FAMU Keeps It in Family; Chester Leads Rattlers to Wild Victory over Rival B-CC, Just like His Father

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Byline: ALEX ABRAMS

ORLANDO -- Being the son of a former Florida A&M star quarterback, Albert Chester II knew the stories about his father playing in the Florida Classic.

He had even seen the tape of his old man leading the Rattlers to a victory over Bethune-Cookman College in 1978. But after Saturday, Chester no longer needs to be told or shown what it's like to beat FAMU's rival.

"Now I can sit at the Thanksgiving table and say I did it, too," Chester said after helping FAMU come back from a 17-point deficit to pull out a 26-23 overtime victory over B-CC in front of a crowd of 70,112 at the Citrus Bowl.

Things couldn't have gone much sweeter for the Episcopal High School graduate in his first Florida Classic as FAMU's starting quarterback.

He led the Rattlers (6-5, 4-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) on two scoring drives at the end of regulation and celebrated after Wesley Taylor kicked a 17-yard field goal in overtime to snap a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats (7-4, 4-4).

To top it all, Chester -- who passed for 164 yards and rushed for another 75 -- smiled as he polished a small crystal trophy awarded to him as FAMU's most valuable player.

The come-from-behind victory capped an unexpected season for first-year FAMU coach Rubin Carter. He was hired in late July to replace Billy Joe and take over a reeling program that still is facing NCAA sanctions.

"I don't want to say that I'm satisfied with the season, but those were some nice strides that we made," said Carter, whose Rattlers finished with a winning record for the first time since 2002. …

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