SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gadsden County, Sneads, Robert F. Munroe

Pirates end regular season in a romp, host Franklin County in playoffs Saturday
Sneads scored early and often last week in romping past Liberty County 67-6 to close their regular season football play with a 67-6 mercy rule victory. The visiting Pirates rushed for close to 300 yards in the game with Courtavious Garrett and Seth Scott leading the way with 120 and 110 yards respectively.

Garrett had a scrimmage run, a touchdown and Scott had two-scrimmage run, touchdowns and another six-pointer on a 99-yard kick-off return. Other scorers on touchdown runs were Spencer Holton, Deonte Holton, Alonzo Hill and Colton Mercer. Mercer also had a touchdown pass to Jason Milsap, and Trent Smith wrapped up the touchdown scoring with a 4- yard pass interception return.

“We jump out to an early lead, and pretty much took it from there,” Sneads head coach Bill Thomas said. “We played everybody often in the game, which helped to rest starters and get some younger guys some experience.”

The win gives the Pirates a 7-1 record heading into their first round FHSAA Class 1-A home playoff game Friday. Franklin County will be the Sneads opponent for the 7:30 p.m Central Standard Time (CST) game.

The two teams met in regular season play with the Pirates coming out on top 38-20.

“That was the regular season; this is an entirely different season,” Thomas cautioned. “We need to realize that and come to play.”

Sneads Volleyballers in FHSAA Semi-Finals
Saturday Sneads will meet Blountstown Saturday at 2 p.m. CST in the FHSAA 1-A State Semi-Finals in an attempt to head for the State Finals next week in Ft. Myers, in their quest of a sixth straight championship.

The Semi-Final match will be played in Altha, a neutral site.

The Pirates bring a 22-5 record into Saturday’s match.

A big key to Sneads’ success has been strong front-line play, led by Lacee Glover, Michaela Edenfield, Kiara Garrett, and Ariana Lee. Glover, a senior, had 514 attacks and 258 kills in matches this year. Edenfield, a junior, racked up 227 kills and had 391 attacks. Garrett, a sophomore, had a 188-kill with 44- attacks season, while Lee, a senior, had 138 kills in a 368-attack year.

Sheila Roberts led the Pirates to five straight championships before moving to Florida High this year, turning the Pirate reins over to Heather Brinkmeier. Brinkmeier’s team has met Blountstown twice before this year, willing 3-0 and 3-1 matches

Despite loss, cointoss saves Jaguars from early end to dismal season
Gadsden High took the long ride to Gulf Breeze last Friday night and lost 49-6 to finish the regular season 0-9. The Jaguars were rewarded a 4-A Florida High School Athletic Association playoff spot Sunday, due to the strength of their schedule, when they won a coin flip with Jacksonville Andrew Jackson. Gadsden became the sixth seed in Region 1 after the coin flip and will travel to a third-seed South Walton in a first round matchup this Friday.

The Jaguars’ lone touchdown in the Gulf Breeze game came on a four-yard run by sophomore Antwan Betsy.

“The season hasn’t gone anything like we wished,” Interim head coach Shannon Faison said. “But with the coin flip and all, we get a second chance to make something of the season. We’re hoping to make some good things happen with that second chance.”

Bobcats end season with loss at Franklin Franklin County took the opening kickoff, scored in three plays, recovered a Munroe fumble for a score, and never looked back in racking up a 59-8 win over the Bobcats in East Point Friday night. Colin Amison threw the opening scoring pass to Lamarius Marten on a 39-yard play, and Tonner Segree recovered the fumble in the Munroe end zone, getting the Seahawks to a quick 12-0 lead.

Amison added two more touchdown passes, another to Martin and one to Simon Birthwaite to go along with five Franklin County rushing touchdowns in helping the Seahawks go up 59-0 before the Bobcats got their scores late in the game. Rufus Townsend had two of those touchdowns, Martin had another, and Micah McLeod and Bailey Segree each scored one in the scoring runs.

C.J. McMillan got the Munroe scores, dashing 55-yards for a touchdown and running in the two-point conversion on the Bobcats’ last possession. Munroe finished the year with a 4-6 mark in head coach Joe Gaddy’s first season, a marked improvement over last year’s 1-9 record. With the win Franklin County advances to the FHSAA 1-A play-offs and will play at Sneads Friday night in first round action.

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