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2022 Season Ends for Wildcats Defeated by the Rattlers!

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On Saturday, 55,257 spectators watched as Florida A&M defeated Bethune-Cookman 41-20 in the Florida Blue Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Here at Sports Club Florida we love the picture the stats give us. B-CU performance wasn’t all bad. In fact, the score doesn’t fully show how dialed in this Wildcat team was on this pass Saturday. They really fought hard the entire game. The Wildcats completed more 1st downs, had more rushing yards but allowed two crucial turnarounds that ultimately cost them good positioning in the game. It was a hard loss to watch considering just how good this team was playing throughout the game. The Wildcats just couldn’t lock in fully putting all the pressure on their QB1 Jones.

The Wildcats (2-9, 2-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, which resulted in 13-0 Rattlers (9-2, 7-1) runs courtesy of Jaylan McCloud.

Florida A&M faked a punt to keep a drive alive late in the game, and Jalon Jones connected with Kemari Averett for a 27-20 Florida A&M lead. But Jeremy Moussa found Kemari Young for a 34-20 lead and an insurance touchdown on the next possession.

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In the second quarter, a 75-yard drive ended with a 13-7 Rattlers’ Que’Shaun Byrd touchdown run, but Bethune-Cookman answered with a 32-yard Jeremy Moussa touchdown pass to Xavier Smith.

With 1:01 remaining in the first half, FAMU built a 27-7 lead by scoring on a Philly special from Smith to Moussa.

On B-CU’s first possession of the third quarter, Jalon Jones ran a 15-yard touchdown over the middle to Daven Ellington, reducing the score to 27-14.

A Game Lost by Lack of Offense Pass Game

Jones completed 19 of 33 for 172 yards and also rushed for 58 yards, setting up a score on a scramble. If it wasn’t for Jones running abilities, the game would have been lost a lot sooner. Jones seemed to be the only factor keeping the Wildcats active when it mattered, converting on 3rd downs when it mattered.

Byrd had 39 yards on nine carries. Marcus Averett had four receptions for 46 yards, and Riley had six catches for 46 yards.

The problem the B-CU offense has had this season cost them the game yet again. Dropped passes at crucial moments in space were ultimately the reason the Wildcats weren’t able to go point for point against the Rattlers.

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FAMU Unbothered by Wildcat Defense

Jeremy Moussa was a man on a mission. While the Rattlers have an efficient running core, they excel in passing. There was nothing the Wildcats defense could do against the dominating throwing performance of Moussa. This kid was really something special out their on Saturday.

Moussa completed 282 passing yards with 18 of 22 passes completed. Every attempt received an average 11.5 yards. The Rattlers only attemped 24 rushing plays each time only gaining about 1.3 yards for a total of 30 rushing yards. This game could have been won by the defense if they could only defeat the air performance of the Rattlers.

Bragging Rights Go to Rattlers

Another year has passed and bragging rights for the year goes to the Rattlers. I’m sure Jae Fortune our chief FAMU writer is happy about that. Thanksgiving Dinner is going to be awkward for the Wildcats fans. Don’t put them down to bad this year Rattlers !

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Ratters Gain Bragging Rights Against BCU in Florida Classic

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In the much-anticipated Week 12 clash between the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the powerhouse Florida A&M Rattlers, the stakes were high as both teams approached the grand finale of their Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season campaign.

This annual showdown between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is not merely confined to the realm of football; it stands as a cherished tradition with significance that transcends the boundaries of the playing field. FAMU has won 10 games since 1999 and BCU needed an answer to the dominate performances but couldn’t find one.

 

The Rattlers, going into the game FAMU was boasting an impressive 9-1 record, including a flawless 7-0 SWAC performance, have ascended to the seventh position in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll. Their momentum continued with a commanding 28-0 victory over Lincoln (CA) last week, marking their eighth consecutive triumph.

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The spotlight of this electrifying showdown not only falls on team accomplishments but also on individual performances that fueled the Rattlers’ dominance. Quarterback Moussa delivered a stellar performance, amassing 150 yards with a 14/21 completion rate, and showcasing precision in execution. However, it was the Rattlers’ elite rushing corps that truly stole the show, with three different players rushing for 30+ yards. Terrel Jennings emerged as the standout, making a lasting impact with 2 touchdowns and an impressive 62 yards on 8 carries.

On the Bethune-Cookman side, quarterback Walter Simmons demonstrated resilience with 79 yards, 1 interception, and a rushing touchdown. Although the rushing core exhibited decent performances, amassing a total of 127 rushing yards, they fell short in securing touchdowns. Jimmie Robinson III led the core with notable contributions.

As the dust settles on this fierce encounter, it becomes evident that Bethune-Cookman faces a strategic challenge in capitalizing on its rushing game to open up more intermediate throwing lanes. The need for refinement in their offensive approach is clear, and the Wildcats will undoubtedly be seeking solutions as they navigate the remainder of the season.

With the Rattlers reveling in their triumph, this dynamic matchup sets the stage for further excitement as both teams chart their course toward postseason glory. Stay tuned for more gridiron drama and the unfolding narrative of SWAC supremacy.”

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Bethune-Cookman Roars to Victory with a Dominant Ground Game, Defeating Alabama A&M 31-14

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In a resounding display of ground dominance, Bethune-Cookman delivered a season-best performance, rushing for an impressive 412 yards and securing a convincing 31-14 victory over Alabama A&M at Daytona Stadium in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football clash. The game, dedicated to “Senior Appreciation Day,” paid tribute to 22 seniors from various facets of the Wildcats’ community.

Ground Attack Reigns Supreme

Bethune-Cookman’s ground assault was led by Walter Simmons III, who garnered a game-high 165 yards. The Wildcats boasted three players with over 100 rushing yards, showcasing the depth of their formidable running game.

A Fourth-Quarter Surge

Despite trailing 14-7 at halftime, Bethune-Cookman staged a remarkable comeback, outscoring the Bulldogs 21-0 in a dominant fourth quarter. The turning point came when Mar’Kai Shaw, fueled by a 52-yard sprint, secured a crucial touchdown, giving the Maroon and Gold a 17-14 lead.

Simmons’ Dual Threat

Walter Simmons III, stepping in after an injury to starting quarterback Tylik Bethea, showcased his dual-threat capabilities. Simmons not only orchestrated a 47-yard touchdown run but also added a 22-yard rush, contributing to the Wildcats’ fourth-quarter surge.

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Defensive Brilliance

The Wildcats’ defense intensified in the second half, with Omari Hill-Robinson intercepting a Quincy Casey pass and setting the stage for Simmons’ second score. The defensive effort, featuring key plays from Dearis Thomas, Joshua Thornhill, and others, proved instrumental in stifling Alabama A&M.

Looking Ahead

Bethune-Cookman concludes the 2023 season on a high note, finishing 3-1 at home. The Wildcats now set their sights on the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando, Florida, facing in-state rival Florida A&M on November 18th at Camping World Stadium. With a potent ground game and resilient defense, Bethune-Cookman aims to cap the season with another triumph in this highly anticipated matchup.

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Florida A&M Dominates Lincoln (Ca.) with a Resounding 28-0 Victory

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In a commanding defensive showcase, Florida A&M extended their home winning streak to an impressive 19 games by overpowering Lincoln (Ca.) with a decisive 28-0 triumph. The Rattlers showcased their prowess on both ends of the field, improving their season record to an impressive 9-1, while Lincoln (Ca.) struggled, falling to 0-11.

Defensive Brilliance Takes Center Stage

Florida A&M’s defensive unit orchestrated a masterclass, holding the Oaklanders to a mere 171 total yards. The Rattlers asserted their dominance by restricting both the passing and rushing game, allowing only 139 yards through the air and a mere 32 on the ground. Defensive standouts, led by Deco Wilson with five tackles, one interception, and a defensive touchdown, ensured that the Oaklanders found little room to maneuver. James Ash contributed with an interception, and Johnny Chaney Jr. added four tackles, 1.0 TFL, and a crucial sack.

Ground Game Dominance

Terrell Jennings led the Rattlers’ ground assault, amassing 53 yards with an impressive 6.6 yards per carry, while Kevin Sawyer Jr. contributed 37 yards with a remarkable 9.2 yards per carry. Nicholas Dixon chipped in with two catches for 25 yards, adding versatility to Florida A&M’s offensive display.

Game-Changing Moments

Florida A&M seized control early, scoring with just 16 seconds left in the first quarter to establish a 7-0 lead. A relentless offensive effort and a stellar defensive showcase allowed the Rattlers to extend their lead to 21-0. The dominance continued, with another touchdown at 1:02 left in the third quarter, solidifying the 28-0 victory.

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Statistical Highlights

Florida A&M outpaced Lincoln (Ca.) with 236 total yards compared to 171, including a commanding 141-32 advantage in rushing yards. The Rattlers won the turnover battle, securing two interceptions while surrendering the ball only once. Notably, they showcased a flawless red-zone defense, allowing zero points in two trips.

In a game marked by defensive prowess, offensive efficiency, and strategic dominance, Florida A&M’s resounding victory underscored their status as a force to be reckoned with in collegiate football. With an unyielding home winning streak and a standout defensive performance, the Rattlers are poised for continued success on the gridiron.**

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