HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 21) – The FAMU Football Team added another chapter to its’ 2017 Heartbreak Season here Saturday afternoon, as their last-gasp bid for victory died in the Hampton red zone with under a minute to play in a 31-27 setback at Armstrong Stadium.
FAMU (2-6, 1-4 MEAC) took possession of the football with 5:40 left in the game, driving 55 yards in 12 plays to the Hampton 16-yard line, only to have their fourth down play – a fourth and three carry by Devin Bowers – stopped a yard short to effectively seal their fate.
Saturday’s loss – the fourth straight - ended FAMU’s hopes of a winning season, with three games remaining, and the setback overshadowed a valiant effort by the Rattlers in the second half, which saw much of their young talent flash enormous potential in the comeback bid.
Redshirt freshman halfback Ricky Henrilus was scintillating, rushing for 109 yards on 10 carries, running with both speed and power, literally willing the Rattlers back into the game.
Another redshirt, former Tallahassee Rickards High star receiver Chad Hunter, made a spectacular 91-yard touchdown catch of a Ryan Stanley pass, snaring the pigskin and racing through the Hampton defense into the end zone with 7:23 left, giving the Rattlers their only lead of the game at 27-24.
Hampton (5-2, 4-0 MEAC), which led 21-3 midway through the second quarter, retook the lead with 5:46 left in the game on Delmon Williams’ eight-yard TD pass to Quinton Lee, for a 31-27 edge.