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FAMU defeats Morgan State 34-31

By Jermaine Kershner | Staff Writer
On October 30, 2017

Saturday at one p.m., the Rattlers definitely showed up to prove nonbelievers wrong with their win against Morgan State University, with a score of 34-31.

The win against Morgan State could have been the spark the Rattlers needed to finish their season off strong.

Quarterback Ryan Stanley was on a roll as he completed 17 of 23 passes, thrown for 286 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

FAMU’s offense definitely showed patience and dedication as they fought long and hard for four quarters straight.

Wide-receiver Kareem Smith celebrating with a teammate after a good
play | Photo credit: Vaughn Wilson, FAMU Athletics

In the second quarter the Rattlers offense definitely played positively as they were able to score twice to keep points on the board, with Ricky Henrilus receiving a 24 yard pass from Stanley. Momentarily afterwards, linebacker Emmanuel Yisrael returned a 30 yard fumble for the Rattlers.

“Feels good finally getting a close win, you know we had a lot of close games in the past and finally pushed through adversity and won this one,” Stanley said.

FAMU accumulated a total of 395 yards, 19 first downs, 3 turnovers, and a total possession time of 26 minutes and 44 seconds.

Ryan Stanley showed leadership this game, and what it takes to have individuals trust you.

“It wasn’t always pretty, but it was complete,” said head coach Alex Wood.

The Rattlers are now 3-6 with two more games to play. This gives the Rattlers time to prove that they can finish out strong, leaving everything they have on the field.

Defensive end Raashed Kennion gave his thoughts after the game on how great the win felt for him.

“It feels great,” said Kennion. “All that hard work we put in, finally, we accomplished something. There’s more to come.”

FAMU has one game to play before the classic. They’ll be facing the Howard Bison’s who are 5-3. They’ll need to take this win against Morgan State and transfer that energy into next week’s game.

If they defeat Howard it will give them the momentum they need going to Orlando.


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