The Rattlers return to Bragg Memorial for their homecoming game this Saturday against the North Carolina Central Eagles (6-3) (5-1). Last weeks loss at North Carolina A&T was tough, but the Rattlers are optimistic about the remaining games.
This weekend’s game will be some of the player’s last time suiting up in Bragg memorial. Winning these last two games will let seniors leave on a positive note.
Taylor wants the team to stay confident “Homecoming is all about pride,” Taylor said.
Winning the next two games would give the team something to build on at the end of the season. Taylor will not be coaching in Saturday’s game. Defensive coordinator Earl Holmes will be the active coach for the remainder of the season.
The offense’s point of emphasis this week is to finish drives and score touchdowns. Both sides of the ball fought hard, but the offense could not capitalize on opportunities.
Robert Hartley, a 5thyear political science major from Lake City, Fla. was please with the offensive lines performance.
“We must prove ourselves and prove we are better than our record shows,” said Hartley.
The offense should have a spark with starting quarterback Damien Fleming returning to action this week. The offense struggles from self-inflicting wounds like penalties, and mental mistakes inside the red-zone.
The defense played very well last week, and wants to continue that into Saturday’s contest. Allowing three field goals, and one touchdown the defense was stout. Senior linebacker Brandon Hepburn wants the defense to play as a unit, and show up in full faculty this weekend.
Special teams are just as important as the rest of the game. If the Rattlers would have a capitalized on more special teams plays there would be a different outcome for this game. The team is confident that they can compete with anyone in the MEAC. They have to show up as a complete unit and play all four quarters.
This will be some of the seniors last time buckling their chinstrap at Bragg Memorial, and playing in a homecoming game. Kickoff is Saturday at 3 p.m. at Bragg memorial.