MIAMI, FL – In a lopsided game, the Jackson State Tigers showed their dominance over the Florida A&M Rattlers, defeating them 59-3. The Tigers’ explosive offense, led by Shadeur Sanders, proved too much for the Rattlers to handle.
The scoring started early in the first quarter when Jackson State’s Gerardo Baeza kicked off for 64 yards, and Xavier Smith returned it for 24 yards to the Florida A&M 25-yard line. However, the Rattlers’ offense struggled to move the ball, and after a punt, the score remained 0-0.
The Tigers took control in their first possession, embarking on a 12-play, 69-yard drive that culminated in a touchdown. Sanders led the offense with his accurate passing and timely runs. Sanders connected with his receivers, including DJ Stevens and Camron Buckley, to move the chains and set up the score. JD Martin carried the ball into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown reception from Sanders, giving Jackson State a 7-0 lead.
Florida A&M’s offense continued to struggle against the tenacious Jackson State defense. The Rattlers’ drives were marred by penalties, incomplete passes, and sacks, resulting in several punts and turnovers on downs.
The Tigers capitalized on their opponent’s mistakes and extended their lead in the second quarter. Sanders orchestrated a 10-play, 76-yard drive, connecting with Dallas Daniels for a 7-yard touchdown reception. The lead grew to 21-0 when Sanders found Daniels again, this time for an 8-yard touchdown pass.
The Rattlers managed to get on the scoreboard late in the second quarter when Jose Romo-Martinez kicked a 36-yard field goal. However, their momentum was short-lived as the Tigers responded with another touchdown drive. Sanders led a 9-play, 72-yard march down the field, culminating in a 7-yard touchdown reception by Daniels.
As the halftime whistle blew, Jackson State held a commanding 24-3 lead over Florida A&M.
Nothing changed for the Rattlers in the second half. The Tigers continued their dominance scoring a touchdown on their first possession. Sanders connected with Shane Hooks for an 8-yard touchdown pass, further extending the lead to 31-3.
The Rattlers’ struggles continued as their offense turned the ball over with an interception returned for a touchdown by Jackson State’s Ke’Vric Wiggins. The Tigers’ lead grew to 38-3.
Florida A&M’s offense failed to find a rhythm, resulting in turnovers and punts. The Jackson State defense capitalized on their opponent’s mistakes and stifled any potential comeback.
The Tigers added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal their dominant victory. Hayden Hagler caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Sanders, and Aubrey Miller Jr. returned a fumble for a touchdown, increasing the lead to 52-3. Jackson State’s defense remained resilient, forcing turnovers and shutting down the Rattlers’ offense.
As the final whistle blew, Jackson State celebrated a resounding 59-3 victory over Florida A&M. The Tigers’ offense fired on all cylinders, while their defense showcased their strength and discipline. The win helped Jackson State solidify its position as the team to beat in the East Division of the SWAC.