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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.

FAMU VS Savannah State Preview

Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – On Saturday at 6 p.m., the Florida A&M University Rattlers men’s football team will take on the Savannah State University Tigers at Bragg Memorial Stadium.  

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FAMU comes into the contest 1-2 after losing to Jackson State by a score of 18-16.  Savannah State comes into the game off a bye week due to their game against Howard being postponed. In their last game, the Tigers loss to the University of Miami 77-0.

This will be both team’s first conference game in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.  The last matchup between the teams saw the Rattlers defeat the Tigers 20-14. The Rattlers will look to limit sloppy play and turnovers. FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley said he doesn’t want a repeat of last week’s loss.

“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.”

Stanley threw for 340 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions last Saturday against Jackson State.  On the other hand, Savannah State’s passing game was nonexistent against Miami. Their quarterbacks combined for six completions on 12 attempts for 38 yards and two interceptions.

Both teams are coming off two-game losing streaks and will look to turn their seasons around by winning the first conference game of the season.

Rattlers Come Up Short Against Jackson State

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

Defense Leads FAMU To Opening Day Win Over Fort Valley State

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida A&M University head football coach Willie Simmons’ calling card has always been his offense. On Saturday, it was the former quarterback’s defense that shined in the Rattlers’ 41-7 win over the Fort Valley State Wildcats in Bragg Memorial Stadium.

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FAMU stops the Fort Valley State Drive with a blocked field goal to keep the Wildcats scoreless.

FAMU’s defensive unit didn’t allow a single rushing yard from the Wildcat offense on the day. Fort Valley totaled -12 rushing yards in the game and 291 total yards on 55 offensive plays. Five different Wildcats ended the game with negative net yardage in the ground. 

Despite this being Simmons’ first game at the helm, the team was clicking on all cylinders. Simmons said he is anxious to see where the team can go after this.

“These guys have worked extremely hard since I got here in December. They’re committed to doing things the right way. They’re committed to transforming this program to another level,” Simmons said. “They say the biggest jump for a team is from week one to week two. So I’m excited to see how big of a jump that we can make now that we have a game under our belt before the game next week.”

Sophomore linebacker Derrick Mayweather led the attack with five total tackles, including one tackle for loss and a sack. Freshman Kendrick Kelly also added five tackles while Senior linebacker Antonio Miller chipped in four tackles and a sack.

The Rattler defense also caused two turnovers and a safety. They forced two fumbles, recovering one, and senior defensive back Orlando McKinley picked off a pass midway through the second quarter. 

Mayweather said the performance from the defense started before the game even kicked off. He said this should be the start of how the defense will look to play all season.

“We just wanted to be laser-focused going in. On defense, we knew we had to play our assignments perfectly. Even if we were wrong, we just wanted to play fast to make a play. We tried to fly around every time,” Mayweather said. “We really set a tone to let everyone know that we are here and we are coming.” 

Not to be outdone, the Rattler’s new up-tempo offense was on full display in the contest. Redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Stanley was efficient all game until he was replaced late in the fourth with the game well in hand. Stanley finished the night 11-20 for 115 yards and two touchdowns. 

“I feel like overall it was a good game. The scoreboard shows 41-7 but there are a lot of missed opportunities that you can’t have against teams like Troy,” Stanley said. “I missed a few throws to Chad [Hunter] tonight early in the first and second quarter. If you miss those opportunities, it could lose you a game. We got the win tonight, so we will enjoy it.”

FAMU (1-0) rushed for 293 yards as a team, led by redshirt sophomore running back Bishop Bonnett’s 81 yards. Redshirt sophomore receiver Azende Rey added 40 yards on one carry and redshirt junior Hans Supre had 37 yards on the ground.   

Redshirt freshman receiver Xavier Smith paced the receiving corps with 2 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown. Rey hauled in three passes for 25 yards and redshirt sophomore Ricky Henrilus, in his first game lining up at wideout for the orange and green after converting from running back, caught two balls for 28 yards.  

FAMU kicker Yahia Aly converted kicks of 38, 43, 24, 29, 26 and 29 yards to help give the Rattler offense a boost and set the new FAMU record for the number of field goals made in a game with six.

“As I was running out to kickoff after my fifth field goal, I heard the guy talking about the new record. I looked at the time to see if we had time left just to make sure. When I got the chance I executed and I feel very happy about it,” Aly said. “I’m also glad to have my snapper and holder. Without them, I couldn’t have done this.”

Fort Valley senior quarterback Slade Jarman completed 17-27 passes for 303 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Most of Slade’s passes connected with freshman Lorenzo Smothers. Smothers ended the day with six catches for 207 yards.

Henrilus kicked the scoring off with a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Aly connected on his first two kicks in the second quarter to put the Rattlers up two scores.  A lightning delay paused the game’s action with 5:05 left in the second and the Rattlers up 13-0.

Fort Valley (0-1) scored on its first possession once play resumed. Jarman found Smothers for a 92-yard touchdown pass, making the score 13-7. It would be the Wildcats only score of the game.

On the Rattlers’ next drive, Stanley found Smith for a 28-yard touchdown pass at the 2:15 mark in the second, his first of the season. FAMU took a 20-7 lead into halftime. 

In the third, Stanley threw his second touchdown of the game, a nine-yard strike to redshirt junior receiver Marcus Williams. Aly added his third and fourth field goals before the end of the period. 

The final period saw junior defensive back Elijah Daniels add a safety to the Rattlers dominant defensive outing and Aly connect on his fifth and, record-setting sixth field goals. 

The Rattlers will travel to Troy, Ala. to take on the Troy Trojans next Saturday at 6 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN Plus. 

FAMU vs. FVSU First Half Photo Galley

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VIDEO: FAMU Weekly Press Conference Highlights

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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.

FAMU Softball Team Advances In MEAC Tournament

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – Florida A&M University’s softball team will move on to the next round of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball Championship. A seventh inning lead-off solo home run by freshman third baseman  Hera Varmah secured a 2-1 victory for the Rattlers over Morgan State University in the second round of the tournament on Thursday at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

The Rattlers (22-27) will face the Bethune Cookman Wildcats on Friday at noon to determine who will advance to Saturday’s final. The Wildcats punched their ticket to this game with a 3-2 win over Savannah State.

Varmah’s homer, her fourth of the season, came in the midst of a competitive pitcher’s duel. FAMU’s Kyaira Brown (15-11) gave up the only two hits against the Bears (28-16), winners of the conferences’ North Division. Brown also struck out a season-high 11 batters. Morgan State’s pitching duo of Stephanie Rundlett and Amy Begg held FAMU to only two hits. In addition to Varmah’s home run, Taylor Rosier secured the other hit for the Rattlers. 

Morgan State, now in the elimination bracket, faced North Division foe Hampton in one of the two elimination games on Thursday evening. Savannah State faced South Division rival North Carolina Central in the evening’s other elimination game.

FAMU’s Adam, Nani and Rakotondrazafy make 2018 All-Meac Tennis Team

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced that Florida A&M University had three players selected to the All-MEAC tennis team. The team is selected by the league’s coaches and media relations directors.

Junior Noureldin Adam, originally of Khartoum, Sudan, was named All-MEAC first team on the men’s side. Adam completed the season with a 7-5 overall record in singles. He was 3-1 in conference play. 

Frederico Nani, a junior from Cordoba, Argentina, was named to the second-team. He tallied a 5-6 record in singles, finishing 3-1 in the MEAC. He and Adam combined to form the team’s top doubles record at 8-4 overall, a perfect 4-0 record in the conference.

Mialiniaina Rakotondrazafy, a junior from Paris, France, was a second-team women’s team pick. She posted a 5-9 record in singles and a 4-1 record in MEAC play. 

The 2018 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. FAMU’s women’s team claimed the top seed in the Southern Division. The defending champion men’s team captured the second seed in the Southern Division.

FAMU has 107 Student-Athletes Named to MEAC All-Academic Team

Royal A. Shepherd (RoyalShepherdFS on Twitter), Production Director

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – On Monday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the 1,366 student-athletes to make the 2018 Commissioner’s All-Academic team. Florida A&M Unversity had 107 names featured on the list, including 54 women and 53 men. 

The team is constructed of student-athletes between their junior and senior year with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. It includes all of the MEAC’s 13 institutions during the spring 2017 and fall 2017 semesters.

FAMU’s representation is a diverse bunch. On the women’s side, 24 athletes from the track and field team, nine from the basketball team, six from the volleyball team, five from the tennis team, four cheerleaders, four from the softball team and two bowling athletes made the list.

For the men, 17 from the football team, 12 from the baseball team, eight from the track and field team, eight from the tennis team, five from the golf team and three from the basketball team were on the list of honorees. 

The entire list of athletes is below:

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY (107)

Women (54): Dicaria Alvarez (T&F), Briana Ballat (T&F), Tiara Barnes (T&F), Demetria Bethel (BWL), Cori Bostic (WBB), Mary Brooks (T&F), Shalaunda Burney-Robinson (WBB), Kierra Calhoun (CHR), Valentina Carrasco (VB), Elizabeth Clayton (TEN), Shalynn Cyprien (T&F), Taylor Darks (WBB), Lanese Davis (CHR), Whitney Farris (SB), Alelee Figueroa (T&F), Amber Fullwood (SB), Ashley Giacomucci (T&F), Alexis Gosha (VB), Amber Hannah (CHR), Akievia Hickman (CHR), Alexandria Hightower (VB), Benisha Johnson (T&F), Destiny Johnson (T&F), Shontielle Johnson (T&F), Judith Kibii (T&F), Dawn King (WBB), Caroline Kiplagat (T&F), Emmax Kiplagat (T&F), Nicole Kvitkauskas (T&F), Mia Lewis (T&F), Fridah Limo (T&F), Valeria Lopez (VB), Ginna Lopez-Chavez (VB), Karen Machisa (TEN),
Alexandria Marshall-Paul (T&F), Alicia McCray (WBB), Briana McCrimmon (WBB), Nancy Murgor (T&F), Victoria Nguyen (WBB), Florence Ouattara (WBB), Kenya Pereira (SB), April Polite (T&F), Evelyn Ralph (T&F), Tanzania Ralph (T&F), Arrice Robinson (TEN), Kiara Shaw (TEN), Olivia Simmons (T&F), Tahlia Snider (SB), Naomi Tanui (T&F), Symone Townsend (TEN), Erica Tyler (T&F), Destiny Williams (BWL), Ecenur Yurdakul (WBB), Maria Yvette
Garcia (VB)… 

Men (53): Osman Aguilera (FB), Tarique Akbar (FB), Yahia Aly (FB), Korteece Baker (T&F), Shareek Branch (T&F), William Brooks (BSB), John Capra (BSB), Elijah Casey (FB), Marquan Cromartie (FB), Prince Cunningham (GLF), Patrick Dalton (T&F), Joshua Engram (FB), Walner Espinoza (TEN), Jalen Evans (TEN), Herandre Fair-Curry (T&F), Hunter Fillingum (BSB), Jayson Francois (T&F), Aaron Hanna (T&F), Samer Hasona (TEN), Thomas Howell (T&F), Vincent Jefferies (FB), Terry Jefferson (FB), Chase Killette (GLF), Dock Luckie (FB), Mahindra Lutchman (GLF), Elijah Mays (MBB), Austin Michaud (BSB), Jacky Miles Jr. (BSB), Dennis Minefee (GLF), Octavien Moyer (BSB), Brandon Myles (MBB), Frederico Nani (TEN), Kevin Newman (FB), Desmond Noird (FB), Obinna Nwankwo (FB), Courage Okungbowa (TEN), Dallas Oliver (BSB), Shamari Pittman (FB), Michael Poole (T&F), Rodney Randers (BSB), Elijah Richardson (FB), Travis Richardson (BSB), Cameron Riley (GLF), Jacob Rios (FB), Kodi Russ (BSB), Kolton Russ (BSB), Zachary Safford (FB), Illya Skoromnyy (TEN), Nicholas Severado (MBB), Karlyn Small (TEN), Hans Supre (FB), Carlos Waitman (TEN), Garrett Wilkinson (BSB).

Green Team Defeats Orange Team in FAMU Spring Game

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

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The Green team, or the offensive team, put up four touchdowns and a field goal, while the Orange Team, or the defensive team, forced 2 turnovers, both being interceptions. The final score by the rules for the Florida A&M Orange and Green Game was the Green Team winning 36-31.

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Ryan Stanley started the game off with a 76-yard TD pass to redshirt freshman Chad Hunter.  These two would connect again, with Stanley throwing a 10-yard touchdown to Hunter, making the lead for the Green team 16-0.

The Orange team, though, would get their first points, forcing a punt and giving them three points, making the score 16-3.  The Orange team would force punts on two drives, while the Green team got it’s first field goal in the last minute of the first quarter, making the score 20-6 in favor of the Green team after one quarter.

In the second quarter, the Orange team would force three straight punts and would sack quarterback Ryan Stanley, which would tie the game at 20. The Orange team would take the lead for the first time with Chris Jerry intercepting Ryan Stanley, giving them a 25-21 advantage.  At the end of the half, the Orange team led 28-21.

In the third quarter, the Green team would convert two third downs, as well as a fourth and one, which would lead to an eight-yard rushing touchdown for freshman running back Bishop Bennett, giving the Green team a 29-28 lead. Redshirt freshman Tahj Tolbert would be intercepted, giving the Orange team a 31-29 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Green team would get another score at the start of the fourth quarter with Tolbert throwing a touchdown to redshirt freshman Dock Luckie. This would be the last score of the game, giving the green team a 36-31 win.

Newly-hired head coach Willie Simmons said his return to Tallahassee, where he was born, was “very thankful.”

“To be able to go in the stands, have people call me by my childhood name, call me by my nicknames and talking about relatives, it’s truly a special feeling for me,” Simmons said. “It was one of the reasons why I wanted to come back home. I was very thankful that this opportunity presented itself.”

Defensive back Terry Jefferson said he saw an intensity in this new coaching staff, as well as a few other differences.

“I see a lot of differences in the energy and in the intensity. They believe in us as much as we believe in them. We trust them and what they are coaching us to do,” Jefferson said.

The Rattlers will start off the 2018-2019 season with a home game against Fort Valley State on September 1.

 

Florida A&M Passing Game on Display in Orange and Green Game

Dimetry Dixon, Correspondent (@DimetryDixonFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net– The Florida A&M Rattlers football team played their Orange and Green Game Saturday at the Bragg Memorial Stadium at noon. The ending score was 31-0, with the Green team coming out on top. The Rattlers passing game was the highlight of the game.

In the first half, FAMU’s passing game was clicking. On the first play of the game, Ryan Stanley, the red-shirt sophomore quarterback, threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman wide receiver Chad Hunter. The field goal attempt was made to give the green team a 7-0 lead. The two linked up again on a 10-yard touchdown to put the green team up 16-0.

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In the second quarter, Stanley hooked up with Kevin Troutman, the junior wide receiver, on a 46-yard pass converting a first down from their own 20-yard line. In the middle of the second quarter, Tahj Tolbert, a redshirt freshman quarterback, checked into the game. Tolbert completed a pass to convert a first down on a 30-yard pass to Christian Mastramico.

The Rattlers passing game was still on point in the third quarter. A 40-yard pass from Stanley to Troutman was one of the key plays that setup FAMU to be in the red zone. With 14:33 left in the fourth quarter, Tolbert threw a touchdown strike to Dock Luckie, the redshirt freshman wide receiver.

FAMU’s first-year head coach Willie Simmons talked about how the offense played and how the team played overall. He also talked about how he and his team are ready for this season.

“I thought today was a very productive day. I wanted to see those guys compete on both sides of the ball.It was good to see the game close. It was a good competitive game,” Simmons said. “Offense was able to put some drives together. I thought all of those guys individually made some good plays.” 

“All in all thought today was a good scrimmage, a great combination of 15 really good days of spring ball. We are looking forward to this season.”

Stanley talked about how the offense and offensive scheme is going. He also talked about the bond he and Hunter had on the field.

“We put in all of our playbook, which really gives us a head start come fall time and that helps with everybody getting the feel of each other,” Stanley said. “I’m really comfortable with this offense. I trust the coaches and all of the reads they are teaching me and I really like this offense. I fell we are going to be very explosive”

“Chad is my guy. That’s a playmaker.” Stanley said. “That’s what playmakers do. My job as a quarterback is to get the ball in his hands and he is one of our go-to guys.”

Florida A&M will open up this season against Fort Vally State Wildcats on September 1 at 5 p.m. at Bragg Memorial Stadium.