First-Place Battle Takes Place at BB&T, Saturday
No. 10 North Carolina A&T (5-1, 2-0 MEAC) vs. Florida A&M (4-2, 3-0 MEAC)
Date: October 13, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. EST
City/Venue: Greensboro, N.C./BB&T Stadium (21,500)
Series: BB&T leads, 44-19-3
TV: ESPN 3
ESPN Triad Radio: Donal Ware (play-by-play); Al Swann (analysts)
600 AM/101.5 FM Winston-Salem
1320 AM/93.7 FM Greensboro
1230 AM/104.9 FM High Point
920 AM/104.5 FM Burlington
1200 AM/95.1 FM Burlington
OFFENSIVE DEPTH CHART
|Position||First Team||Second Team|
|Wide Receiver||13 Elijah Bell (He did not play last week vs. DSU||86 Jordan McDaniel|
|Left Tackle||73 Marcus Pettiford (Graded out at 85 percent last week vs. DSU)||75 Bilal Ali|
|Left Guard||78 Micah Shaw (He has been steady as the O-line battles injury)||74 Sylvester Smith|
|Center||62 Malik Johnson (He is having a strong senior season)||55 Dacquari Wilson|
|Right Guard||77 Breontae Matthews (His ability to play guard & tackle has helped depth)||69 Deven Milton|
|Right Tackle||79 Deontae Keys (He has aided the Aggies in their strong pass protection)||77 Breontae Matthews|
|Tight End||87 Leroy Hill (He is a nice weapon for the Aggies down the middle)||84 Quinzel Lockhart|
|Quarterback||7 Lamar Raynard (He needs 1 TD pass to break school record)||10 Kylil Carter|
|Running Back||22 Marquell Cartwright (It's hard work to tackle Cartwright)||30 Jah-Maine Martin|
|SLOT||88 Malik Wilson (He looks like the deep threat he was last season)||23 Amos Williams|
|Wide Receiver||19 Zachary Leslie (Leads the team with 5 TD receptions)||4 Isaiah Hicklin|
DEFENSIVE DEPTH CHART
|Position||First Team||Second Team|
|Defensive End||40 Darryl Johnson (He leads the MEAC in sacks)||41 Tre Smalls|
|Nose Guard||95 Julian McKnight (He is 10th in the conference in tackles for loss)||52 Michael Branch|
|Defensive Tackle||94 Justin Cates (He is fifth on the team in tackles)||92 Jermaine Williams|
|Defensive End||96 Sam Blue (He is one of four Aggies with four or more sacks)||99 Artavious Richardson|
|Inside Linebacker||5 Kiaundric Richardson (He did not play last week vs. DSU)||54 Kyin Howard|
|Sam Linebacker||9 Antoine Wilder (He has six passes defended this season)||27 Justin Philip|
|Will Linbebacker||34 Deion Jones (Coaches describe him as a tackling machine)||44 Julius Reynolds|
|Rover||2 Jamaal Darden (Darden leads the team in tackles)||18 Richie Kittles|
|Cornerback||29 Mac McCain III (His cover skills continue to improve)||24 Amir McNeil|
|Free Safety||33 Jalon Bethea (He has three breakups and a blocked punt in 2018)||23 Amos Williams|
|Cornerback||14 Timadre Abram (Competes with his own teammate for best CB in MEAC)||4 Isaiah Hicklin|
The Matchup: N.C. A&T will go after sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on Saturday at BB&T Stadium against Florida A&M. The Rattlers are coming in from Florida who is being hit by Hurricane Michael this week. Despite the storm, the Rattlers plan to be in Greensboro by Friday. When they arrive to the Gate City, they will be seeking to end a six-game losing streak to the Aggies, their longest such streak against N.C. A&T in series history.
The Aggies traveled to Dover, Del., to defeat the Delaware State Hornets 34-6 last Saturday. The win moved the Aggies back into the top-10 nationally in both Division I-Football Championship Subdivision national polls – AFCA Coaches and FCS Stats Media. N.C. A&T is also the No. 1 black college football team again according to BoxToRow. The Aggies will now put their 10-game conference winning streak and their standing in the polls on the line against a tough opponent. But the Aggies are accustomed to the big game. In the past four seasons, they have defeated three FBS programs and three nationally-ranked FCS programs.
Florida A&M has one of the best special teams units in the country. Punter Chris Faddoul leads the nation in punting at 48.2 per boot. Field goal kicker Yahia Aly leads the conference in field goals per game and is third in the league in field goal percentage (.714). Aly also leads the conference in scoring (8.2 per game). Jalene Douse has a punt return for
News and Notes:
- Aggies quarterback Lamar Raynard broke one record on Saturday and is after another one this Saturday. Raynard broke the school record for touchdown responsible for at Delaware State last week. He came into the game with 56 passing touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns for 65 total. He accounted for all five N.C. A&T touchdowns against the Hornets to give him 70 for his career passing Alan Hooker’s previous school-record of 66.
- Raynard tied the school record for touchdown passes last week, therefore, he needs just one toss on Saturday to become the school’s all-time leader. Who has caught the majority of Raynard’s TD tosses? Elijah Bell has secured 18 of Raynard’s 59 touchdown throws.
- N.C. A&T’s defense is still strong despite giving up 140 yards to Delaware State. The Aggies are ranked 13th nationally and second in the MEAC in total defense. They are 10th in rushing defense and 11th in passing defense efficiency.
- The Rattlers last win in Greensboro was a 22-19 overtime win on Nov. 6, 2010. The two schools have gone into overtime twice in the past 10 years.
- N.C. A&T has held 49 teams to under 100 yards rushing over the past eight seasons. But N.C. A&T’s last three opponents – Morgan State, S.C. State and Delaware State – have run for 132, 97 and 140 yards respectively.