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Rattlers Win Conference Opener Against Savannah State

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – After a disappointing loss to Jackson State last week, FAMU entered conference play against Savannah State on Saturday. The Rattler offense exploded in the second half to pull out a 31-13 win over the Tigers.

The game was the classic tale of two halves for FAMU. Quarterback Ryan Stanley went 7 of 12 for 37 and two interceptions through the first two periods. The entire offense totaled only 76 yards on 26 plays before the break. He would finish the contest 14 of 20 for 166 yards and added a touchdown pass.

The Rattlers would score 28 of their points after halftime, in large part because of the efforts of redshirt sophomore running back Bishop Bonnett. Bonnett had 94 yards on the ground on nine carries with a rushing touchdown. He added two catches for 70 yards and a receiving score as well, including a 69-yard reception in the third to help jumpstart FAMU’s offense.

Bonnet was awarded the game ball and said he would give it to his daughter. He said his habits made it so that the results were no surprise. 

“That’s all I do is work and watch film,” Bonnett said. “I can’t really say that I’m on an emotional high because I expected this. We were supposed to beat them like that.”

FAMU head coach Willie Simmons heaped praise on Bonnett’s work off the field. He said Bonnett doesn’t allow his 5-foot-9-inch frame to stop him from making an impact on the field.

“He is kind of the heartbeat of this football team. He is small in stature but big in heart. He shows that regardless of the situation he comes to work every day and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Simmons said. “I’m not surprised because I see it every day in practice.”

Redshirt freshman Xavier Smith led the FAMU receiving corps with five catches for 47 yards. Marcus Williams hauled in four passes for 44 yards.

In addition to Bonnett, FAMU running backs Devin Bowers and Deshawn Smith contributed to the Rattlers 186 yards on the ground. Bowers carried the ball eight times for 53 yards and Smith had seven runs for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Punter Chris Faddoul, the conference leader in average yards per punt at 38.2, punted five times for 231 yards and a long of 55 yards.  He averaged 46.2 yards per punt on the evening.

Simmons said to have Faddoul on the roster is a huge advantage for the Rattlers. He even put him in the class of some of the collegiate football elites.

“Averaging almost 50 yards a punt, Chris continues to punt at an All-American level,” Simmons said. “He continues to flip the field for us and it’s a huge weapon.”

Savannah State played two quarterbacks throughout the night. TJ Bell threw for 88 yards on 7 of 15 passing with an interception and D’vonn Gibbons went 5 of 13 for 65 yards.

Gibbons led the ground attack for the Tigers with 13 carries for 94 yards. Treveyon Pratt has one reception for 36 yards while D’Andre had three catches for 19 yards. 

The Tigers kicked off the game’s scoring on a four-yard touchdown run by JaMichael Baldwin at the 9:15 mark in the first quarter to give SSU a 7-0 lead.

FAMU kicker Yahia Aly got FAMU on the board with a 27-yard field goal with 2:45 left in the second quarter to bring the score to 7-3. It would remain that way going into the half.

Stanley hit Bonnett up the middle seam for a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give the Rattlers their first lead of the game at 10-7. 

After forcing the Tigers into a three and out, Smith plowed his way into the endzone from one yard out late in the third quarter to push the Rattlers’ lead to 17-7. Running back Azende Rey added a four-yard touchdown run early in the fourth to increase the lead to 24-7.

With 6:31 left in the game, SSU sophomore running back Jaylen McCloud closed the gap to 24-13 with a two-yard rushing score. FAMU responded less than a minute later with a nine-yard rushing score by Bonnett to push the lead to 31-13.

FAMU will travel to Durham, NC to face conference foe North Carolina Central in a 1 p.m. kickoff.

GODBY TO TAKE ON TITUSVILLE FOR HOMECOMING

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net–  The undefeated Godby Cougars (4-0) will go up against the Titusville Terriers (1-4) Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Forbes Field. This is also the Cougars homecoming game.

Godby is coming off a 57-0 win against Leon Lions (2-2).  Last week, Cougars junior quarterback Trey Fisher ended the game with 16 completions on 21 attempts for 355 yards and four touchdowns. Junior running back Jaquez Yant finished the game with four carries for 82 yards and a touchdown. Junior Running back Tyriq Parramore also contributed with seven carries for 46 yards and two touchdowns.

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Junior receiver Alvin Jones lll finished the game with five catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Jahiem Knight ended the game with four catches for 97 yards and one touchdown. He also had three carries for 58 yards and rushed for one score. On the defensive side of the ball, safety De’shawn Rucker led the team with six tackles.

The Lions were led by senior linebacker Bryce Carpenter with seven tackles. Linebacker Joshua Seabrocks added six tackles and senior safety Miles Saunders also contributed with four tackles.

The Terriers are coming off a 49-14 loss against Palm Bay Pirates (2-2). Titusville is on its fourth consecutive loss of the season. The Terriers is hoping to get a win to end that streak.

Willie Taggart and Noles Get First Win of The Season


Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

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. 

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FSU lines up late in the fourth quarter.

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.

FAMU vs. FVSU First Half Photo Galley

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

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Lincoln Trojans Nearly Shut Out Bainbridge

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Lincoln High School football team went up against the Bainbridge Bearcats on a rainy Thursday night at Gene Cox Stadium. The Trojans almost posted a shutout, but a touchdown by Bainbridge in the final two minutes of the game brought the final score to 28-6.

 

Both team’s offenses started off slow as Bainbridge went three and out on nearly every possession in the first quarter. With 1:14 left in the first period, the Trojans scored the first touchdown of the game on a blocked punt as junior wide receiver Sage Ennis scoped it up and scored to put Lincoln up 7-0.

Ennis said it was more important for the teams to be prepared mentally for the dealing with the elements. 

“On offense, we had some mental mistakes and some physical. Nothing that we can’t fix up,” Ennis said. “It was really just a mental thing. Everybody was ready to come out and the weather will get to you. The weather can affect you but it’s all about what you can do.”

In the second quarter, Bainbridge sophomore running back Rashad Broadnax took a carry up the middle for a 25-yard run, but the Bearcat offense could not do anything more and had to punt on that possession. 

At the 5:15 mark in the second quarter, the Trojans were on the three-yard line in Bearcat territory before junior quarterback Christopher Beard ran 96 yards into the endzone to give the  Trojans a 14-0 lead. The score would remain the same heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Trojans scored two more touchdowns, giving them a  28-0 lead. Bainbridge scored late in the fourth quarter but missed the extra point attempt. But, the damage was already done.

Lincoln’s stingy defense against the Bearcats earned the praises of the Trojan’s head coach, Quinn Gray. Gray said the defense has been clicking all season.

“The last two weeks, they’ve been lights out. I am really proud of them,” Gray said. “They are swarming to the ball and they are celebrating with each other when they make plays. They just got to keep it up.”

The Trojans offense posted 28 points but they also had some minor mistakes. Gray said despite the production, cutting out the mistakes will be key moving forward in the season.

“We have a pretty explosive offense and we got some pretty explosive guys on offense,” Quinn said. “Too many holding penalties, people coming free in the run game and we have to fix it. I am sure we will get it corrected.”

Lincoln’s next game will be against the Hudson Cobras on Sept. 7 at Gene Cox Stadium at 7 p.m. Bainbridge will face the Brooks County Trojans in Quitman, Ga.

VIDEO: FAMU Weekly Press Conference Highlights

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – 

 

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.

Deondre Francois Named Starting Quarterback

Alex Krutchik, Correspondent (@AlexKrutchikFS on Twitter) 

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.

Game 8 Preview: Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles

Samuel Profeta, Correspondent 

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.”

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FSU Baseball Coach Mike Martin on Fall Baseball Season

Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin met with reporters to discuss his team during fall practice.

Baseball America has named Florida State baseball’s recent recruiting class as the eighth-best in the country and second among Atlantic Coast Conference teams. The Seminoles have brought in 14 newcomers for the 2017 season.

The 14 newcomers include three junior college transfers and 11 freshman. Among the newcomers, Drew Mendoza, a freshman from Minneola, Fla., was ranked the No. 10 prospect by Baseball America and is the highest-rated player to attend college this season.

TCC announces 2016 men’s basketball signing class

Credit: Tallahassee Community College Sports Information 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 29, 2016) – Tallahassee Community College head men’s basketball coach Mark White has announced his 2016 signing class.

 

White, who is entering his second season as the Eagles’ head coach, signed 12 players who will join rising sophomore returnees Deion Bute (C/6’8”/Phillipsburg, St. Maarten) and David Simmons (G/6’3”/Henderson, Ky.)

 

The class features nine guards and three forwards and and the players are from six different states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and North Carolina,) as well as Canada.

 

“This is a great bunch of kids,” said White. “They are a very skilled group and have a lot of versatility. They are very coachable.”

 

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