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Southern Spring Home & Garden Show

DATES & HOURS

Friday, February 23, 2018       10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018  10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 25, 2018    10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, March 2, 2018               10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2018          10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018             10:00 am – 5:00 pm

ADMISSION

Adults  $12.00
Adults (Online)  $10.00
Seniors (55+) with ID  $9.00 
Children Ages 12 & Under  FREE

 

NCHSAA football championships

Sinclair Broadcasting will produce and distribute the NCHSAA Football State Championships on a state-wide affiliate network that includes stations in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Greenville/New Bern, Raleigh, & Wilmington.

In addition to the games airing live on over the air stations in each market, the stations will stream games on their station website. The NFHS Network will simulcast the Sinclair coverage of the championships live through their subscription-based platform.

Below is a listing of the station and broadcast schedule information for each local market.

ASHEVILLE AREA

12:00 PM – 1A – North Duplin vs. Cherokee – WMYA/MY TV (40.1)

3:00 PM – 2AA – East Duplin vs. Hibriten – WMYA/MY TV (40.1)

7:00 PM – 3AA – New Hanover vs. A.C. Reynolds – WMYA/MY TV (40.1)

GREENSBORO/WINSTON-SALEM AREA

12:00 PM – 4AA – Wake Forest vs. Mallard Creek – WXLV/ABC (45.1)

12:00 PM – 1A – North Duplin vs. Cherokee – WMYV/MY TV (48.1)

3:00 PM – 3A – Havelock vs. Charlotte Catholic – WXLV-2/Stadium (45.2)

3:00 PM – 2AA – East Duplin vs. Hibriten – WMYV-3/Comet (48.3)

4:00 PM – 1AA – Tarboro vs. Mt. Airy – WXLV/ABC (45.1)

4:00 PM – 4A – Scotland vs. Harding – WMYV/MY TV (48.1)

7:00 PM – 2A – Wallace-Rose Hill vs. Reidsville – WMYV/MY TV (48.1)

7:00 PM – 3AA – New Hanover vs. A.C. Reynolds – WXLV-2/Stadium (45.2)

GREENVILLE/NEW BERN AREA

12:00 PM – 1A – North Duplin vs. Cherokee – WCTI/ABC (12.1)

3:00 PM – 3A – Havelock vs. Charlotte Catholic – WCTI/ABC (12.1)

4:00 PM – 1AA – Tarboro vs. Mt. Airy – WYDO/Fox (14.1)

RALEIGH AREA

12:00 PM – 4AA – Wake Forest vs. Mallard Creek – WLFL/The CW (22.1)

12:00 PM – 1A – North Duplin vs. Cherokee – WRDC/MY TV (28.1)

4:00 PM – 4A – Scotland vs. Harding – WLFL/The CW (22.1)

4:00 PM – 1AA – Tarboro vs. Mt. Airy – WRDC/MY TV (28.1)

7:00 PM – 2A – Wallace-Rose Hill vs. Reidsville – WLFL/The CW (22.1)

7:00 PM – 3AA – New Hanover vs. A.C. Reynolds – WRDC/MY TV (28.1)

CHARLOTTE AREA

12:00 PM – 4AA – Wake Forest vs. Mallard Creek – WCCB/The CW (18.1)

3:00 PM – 2AA – East Duplin vs. Hibriten – WCCB/Antenna TV (18.2)

3:00 PM – 3A – Havelock vs. Charlotte Catholic – WCCB/ME TV (18.3)

4:00 PM – 4A – Scotland vs. Harding – WCCB/The CW (18.1)

7:00 PM – 3AA – New Hanover vs. A.C. Reynolds – WCCB/The CW (18.1)

7:00 PM – 2A – Wallace-Rose Hill vs. Reidsville – WCCB/Antenna TV (18.2)

WILMINGTON AREA

12:00 PM – 1A – North Duplin vs. Cherokee – WILM (15.1 & 24.1)

3:00 PM – 2AA – East Duplin vs. Hibriten – WILM (15.1 & 24.1)

7:00 PM – 3AA – New Hanover vs. A.C. Reynolds – WILM (15.1 & 24.1)

 

Opening weekend for college football

Charlotte 49ers at Eastern Michigan, 6 p.m. Friday

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and on local radio at ESPN 730 AM. Get details and and more about the 49ers at Charlotte49ers.com

 

Brevard at Davidson, 7 p.m. Saturday

Get all the details, including links to the broadcast, at www.davidsonwildcats.com The radio broadcast from Learfield is on WHIP-AM 1350 in Mooresville and on the TuneIn Radio App.

 

 

 

Under the Lights on Friday Nights

Scores and highlights from across the area

Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons host this week’s scoreboard show from the site of Concord at Hickory Ridge.

Shaked Bar-Tal will provide live reports from the Cox Mill at Mount Pleasant game. Chris Hudson will report from Piedmont at Central Cabarrus.

We will follow other games and we encourage you to call in your scores from across North Carolina live between 7:30 and 10 p.m. each Friday night. The number to call is 704-786-0001 to connect live on the air with Mark and Perry.

under the lights

49ers wrap up 2016

The Point After
UTSA 33 at Charlotte 14
Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

#49: Wolfgang Zacherl
Captains: Austin Duke, Workpeh Kofa, Daquan Lucas, Nick Cook

QUOTEABLE:
“I want to just thank (the senior class) for taking a risk and coming to Charlotte to start this program. They laid a great foundation for us and it has a chance to propel us forward as we move into the coming years.” – HC Brad Lambert

The 49ers concluded the 2016 season with a 4-8 overall record; 3-5 in Conference USA. The four wins double the win total of 2015, the 49ers first at the FBS level. The three C-USA wins are the first in school history.

It was the final game for 27 seniors, including 19 members of the program’s First Class.

After going winless in league play in 2015, the 49ers finished 5th of 7 teams in the C-USA East Division and T8th of 13, overall with a 3-5 league mark.

Charlotte had two league games decided by one possession, last year (three-point losses to ODU and UTSA). This year, six of the eight league games were either wins (3) or one-possession losses (3).

Six of Charlotte’s eight losses came to bowl eligible teams. Charlotte also scored a victory over a bowl eligible team (Southern Miss) for the second straight year.

Sr. RB Kalif Phillips established the school career record with 4,020 career rushing yards.

R-Sr. WR Austin Duke established the school career record with 3,437 career receiving yards.

Kalif Phillips and Austin Duke rank 1-2 in touchdowns scored for the 49ers: Phillips has 43 career TDs (41 rushing; 2 receiving) while Duke completed his career with 25 career TDs (24 receiving; 1 rushing).

Kalif Phillips completes his career with 4,504 yards from scrimmage (4,020 rush; 484 rec.), including 1,149 from scrimmage (907 rush; 242 rec.), this season.

Austin Duke notched his 13th career 100-yard receiving game with 115 yards in his finale at UTSA. It is the most receiving yards put up by a 49er against FBS competition. It was Duke’s 4th 100-yard game of the year.

The 115-yard game is the ninth-most in school history. Duke owns each of the top nine performances and 13 of the 16 100-yard receiving games in school history.

Austin Duke had a 76-yard TD reception, matching his longest of the year and the 4th longest in school history. Duke owns each of the 49ers six all-time longest TD receptions.

The 76-yard TD pass from Hasaan Klugh to Austin Duke is the longest TD throw of Klugh’s career. He had a 69-yarder to Duke earlier in the season at FAU.

Klugh finished his first year with the 49ers connecting on 120-of-224 passes for 1356 yards (123.3/gm) and 10 TDs with 3 INT. He was third on the team with 426 yards rushing.

Austin Duke had at least 50 catches in each of his four years, and finishes his career with a school-record 24 career receiving TDs (25 total, 2nd all-time), 252 receptions and a 74.7 per game receiving avg.

QB/RB Matt Johnson completes his 49ers career with a school-record 5,405 yards passing and he added 1,273 career yards rushing.

Three players started over 40 of the 49ers 46 all-time games. DL Larry Ogunjobi is the only player that started all 46 games. DL Brandon Banks made 43 starts and Austin Duke made 41 career starts.

DL Larry Ogunjobi had 0.5 TFL at UTSA to complete his 49ers’ career, fittingly, with a school record 49.0 TFL.

Ogunjobi completes his 49ers career with school records for tackles (217), TFL (49.0) and sacks (13.0).

Sr. LB Nick Cook established a new single-season record with 107 tackles. Cook had at least 8 tackles in each of the last five games and 10 of 12 overall. He ranks 8th in C-USA in tackles.

LB Karrington King had 7+ tackles in four of the last five games, averaging 8.4 tackles over that span. He ranked 32nd in C-USA with 6.1 tackles this year.

Fr. S Ben DeLuca led the 49ers with 10 tackles at UTSA. It was DeLuca’s third game with 10 or more tackles and the 12th double-digit tackle performance by a 49er, this year.

Ben DeLuca ranks second among C-USA freshmen with 5.7 tackles per game.

Charlotte finished the year with an FBS record 302 points scored, surpassing last year’s total of 210.

The 49ers scored 40 TDs (18 rushing; 17 passing; 5 Def/ST).

Charlotte allowed 106 yards rushing to UTSA and completes the regular season ranked third in the league in rushing defense (143.4/gm). Four of the last six opponents were held to 106 yards rushing or less.

Charlotte special teams scored its third TD of the season when Juwan Foggie recovered the punter’s fumble and rambled three yards for the score at UTSA. Earlier in the year, Foggie blocked a punt that was recovered by Ed Rolle in the endzone and Anthony Covington recovered a muffed punt in the endzone. In addition, Terrance Winchester had a Pick Six and Ben DeLuca returned a fumble for a score to give Charlotte five TDs from its defense/special teams.

Charlotte forced a turnover in 11 of 12 games. The lone game without a forced turnover: Temple. Charlotte finished the year with a +8 TO margin (2nd in C-USA).

Charlotte led C-USA through the regular-season with 16 interceptions and had at least one pick in 10 of 12 games.

KR Chris Montgomery finished the season with a single-season record 845 kick return yards and he ranks 4th in C-USA with a 19.7 return avg. He owns the 49ers career record with 1345 return yards.

2016 Season Leaders:

Rushing Yards Kalif Phillips 907
Receiving Yards Austin Duke 803
Passing Yards Hasaan Klugh 1356
Touchdowns Hasaan Klugh 8
Passing TD Hasaan Klugh 10
Receiving TD Workpeh Kofa 5
Rushing TD Hasaan Klugh 8
Tackles Nick Cook 107 – SCHOOL RECORD
TFL Larry Ogunjobi 13.5
Sacks Larry Ogunjobi 3.0

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information

‘Cats win, 49ers fall

Defense Leads Davidson Past Livingstone 38-12

DAVIDSON, N.C. – In addition to forcing four first-half turnovers, Davidson jumped out to a 38-0 lead en route to a 38-12 victory over Livingstone in non-conference football action Saturday night at Richardson Stadium.

With the win, the Wildcats open the season 2-1 for the first time since the 2011 campaign, while the Blue Bears fall to 1-2.

Davidson, which led 21-0 late in the first quarter, took advantage of two Livingstone special team miscues. Following a failed fake punt, quarterback Stockton McGuire put the ‘Cats up 6-0 with a six-yard run.

Midway through the first, Livingstone punter Tyler Keene mishandled a snap that Thomas Sykes scooped up and took to the end zone for Davidson, the first of two defensive scores.

Along with forcing a combined nine turnovers in their last two contests, the Wildcats’ defense held Livingstone to just 68 yards on the ground, while finishing with six sacks.

McGuire connected with Derek Jones on a 12-yard pass with 3:29 left in the quarter to cap off a seven-play 58-yard drive.

Freshman Preston Grase extended the margin to 30-0 when his picked off Bryan Digsby and returned his first career interception 43-yards for a touchdown.

Keylan Brown, who rushed for 95 yards and a score in Davidson’s win over Kentucky Wesleyan last weekend, led both teams with 87 yards on 19 carries, including an eight-yard touchdown scamper just prior to the half.

Digsby paced the Blue Bears with 201 yards in the air, including 102 on eight catches to wide receiver Everett Ransom.

The Wildcats open Pioneer Football League play next Saturday, Sept. 24 when they visit Valparaiso. Kickoff from Brown Field is slated for 1 p.m.

Eastern Michigan Upends Charlotte, 37-19

Eastern Michigan took the early lead on the 49ers (1-2) and thwarted Charlotte’s comeback efforts with key turnovers to grab a 37-19 victory at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

The Eagles (2-1) went ahead 7-0 in the first quarter and led 17-3 at the half before forcing two third quarter turnovers to push ahead 34-6.

The 49ers rallied with two fourth quarter scores and had another drive stopped in the red zone on fourth down.

Statistically, Charlotte and Eastern Michigan looked similar. Eastern Michigan had 357 yards of total offense.  Charlotte had 346.  EMU was better on third down (7 of 13) but Charlotte was 8-of-20 and made up for the slight difference by going 3-of-4 on 4th down.

For the first time this year, however, Charlotte lost the turnover battle – and the Eagles took advantage by stopping the 49ers opening drive of the second half in EMU territory on a fumble and then returning an interception for a TD, late in the quarter.

“Going into halftime, I was really proud and thought we had things under control,” head coach Brad Lambert said.  In the second half, we did a few things we can’t do and gave up some plays.  The biggest thing is that we need to clean up mistakes.”

Charlotte was without starting running back Kalif Phillips, who is nursing a hamstring injury and did not dress.  Freshman Robert Washington filled in nicely however, rushing for 120 yards on 20 carries.  It was Washington’s first 100-yard game and the second-most rushing yards ever by a true freshman for the 49ers.

Hasaan Klugh came off the bench to replace starting QB Kevin Olsen, who left the game late in the third due to cramps.  Klugh threw fourth-quarter TD passes to Workpeh Kofa and TL Ford II to close the gap.  It was Ford II’s second straight game with a TD reception while Kofa made his first career TD catch.  The two TD passes were the first of Klugh’s career.

“We never give up,” said Ford, “but when we have penalties and mental mistakes like we did tonight, it makes things that much harder.”

EMU took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Ian Eriksen capped the game’s first substantial drive with a five-yard TD run.  Charlotte answered with a 29-yard field goal to open the second quarter to make it 7-3.  An EMU field goal push the lead back to 7, 10-3.

Jaylen Pickett pulled down his first interception and returned it to the Charlotte 20 to set up the Eagle second TD of the game:  a five-yard pass from Todd Porter to Nigel Kirby to make it a 17-3 game at the half.

After forcing a fumble just across midfield, the Eagle struck quick with a 49 yard TD pass from Porter to Johnnie Niupalau.  Porter was 24-for-31 for 285 yards and had three passes of 30 or more yards.

“They came in and played really hard.  They had some guys make good plays and I thought the quarterback played well and made timely plays.” Lambert said.  “There were too many deep balls in our secondary.”

After Niupalau’s 49-yard TD grab put the Eagles ahead, 24-3, Charlotte drove to the EMU eight but had to settle for another Stephen Muscarello field goal to make it 24-6.  EMU’s 36-yard FG made it 27-6 before Pickett pulled down his second INT of the game and ran it back 36 yards for the touchdown.

Trailing 34-6 at the end of three, Klugh found Kofa for a 10-yard TD early in the fourth quarter.  After the defense forced a three-and-out, Klugh completed an 11-play; 83-yard drive with a 28-yard TD strike to Ford II, to make it 34-19 with 9:42 left.

The Eagles chewed up over six minutes on their next drive and kicked a field goal to increase the lead to 37-19 with just over three minutes remaining.

Charlotte’s final drive went 45 yards on nine plays, but the 49ers could not convert on 4th down at the EMU 11 in the final minute.

Olsen finished the game with 14-of-28 passing for 123 yards and his first two interceptions of the season.  Klugh was 9-of-15 for 66 yards and two TDs.  Austin Duke led the 49ers receivers for the third straight game with 84 yards while Ford II finished with 51.

Senior LB Nick Cook led the 49ers for the third straight game in tackles, with 12 while r-Sr. Larry Ogunjobi added a season-high 8 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.

With his 12 tackles, Cook surpassed 100 takedowns in his 14-game career to become the fastest 49er to reach the milestone.

“That’s not something I even think about,” Cook said.  “Whatever my stats were, I made plenty of mistakes tonight, too.  It takes all 11 guys on the field.”

As for mistakes, those were chief on Lambert’s mind as the game concluded.

“We have a lot of things we need to correct,” he said.

Charlotte closes out its non-conference season next week at Temple in a 12 noon game that will be televised by ASN, locally on WCCB Charlotte.

Other scores

Catawba 40 Carson-Newman 20

Wingate 56 Shaw 7

Wofford 59 Johnson C. Smith 0

College football openers

Davidson at Georgetown Saturday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m.

Davidson opens the season Saturday, Sept. 3, at Georgetown. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on WHIP-AM 1350 in Mooresville, on the Tunein Radio App, and at www.DavidsonWildcats.com

Saturday’s game will mark the 12th meeting between the ‘Cats and Hoyas. Davidson trails the all-time series 3-8 dating back to the first meeting in 1999.

The Wildcats open the season against the Hoyas of Georgetown University for the fifth time in program history when Davidson visits Cooper Field in Washington, D.C. for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday. The Wildcats are 55-57-5 (.491) in season openers, including 16-39-2 on the road.

The Wildcats’ home opener is Sept. 17 against Livingstone.

Davidson closed the 2015 season with a win over Stetson.

Charlotte 49ers at Louisville Thursday Sept. 1

The Charlotte 49ers open their fourth season of football and second at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA, Thursday, Sept. 1 at nationally-ranked Louisville (ACC RSN; Charlotte IMG Radio Network).

Charlotte returns 15 starters (9 off; 6 def) and 10 players that have started at least 20 games over the 49ers three-year history.  The 49ers went 2-10, last year, and won their first game against an FBS opponent: at bowl-bound Georgia State.  This is the 49ers first game against an FBS Top 25 foe.

The 49ers roster includes 19 redshirt seniors that were part of the program’s First Class in 2012.

More information about the 49ers is available at www.charlotte49ers.com

The 49ers open at Jerry Richardson Stadium Sept. 10 against Elon. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

Other area games this week

Johnson C. Smith opens Saturday at Wingate. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.

Livingstone travels to Columbia, South Carolina for a 5 p.m. kickoff Saturday Benedict.

Catawba opens at West Georgia at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Lenoir Rhyne hosts Virginia State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

davidson schedule

 

Shaked Bar-Tal’s High School Football Preview

 

Sportscaster Shaked Bar-Tal
Sportscaster Shaked Bar-Tal

49ers future schedule building

Charlotte 49ers Football Adds Pair of Big Ten Series

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — The Charlotte 49ers, who will play in their second season in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) this fall as a member of Conference USA, have announced the scheduling of a pair of series against Big Ten opponents and the completion of their 2019 non-conference slate.

Charlotte will play a home-and-home series with Maryland in 2022 and 2023.  The 49ers will also play road games at Indiana in those same seasons.  The contests against those Big Ten schools give the 49ers at least one power five conference opponent in each of the next 10 seasons with three such games scheduled at home.

Charlotte will host Maryland, Sept. 10, 2022 at Jerry Richardson Stadium and travel to College Park, Md., Sept. 9, 2023.  The home game will be the 49ers second against a power five foe.  Charlotte hosts Duke, of the ACC, Sept. 11, 2021.  The 49ers will also host the ACC’s North Carolina, Sept. 6, 2025.
The road games at Indiana will be played Oct. 1, 2022 and Sept. 23, 2023.
In addition, the 49ers have completed the 2019 non-conference slate. Charlotte will open the season at home, Aug. 31, against Gardner-Webb.  Each of the next four non-conference seasons are now complete.
The full 2016 schedule has been released and includes non-conference home games against Elon and Eastern Michigan and non-conference road games at Louisville and Temple.  The Conference USA slate includes four home games and four road games.
Season tickets for the 2016 campaign are currently available.  Visit charlotte49ers.com or call 704/687-4949 for more information.
Upcoming Non-Conference Slates:
(dates subject to change)
2016:
Sept. 1 at Louisville
Sept. 10 Elon
Sept. 17 Eastern Michigan
Sept. 24 at Temple
2017:
Sept. 2 at Eastern Michigan
Sept. 9 Georgia State
Sept. 16 North Carolina A&T
Sept. 23 at Kansas State
2018:
Sept. 1 Fordham
Sept. 8 Appalachian State
Sept. 22 at Massachusetts
Nov. 3 at Tennessee
2019:
Aug. 31 Gardner-Webb
Sept. 7 at Appalachian State
Sept. 14 Massachusetts
Sept. 21 at Clemson
2020:
Sept. 19 at Duke

Sept. 26   Georgia State

Blake Brewer kicking a field goal against Georgia State - Charlotte Sports Information photo
Blake Brewer kicking a field goal against Georgia State – Charlotte Sports Information photo
2021:
Sept. 11 Duke
Sept. 18   at Georgia State
Oct. 2 at Illinois
2022:
Sept. 10 Maryland
Sept. 17   at Georgia State
Oct. 1 at Indiana
2023:
Sept. 9 at Maryland
Sept. 16   Georgia State
Sept. 23 at Indiana
2024:
Sept. 7 at North Carolina
2025:
Sept. 6 North Carolina

Charlotte 49ers sign 12 players

 2016 NATIONAL SIGNING DAY INFO

Charlotte, N.C. –   Charlotte 49ers head football coach Brad Lambert has announced the program’s fifth recruiting class.  The  49ers announced the signing of 12 players, today, who join three mid-December signees.  Now in the program’s fourth year, the 49ers will be competing for the second time at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA in 2016. The 49ers competed as an FCS Independent in 2013 and 2014 before joining C-USA, last year.
The full 15-member signee class has four in-state players from North Carolina and nine from the North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia region.  The other six signees come from Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey and Denmark. Three signees: Butler High’s RB Ben LeMay; Vance High’s LB Anthony Butler and East Gaston High’s RB Robert Washington hail from the Charlotte region.
The class includes the first four-star recruit that the 49ers have signed out of high school: East Gaston’s Robert Washington as well as three-star prospects Ben LeMay and DL Johnny Ray.  December transfer QB Kevin Olsen was a four-star recruit out of high school.

More on the signees

Theis Bagnkop
6-4; 300; OL
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Frederikshavn Business College/Louisburg College
Two-year star at Louisburg College … Hurricanes enjoyed a 7-1 season in 2015 and were ranked 15th the NJCAA national poll … converted defensive lineman … on OL, Bagnkop helped Louisburg put up 43.6 points and 452.6 yards per game … team’s 336.0 rushing yards per game led NJCAA … 2688 total rushing yards ranked 5th … Hurricanes ranked 4th with 35 rushing TDs … Bagnkop did not give up a single sack … former hockey player in Denmark … father played hockey professionally in Denmark … Named a Hurricane Scholar-Athlete in March, 2015 and was on the Hurricanes Honors List for posting a GPA between 3.0-3.49 in Spring, 2015 …  chosen as a Louisburg College Student Ambassador for 2015-16.
Ryan Carriere
6-4; 230; TE/H
Loganville, Ga.
Grayson
A three-year varsity player for the Rams … a two-start recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports … named first team all-Metro by the Atlanta Journal Constitution … 3rd-team all-Gwinnett by the Gwinnett Daily Post… participated in all-Gwinnett County All-Star Game … averaged 17.5 yards per catch (192 yards; 11 receptions) … led the Rams to the AAAAAA Region 8 Championship … ranked 4th in Georgia and reached the AAAAAA state semifnals … went 13-1  with a perfect 8-0 mark in Region 8 for coach Mickey Conn … Rams were 10-2 in 2014 with a 7-1 record in Region 8 … advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.
Ben DeLuca
6-2; 185; DB
Orlando, Fla.
Bishop Moore Catholic
Second-Team all-State Class 5A performer (Florida Times-Union) for 2015 5A FHSAA State Champions … Hornets went 14-1 and claimed the 5A District 13 title with a 4-0 mark and just 7 points allowed for coach Matt Hedrick … had 127 tackles (36 solo) with 2 TFL and 4 INT … team’s defensive captain … three-year starter … #50 on Orlando Sentinel’s 2016 Central Florida Super60 … had over 100 tackles and 4 INT as a junior as the FHSAA Regional champion Hornets reached the 5A state semifinals with another 14-1 mark and perfect 4-0 record in 5A District 11 …  three-time district champs were 8-3 in 2013 (4-0 in 5A District 11) … led Hornets to a 35-5 record as a varsity player.
Jacione Fugate
5-11; 175; RB
Hampton, Va.
Kecoughtan
A 2015 Daily Press All-Star … second team all-5A South by recruit757.com … ran for 1158 yards and 15 TDs as a senior … averaged 7.3 yards per carry for head coach Alonzo Coley … three-year varsity player … named to the 2014 all-757 Camp team where he posted the top 40 yard dash and a top five vertical jump …  Warriors reached the second round of the 2014 6A State Playoffs … named second-team all-South 6A as a junior … first team all-conference in 2014 … second team all-conference in 2013 …track athlete.
Timothy Horne
6-5; 280; DL
Wadesboro, N.C.
Anson
A 2015 Shrine Bowl participant for head coach Ralph Jackson … on the roster for the 2015 Blue-Grey Regional Combine in North Carolina … a three-year varsity player for the Bearcats … had 22 tackles as a junior with 2 sacks … 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries as a sophomore … also plays basketball.
Ben LeMay
5-9; 210; RB
Matthews, N.C.
Butler
A three-start recruit by ESPN.com and 247Sports.com … two-star recruit by Rival.scom … four-year varsity letterwinner played on Bulldogs 2012 NC 4AA state championship team … a part of three Southwestern 4A Conference titles … two-time all-Southwestern 4A Conference selection for coach Brian Hales … rushed for 4059 career yards and 74 career TDs … added 896 receiving yards … Bulldogs went 10-3 in 2015 and earned a share of the Southwestern 4A Conference title with a 5-1 record … named SW4A all-conference … reached the second round of the 4AA state playoffs … Southwestern 4A all-Conference pick as a junior as Bulldogs went 11-4 and finished as SW 4A runner-up with a 5-1 mark …  again reached the 4AA second round … rushed for 1565 yards and 24 TDs as a junior (7.4 yds/carry; 124 yds/game) … three-year starter helped Butler to the 4AA state semifinals as a sophomore … rushed for 1038 yards and 18 TDs as a sophomore and added 650 receiving yards and 7 TDs … four-year varsity member enjoyed an unbeaten 15-0 record and a 4AA state title as a freshman … was second on team with 404 yards rushing and had 8 TDs … younger brother of current 49ers WR Uriah LeMay.
Nick Martin 
6-3; 260; DL
Lexington, Ky.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
AP Second-Team all-State defensive lineman in 2015 for coach Paul Rains … 3rd team all-state by Louiville Courier-Jornal … named first team all-City by the Lexington Herald … led team with 76 tackles including 31 TFL and 16 sacks … caused 6 fumbles … had 1 sack and was the leading tackler with 9 tackles in 2015 Border Bowl … was named Kentucky’s Lineman MVP … also played in Battle of the Bluegrass All-Star Game … missed his junior season with a broken foot … was first team all-City as a sophomore, as well … four-year starter helped Bulldogs to a 6-6 record and the second round of the 6A state playoffs in 2013.
Aaron McAllister
6-0; 200; DB
Live Oak, Fla.
Suwanee
One of the area’s top athletes … earned 2015 all-Area first team selection on offense (UTIL) … produced 757 rushing yards with 15 TDs and 440 receiving yards and 9 TDs … also had two punt return TDs … as a defensive back pulled in four interceptions … named to FACA All-Star Game  … led Bulldogs to a 10-3 mark, including a 4-0 record as 5A District 3 Champs … lost in the 5A FHSAA Regional finals … 2014 Regional Champs reached the 5A state semifinals … after going 13-3 and claiming the 5A District 5 title with a 6-0 mark … three-year varsity player helped Bulldogs to a 7-3 record and a 5A District 5 co-champsionhsip with a 5-1 mark.
Austin Paraison
6-6; 270; DL
Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Lehigh
Four-year varsity player for the Lightning … two-star recruit by 247Sports … named honorable mention Fort Myers News-Press all-Area for first-year head coach James Chaney… 55 tackles in 2015 with 10 sacks and 20 TFLs … added a forced fumble … had 31 tackles and 2.0 sacks as a junior … played both offensive and defensive line … loves the “physical aspect of the game”.
Johnny Ray
6-5; 252; DL
Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Wando
First team USA Today all-state performer …. three-star recruit by ESPN.com and 247Sports … two-star recruit by Rivals.com … named honorable mention all-Low Country by the Charleston Post & Courier … three-year varsity standout for the Warriors … had 33.5 tackles as a senior with 9 TFL and 4 sacks for coach Jimmy Noonan … added 8 QB hurries and two fumble recoveries … finished career with 60.5 tackles and 16 TFL, 6 sacks and 14 QB hurries … Named to South Carolina’s 2015 North-South All-Star … team’s defensive line MVP … named first team all-East Cooper.
Joe Thompson
6-1; 200; QB
Ashburn, Va.
Stone Bridge
Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … named honorable mention all-Met by the Washington Post … led Bulldogs to a VHSL 5A State Runner-Up finish in 2015 …  led an offense that scored 35 or more points in the four wins leading up to the state championship game … threw for 1377 yards as a senior (88-142) with 15 TDs and 6 INTs … dual-threat QB added 812 rushing yards … led Stone Bridge to a 10-5 record … placed second in 5A Conference 14 with a 3-1 mark … had 2101 passing yards as a junior with 12 TD’s … added 387 rushing yards and 9 receiving TDs … Bulldogs went 10-3 and reached the state quarterfinals … three-year varsity player for coach Mickey Thompson … helped Bulldogs to a 9-3 record as a sophomore.
Robert Washington
5-10; 201; RB
Huntersville, N.C.
East Gaston
Four-star recruit by ESPN.com … first four-start recruit to sign with the 49ers directly out of high school … had over 40 offers from top programs throughout the country and committed to Syracuse  before opting out over the summer … ESPN.com ranked him as high as #4 overall player in North Carolina and as the #13 running back prospect, nationally … played with the US National Team at every age level, beginning with the 2011 u-15 squad through the 2015 u-18 team … 3-start recruit by 247sports … Rivals.com ranked him 15th among RB prospects ….  Ran for 2512 yards as a sophomore … 2233 yards as a junior — two of the Top 10 single-season rushing perfomances in Mecklenburg County history … Rushed for 5762 yards in first three seasons to rank 4th all-time in county history … added 834 yards as a senior (playing in only 7 games) to finish career with 6596 career yards … attended two-time NCISAA state champ SouthLake Christian Academy before transferring to East Gaston for his senior season … helped East Gaston to a 7-5 record and a trip to the state playoffs … East Gaston hadn’t had a winning season since 2006 … rushed for 131 yards and 1 TD in state playoff game … East Gaston was 5-2 with Washington in the lineup … in an UpClose interview with Rivals.com he listed his biggest rival as himself.

DECEMBER, 2015 Signees:

Anthony Butler
6-2; 190; LB
Charlotte, N.C.
Vance
Three-year varsity standout … Cougars went 11-4 in his junior year and reached the 4A State semifinals … posted a 5-2 mark in MECKA 4A Conference to finish third … lost to Charlotte Catholic in the 2014 4A state semifinals … was 4th in conference 122 tackles as a junior, averaging 8.1 per game … added 3.0 sacks, 17.0 tackles for loss and one interception … 6-6 in his senior season and earned a spot in the 4A state playoffs … two-time team MVP … two-time all-MECKA 4A conference player … 2014 all-Charlotte Observer third team defensive back.
Kevin Olsen
6-3; 220; QB
Wayne, N.J.
Wayne Hills/Riverside (Ca.) City College
Younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen … originally a signee with Miami (Fla.) as a four-star recruit …  final college choices were Miami, Auburn and Wisconsin … helped Riverside Tigers to an 8-3 record in 2015 and a #4 seed in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regionals … RCC shared a National Central League title with a 5-1 mark … was ranked as high as first in the state after a 4-0 start … Olsen played in nine games, making five starts … was 98-of-174 for 1080 yards and 13 touchdowns … served a red-shirt season at Miami in 2013 and transferred after the 2014 season … considered one of the nation’s top pro-style quarterbacks out of high school … an Elite 11 Finalist … rated as a four-star recruit by ESPNU, 247sports.com, Rivals.com, scout.com and MaxPreps.com … Scout.com listed him as the fourth-best quarterback in the nation, ESPNU had him fifth and MaxPreps.com listed him sixth. … ranked as the #3 player in New Jersey by ESPN.com … 2013 Under Armour all-American … started in Under Armour all-America Game … was coached by his father, Chris Olsen, at Wayne Hills H.S.
Jamar Winston
6-8; 265; DL
Irmo, S.C.
Dutch Fork H.S./Hutchinson (Kan.) C.C.
Winston comes to the 49ers from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College … originally signed with the 49ers in 2013 out of Dutch Fork High School before enrolling in junior college … starred on Dutch Fork’s Lower State Championship team that finished as the 2012 state runner-up …  had 81 tackles (52 solo) in 2012 with 18 TFL, 8 sacks and one forced fumble … Silver Foxes went 11-4 record on their way to a Region Championship … earned all-state honors … named the Best Lower State AAAA Lineman … all-region choice … participated in the Shrine Bowl … named Dutch Fork Most Valuable Lineman and the Palmetto Champions Lineman of the Year for coach Tom Knotts .. played in 7 games in 2011 with 10 tackles, 2 TFL and 1 sack … also returned an interception for a TD.