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N.C. A&T Visits Tallahassee For FAMU's Homecoming

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 10/12/2017
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Fifth-year wide receiver Xavier Griffin has caught a touchdown pass two straight weeks. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

*No. 11/No. 15 North Carolina A&T (6-0, 3-0 MEAC) vs. Florida A&M (2-4, 4, 0-2 MEAC)
*FCS Coaches Poll/STATS Media
Date: Oct. 14, 2017   
Time: 3 p.m.
Facility: Bragg Memorial Stadium (25,000)  
Series: FAMU leads, 44-18-3  
Radio: ESPN Triad Radio (1320 AM, 93.7 FM, 104.9 FM, 1230 AM);
Play-by-play – Donal Ware, Analysts – Al Swann
OFFENSIVE STARTERS FROM LAST GAME: WR Elijah Bell (6-2, 221, So., had a big homecoming with 9 rec., 178 yds and a TD); LT Brandon Parker (6-7, 309, R-Sr., gained another offensive lineman of the week award); LG Joshua Mattocks (6-3, 331, R-Sr., has played in 32 straight games); C Darriel Mack (6-2, 293, R-Sr., Mack has graded out high numerous times this season); RG Daquan Blake (6-1, 290, Jr., he continues to get stronger each week); RT Marcus Pettiford (6-3, 274, R-So., the right side of the Aggies line as fared well too); WR Khris Gardin (5-7, 185, Sr., had a 78-yard kickoff return versus Del State); TE Leroy Hill (6-3, 249, R-Jr., Hill is a huge target for Raynard); FB William Simpson (6-0, 220, R-So., Elizabeth City, N.C., Simpson has made two straight starts); QB Lamar Raynard (6-4, 200, R-Jr., Raynard is proving to be one of the best QB’s in the country);  RB Marquell Cartwright (5-8, 201, R-Jr., Cartwright routinely pounds on teams for four quarters).

DEFENSIVE STARTERS FROM LAST GAME: DE Sam Blue (6-1, 247, R-Jr., has given the Aggies a good pass rush this season); NG Jermaine Williams (6-1, 301, R-So., Williams’ caused fumble led to an Aggies safety); DT Kadarius Kendrick (6-4, 277, Jr., has two tackles for loss on the season); DE Darryl Johnson (6-5, 226, R-So., his two sacks were a part of the Aggies’ 8 sacks last Saturday); LB Deion Jones (5-11, 202, R-Jr., ranked fourth on the team in tackles (22); LB Kiaundric Richardson (6-0, 214, R-Jr., posted five tackles vs. DSU); LB Marcus Albert (5-10, 205, R-Sr., has five tackles for loss on the season); FS Tard McCoy (5-9, 191, R-Sr., has excellent tackling skills); CB Mac McCain (5-11, 174, R-Fr., almost had another pick-6 last Saturday); ROV Jeremy Taylor (5-11, 190, R-Sr., led the Aggies with six tackles against Del State); CB Timadre Abram (5-10, 168, R-Jr., has broken up five passes this season).  

The Game: N.C. A&T will be on the road again. The Aggies will be playing on the road for the fifth time in seven games, and to make it even tougher, the Aggies are the guest for Florida A&M’s homecoming. The Rattlers will be trying to return a favor to the Aggies after the Aggies defeated Florida A&M for homecoming last year in Greensboro. The Aggies are on a five-game winning streak against the Rattlers, the longest such streak the Aggies have had against the Rattlers in the series. N.C. A&T has never won three straight games in Tallahassee versus the Rattlers. A win would put this Aggies team in rare air as only the third team in school history to have a 7-0 record. The other team occurred in 1927 and 1943. The Aggies will try to slow down a FAMU attack that posted 485 yards of total offense against Norfolk State.

N.C. A&T is coming off a 44-3 win over Delaware State during the Greatest Homecoming On Earth.  N.C. A&T held the Hornets to minus 38 yards rushing, the lowest amount a team has had during the seven-year era of head coach Rod Broadway. It marked the fourth time in the last seven years the Aggies have held an opponent to negative yards rushing and the 23rd time an opponent has been held to under 50 yards rushing. The Aggies offense was not too bad either. The Aggies posted more than 400 yards of offense for the sixth straight game. N.C. A&T has never opened a season with seven straight 400-yard games of offense. The Aggies have scored 30 or more points in five of their six games this season. N.C. A&T has scored 30 or more points 29 times and 40 or more points 17 times in the 75 games Broadway has coached at N.C. A&T.

 News & Notes

  • N.C. A&T earned more MEAC weekly honors this week when quarterback Lamar Raynard was named offensive player of the week for the fourth time this season after throwing for a career-high 324 yards and three touchdowns on 20-for-26 passing. Meanwhile, left tackle Brandon Parker picked up his fifth offensive lineman of the week honor in six weeks.
  • Last season, the Aggies broke the single-season school record for points in a season with 422, two more points than they scored in 1993. That record is under threat again. The Aggies have already scored 250 points this season, putting them 173 points shy of taking down last year’s mark.
  • Raynard is 367 yards shy of becoming just the fifth Aggie to throw for 2,000 yards in a season. If he accomplishes the feat, he will be the first Aggie to do so since Lewis Kindle threw for more than 2,000 yards in 2011. The other Aggie QBs who have done it include Maseo Bolin, Alan Hooker and Ellsworth Turner.
  • Rod Broadway won his 53rd game as the head coach of N.C. A&T. He is now three wins shy of becoming second on the Aggies all-time wins list. If he were to stop coaching today, he would leave N.C. A&T with the best winning percentage of all time (.707). Bill Hayes held the previous high mark with a .624 winning percentage.

Opposing Point of View

“We have our hands full here at homecoming, so we've got to get our guys to understand what they need to do to go and compete and take advantage of this opportunity to play a really good football team at home in front of a homecoming crowd which generally here at Florida A&M is a packed house and a very exciting atmosphere. We're looking forward to that opportunity. Their quarterback (Lamar) Raynard is really doing a good job for them. Their running backs Marquell Cartwright and Jamari Smith are doing a really good job. They have the left tackle Brandon Parker who is obviously an all-conference player. Then on defense they have Jermaine Williams, Darryl Johnson and they have two really good corners in (Mac) McCain and (Timadre) Abram. They have a lot of good players obviously, I could mention more, but those are the guys who stick out on film. We're looking forward to the game, and we've got to get back on track.”


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