Rattlers crushed 48-14 in home opener

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By: Alec Chessari, Correspondent

The Florida A&M football team started their home schedule on Saturday night against South Carolina State University with a tough 48-14 loss. The stands were packed with 19,127 Rattler and Bulldog fans. The crowd was fired up for most of the game even through the Rattlers woes.

“Obviously we are not very good. That’s stating the obvious. If we were any good we wouldn’t be 0-4,” FAMU head coach Alex Wood said.

The Rattlers turned the ball over seven times in the loss. FAMU quarterback Kenneth Coleman threw two early interceptions and the bulldogs capitalized on those turnovers. The Rattlers could hardly get anything going in the first half with only 133 total yards.

“This isn’t a statement about all of our players but we just have too many that aren’t any good, plain and simple they just can’t play,” Wood said.

The Rattler’s defense was also struggling to get going. They gave up over 400 yards of total offense and 48 points to the SCSU. Jacques Bryant starred on defense with 9 tackles tonight.

Kareem Smith had 193 yards combined from kick returns and punt returns on special teams. His most impressive being a long 55-yard return. He fumbled and muffed a punt, but had a solid game on special teams overall.

Coleman started the game at QB for the Rattlers and was 9 for 17 passing for 69 yards and two interceptions before coach Wood pulled him out in the third quarter. He was replaced by freshman Ryan Stanley. Stanley passed 11 times completing seven for 74 yards and two interceptions. Tevin Spells was the main ball carrier for the Rattlers carrying the ball 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Florida A&M getting ready for another battle next week at home against Savannah State, kickoff will be at 6.

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