Norfolk State had its first win of the season against Delaware State University last week at home, outscoring the Hornets 17-14. Like FAMU, they ended last year’s season 4-7. I should point out that their head coach, Latrell Scott, was one of the coaches considered for the position now held by Alex Wood. The Spartans are eager to win on Saturday and start a streak that’s not in the loosing column. They lost the first game of the season at home in a close game to Division II Virginia State. That was followed by a close loss at home to FCS William & Mary. Playing their third game away the Spartans were manhandled by FCS James Madison, 75-14. The Spartans are likely viewing FAMU as a game they could win.
If North Carolina Central is truly one of the top teams in the MEAC then FAMU is not that far away. The
FAMU fans came away from the game against Central disappointed with the loss, but happy to see a multi-talented receiving corps that has RAC (run after the catch) potential and a defense that is beginning to live up to expectation.
FAMU has shown improvement in every game. The kicking game started the season mistake prone and hasn’t always looked pretty, still in this last game they looked better. So far this season FAMU has held the opponent’s kickoff return teams to 17.5 yards and punt return teams to 5.5 yards on average. Should the kicking game continue to improve all eyes will be on the offense. Once the offense gets itself in gear, FAMU is certain to have an explosive, break away game. A win of any kind against Norfolk won’t be considered a break away game. It will have to come against a middle of the road team like Hampton or Morgan State, or against top teams like North Carolina A&T or Howard(?). We won’t discuss Bethune Cookman this early in the season.
The key to a FAMU win against Norfolk State will be the continued energy displayed in the past two games and the ability to defend against the pass. Though injuries kept key running backs redshirt freshman Ricky Hernilus and redshirt sophomore Hans Supre out of last week’s game, expect FAMU to be able to run and pass against Norfolk. It would be nice if FAMU does well enough to allow the other two quarterbacks to gain experience. Norfolk will need to be effective passing, keep the game close, and count on field goal kicking to gain the edge. Norfolk is 4 for 6 in field goal kicking while FAMU is 0 of 3.
Here’s the pregame analysis.