Rattlers Rattled By the Bulldogs

Photo courtesy of the Tallahassee Democrat

Birmingham, Ala- Florida A&M University [FAMU] Football team lost on the road against the Samford University Bulldogs 58-21 on Saturday, September 12.

The Rattlers contained the Bulldogs in the first quarter to take a 14-10 lead into the start of the second quarter.

In the first quarter, senior linebacker Akil Blount intercepted the ball from the Bulldogs to rumble 65 yards into the end zone to put FAMU up 7-3.

Blount was pleased about his interception for a touchdown, however, he understands there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

Sophomore running back Gerald Hearns ran in a one yard touchdown with 48 seconds left in the first quarter to regain the lead for the Rattlers [14-10].

The Rattlers lost their momentum which allowed the Bulldogs to capitalize off of their mistakes by making 31 straight points in the second quarter alone without a Rattler score.

The Rattler offense did not help itself much with committing five turnovers, however, the spark from FAMU’s offense came freshmen running back Devin Bowers.

Hearns was pulled from the game in the second half due to an injury. Bowers came into the game to help lead the Rattler’s rushing attack with a game high of 144 yards on the ground sparked by a 73 yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“I believe the team started off strong, but we just have to be able to finish out,” Bowers said. “Even though I had a good game today, there is still a lot of work for me to be better at my position and to help contribute to next week’s game.”

Head Football Coach Alex Wood was not pleased with his team not finishing the game the way they started but praised Bowers for his performance.

“Bowers was a bright spot for the team running the football and protection,” Wood said. “I told the team after the Samford game you have 24 hours, that’s the life of football you have so many hours to get rid of that feeling and move on.”

You can catch Rattlers dual off against the South Carolina State Bulldogs this Thursday September 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU network or on 96.1 FM Tallahassee radio.