Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rattler basketball team drops home opener to UNF, 83-65

The Rattlers basketball team continues to look for its first win of the season after dropped its home opener Friday night to visiting North Florida, 83-65 at the Al Lawson Center.

First year Head Coach Byron Samuels said that despite the loss, the support from hometown fans helped the team put up a strong effort.

“I thought it was an encouraging group of fans in the building tonight,” he said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “I told the guys, ‘You just got to keep fighting. These people in these seats really want to support you. Just keep fighting so they’ll keep coming to see you play.’ I’m thankful for that.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rattler basketball team prepares for home opener tonight

The Rattler men’s basketball team will have its home opener of the 2014-2015 tonight hosting the University of North Florida Ospreys at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center Teaching Gymnasium. Tipoff is 7:00 p.m.

First year Head Coach Byron Samuels and the Rattlers are looking to pick up their first win of the season. The Rattlers come into the game with an 0-9 overall record.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dawn King named MEAC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named FAMU’s Dawn King its Rookie of the Week for women’s basketball.

King (Fr., 5-9, G, Waxahachie, Texas) shot 73-percent (11-of-15) from the floor, including 49-percent from behind the 3-point line (3-of-7), to finish with 26 points and three rebounds in a 55-50 win against South Carolina State.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Varnadore receives Jake Gaither Leadership Award

FAMU senior placekicker Chase Varnadore received the Jake Gaither Leadership Award from the Tallahassee Quarterback Club.  Varnadore, a senior, has had an exceptional career for the Rattlers, notching the record for the longest field goal on Oct. 4, against Morgan State. Varnadore’s 53-yard field goal broke a record held for 35 years by FAMU great Greg Coleman (52 yards).

Varnadore felt the evening was a perfect cap to his FAMU career.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

LeDawn Gibson reaches 100 career wins mark

FAMU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ledawn Gibson reached the 100 career wins mark on Saturday with a 55-50 victory over South Carolina State at the at the Smith-Hammond Center in Orangeburg, S.C. She is the third FAMU women’s head coach to achieve this distinction.

Gibson is in her seventh season leading the women’s basketball program. During her previous six seasons, she compiled a 97-84 record overall, while posting a 57-39 record in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play.

Friday, December 05, 2014

MEAC names Soriano Rookie of the Year for Volleyball

Pamela Soriano has received the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Rookie of the Year Honor.

Soriano ranks second in the conference in kills (356) and points (4.85) during her rookie season. A six-time MEAC Rookie of the Week honoree, Soriano registered seven double-doubles in kills and digs. She recorded a season-high 26 kills and 11 digs in a non-conference match against North Florida. She also added 20 digs and 19 kills in a conference match against North Carolina A&T.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

B-CU edges FAMU during OT in 18-17 nail-biter

Bethune-Cookman made a two-point try to beat FAMU 18-17 in overtime on Saturday in the Florida Blue Florida Classic. The game was the very first sporting event housed inside the newly renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.

In a game that went scoreless through the first half – the first of its kind in the 89-year history of the rivalry between FAMU and B-CU, the final four minutes of regulation and overtime period provided all the excitement for what would go down as one of the best Florida Blue Florida Classic’s in recent years.

B-CU redshirt freshman quarterback Larry Brihm ran it in for two points after Danny Dillard scored on a 1-yard run for the Wildcats (9-3, 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FAMU looks to end tough season on high note with Classic victory

FAMU is set to continue its longstanding rivalry with in-state opponent Bethune-Cookman today as the two teams participate in the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic at the newly renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The Rattlers (3-8, 3-4 MEAC) are looking to end a tough season on a high note with a big win against their arch-rival.

The game will air live at 2 p.m. on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.  It will re-air on ESPNU during a time slot to be determined and announced at a later time.

Mark Neely will handle the play-by-play, while former All-MEAC quarterback and Howard University alumnus Jay Walker will serve as the analyst. FAMU graduate Tiffany Green will handle sideline duties.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Rattlers thump Hornets, 41-7

Damien Fleming completed 23-of-30 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns to lead Florida A&M to a 41-7 victory over Delaware State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) contest at Alumni Stadium in Dover.

The Hornets dropped their fourth straight contest to fall to 2-9 overall and 2-5 in the MEAC. The Rattlers snapped a three-game skid to improve to 3-8 overall and 3-4 in the MEAC.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Rattlers 1-4 at Bragg Memorial with 34-17 loss to SC State

South Carolina State quarterback Adrian Kollock, who has been hampered by injuries since early in the 2014 campaign, completed 15 of 23 attempts for 224 yards and a touchdown and added two rushing scores to power the Bulldogs to a 34-17 win over FAMU Saturday at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

With the loss, FAMU dropped to a 1-4 record at home for the 2014 season.

The Bulldogs’ win, the third in a row by the Bulldogs kept Coach Buddy Pough’s team tied atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) standings, with two games remaining – at Morgan State next Saturday and home Nov. 22 against Norfolk State. The Bulldogs climbed to 7-3 overall and improved to 5-1 in the MEAC and in a tie for first place with North Carolina A&T and Bethune-Cookman.

“This win was a huge one for us and keeps us at the top of the conference standings,” said Pough. “It's nice to have your destiny in your own hands. So, today’s win was special. We came in with three to go and now it's down to two to go.”

Monday, November 03, 2014

Lady Rattlers win third consecutive MEAC cross country championship

FAMU captured its third consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) women’s cross country championship on Saturday morning at the Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center.

FAMU scored 38 points to win its seventh overall MEAC title and third in a row. The Lady Rattlers averaged a time of 19:23.58 on the 5K course.

“We battled tough conditions today,” FAMU Head Coach Darlene Moore said. “I thought our girls ran a good race and we are very excited to bring another title back to Florida A&M.”

Moore received the MEAC “Most Outstanding Coach” honor for the third straight year.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Norfolk State escapes FAMU, 12-10

Norfolk State stops Damien Fleming on 3rd-and-goal
Norfolk State defensive lineman George Riddick stopped FAMU quarterback Damien Fleming for no gain on 3rd-and-goal from the 1 in the closing seconds, and the Rattlers were unable to get off another play before the final horn as the Spartans escaped Bragg Memorial Stadium with a 12-10 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans came up with three key momentum-changing plays in the game, including one goal-line stand in each half. The result was a victory that keeps NSU (4-5 overall, 4-1 MEAC) tied for first place in the MEAC heading into Thursday's ESPNU-televised game with Bethune-Cookman at Dick Price Stadium in Norfolk.

With NSU trailing 10-6, linebacker Deon King forced and recovered a Rattler fumble at the FAMU 5 with 7:22 left. Three plays later, backup quarterback Malik Stokes hit Isaac White for an 8-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass with 6:20 remaining in the game. The extra point missed, so NSU led 12-10.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FAMU volleyball picks up 36th straight regular season conference match win since 2011

The FAMU volleyball team remained perfect in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play over the weekend, blanking South Carolina State and Savannah State by identical 3-0 scores Friday and Sunday on the road.

On Friday, FAMU won at South Carolina State (2-21, 2-4 in MEAC), 25-14, 25-19, 25-13. The team was paced by Tamar Fowler, who led with 12 kills, followed by MEAC Rookie of the Year candidate Pamela Soriano with 10. Sydni Etheredge and Ginna Lopez-Chavez each added six kills, with Deja Martin getting five.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Aggies rise to #1 spot in MEAC with 40-21 win over Rattlers

North Carolina A&T’s 40-21 homecoming win over FAMU Saturday afternoon at Aggie put the Aggies (7-2, 4-1 MEAC) in sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with three games remaining on the Aggies’ schedule.

North Carolina A&T holds a half game lead over Bethune-Cookman, S.C. State, Norfolk State, Morgan State and N.C. Central. The Aggies also improved to 4-0 in homecoming games under head coach Rod Broadway.

The Rattlers (2-6, 2-2 MEAC) have now lost three straight to A&T.

FAMU Quarterback Damien Fleming led the FAMU offense with 20 of 30 passing for 240 yards and three TD passes. Running back Lemond Buice had four catches for 36 yards and one TD.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Soriano earns fourth consecutive MEAC Rookie of the Week honor

FAMU’s Pamela Soriano earned her fourth consecutive Rookie of the Week honor from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) on Monday.

Soriano (OH, 5-10, R-Fr., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) recorded 39 kills and 13 digs for the week. She tallied a top performance of 19 kills and 11 digs in a four-set loss to Florida Gulf Coast.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last week, Washington, D.C. became Rattler Country

When the Rattlers traveled to the nation’s capital for last week’s football contest against Howard University, they came away with more than a gridiron victory. The university also won big in terms of recruiting new students, fostering corporate relations, and reconnecting with alumni in the DC metropolitan area.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, accompanied by Vice-President of Student Affairs William Hudson Jr., awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships to some of the best and brightest local students. 

For the first time in more than two decades, the world-famous Marching 100 traveled to DC to participate in the festivities surrounding Howard University’s homecoming.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fleming named MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named FAMU quarterback Damien Fleming Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. He shares the honor with Norfolk State wide receiver Isaac White.

Fleming (QB, 6-3, 210, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) connected on 16 of 23 passes (70.0%) for 164 yards with two touchdowns in a 31-28 victory over Howard.  He also rushed for 38 yards on 12 attempts with another two TDs in the win.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FAMU spoils Howard’s homecoming, 31-28

FAMU spoiled the Howard University homecoming and kept the Bison winless in the conference with a 31-28 victory on Saturday. The Rattlers (2-5, 2-1 MEAC) captured their second straight win, which kept them in the crowded Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title race.

The Bison (1-7, 0-4 MEAC) , who were held to a season-low one yard of total offense in the first half, got 399 yards of total offense from quarterback Greg McGhee in the second half. He rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 20 carries and connected on 22 of 31 for 258 yards and three TDs.

Quarterback Damien Fleming led the Rattlers’ offensive attack, rushing for 65 yards and two TDs while also passing for 16 of 23 for 164 yards and two TDs.

“You have to take your hat off to FAMU,” said Howard Head Coach Gary Harrell. “They came in with a good game plan and schemes and came out with the win.”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rattlers end skid with 24-14 win over Savannah State

Damien Fleming catches a touchdown pass
FAMU (1-5, 1-1 in MEAC) snapped a seven-game losing skid in Bragg Memorial Stadium and picked up its first win of the season with a 24-14 victory over Savannah State.

Savannah State (0-6, 0-3 in MEAC) scored on its second possession of the contest and kicked an extra point to take an early 7-0 lead. It was the first time all season that SSU led in a game.

FAMU scored touchdowns on its next two series to grab a 14-7 advantage. The Rattlers later scored a third touchdown with six seconds left in the second quarter top increase their lead to 21-7.

Neither team scored in the third quarter.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

FAMU, Savannah State to go head-to-head in “battle of winless teams”

Shaun Ward makes a tackle during FAMU’s 2013 matchup against SSU
Today, either FAMU or Savannah State will snap its 0-5 losing streak this season.

Last year, FAMU Head Football Coach Earl Holmes picked up his first conference win of the year with a 27-13 triumph against SSU on the road. If he and the Rattler gridders pull out a victory today in Tallahassee, it will also break the painful string of seven consecutive losses in Bragg Memorial Stadium since 2012.

From the Savannah Morning News article, “SSU, FAMU meet in a battle of winless teams”:

Savannah State’s losing streak has reached 14 straight games, including five this season, but the Tigers have a shot to stop the bleeding today.

SSU visits the equally winless Florida A&M Rattlers, who have lost five straight games.