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Pirates aim to fix mistakes, eliminate turnovers

Hampton University coach Donovan Rose has many critics after the Pirates' third straight loss, a 23-18 homecoming setback to No. 11 Bethune-Cookman. No critic was tougher than his 14-year-old son.

"Get over it," D.J. Rose told his dad.

Rose took his son's advice and has turned his focus forward as Hampton (5-4, 4-2 MEAC) prepares for Saturday's showdown at Florida A&M University (6-3, 5-1).

The Pirates aim to eliminate the turnovers, which were a big factor in the loss to Bethune-Cookman. The Pirates hadn't had a fumble since the second game of the season against Howard but had five in their most recent loss.

Hampton led by seven at halftime, but suffered fumbles on its first two drives in the first three minutes after the break. Bethune-Cookman returned a fumbled kickoff to steal the momentum en route to the victory.

"We felt good about the first half but never thought the second half outcome would happen," Rose said.

As far as the turnovers are concerned, Rose told his players to remember the "little things."

"Though disappointed in the last few weeks, I feel our team is making progress," Rose said.

With two games remaining in the regular season, the team is looking to come with passion and determination to create a positive result to head into next year.

"We haven't played a total game yet," Rose said. "We do that, it's kind of lights out."

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