Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Schedule Helps Tigers at Tail End

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Schedule Helps Tigers at Tail End

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Byline: Teneshia Wright, Times-Union sports writer

Edward Waters College's 38-22 victory last week helped validate the college administration's decision to schedule games against established programs for the Tigers' first football season in 34 years.

Sure, the Tigers concluded the season with only two victories after being handed some lopsided defeats: 45-3 to Newberry, 71-0 to Tuskegee, 45-0 to N.C. Central, 46-0 to Benedict and 67-16 to Wesley College.

But the victory against previously unbeaten Allen University, also playing its first season in more than 30 years, proved to Edward Waters coach Lamonte Massie that his team went in the right direction. The Tigers forced four fumbles and outgained the Yellow Jackets in total yards (340-147) and first downs (25-13) for their highest point total of the season.

Allen hadn't played since 1968, but decided to resume play this season against easier competition. Before running into Edward Waters, Allen won all five games against club programs.

"They did it their way and ended up with a 5-1 record and things they can build on," Massie said of Allen. "We ended up with a 2-8 record, and we got some thing we can build on. But we did it the hard way. That's what makes it even sweeter.

"I don't regret one game we played. That includes the Tuskegee game. It is something we can build on."

DON'T COUNT FAMU OUT -- Billy Joe hopes other conference coaches realize Florida A&M is still the team to beat even though his Rattlers fell out of the national rankings after losing their last game against Southern.

North Carolina A&T is the only nationally ranked team in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. However, FAMU leads the MEAC with a 6-1 league record. The Rattlers' only conference loss was to A&T, which lost its second conference game last week against Hampton. …

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