TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M football returned to play in front of nearly 10,000 Rattlers in Bragg Memorial Stadium for the 2022 Orange-Green Game, in which the Orange Team defeated the Green Team 28-10.
“It’s a competition that’s open,” said head coach Willie Simmons Rasean (McKay) and Jeremy (Moussa) had 15 really good days, and we’re not in a position to name a starter definitively.”
The Orange Team opened the game with the ball, and Rasean McKay at the helm managed to pick up one first down before the Green Team forced Orange to punt. The Green Team opened their first offensive possession with LeJohn Howard at the helm, and Orange forced a three and out.
Vanderbilt transfer Jeremy Moussa opened the second drive of the game for Orange, and on his first pass of the game, transfer linebacker Isaiah Major intercepted Moussa and returned it for a touchdown but a personal foul penalty took the touchdown off the board. Major’s interception gave the Green Team a 3-0 lead.
The Orange Team defense responded the next drive with a big fourth-and-one stop to give Orange the ball in Green’s territory. After throwing an interception, Moussa saw another opportunity to lead the Orange offense, completed two straight passes, and used his legs on fourth-and-one to pick up the first down. Moussa leads the Rattlers to another first down, and Green holds them to a field goal, in which Jose Romo-Martinez makes a 46-yard field goal to tie the game at three.
Both offenses struggled throughout the first half as the Orange Team went into the half with a 12-3 lead after Romo-Martinez added three more field goals.
Green opened the second half up with a three and out as Jeremy Moussa came in to lead the Orange offense for their first possession in the second half. Moussa and the Rattlers took advantage of a Green pass interference to connect with tight end Kamari Young for a 15-yard touchdown to give Orange an 18-3 lead. Orange’s next possession Junior Muratovic led the Rattlers 63-yards to connect with transfer wide receiver Trevonte Davis from 10 yards out for Orange’s second touchdown. Orange took a 25-3 lead.
Orange took a 25-3 lead going into the fourth quarter, and Romo-Martinez added three more points for Orange to extend their lead to 28-3. Green responded with their first offensive score of the game as Jacory Jordan connected with wide receiver Xavier Smith 20-yards to their own 40, and Smith did the rest making three defenders miss and outran the rest of Orange for an 82-yard touchdown. Romo-Martinez added the extra point to make it a 28-10 game.
“It was a great environment, and I’m excited to be out here,” said Moussa. “I thought it was cool how we split the team up with the draft. It was a lot of fun to play, and I thought my team played well.”
Said McKay about his performance: “It’s a big competition, but we’re all a family at the end of the day. When I leave, and Jeremy goes in, I wish the best for him. When Jeremy comes out and Junior goes in, I wish the best for him.”
Courtesy: Florida A&M Athletics