Hampton Round two of the teacher versus the pupil will happen Saturday as Hampton Pirates head coach Donovan Rose leads his team to Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Florida A&M Rattlers and head coach Joe Taylor, Rose's mentor.
Rose served as defensive coordinator for Hampton during Joe Taylor's 17-year tenure as head coach. Taylor left for Florida A&M in 2008, and Rose was promoted to head coach.
The Pirates (5-4, 4-2 MEAC) are chomping at the bit for another victory against their former head coach. They are 1-1 against Taylor's Rattlers and Rose said he still keeps a clipping of an article from last year predicting a loss to the Wildcats.
"Even though we can't win the (MEAC) championship, we're going to smack you," said Rose, referring to the Rattlers (6-3, 5-1).
The Pirates shut out the Rattlers 25-0 in an inspiring performance at a soggy Armstrong Stadium last fall.
"I know he's going to be vindictive," Rose said of Taylor. "It's going to be a physical game."
The theme surrounding last year's game was "The pupil vs. the teacher." This year, Rose looks to prove last year's victory was no fluke.
"I'd love for us to put another goose egg on the board, but we just want the win," said Rose.
Led by linebacker Brandon Peguese, the Pirates boast the seventh-ranked defense in the country.
"We have a lot of seniors on the team," Peguese said. "They want to finish on a high note."
Rose made it apparent Hampton has a foul taste in its collective mouths after Saturday's turnover infested loss against Bethune-Cookman.
"We should've had it," said Rose.
The Pirates committed five turnovers, including four lost fumbles, yet remained competitive with the Wildcats. The high number of turnovers isn't surprising, considering the Wildcats entered the game leading the nation with a plus-21 turnover ratio.