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The 60th Annual Pancake Day is today, Thursday, March 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. They will be serving until 7:30 p.m. Come out and help a great community organization.

Pancake Day 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County in Concord.

3A state title games

Hickory Ridge versus Northern Guilford

Cox Mill versus Eastern Guilford

Radio Free Cabarrus will stream live audio only of the games. Also our friends at Memories 98.3 and WTIX-AM 1410 will have the game on radio.

Complete coverage after the games will be at IndependentTribune.com

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.

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Shaked Bar-Tal’s High School Football Preview

 

Sportscaster Shaked Bar-Tal
Sportscaster Shaked Bar-Tal

Jonathan Foundation Night

 

It’s Concord versus Kannapolis in high school baseball from Intimidators Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.

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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

3A Western Regional Semifinal

Jay M. Robinson vs. Cox Mill
It’s a showdown between South Piedmont Conference Champion Jay M. Robinson and crosstown rival Cox Mill. The Bulldogs won the two previous meetings this season. The game has been moved to the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center to accommodate the big crowd.
The winner will advance to the NCHSAA’s 3A Western Finals Saturday.
Tonight’s game will be called by Shaked Bar-Tal, John Voncannon and Chris Hudson from Radio Free Cabarrus.
For extensive post game coverage visit the Independent Tribune with award-winning sportswriters David Exum and Jemal Horton.
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‘Cats, Niners open with baseball wins

Davidson 4 Marist 3

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Charlotte 7 William & Mary 3

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