For the 61st time in history, the Southern Jaguars will meet the Florida A&M Rattlers this saturday on the football field. Kickoff is set for 5PM CST and 6:00 PM EST. Jaguar nation can listen on KQXL-Q106.5 and watch the game on ESPN3. The broadcast crew of Keith Miles (play-by-play), Albert Chester (color analyst) and Corey Staples (sideline) will call all of the action.
This series started back in 1941 with FAMU beating Southern, 10-7. The series picked up again in 1946 and the two historical teams met every year for the next 55 years until 2001 when the series came to an end. Southern would play FAMU again in 2007, 2008, 2011 and the last time these two storied programs meet was in Atlanta in 2012 at the old Georgia Dome. That was Coach Dawson Odums’ 2nd game as an Interim Head Coach and he guided the Jaguars to a 21-14 win to go 2-0 in his young career. Now fast forward 7 years later and the Jaguars and Rattlers are set to go head to head on what is anticipated as a sold-out game at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida.
Southern (1-2) offensively got the ground game going against Edward Waters last week rushing for 407 Total yards. Devon Benn had 3 scores for 120 yards on 17 carries. Darbbeon Profit and Christopher Chaney each added a touchdown. Ladarius Skelton was 10 of 19 passing for 64 yards, while carrying the ball seven times for 53 yards and one touchdown. The big concern this week is the Offensive Line. Called the “J-Five,” they’ll have to protect the Quarterbacks against the Rattlers that sacked Fort Valley St. 7 times last week. This year, “J-Five” has given up 6 sacks thus far. The return of TJ Bedford is up in the air with an ankle injury, but all the other Wide-Receivers are ready to go.
On Defense, the Jaguars will have to contain the Rattler’s Quarterback in Ryan Stanley. The R-Sr. is close to becoming the All-Time Leading passer in FAMU’s history. He completes 49% of his passes and has 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. Southern’s defense gives up 244 yards per game in the air. The Jaguars rank 12th in the nation in Red-zone defense with only a 69% success rate. The Jaguar Defense is tough to run on-giving up only 3.3 yards per carry for opposing teams. The Jaguar defense held Edward Waters to 236 total yards, including 51 on the ground. Southern is led by Caleb Carter with 20 tackles and Calvin Lunkins with 15 tackles. Jordan Lewis has two long defensive touchdowns two weeks in row.
The Rattlers (1-1) enter the contest off a 57-20 victory over Fort Valley State. FAMU started slow but put up 33 second quarter points to take a 40-0 lead at halftime. Ryan Stanley was 20 of 31 passing for 275 years and three touchdowns. Backup Rasean McKay was 10 of 11 passing for 113 yards and two scores. The Rattlers held Fort Valley State to 169 total yards, including -15 yards on the ground.
This game makes any college football fan scream for excitement. There has been 19 National Championships Between these two storied programs. This will be the first true test for the Jaguars of the 2019 season, as they open up SWAC play next weekend at University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
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