By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 13, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- 2018 has been a storybook-type year for the Florida A&M football team.
Local product Willie Simmons was hired to lead the ship, his team knocks off perennial #1 North Carolina A&T (on the road, no less) and FAMU is now in control of its own destiny for a MEAC championship.
But, after two straight losses, the Rattlers will need a fairy tale ending.
It's only fitting that to achieve that ending, they'll need to do it against rival Bethune-Cookman in the Florida Classic this weekend.
Entering the 66th edition of the rivalry, the Rattlers' momentum is going the wrong way, but Simmons says the team had a long talk over the weekend about igniting the fire they had just a few weeks ago.
"The thing that we really emphasized on Sunday is that we need to get back to our identity of who we are as a football team," Simmons said. "I think we had gotten away from that in the last couple of weeks. We were a team that had the chip on our shoulders, feeling like we were the number five-picked team in the preseason and when they came to practice every day, they came to practice with that mindset, that we're out to prove everyone wrong."
The Rattlers and Wildcats will kickoff at 2 p.m. on Saturday from Orlando.