Last weekend’s journey back to Tallahassee from Washington D.C, was filled with excitement and a sense of accomplishment for the Rattler football team.
According to cornerback Qier Hall, the victory over the Howard Bison was the boost of confidence the team needed to wash out the bitter taste of defeat from Delaware State.
“The ride back from Washington, D.C. was great! We had just experienced a big win, in Coach’s hometown,” the sophomore said.
With a now (2-1) record, the Florida A&M Rattlers will take on the undefeated Tennessee State Tigers this Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 in the Atlanta Classic.
“We’re not intimidated at all because their record doesn’t mean anything! They haven’t played us yet,” Hall said.
After a few weeks out of commission due to a sprained ankle, running back Philip Sylvester is eager to return to the field in such a high profile game.
“We won a close (18-17) game against Tennessee State last year, and I’m feeling very confident going into this one,” said Sylvester, a Miami native. “I’m 100 percent healed now, thanks to rehab which consisted of stretching, ultra sounds, and basic training,” he said when asked about his injury.
The guys are certainly confident in their force as a team, but know the strengths of their opponent.
“Tennessee State is a pretty good team with a solid passing game and running attacks, it’s going to be a challenge,” said 20-year-old defensive tackle Cameron Houston, from Rockledge.
Because senior Tennessee State quarterback Antonio Heffner is such an asset to the team, the Rattler defense has a strategy they believe will derail the Tigers from their fourth victory of the season. “We intend to put pressure on the quarterback.” Houston said.
Rattler Head Coach Joe Taylor also plans to stop Antonio Heffber.
“He’s quick on his feet and a strong athlete.” Taylor said about the quarterback.
Though the game will not be held on either of the team’s home turf, the Rattlers feel they have the advantage they need to be victorious.
“I feel that there is no less of an advantage at away games. As long as we take care of us, we’re fine,” said Hall from Cocoa Beach.