Calvin Sykes, Florida A&M Correspondent (@CSykesSportsU on Twitter)
Tallahassee, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Underdog?
Some of the greatest sports stories came from a single person or a team, it is these underdogs that have shaped the sports world one at a time.
Florida A&M is in the position of the underdog against one of the top-ranked Historically Black College and University (HBCU) teams in the nation.
The Rattlers have had to tolerate losing to North Carolina in back-to-back years during the Alex Wood era.
Numbers Don’t Lie
Florida A&M is currently on a two-game losing streak. The overall concern with the team is the penalties and turnovers, and Wood called the performance “very frustrating”.
North Carolina A&T is undefeated, with three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victories against Morgan State, South Carolina State, and Delaware State.
One positive that has come during the losing streak is the rushing game. The Rattler offense finished with 250 yards on the ground on Saturday against Norfolk State, the most since 2012.
“We had a good plan,” Wood said. “The kids executed that phase of the plan really well. Our offensive line did a good job of securing the line of scrimmage to create lanes for the runners to run in. Those guys did a good job getting yards after contact.”
Coach Wood hopes that this performance will continue against a North Carolina A&T defense who allow 10.2 points per game. North Carolina A&T’s well-balanced offense averages 41.7 points per game.
The positive for this underdog Rattler team is Wood has won every homecoming game thus far.
LB Emillo Gibbs and RB Ricky Henrilus will return for the game against North Carolina A&T. The two missed Norfolk State game due to injury.