The Maclay Marauders (1-4) gained their first win of the season with a 7-6 victory over the FAMU Rattlers (0-5) last night. The Rattlers started out fast when their sophomore fullback, Jakoby Nelson, scored a touchdown in the first quarter to pass the Marauders 0-6. From there, however, the Marauders gained momentum that resulted in a victory.
Maclay’s defense was able to hold FAMU from scoring throughout the rest of the game. Several Marauders had over ten tackles last night. Sophomore defensive lineman Zach Jones had 14 tackles for the Marauders. AJ Miller and John Sniffen, eighth grade and sophomore linebackers, added another 13 tackles. Freshman linebacker Harrison Padgett contributed 12 tackles, followed by senior linebacker Jacob Sniffen, who had 11.
Jack Brady, Maclay’s freshman quarterback, caused a 28 yard loss after a fumble at the six inch line during the first quarter. The Rattlers continued to fight to stop the Marauders from scoring. Senior defensive back Christopher Johnson intercepted a pass from Brady towards the end of the fourth quarter.
With three minutes left in the fourth, senior defensive back Austin Cook recovered the ball after a punt block that set Brady up to throw a touchdown pass to Jacob Sniffen to tie the game 6-6. Sophomore kicker Daniel Sweeney earned Maclay the extra point, giving the Marauders their first lead of the season that resulted in a victory over the Rattlers.
The Marauders’ next game is against the North Florida Christian Eagles on Oct. 16 at NFC.