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.
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.