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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rattlers sink Pirates at Bragg Memorial, 31-14

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattler Football team sent a jam-packed Bragg Memorial Stadium Homecoming crowd of 26,044 home happy, sinking the visiting Hampton Pirates, 31-14 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s win was FAMU’s second straight and third in four games, as the Rattlers have gotten off the mat of an 0-4 start behind the solid play of redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley, who finished his fourth consecutive start Saturday without a turnover, while boosting his record as a starter to 3-1.

Friday, October 21, 2016

FAMU riding high in NCAA football attendance

The latest home attendance figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) show Florida A&M University (FAMU) ranking in the Top 20 among Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) football programs in total and average attendance.

FAMU is #17 in total attendance with two games left at home in 2016, having drawn 35,916 fans for the two home games played so far in 2016.

The university is also second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in total home attendance behind North Carolina A&T (38,853) which is #14. But in terms of average home attendance, the Rattlers are #5.

FAMU averaged 17,958 fans for the first two home games. That is up from 2015, when FAMU finished #11 in FCS with a per-game average of 15,060 (60,240 fans in 4 games).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

FAMU volleyball team win sixth straight with 3-1 win over Troy

The FAMU women’s volleyball team continued their hot play last week, taking a 3-1 non-conference match win over Troy University at Trojan Arena.

FAMU (9-11, 5-0 MEAC) won their sixth straight match, a tightly-contested bout by scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 and 25-22.

The win helped FAMU surpass its 2015 win total of eight (8) match victories, a testament to their improved talent level and depth.

The trio of freshmen hitters Maria Yvette Garcia and Nicole Abreu, along with junior setter Valeria Lopez led the way again after being recognized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as the Player, Rookie and Setter of the Week.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rattlers spoil Delaware State homecoming with 41-27 victory

Orlando McKinley had two interceptions including a touchdown on a 100-yard return
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley was electric in his third collegiate, accounting for 322 yards and four scores leading the Florida A&M Rattlers to a 41-27 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football victory over Delaware State here at Alumni Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Stanley, rushed 118 yards and three scores, while passing for 204 yards and another score, sparking the Rattlers to a 13-0 lead, by leading three straight scoring drives to start the game.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Darville tabbed MEAC’s top defender

Florida A&M junior defensive end Calvin Darville was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Monday after his stellar performance against North Carolina Central.

The 6-5, 255-pound performer from Belle Glade, Florida, finished Saturday’s rain-soaked battle with seven tackles (six solos), with two tackles for 11 yards in losses, and a forced fumble.

Darville’s first tackle for loss resulted in a safety, giving FAMU early momentum, as they held the vaunted North Carolina Central offense to 219 total yards Saturday.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Kibii named MEAC Cross Country Athlete of the Week

Florida A&M junior Judith Kibii was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the conference announced yesterday.

Kibii (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) placed fourth, with a time of 18:02.10, at the Florida State Invitational. Her time aided the Lady Rattlers to a fourth-place finish at the 5K meet.

Monday, October 10, 2016

FAMU volleyball team wins 5th straight, blanks A&T, 3-0

Newcomers Maria Yvette Garcia and Nicole Abreu combined for 24 kills Sunday afternoon as the FAMU Volleyball won their fifth straight, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-12) over North Carolina A&T in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division play at Moore Gymnasium.

Sunday's win was the fifth straigth match victory overall and left FAMU in sole possession of first place in the MEAC Southern Division at 5-0, completing the first half of their 2016 league schedule.

Garcia, a freshman from the Domnican Republic, finished the day with a match-high 14 kills, while Abreu, a freshman from Lima, Peru, added 10 kills, and a team-high 13 digs.

Junior setter Valeria Lopez led FAMU with 35 assists, while sophomore Valentina Carrasco added nine digs Sunday.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Fourth quarter rally lifts NCCU over FAMU, 17-13

With heavy rain and wind gusts from Hurricane Matthew limiting the offense of both teams most of the day, North Carolina Central University rallied for two lead-changing touchdowns in the fourth quarter to claim a 17-13 victory over Florida A&M University inside O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday.

The win keeps NCCU (4-2, 3-0 MEAC) unbeaten in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and is the 11th consecutive victory over non-FBS opponents for the Eagles.

Florida A&M (1-5, 1-2 MEAC) held NCCU to just 10 yards of total offense in the first half, and used a safety by defensive end Calvin Darville and a 34-yard field goal by Colby Blanton to take a 5-3 advantage into the locker room at intermission.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Rattler baseball to combine recruitment with competition in four junior college matchups

Florida A&M baseball will begin its fall schedule this today with a game at Tallahassee Community College at 5:00 PM. The game is the first of four matchups this fall for FAMU against TCC, Gulf Coast State College and Chipola State. The Rattlers will host three home games at Moore-Kittles Field and will conclude the fall schedule by hosting Chipola State on October 20. All four games are scheduled for a 5:00 PM first pitch.

"I’m very excited with the new talent that has come in to compete for playing time," Head Coach Jamey Shouppe said. “The last two weeks have gone really well and we’re excited to play against someone else to see where we stand. These games against the Junior Colleges are a good opportunity for us to see them in person for recruiting purposes and they get to see the program we’ve become.”

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

FAMU women’s X-C team seeking fifth consecutive MEAC title as men’s team rebuilds

Junior Judith Kibii has won three consecutive MEAC Athlete of the Week honors
This year, Florida A&M University Director of Track & Field Darlene Moore is rebuilding the men’s cross country team while looking to lead the women’s team to a successful defense of its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) crown.

Moore’s Lady Rattlers are the four-time defending cross country champions.  When she inherited the team in 2009, they struggling at the bottom ranks of the MEAC. 

“It has been rewarding to be at my dream job and to have some success.  I have been blessed to have some amazing athletes to compete with this team and we have been fortunate enough to win the conference the last four years,” Moore said.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

FAMU volleyball returning to dominant style

By Rache’ Henderson
FAMU Sports Information

The FAMU Lady Rattlers (6-11, 3-0 MEAC) flexed their muscles in a dominating start to their 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule. On Friday, September 23 they swept South Carolina State University, 3-0, and on Sunday, September 24 they swept Savannah State 3-0.

“Well for the MEAC we expect domination. I mean we have a lot of talented players so that is always the expectation, to win,” said FAMU Head Coach Tony Trifonov.

“We gotta play every match, and we gotta play better, and our setters need to do a better job of distributing the ball more evenly,” Trifonov said.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

FAMU tops Savannah State, 19-14 for first win of season

Florida A&M (1-4, 1-1 MEAC) picked up its first win of the season with a 19-14 victory over Savannah State (1-3, 1-1 MEAC) before a crowd of 16,789 at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

The Rattlers scored on their first possession of the second quarter as they capped a five play, 66 yard drive when Ryan Stanley threw a screen pass to Tevin Spells and he ran 21 yards for a touchdown. Austin Miller converted the extra point and FAMU had a 7-0 lead with 11:31 on the clock.

The Tigers got on the scoreboard just before the first half closed.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tuskegee comes from behind for 20-17 victory over FAMU

After a 20-year hiatus, the 5th Quarter Classic proved to be worth the wait as the 13th-ranked Tuskegee University Golden Tigers scored with just over two minutes to play, coming from behind for a 20-17 victory over Football Championship Subdivision member Florida A&M University on a rainy Saturday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Tuskegee (3-0) trailed for much of the second half, by as many as four with just 4:11 left to play in the game and Florida A&M (0-3) in possession of the ball. The Golden Tigers relied on a defense that forced a three-and-out for Florida A&M, forcing the Rattlers to punt.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Kibii earns second consecutive MEAC Athlete of the Week title

Judith Kibii (#49) has won MEAC Athlete of the Week for two consecutive weeks.
Junior distance runner Judith Kibii has been honored with her second consecutive cross country athlete of the week award for her performance at the North Florida Cross Country Invitational.

Kibii, finished fourth overall at the North Florida Cross Country Invitational 3K race. She finished in 10:39.20. Last week, Kibii earned the honor as well for her performance at the Jacksonville State Struts Cross Country meet where she finished sixth overall. That run helped propel the Lady Rattlers to a fourth place overall finish.

‘I am excited to see an elite athlete like Judy start off strong. We have established goals for this season and her performance excels both toward personal and team goals we set for her. It’s always encouraging as a coach to have an athlete that performs well in competition as well as in the classroom. She’s a model athlete that we expect even more out of in the future,” said FAMU Director of Track Darlene Moore.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Rattlers resilient in 49-10 loss to Coastal Carolina

By Morgan Culler
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Rattlers (0-2) faced a tough 49-10 loss on the road against the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina University (2-0). It was the second-ever meeting between the two teams. Back in 2014, the Chanticlears traveled to Tallahassee, capturing a 48-3 victory over the Rattlers in Bragg Stadium.

FAMU Head Football Coach Alex Wood felt that the Rattlers just didn’t match up against CCU. 

“They’ve got a really good football team and it’s obvious that we didn’t match up well with them.  We didn’t play well enough to win.  They won and they beat us soundly,” he said.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

FAMU volleyball drops tough duel with #16 Florida State, 3-0

The FAMU women’s volleyball team dropped a tough three-set decision to 16th-ranked Florida State, 3-0 on Friday afternoon in Tully Gym.

The scored of the three sets were indicative of the improved talent and depth of the FAMU team, which lost by a total of 12 points on the afternoon, 20-25, 22-25, and 21-25.

Florida State (5-1), which in previous meetings had been able to pull away from FAMU, could not Friday, as the Rattlers hung tough, especially in the second set, which was tied from the start until FSU took the lead for good at 20-19.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Kibii named MEAC Cross County Athlete of the Week

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named Judith Kibii its Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week.

Kibii (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) posted a time of 14:43.50 at the Jacksonville State Struts Cross Country Meet to finish sixth. Her time aided the Lady Rattlers to a fourth-place finish.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

FAMU football drops season opener to University of Miami, 70-3

Hans Supre led the Rattlers in rushing Saturday against Miami.
The Florida A&M University football team opened its 2016 with a 70-3 non-conference loss to the University of Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Rattlers (0-1) managed one scoring drive, a nine-play, 61-yad march resulting in a 31 field goal by Austin Miller with 4:47 left in the second quarter, with FAMU down 28-0 before the fielder by the sophomore from Tampa.

FAMU was very much in the game early and seemed on the verge of making things fairly competitive until the third period, when the game got away from the team.

Friday, August 12, 2016

FAMU men’s basketball team heads to Canada for exhibition tour

The Florida A&M men’s basketball team leaves Friday morning for a seven day exhibition tour of Canada. The 2016-17 Rattler squad will play four games in five days as part of a National Collegiate Athletic Association-permitted exhibition trip.

Head Coach Byron Samuels is excited about what he feels will get accomplished with the exhibition.

“This gives us an opportunity for our players to travel, become familiar with one another and begin to trust each other as teammates,” he said.  “Our kids recognized that the opportunity came with sacrifice and coordination from their coaches and the athletic administration.”

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wood says all player positions open as Fall camp begins

FAMU Head Football Coach Alex Wood began this year's Fall football camp with the declaration that all positions were open for competition. 

"Every position is open to whoever wants to step in as a starter.  I am pleased with the improvement I've seen, but we still have a long way to go until opening day," he said.

Wood's statement was justified last season by the emergence of true freshman running back Devin Bowers.  In an unexpected turn of events, Bowers was inserted in the lineup in the Samford football game and did he the tune of 144 yards on 10 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown scamper as the Rattlers vaulted out to an early lead.