Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) –
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.
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.