The UNC football program is 1-0 to open the year beating FAMU 56-24holding them back in the second half.
UNC were able to take a 7-0 lead early on, but FAMU responded with their own touchdown on the ensuing drive. After that, UNC was able to take the lead with another scoring drive and never really look back.
Drake Maye led the Tar Heels on eight scoring drives, throwing for five touchdowns in his debut to set program record. Although it was a bit sloppy from the Tar Heels at times, they finally got the result they wanted and are now focused on Appalachia State.
Before we get to that, we need to hand out helmet stickers for the big Tar Heels win to open the season. Take a look at the players who won our first Helmet Stickers of the Year.
QB Drake Maye
August 27, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) looks for a pass during the first half against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan – USA TODAY Sports
In his first career start, Drake Maye impressed. The quarterback threw for XXX yards and X touchdowns, setting a program record for most touchdowns in a quarterback’s first start.
George Pettaway/Omarion Hampton
August 27, 2022; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back George Pettaway (23) heads the ball in the second half against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan – USA TODAY Sports
With British Brooks lost for the season, the Tar Heels are opting for a committee comeback approach this year. And that includes two freshmen who looked crisp on Saturday.
Omarion Hampton and George Pettaway both found the end zone on their debuts, helping UNC extend the lead in the second half. Hampton finished the game with 101 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns while Pettaway had 51 rushing yards and a touchdown.
DB Storm Duck
November 6, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Storm Duck (29) reacts in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
After struggling with injuries in each of the previous two seasons, defensive back Storm Duck is hoping for a healthy 2022 campaign. And on Saturday, he got off to a good start.
Duck had the lone interception, recording it late in the first half on a FAMU player just before halftime. The interception returned the ball to UNC and it led to a key touchdown for the Tar Heels offense.
I don’t usually give helmet stickers to opponents, but I had to tonight. With the circumstances of the ineligible players, FAMU didn’t back down in this one and even managed a two-point game in the fourth quarter. If it hadn’t been for two key turnovers, who knows how this game would have turned out.
I tip my hat to the program, as well as to the impressive Marching 100 group who were also present. Good luck the rest of the way.