By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Rattlers Topple The Aggies 45-12
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The NC A & T Aggies were looking to finally get a win for new coach Lee Fobbs but it was apparent early that was not going to happen.
Albert Chester threw three touchdowns and ran for one and the Aggie defense was unable to stop the Rattlers running game in losing big at home to FAMU 45-12 in front of over 8,000 fans on a clear and cool day at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, NC.
The Rattlers got on the board midway thru the first quarter when FAMU quarterback hit Gerald Morgan for 32 yards and a touchdown finishing a five-play, 49-yard drive consuming only 1:38 of the clock and making the score 7-0 with 7:02 left in the first quarter.
After the Aggies were unable to move the ball, the Rattlers kicked the running game in gear. The Rattlers took the ball and drove down the field on a seven-play, 70-yard drive consuming 3:27 and concluding when Demitric, Henry plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown making the score 14-0 with just over a minute to play in the first quarter.
The second quarter begin with the Aggies inept offense and the Rattlers continued dominance on the ground. An interception killed a drive by the Aggies while the Rattlers continued to control the ball throughout the quarter.
Chester led the Rattlers down the field on an impressive 11-play, 83-yard drive consuming 5:54 and concluding with a Chester three-yard touchdown pass to Mykel Benson giving the Rattlers a commanding 21-0 lead with just over nine minutes left in the second quarter.
The Aggies finally put together a drive that led to points. After the Rattlers looked like they were on their way to yet another score, a turnover set the Aggies up in great field position.
A&T put together a five-play, 42-yard drive using 1:35 of the clock concluding with a touchdown pass from Aggie quarterback Wayne Campbell to wide receiver Mike Caldwell making the score 21-6 after the extra point failed.
The Aggies seemed to be back in the game and seemed to have momentum on their side with 1:04 left in the first half. FAMU had other ideas.
After a short kick by the Aggies and great return by the Rattlers, the Aggies allowed the momentum to slip away by allowing a last second field goal. The Rattlers took advantage of a short field and went on a quick five-play, 35-yard drive using 1:03 and kicking a 31-yard field goal by Wesley Taylor making the score at halftime 24-6 in favor of FAMU.
The Aggies defense allowed over 275 yards of total offense in the first half while only managing just over 100 yards of offense. The Rattlers also won the time of possession battle holding the ball nearly 18 minutes in the first half to just over 11 minutes for the Aggies.
The average starting field position for the Rattlers was their own 34 compared to the Aggies starting at their own 26. The Rattlers were 2 of 5 on first downs while the Aggies were only 1 of 7. FAMU also scored on 4 of their 7 possession in the first half.
The second half started disastrous for the Aggies thanks too poor tackling on the special teams. After the Aggies opening kick off, the Rattlers Joe Lawson proceeded to take the ball down the field after making several Aggies miss for a long returned down to the Aggies 11 yard line.
Two plays later, the Rattlers scored on a three-yard run from quarterback Albert Chester using only 1:10 of the clock and giving the Rattlers a commanding 31-6 lead with 13:33 left in the third quarter.
The Aggies tried to battle back once against the Rattlers with their best drive and resemblance of offense of the game. Campbell drove the team down the field on a seven-play, 72-yard drive using only 2:10 of the game clock and finishing with a nice nine yard score from Campbell to Andre Garth making it 31-12 with 11:10 left in the third.
The Aggies attempted a 2 point conversion but failed however their was plenty of game to be played for the Aggies to try and rally and win.
The Aggies continued to feel good about their chances of a second half comeback when the Rattlers got the ball on their next possession. FAMU drove the ball on a 13-play, 60-yard drive, using over six minutes and after the drive stalled as Taylor missed a 39-yard field goal.
But after the Aggies regained possession, they turned those hopes back to nightmares on just three plays.
The Aggies attempted to run the ball on first and a incomplete pass on second. Campbell was then intercepted by Rafael Gray at the Aggie 49. Gray returned the ball to the Aggie 25 for 24 yards and add on a personal foul call of 10 yards against the Aggies and the Rattlers had the ball on the Aggie 15.
After a false start penalty against the Rattlers, an 11 yard run by Chester and a 8 yard run by Demitric Henry that was called back on a penalty. Chester then threw his third touchdown pass for nine yards to Benson making the score 38-12 with 3:32 remaining in the third. It was Benson’s second touchdown of the game.
The Aggies had a few more chances to score and get back into the game including recovering the Rattlers second fumble of the game but couldn’t turn it into points.
The Rattlers added a final touchdown when Benson caught his 3rd and final touchdown pass from Rattler back up Leon Camel from three yards out and with the extra point, the final score in the game was 45-12.
The Aggies defense allowed 23 first downs, 300 yards rushing and 475 yards of total offense which could have been worse if not for 148 yards of penalties by the Rattlers. The Rattlers finished the game 4 of 9 on third down while the Aggies were only 3 of 14 for the game.
The Rattlers were led by Chester was 21 of 25 for 186 yards, 3 touchdowns passing and 1 touchdown on the ground. Henry led the Rattlers with 103 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Benson had only 3 catches for 15 yards but all of them were for touchdowns.
The Aggies were led by Campbell who was 12 of 35 for 171 yards, 2 touchdowns but 2 costly interceptions. Not bad considering the constant pressure he faced throughout the game.
The Aggies were led on the ground by Michael Ferguson who was solid with 79 yards on 15 carries. Andre Garth play well with 6 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.
After the game, coach Fobbs talked about the poor job the defense in stopping the Rattlers. “We didn’t do a good job of tackling their offensive personnel,’’ said N.C. A&T head coach Lee Fobbs. “They were able to advance the ball in the run game. I know (Florida A&M coach Rubin Carter) told me this week they haven’t been able to run the ball on a consistent basis all year, They did it today.”
He also commended his team for battling throughout the game. “I told them I was proud of them, especially throughout the first half,” said Fobbs. They showed more fight tonight. We went into halftime and made adjustments, and they came out and got the big long return. They knock one in very quickly, and we finding ourselves clawing and scratching again.”
With the win, the Rattlers improve their record to 6-3, 4-2 in the MEAC while the Aggies fall to 0-9, 0-7 respectively.
The Aggies get back to work this Saturday, November 11th when they host the Phoenix of Elon University at Aggie Stadium. Kick off is slated for 1:30pm.