Last weekend, the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Rattlers went to Huntsville, Ala. to take on
conference opponent Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. The Rattlers came out hot, and with the help of a few runs by Kelvin Dean and a few passes by Jeremy Moussa, they scored on the opening drive of the game. The points didn’t stop there. The Rattlers jumped out to a 17-point lead to start the first quarter, before the Bulldogs decided to make it a ball game by closing the gap to 17-14 by the end of the quarter.
The Bulldogs then scored another touchdown nearly halfway through the second quarter to take the lead 21-17.
On the next possession, Kelvin Dean ran it in for a 4-yard TD, which put the Rattlers back on top 24-21.
The Rattler defense showed up and Florida A&M outscored Alabama A&M 18 to 7 in the second half. After holding the Bulldogs to a single touchdown in the entire second half, the Rattlers went on to cruise to a victorious 42-28 win.
The Rattlers, with this win, will host the 4 p.m. Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, December 2, 2023 on Ken Riley Field at Bragg Memorial Stadium. The Rattlers had already clinched a spot in the aforementioned game with their win the previous week.
FAMU, whose only loss this year is to the University of South Florida, has high expectations as they finish out the regular season heading into the December second championship game. This week they host Lincoln (CA) at home with kickoff set for 6 p.m., before traveling to Orlando to close out the season in an annual neutral site matchup against arch-rival Bethune-Cookman University in what is known as the Florida Blue Florida Classic.
Chris Daniels – Gadsden County News Service