seminoles was widespread as nine different players attempted a shot. Redshirt sophomore defender Malia Berkely and redshirt sophomore forward Kristen McFarland each had two shots total and one shot on goal. Out of the Trojans six total shots, freshman forward Penelope Hocking had four of them and had the only shots on goal for the Trojans.
Extra time had more of the same shooting from the Seminoles, as the Trojans tried to keep up. The Seminoles managed six total shots during extra time while the Trojans only managed two. Collins had one save during the extra time.
The Seminoles return to action at home Sunday at 5:00 p.m. against the UCLA Bruins. This home game will be the third in a seven-game homestand. The Trojans will be staying in Florida to take on the University of Florida Gators on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (FranchiseSportsOnline.net) – This week is a big week for the No. 12 ranked Florida State Seminoles as they face a tough match against currently ranked No. 3, the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles will attempt to end the Tiger’s hopes of reaching the playoffs and in return create a huge leap for themselves in the polls. This is arguably one of the most anticipated games on the schedule for Coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles as this is their ACC division rival and not to mention that Clemson is standing strong at the top of the division with a 7-0 record.
When asked about facing Clemson’s talented defense, this is what Coach Fisher had to say:
“What I’m saying, there’s no lay-ups and things you can just — you’ll have a chance to get, and they make you execute and play tight coverage in the secondary.”
Manuel earns solid marks, while defense also steps up production.
By Florida State Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In virtually every aspect – except the lack of tackling – Thursday’s Florida State football scrimmage was as close to a game situation scenario as possible.
The Seminoles punted when three downs failed to yield a first down, kicked off after scores and even mixed in a few field goal attempts when warranted, mixed with a heavy dose of situational work. In short, it was just what the ‘Noles needed with the Sept. 1 season-opener against Murray State just nine days away.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 3 Florida State (1-0-0) wraps up its season opening three-game road swing at No. 9 UCF (2-0-0) on Friday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m.
The two schools reunite after a one-year hiatus in 2011 that saw FSU advance to the College Cup and UCF make a run to the Elite Eight for the second time in school history.
Friday’s match marks the 12th all-time meeting between the Seminoles and the Knights with FSU leading the overall series 8-3-1, but the Seminoles are just 3-2-1 in Orlando. Florida State has won four of the last six meetings against UCF outscoring the Knights 16-5, while UCF is 1-0-1 against FSU in the last two meetings played on the Knights’ home turf.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau announced the addition of Northwestern transfer Morgan Jones on Wednesday.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Jones will have to sit out the 2012-13 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining for the Garnet and Gold.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Morgan to our Seminole family,” Semrau said. “She is a true game changer. Morgan is one of the most versatile players I have ever seen. The minute she steps on the floor, she will have the ability to be one of the top players in the ACC. Her return to the state of Florida will be a catalyst for other great players to also join the Garnet and Gold, and once again propel us to the top of the conference.”
NORMAN, Okla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State men’s golf team finished in a tie for third place in the NCAA Southwest Regional Championships and advanced to the NCAA Championships May 29-June 3 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. It marks the second time in the last three seasons the Seminoles have advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Florida State finished in third place in the final standings of the National Championships in 2009.
The junior shortstop slugged 1.111, while posting an on-base percentage of .545 with seven RBI in leading FSU to three wins last week.
May 7, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Justin Gonzalez was named ACC Player of the Week for the first time in his career after leading the Seminoles to a 3-0 week including two wins over Maryland to help the Seminoles secure their eighth ACC series victory of the season.
After missing three games with a sore right hamstring, Gonzalez returned to the starting line-up in a mid-week match-up at Jacksonville. The junior shortstop recorded a single and scored a run against the Dolphins while playing phenomenal defense assisting on six putouts including on a ball up the middle in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on which he got to and threw over to first for the out.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders became the second Seminole selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft when he was taken with the 144th pick Saturday. Sanders joined fellow teammate linebacker Nigel Bradham who was chosen in the fourth round with the 105thselection.
“Zebrie’s a guy that’s very intelligent, very conscientious, does the right things, stands for the right things and believes in team,” FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He was a great student-athlete at Florida State in and out of the classroom. I’m extremely happy for him and his family as he continues his playing career at the next level.”
After having taken only five Seminole players ever in the draft, the Bills picked up two with the additions of Sanders and Bradham now bringing the total to seven Seminoles selected by the organization.