Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Florida A&M Rattlers went up against the Jackson State Tigers and fell short with a score of 18-16.
In the first quarter, both teams started off slow. Redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Stanley ran for 10 yards, putting the Rattlers at the two-yard line. Running back Azende Rey punched it in the end zone, giving the Rattlers a 7-0 lead.
Jackson State moved the football downfield but couldn’t quite get in the end zone. The Tigers settled for a field goal making the score 7-3.
The Rattlers fumbled the football on the kick return and the Tigers recovered it. Another JSU drive stalled in the red zone leading to a field goal, to bring the score to 7-6.
With 9:28 left in the third quarter, Jackson State kicked another field goal giving them a 9-7 lead.
Stanley hooked up with wide receiver Xavier Smith on a 20-yard catch and run for a touchdown giving FAMU the lead 14-9.
The Tigers scored a touchdown then tried to go for a two-point conversion. Rattler’s redshirt junior safety Terry Jefferson intercepted the ball and returned it to the end zone giving FAMU two points and making the score 18-16.
The Rattlers tried to kick a field goal but it was blocked leaving the Tigers some time, but they punted it on their possession giving the ball back to the Rattlers.
The Rattlers were driving down the field and tried to kick game-winning field goal but the time ran out ending the game 18-16.
The Rattlers head coach Willie Simmons talked about the penalties and mistakes they had on the field. He discussed about the last drive of the game.
“Too many self-inflicted wounds and too many penalties on our part,” Simmons said. “Obviously, poor clock management on my part, I should have let the quarterback spike it so we can kick the field goal.”
Stanley finished the game with 26 completions and 37 attempts for 340 yards and one touchdown. He talks about the game overall and his performance.
“Overall I felt like it was a sloppy game. It was too many penalties,” Stanley said. “I think I played alright but it is always room for me to get better.”
The Rattlers will take on Savannah State at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m