By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 27, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- After flying high into the bye week, many were Worried about a let down for Willie Simmons' FAMU Rattlers.
However, the FAMU faithful in attendance at Bragg Memorial on Saturday were treated to a 38-3 victory over Morgan State as the Rattlers remain perfect in MEAC play.
From the Rattlers opening score, a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown by De'Montre Moore, the message was loud and clear; Florida A&M wouldn't be caught asleep in the MEAC drivers seat.
"They've shown today that they can keep the blinders on," Simmons said after the game. "After a huge win two weeks ago against [North Carolina] A&T, a lot of people patting them on the back a lot of people telling them how great they are and their first time being ranked number one, they could have easily come out here and overlooked a Morgan State team that's 2-5 but they came out and played a complete game."
The Bears were smothered on both sides of the ball with the Rattler defense ever letting MSU into the end zone and surrendering only 299 yards, something Simmons says is a testament to their aggressiveness and an unsung unit.
"This is the third or fourth game in a row they've just been dominant and it's very hard to consistently move the ball against those guys. That's why we stress the special teams so much that field position is so critical," Simmons said. "When we punt the ball and flip the field, very rarely will they go 80 yards on our defense."
Quarterback Ryan Stanley spread the wealth, connecting with three different Rattler receivers in the end zone, something Simmons contributes to their selfless play.
"Those guys push each other and they feed of one another; they don't care who gets the glory, if it's Chad scoring, Marcus is just as happy, Xavier's just as happy. If it's Xavier scoring, same thing. I think all of them had their shot today and I think all of them got in the end zone at least one time. They work extremely hard."
The win keeps FAMU a perfect 5-0 in conference play and with a now 6-2 overall record, the Rattlers have secured their first winning season since 2011.
But despite the success, the team says they're keeping it all in perspective, knowing their ultimate goal has yet to be reached.
"We come out hungry everyday to get better," said linebacker Elijah Richardson. "There's a lot of talk around the conference and the school and just around the city about how FAMU did this but we really haven't done nothing yet so until they put that ring on our fingers, we hungry."
The Rattlers head out on the road next week and they're going to put their undefeated MEAC streak on the line against Mike London and Howard.