The Hampton Pirates are still standing tall despite a midseason bump in the road.
After starting the season at 5-1, Hampton has lost three straight games, the latest being a 23-18 defeat versus Bethune-Cookman University. The Pirates however remain focused and confident.
Linebacker Brandon Peguese, the team's sack leader, points to the experience of the Pirates as a reason for the unshaken confidence.
"This team has a lot of seniors on it, a lot of seniors that want to finish their career on a high note," says Peguese.
Turnovers have plagued the Pirates over the past few weeks. Donovan Rose, head coach of the Pirates, stressed ball security.
"I would've never thought that the guys would fumble. We hadn't fumbled since Howard, the second game. So in one game we had four critical fumbles," Rose said.
The Pirates are looking toward their next game against rival Florida A&M University and former Hampton head coach Joe Taylor. Coach Rose worked under Taylor as an assistant before Taylor left for Tallahassee. Rose believes that the chip on the shoulder attitude fits his team.
Citing a pre-game article that predicted Hampton was overmatched, Rose said "I know last year, we played FAMU, our own paper had FAM 45 - Hampton 24. I saw it."
In last year's meeting, Rose's Pirates trounced the Rattlers 25-0 at home. This year the Pirates head south hoping once again to claim victory over their former coach.
The Pirates travel to Tallahassee to face off against the Taylor and the Rattlers on November 13th