September 29, 2017
Written by Thomas Scott
For the second straight week North Carolina Central was featured in a nationally televised game. Last week, the Eagles defeated South Carolina State 33-28 at home. This week,the Eagles traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to face FAMU. 18,488 fans packed Bragg Stadium for yesterday’s broadcast on ESPNU.
First Quarter: NCCU- 14, FAMU- 0
True freshman, Chauncey Caldwell, Was named the starting quarterback for NC Central after his poised performance against South Carolina State. Caldwell didn’t waste time picking up where he left off.
The Eagle offense moved with ease early on. The Rattlers defense struggled to adjust to the dual threat ability of Caldwell. Caldwell used his mobility to his advantage and rushed for an 18 yard touchdown. This score gave the Eagles the a 7-0 lead over FAMU.
On the next series FAMU quarterback, Ryan Stanley, threw a pick six. The pass was intercepted by NCCU safety Davonta Reynolds and returned for a 31 yard touchdown.
Reynolds has been an absolute BEAST defensively for the Eagles. Reynolds has scored defensive touchdowns in the last two games.
Second Quarter: NCCU- 14, FAMU- 14
FAMU began the second quarter trailing NC Central 14-0, however the Rattlers responded aggressively to tie the score at fourteen before halftime.
Ryan Stanley led the Rattlers on a scoring drive after his pick six. Devin Bowers capped off that drive with a one yard touchdown run.
After a few adjustments the Rattlers defense began to stifle NC Central’s offense. FAMU defensive lineman, Elijah Price, forced a fumble from Chauncey Caldwell one the one yard line which led to another touchdown from Devin Bowers. Price finished his monster night with six tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Third Quarter: NCCU- 14, FAMU- 14
Neither team was able to put together a scoring drive. FAMU had a chance to take the lead on 36 yard field goal attempt, but they missed.
Fourth Quarter: NCCU- 21, FAMU- 14
Cue another game winning drive by Chauncey Caldwell. For the second straight week, the true freshman showed tremendous poise and put his team in position to win. Caldwell led an eight play, 47 yard drive scoring drive. Redshirt freshman, Isiah Totten scored the game-winning touchdown on a nine yard run.