Alec Chessari, Correspondent
The Florida A&M Rattlers got their first victory of the season, beating Savannah State 19-14. Quarterback Ryan Stanley and the FAMU defense led the way.
The game started off quickly. FAMU’s defense forced five early punts and the offense scored early in the second quarter. This was the type of play they needed after a devastating 0-4 start to the season.
“We got a victory here; we are very excited. It feels good. We haven’t felt this in a while,” said FAMU coach Alex Wood.
The game was Stanley’s first start of the season. He was very efficient in the first half, 15 of 22 pass attempts for 197 yards and a touchdown. He also had six rushes for 36 yards.
“He (Stanley) did really good. He was productive. I’ll take it,” said Wood.
The Rattlers defense came out of the tunnel hungry, only giving up 17 total yards in the first quarter and 87 throughout the first half.
“Our preparation this week was outstanding, meetings were good everyone was paying attention to detail,” said Coach Wood.
The Rattlers offense amassed 106 yards in the first quarter alone. By they had 263 total yards.
FAMU kept the momentum they had going into the half and brought it back out to the field in the second half. The offense had 450 total yards. Ryan Stanley went down in the 3rd quarter with an injury and Vincent Jefferies came in at back up and looked very good. Jefferies lead the rattlers offense down the field for a touchdown, completing three of four passes for 40 yards. Stanley later came back in and finished off the game.
“He (Jefferies) did a nice job. I was pleased to see that. I kind of anticipated it but wasn’t sure now we can solidify that he can come in and do something for us,” said Wood.
Jacques Bryant came up huge for the rattlers defense tonight. He broke up a few passes, had 7 tackles and got the game clinching interception with 1:32 left in the 4th quarter.
“Bryant’s interception was a great play and a great way to seal the win for us” said Wood.
Some notable stats:
Passing: Ryan Stanley 21/30 230 yards 1TD 45 rushing yards
Vincent Jefferies 3/4 40 yards
Rushing: Hans Supre 15 carries 93 yards 1 TD
Tevin Spells 12 carries 38 yards 1 TD
Receiving: Brandon Norwood 10 catches 58 yards
Chaviss Murphy 2 catches 48 yards