Rattlers shift travel plans ahead of Michael

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- This Saturday, the FAMU football team will face their tallest conference challenge yet as they take on North Carolina A&T, a team the Rattlers haven’t beat since 2011.

The game itself is certainly a challenge, but the week leading to it may prove to be even more so.

With the impending threat of Hurricane Michael, the Rattlers originally planned to leave town Tuesday, but after careful deliberation, the team announced they’ll leave, as scheduled, on Friday morning.

On Tuesday, head coach Willie Simmons talked more about the team’s decision in the wake of Michael.

“We’ve been strategizing what’s best and of course the decision has been made that the football game will still be played and because of that we’ve had to adjust some things that we normally do; our practice schedule, our travel plans and all those things," Simmons said. "But we’ll make the most of it. Our number one concern is the safety of our student athletes first and foremost.”

“The game will take care of itself, I believe," he continued. "I think you win football games by how you mentally prepare even more so than the physical part at this point. We’re seven games in, this is our seventh game so physically, yes, you want to go out and practice; yes you want to take the necessary steps, you want to get your timing down, but I think the mental psyche of an 18-23 year old going into a football game is just as important."

You could say, right now, the team’s mentality is in tip-top shape. FAMU is coming off a shutout win over Norfolk State on homecoming last Saturday, the Rattlers are still undefeated in MEAC play and a win over the Aggies on Saturday will put them squarely as top dogs in the conference.

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