Rattlers rally late, defeat rival Southern, 27-21

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 22, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Florida A&M Rattlers (2-1) relied on a strong defense and some late game heroics to lift the orange and green over the Southern Jaguars (1-3) Saturday night at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

In front of a record crowd of over 27,000, the Fangs lit up the scoreboard early, capping off their opening drive with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Stanley to George Webb.

The Jags began the ensuing drive on their own one yard line where quarterback Ladarius Skelton was sacked in the endzone by Derrick Mayweather for a safety.

The two teams traded touchdowns and Southern conceeded another safety to set up a 19-7 halftime score.

However, it was SU who came into the third quarter and generated momentum. Skelton threw a touchdown pass to Jamar Washington to put the visitors within a possession.

The Jaguars then took the lead to start the fourth quarter, as Skelton scrambled for a nine-yard touchdown to take a 21-19 lead.

However, the FAMU offense answered, the occasion as Stanley engineered a game winning drive, throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Smith to give the Fangs the final 27-21 lead of the night.

Florida A&M will start MEAC play on the road next week, heading northward to take on the Norfolk State Spartans.

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