FAMU Ready for State Regional Final

By: Sam Lane Email
By: Sam Lane Email

Tallahassee, FL (May 1) -- For the first time, neither Chiles or Leon will represent Tallahassee this deep in the flag football state playoffs. That honor belongs to the Baby Rattlers of FAMU DRS.

"It's an amazing feeling. It's a burst of like, we did it," says freshman quarterback Raygene Garner.

"It feels great, it feels great," adds senior Courtney Washington. "I can't think of anything better to do."

After an (0-3) start to the season, FAMU has rattled of eleven straight wins.

"At first we were kind of the underdogs," says senior linebacker Floya Fisher. "A lot of the girls were basically defeated because we weren't winning any games. We had to have that drive to come back out and play every game."

The turnaround started after head coach James Brown had a meeting with his freshman quarterback.

"Explained to her how to play quarterback at flag football," says head coach James Brown. "I always tell people that flag football is like basketball on grass. She's a basketball player so it fits her scheme of things."

"I came back and I put in extra work and then I was like, I can do this," adds Garner. "Then my team had my back."

The defense has followed suit. In three playoff games FAMU has only allowed 13 points.

"Defense definitely does win games," says Fisher. Offense puts points on the board."

One more win and they'll play in the state quarterfinals, to be held in town at Gene Cox Stadium.

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