Following the Rattlers’ first win of the season last weekend, the FAMU football team had a glimpse of hope after weeks of fighting through tribulation. With a few more eligible players taking the field, and home team advantage, last week’s victory over Albany State University was a pivot for the Rattlers’ confidence.
Abu Bangura, a senior defensive end, believes that game changed the trajectory of how this team will fare. He noticed that during this competition his teammates got to play more relaxed and felt like it built a more vital trust in their abilities.
“This game definitely was a pivot in the whole team’s confidence,” Bangura said. “It allowed everyone to play loose instead of uptight like we’ve been playing in other games.
“This win did a lot for everybody’s confidence,” Bangura added.
Bangura says the season’s focus is still to come out on top and maintain what is in their control.
“The No. 1 goal is still to win a championship, and we have to do that one practice and game at a time and let the chips fall where they lie,” Bangura said. “The best way we have done that is staying calm and controlling the things we can.”
For other players, the first win after starting the season with two losses was a reminder of the team’s capability.
Fourth-year cornerback BJ Bohler says the first win was special to him. It helped his teammates find their footing again, he said.
“It meant a lot to get this first win under our belt following our losses against UNC and Jackson State,” Bohler said. “Getting this first win at Bragg Stadium felt good and helped us finally get our feet under ourselves and show what we are capable of.”
Bohler said last week’s win redefined the identity of the team.
“This game brought us back to who we are, what our game is and what we can do,” Bohler said.
FAMU students and fans were also excited to see the FAMU football team come out on top and are ready for the games to come.
Jada Harrison, a fan and a grad student, is just glad to see a team win after a rough start to the season.
“Man, I am just happy those boys took home a dub,” Harrison said. “They’re excited, the fans are excited, and now we are all looking forward to more wins in Bragg.”
Coaches could not be reached for comment. Rattler fans can follow the team on Instagram @famuathletics or @famufb, and look to see a review of next week’s home game against Alabama A&M.