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Shrine Bowl selections, college football

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North Carolina Coach John Kirby and South Carolina Coach Wayne Green will announce this year’s players for the the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. The official announcement will be made at noon Monday, Oct. 5, in Charlotte.
Kirby is the head coach of Eastern Alamance High School. Green is the head coach of Berea High School.
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Davidson drops tough one to Valpo 42-35

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Despite 114 yards receiving and two touchdowns from William Morris, Davidson suffered a 42-35 setback to Valparaiso in Pioneer Football League action Saturday at Richardson Stadium.

With the score tied 35-35, the Crusaders Griffin Norberg scored the game-winning touchdown on a 12-yard reception from Ryan Clarke with 1:55 remaining. Clarke finished the day 18-of-32 with five touchdown passes and two interceptions, both by William Curran.

Shortly after Davidson took a 35-28 lead on Morris’ second touchdown reception, a 29-yard grab, Valpo’s Jarrett Morgan scampered 89 yards on the ensuing kickoff to tie the score.

Derek Jones, also had a pair of touchdown receptions for the Wildcats, both coming in the second half, to tie the game on separate occasions.

In addition to Morris, Taylor Mitchell finished the day completing 19-of-35 passes for 196 yards with three touchdowns. Austin Wells picked up 57 yards off 17 carries. Defensively, Chris Woods led the ‘Cats with 10 tackles.

Frank Catrine led the Crusaders with 135 yards receiving off nine catches with a long of 50 yards. Running back Brandon Hall tallied 98 yards on 28 carries.

After a Valparaiso touchdown on its first series, Davidson took its first lead of the season as it scored back-to-back touchdowns to go up 14-7.

With 6:28 left in the opening quarter, Davidson made the most of a Valpo fumble as David Rogers scored from three yards out.

The Wildcats carried a 14-7 lead into the half thanks to a 37-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell to Morris, which capped a 12-play 93-yard scoring drive.

Davidson will return to Richardson Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 10 to host Kentucky Wesleyan at 1 p.m.

Temple downs 49ers with big second half

THE POINT AFTER:

Temple 37   at Charlotte 3

49:  Zach Duncan

Captains:  Richard Murphy, Kalif Phillips, Caleb Clayton-Molby, Larry Ogunjobi

Flag Carriers:  Jarred Barr, Terrance Winchester, Keaston Sinicki

Temple is the 49ers first FBS opponent that was receiving votes in the national polls.

RB Kalif Phillips (125 yds) is the first 100-yard rusher allowed by Temple this year and the first since Penn State’s Akeel Lynch, Nov. 15, 2014 to rush for 125 yards against the Owls.

Kalif Phillips has rushed for 100 yards in the last two games.  His school-record is five straight game with 100+ yard, set during the final five games of 2014 (The Citadel; JMU; Coastal Carolina; Wesley College; Morehead State)

Charlotte had a season-high 223 yards rushing, the most allowed by Temple, this year.  The 49ers averaged a season-best 5.1 yards per carry.

Charlotte had its top two running plays of the season against Temple: 

Phillips for 39 yards; Andrew Buie for 31 yards.

Charlotte had more yards of total offense (354-322) than Temple.  Charlotte has had more yards of total offense in four of five games this season.

Charlotte had 7 plays of 15 or more yards vs. Temple.  In the previous two games (Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic) combined, Charlotte had five such plays.

Lee McNeill had three passes of 15 or more yards vs. Temple.  Charlotte had one such play in the previous two games.

Charlotte had four rushing plays of 15 or more yards vs. Temple.  They had four combined in the previous two games.

DaQuavius Reid tied a school-record with fumble recoveries in two consecutive games.  Reid recovered a fumble in the last 2 games: v. FAU; v. Temple.    Branden Dozier tied the record in 2014 and Terry Caldwell and Devon Johnson both established the mark in 2013.

S Branden Dozier led the 49ers with a career-high 13 tackles, matching the 49ers season-high set by Nick Cook at Middle Tennessee.

Three different players are within striking distance of the career record for tackles (Nico Alcalde, 120).  Larry Ogunjobi (118), Tank Norman (117) and Branden Dozier (113) have all cleared 100 career tackles this year and are bearing on the career mark.

Ogunjobi has 8.5 TFL this year, just 3.0 shy of his single season mark of 11.5 set in 2014.

Ogunjobi blocked a PAT – which as the second blocked PAT in school history. (Nico Alcalde, 2013)

Chris Montgomery made his first collegiate start, stepping in at slot receiver in place of Austin Duke, who has been battling back pain.  Duke had two catches for 16 yards and Montgomery had one catch for eight (and two rushes for 18 yards).

With 131 passing yards, Lee McNeill surpassed his total from the previous four game combined (116). 

After 5 games, ILB Nick Cook leads the 49ers with 30 tackles, followed by Ogunjobi and Dozier with 28 each and Norman with 26. 

With 44 tackles for loss, the 49ers are averaging 8.8 TFL per game.

The 49ers are 0-3 in night games this year and 1-5 all-time in games starting at 6 pm or later.

The 49ers are 1-6 all-time in October.

The 3 points scored by the 49ers is the fewest in program history and this is the first game that Charlotte has been held without a touchdown.

Charlotte has been held without a passing TD for three straight games and have not scored an offensive TD in the last two games.

Temple’s Jahad Thomas (109 yds) becomes the first opponent to rush for 100 yards at Jerry Richardson Stadium since Christian Reyes (159 yds) of Charleston Southern, Sept. 27, 2014.
Charlotte enters its bye week and will travel to Old Dominion, Oct. 17.

Pittman leads Bulldogs to win

Wingate, N.C.—-Wingate University sophomore running back Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.) had 34 carries for 149 yards and one touchdown, boosting the Bulldogs to a 17-12 NCAA Division II victory over Limestone College Saturday. The Bulldog defense held the Saints to one third-quarter touchdown in the victory.

Hurricane Joaquin has made its presence felt in the Carolinas all week long and it was no different in Saturday’s game at Irwin Belk Stadium. On a very chilly, windy and wet fall afternoon, the Bulldogs overcame multiple mistakes in the first quarter in order to finish strong and come out victorious in a tight contest.

The Bulldogs offense committed three turnovers in the first quarter alone, with two fumbles and one interception that was returned for a touchdown. Head coach Joe Reich was very impressed with the poise and composure of his team to still come out with the win, despite the early mistakes.

“That’s a sign of a mature team,” Reich says. “…a team that can make some mistakes early, but still have enough to overcome it. The team knows we didn’t play our best, but anytime you can come out with the win in a college football game against a well-coached team is a big thing. I was happy that we were resilient enough to overcome some adversity and get it done.”

The early adversity was uncharacteristic for the Wingate offense as Pittman coughed up two fumbles on back-to-back drives. The Mallard Creek High School product still finished the game with a career-high in carries at 34. Pittman has been a productive, consistently good back all season and Coach Reich was pleased with the composure he kept throughout the game to still make an impact.

“I was very impressed,” Reich says. “He (Pittman) came out and had a couple of early fumbles, but he was very resilient.” Reich also mentioned the focused attitude that Pittman possesses every game. “One thing about Lawrence is he always looks the same.” Reich says. “Whether he is happy or sad, he’s got that ‘stone face’ and that’s the way he looks. He was able to stay in that mode all game and ended up having a good performance.”

The Wingate offense collected solid games from some notable players. Redshirt senior running back Mycah Gaylord(High Point, N.C.) grinded out some tough, key yards for the Bulldog offense with 11 carries for 29 yards. Junior wide receiver Jordan Berry (Irmo, S.C.) had three receptions for 32 yards, along with some crucial first down catches. The Bulldogs finished with 253 yards of total offense, with 213 yards from the ground game.

For both teams, it was evident though pre-game until the end of the fourth quarter that the running game was going to make the difference in the outcome based on the brutal weather conditions. Wingate defensive coordinator Rashaan Jordan knew his defense was going to need to make significant adjustments to their game. “The biggest thing was we wanted to get them to understand about the footing,” Jordan says. “That’s the biggest thing when you get into really bad weather. You have to plant your feet differently and make sure every step you take is really secure. Other than that, we knew this was going to be more of a running game than passing game for them (Limestone). We knew they were going to run the ball a lot with redshirt sophomore quarterback Bo Whitney (Union, S.C.).” The Saints signal-caller rushed 16 times for 127 yards

The Wingate defense has been stellar in its first five games of the season. Coming into this afternoon’s game, the defense posted a shutout in three straight games and again today had another impressive performance. Coach Jordan mentioned how vital the performance on defense was going to be in order to keep the whole team in the game and earn the victory.

“We really like to try to tell them that it’s about mental, physical and emotional toughness,” Jordan says. “On defense, there is no limit to the number of points that can be put on the board. We really preached to them that this is your opportunity to play. When you came to college to play football, the only way to play is to be on the field. You need to be excited about that, so that if you do get into these tight games, it’s not all about what happens on the other side of the ball. You realize our (defense) gives us the chance to help the team be successful.”

Redshirt junior defensive end Andre Foulks (York, S.C.) had a huge performance this afternoon with a career-high 10 total tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Robert Wallace (Covington, Ga.) and redshirt freshman defensive back Kameron Johnson (Durham, N.C.) collected eight tackles each.

The Wingate Bulldogs are now the only remaining undefeated college football team in the state of North Carolina; FBS, FCS, D2, D3 and NAIA combined. Reich says that the attitude of his team is still mature and they treat this game as just another win. “It’s still business as usual,” Reich says. “Certainly we have some confidence coming out of the Catawba game. This team is mature enough to know that we didn’t play our best today and we need to improve. This team understands that and we’ll get back to work at practice this week.”

Pittman spoke after his big game and discussed the overall vibe of the locker room after extending their undefeated streak. “We all have a positive attitude,” Pittman says. “We know that if we keep putting in the work, keep doing a great job in practice and continue to get better every day, then we will have a lot of success.”

Pittman also spoke about his two fumbles after the game and how his team needed to keep grinding in order to come out with the win. “We knew that we were going to have to run the ball a lot this game,” Pittman says. “We put the ball on the ground, but we just kept pushing it and got better as the game went on.”

Wingate football will hit the road next Saturday and travel west to Greeneville, Tenn. to take on the Tusculum College Pioneers. The undefeated Bulldogs will seek to continue their success in a key South Atlantic Conference game. Kick-off will commence at 2:30 p.m. Limestone returns home to entertain Catawba for homecoming the same day. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.

Catawba rallies past Newberry

SALISBURY, N.C. — Catawba rallied past visiting Newberry to grab 17-13 win in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at a soggy Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Catawba Indians up their record to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the SAC, while the Wolves fall to 3-2 and 1-1.

The Indians trailed late in the third quarter when quarterback Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) kept for a 60-yard run to the Newberry 17.  The run came on the first offensive play after the Wolves had went up 13-3.  Three plays later, Sheehan completed a third-down pass to Keyon West (N. Augusta, S.C./N. Augusta HS) for 16 yards to cut the deficit to 13-10 with 55 seconds left in the quarter.

After holding Newberry three-and-out, Carlos Tarrats (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS) returned a punt 21 yards to set Catawba up at their own 44.  On a third-and-11 from his own 43, Sheehan completed a short pass to Gary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS), who turned it into a 44-yard gain to the Newberry 13.  Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) finished off the drive with two runs, scoring from two yards out with 11:15 remaining.

Newberry could muster only one first down on its final three possessions after Catawba took the fourth-quarter lead.  Michael Peppers (Clemson, S.C./Daniel HS) stopped Zach Blair on a fourth-down scramble to snuff out the final chance for the Wolves.

The teams finished dead even with 297 total yards.  The Wolves ran for 236 yards with Romelo Doctor and Braxton Ivery going over 100 yards.  Doctor carried 27 times for 143 yards, while Ivery picked up 108 yards on 16 carries.

Sheehan led Catawba thanks to his long run, finishing with 88 yards on eight carries.  He also completed 7-of-12 passes for 95 yards and a score.  Littlejohn ran for 70 yards on 16 carries.

Neither team could reach the end zone in the first half, settling for a pair of field goals.  Chad Hollandsworth (Kernersville, N.C./E. Forsyth HS) put Catawba on top from 19 yards out, capping an opening drive that covered 71 yards over 17 plays and ate up 7:40 of the clock.  Newberry pulled even on a 20-yard field goal from Ryan Janssen with just 1:01 left in the half.

The Wolves took the lead midway through the third quarter on a 25-yard kick from Janssen.  Newberry went up 13-3 on Doctor’s 3-yard run with 2:31 to go in the quarter.  He totaled 31 yards on seven carries in the nine-play drive.  Catawba then got the big run from Sheehan and rallied for the win.

Williams led the Catawba receiving corps with 66 yards on three catches.  Cole Watson made four catches for 36 yards to lead Newberry.  Ivery completed 5-of-7 passes for 38 yards, while Blair went 2-for-7 for 23 yards.

Catawba heads to Limestone next Saturday for a first-ever meeting with the Saints at 7 pm.

Turnovers hurt as Golden Bulls fall to Bowie State

Charlotte, N.C. —  Plagued by six turnovers, including  three fumbles and three interceptions, the JCSU football team fell to Bowie State 34-21 on  a dreary and drenched Saturday afternoon at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C.

Bowie State gained the early 7-0 lead after Jordan Garrison hauled in a 15 yard pass from Matthew Goggans.  The scoring play capped a 10-play 61 yard drive for the Bulldogs.  The BSU lead would swell to 14-0 after Goggans threw another touchdown pass, this one a 23 yarder to Nyme Manns with 11:57 remaining in the second quarter.

JCSU would respond immediately on the ensuing kickoff when Carlo Thomas (East Orange, N.J.) found a crease and raced 77 yards on the kickoff before being forced out at the Bulldog 10-yard line.  Three plays later Tromecio Summers (Charlotte, N.C.) punched it in from one-yard out for the score.  Erik Amaya (Kannapolis, N.C.) was true on the point after attempt to trim the BSU lead to 14-7 with 10:23 to play in the first half.

The JCSU defense would come up big on the next Bowie State drive, when
JeJuan McCalston (Covington, Ga.) picked off the Goggans pass at the BSU 47 to thwart the drive.  JCSU however could not capitalize on the turnover and had to punt.  BSU jumped ahead 20-7 on their next drive, going 52 yards in five plays capped by a nine yard reception by Kerrick Pollock.  The subsequent point after attempt was no good.

After a JCSU punt, the Golden Bulls defense forced a Goggans fumble on the first BSU play.  JCSU’s James Hardman-Santiago (Flint, Mich.) pounced on the loose ball, giving JCSU the ball with 1:50 remaining before the half.  JCSU wasted no time as quarterback Jordan Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) tossed his first collegiate touchdown pass, a 24-yarder to a divingRoderick Carter (Miami, Fla.) in the back corner of the end zone.  Amaya’s kick was good, drawing JCSU to within 20-14.

The Golden Bulls defense would come through big again.  On the first play of the BSU drive, Goggans was flushed out of the pocket by Daron Wright (Atlanta, Ga.).  Wright then jarred the ball loose and teammate Javard Gaines (Hackensack, N.J.) scooped it up and raced 40-yards for the touchdown.  The point after gave JCSU the 21-20 lead with 39 seconds left before halftime.  The Bulldogs then ran the clock out in the first half, with JCSU carrying the one-point advantage into the break.

Neither team was able to scratch across any points through most of the third quarter, but the Bulldogs finally found pay dirt, reclaiming the lead at 27-21 when Heleaince Gates scooped up a JCSU fumble and raced 42 yards for the score.

In the fourth quarter, JCSU held Bowie State in check and had a chance for a game-winning drive late in the game, but Lane’s pass was picked off by BSU’s Anthony McDaniel at the JCSU 14-yard line.  Two plays later, BSU was in the end zone, this time on a 10-yard run from Stephen Willis.  The successful point-after attempt made it 34-21 with 1:44 to play.

Bowie State would seal the game after Quinton Jordan stepped in front of a Jordan Lane pass, ending the Golden Bulls hopes of a late comeback.

Individually, JCSU’s Desean Binyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) finished with 44 yards on seven carries.  Teammates Jamal Francois and Tromecio Summers each finished with 37 and 35 yards rushing, respectively.

Receiver Roderick Carter finished with five receptions for 64 yards, including a touchdown grab. Quarterback Jordan Lane went 8-for-21 for 65 yards and one touchdown toss.  Lane threw three interceptions on the afternoon.

BSU quarterback Matthew Goggans was limited to 177 yards, the first time this season he has been held under the 300-yard mark.  He finished 17-for26 while tossing three touchdowns, being intercepted once.

The loss drops JCSU to 1-4 overall, 0-2 in CIAA play while Bowie State improves to 4-1, 2-0 in league action.

JCSU hits the road on Oct. 10, traveling to Winston-Salem State.  Kickoff from Bowman Gray Stadium is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Wingate lone winner among 485 teams

Wingate 17 Catawba 0

Florida Atlantic 17 Charlotte 7

Morehead State 34 Davidson 0

Virginia Union 33 Johnson C. Smith 3

It was a tough day for 485 area teams with only Wingate winning. Charlotte, Davidson, Catawba and Johnson C. Smith all fell.

49ers come up short in turnover-filled game

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

On a historic night that saw a record 17,444 rain-soaked fans ignore the elements to take in the Charlotte 49ers first-ever Conference USA home game, Charlotte dropped a close 17-7 decision to visiting Florida Atlantic.

It was Charlotte’s first home night game and FAU was the first FBS opponent to visit Jerry Richardson Stadium.

“It was a great environment tonight,” said 49ers head coach Brad Lambert.  “It was a lot of fun for our guys.  They got to wear the black uniforms and the great crowd, the band.  We’ve got a lot of things moving in the right direction.  We need to finish that game tonight and win it.”

FAU (1-3; 1-0) took a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter but Tank Norman’s 28-yard interception return sparked the 49ers effort at a comeback with 10:58 left to play.

After trading possessions, the 49ers (2-2; 0-2) found themselves driving for the go-ahead score in the final four minutes.    Lee McNeill narrowly missed connecting with Austin Duke behind the Owl defense.  Later in the drive, the 49ers moved into FAU territory on a 10-yard run by Kalif Phillips to the FAU 48.  Another short run by Phillips left the 49ers at the 46 and a three-yard completion to Justin Bolus moved it to the 43.  After an incomplete pass, however, McNeill’s fourth-down pass was intercepted by Ocie Rose and returned 60 yards for the back-breaking touchdown.

Phillips rushed for a season-high 165 yards, his ninth career 100-yard game and the 49ers defense held an FAU team that came in averaging 480.7 yards per game to just 184 yards.   Charlotte committed seven turnovers, however, including the one that was returned for the final touchdown, and the 49ers had a mishandled snap on a punt attempt that set up the Owls first TD.

“Our defense was really humming,” said Lambert.  “I was really proud of those guys.  They played extremely hard and got five turnovers.  There were some good things out there.  But you can’t survive with seven turnovers and a muffed punt.  You have to value the ball.  The weather had part to do with that.  FAU had a lot to do with that. It’s amazing we had a shot to win the game at the end.”

FAU scored 10 points in the first half while holding Charlotte scoreless at the break for just the second time in the program’s short history.    The Owls took a 7-0 lead following the muffed punt that set the Owls up at the Charlotte 30.   Quarterback Jaquez Johnson ran in from 14 yards for that score.

A Jalen Young interception in the second quarter gave the Owls another opportunity deep in 49ers territory at Charlotte’s 20.  Charlotte’s defense forced a 45-yard field goal by Greg Joseph, thanks in part to Larry Ogunjobi’s nine-yard sack on third down.

Ogunjobi finished with a career-high 11 tackles and matched his own school-record with 4.0 tackles for loss.

“We just worked really hard this week in practice,” said Ogunjobi, a red-shirt junior nosetackle.  “A lot of guys helped me set up plays.  It’s the entire defense – a lot of guys got to the ball.”

Charlotte finished with 10 tackles for loss and three sacks and the defense forced five turnovers with two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.  Charlotte allowed just 40 yards rushing and 184 total yards of offense.

That effort kept the 49ers within striking distance but Charlotte was unable to strike through for their first conference victory.

McNeill (11-of-31; 89 yards, 4 INT) and Matt Johnson (0-3; 0 yards; 2 INT) combined for 89 passing yards and while Phillips put up 165 rushing yards, the 49ers rushed for a total of 117 given FAU’s 10 tackles for loss and the yardage lost on the muffed punt.  The Owls also had five sacks to keep pressuring the 49ers offense.

It was the second straight game that the 49ers turned the ball over seven times, matching a school record.

Charlotte remains at home in the coming week to face another Owl team.  Temple plays at Charlotte, Friday night, at 7 p.m. in non-conference action.

Davidson stumbles in PFL opener

MOREHEAD, Ky.The Davidson football team fell to the Morehead State Eagles, 34-0, in both teams’ PFL opener Saturday at Jayne Stadium.

QB Austin Gahafer led both teams with completing 19-of-35 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns, while QB John Cook led the Wildcats with 72 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

Morehead State (2-2, 1-0 PFL) got off to a hot start and scored back-to-back touchdowns in the first 16 minutes of the game, including a 73-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter.

In the first half, the Eagles capitalized off three Davidson (0-3, 0-1 PFL) turnovers to take a 27-0 lead into the break.

A 42-yard touchdown pass from Morehead State at the end of the third quarter solidified the ballgame.

Defensively, DB Ryan Felice led Davidson with eight tackles, all solo, with two for a loss and one breakup.

The Wildcats will be back in action when they return home next Saturday, Oct. 3 to host Valparaiso at 1 p.m.

Wingate shutouts Catawba 17-0

SALISBURY, N.C. — Wingate claimed a 17-0 win over host Catawba in a defensive struggle on a rainy Saturday night at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Bulldogs improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference.  The Catawba Indians fall to 2-2 and 1-1.

Lawrence Pittman ran for 193 yards to lead the Bulldogs and scored a pair of second-half touchdowns.

Pittman’s carries and rushing yards are career highs, while his two touchdowns equals a career-best total. Wingate improves to 4-0 overall with its 10th shutout in the school’s senior college history (and third this season). The Bulldogs are 2-0 in the SAC, giving WU head coach Joe Reich his 50th league victory. Catawba is 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SAC.

“For us, this was a solid game overall…a great team win,” Reich says. “Our defense played phenomenal tonight. The offense hit a rough patch…but (offensive coordinator) Mike Longand his group stuck with the run…and eventually we wore them down.”

Wingate scored 10 points in the third quarter after a scoreless first half. The Bulldogs added an insurance score in the fourth period. Wingate out-gained the Catawba Indians 318-266 with a season-high 241 yards on the ground. The contest featured 20 punts (10 for each team) with the Bulldogs holding a slight seven-yard edge in the field position battle.

Lawrence Pittman, a former Mallard Creek player, courtesy Wingate Sports Information
Lawrence Pittman, a former Mallard Creek player, courtesy Wingate Sports Information

Wingate had 318 total yards on the night with 241 coming on the ground.  Jordan Berry caught five passes for 42 yards.  Eric Mapoles made 10 stops on defense.

Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) accounted for 96 of Catawba’s 168 yards on the ground as the Indians were limited to just 266 total yards.  Bruce Smith (Winston-Salem, N.C./N. Davidson HS) had four catches for 29 yards.  Jamal Lackey (Mocksville, N.C./Davie Co. HS) collected 11 stops on defense, while Michael Peppers (Clemson, S.C./Daniel HS) recorded two sacks.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the opening half.  Only Catawba was able to penetrate inside the opponents 40-yard-line which came late in the half.  The Indians advanced to the Wingate 28, but mishandled a snap on a potential field goal try that left the game scoreless at the break.

Wingate would break the deadlock on its second possession of the third quarter.  Driving from its own 30, the Bulldogs capped a 12-playu, 47-yard with a 40-yard field goal from Caleb Baird at the 8:13 mark of the quarter.  On its next drive, Wingate went 54 yards in 10 plays to go up 10-0 after a one-yard run from Pittman.  Pittman added a second one-yard run with just under three minutes to play to cap the scoring.

Weather limited quarterback play as Wingate’s Kyle Johnson completed just 12-of-26 passes for 77 yards.  Catawba’s Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) went 14-of-37 for 98 yards.

Catawba will host Newberry next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Wingate returns home next Saturday, hosting Limestone for a 1:30 p.m. contest. The second-year LC Saints are led by former Bulldog defensive coordinator Bobby James.

Golden Bulls fall at Virginia Union

Richmond, Va. – The Johnson C. Smith University football team was held to only 58 total yards of offense by Virginia Union as the Panthers took a 33-3 CIAA win at a soggy Hovey Field on Saturday afternoon.

The JCSU defense started well by holding the VUU offense in check on the first drive, forcing a punt on the first drive, but on the second play of the ensuing JCSU drive, freshman quarterback Harold Herbin (Fayetteville, N.C.) had his pass picked off by VUU’s Stephan Robinson.
Virginia Union capitalized on the turnover six plays later, driving 40 yards in 2:13 capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Lamar Webster.  The point-after was good, giving VUU the 7-0 lead at the 11:04 mark of the first quarter.

Virginia Union then limited the JCSU offense to only 19 first half plays, forcing seven straight Golden Bull punts and took a 20-0 lead into the halftime intermission.

After another JCSU punt on their first possession of the second half, the Golden Bulls defense stiffened, forcing a Virginia Union punt.   After the 13-yard punt from Russell Balance, JCSU took over at their own 48-yard line.  The Golden Bulls put together an 11-play 23 yard drive that was aided by two pass interference calls on VUU.  JCSU got down to the Panther 29 yard line and was forced to try a long field goal attempt.  Erik Amaya (Kannapolis, N.C.) made good on that attempt, knocking it in from 46 yards out to cut the deficit to 20-3 with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter.  The kick was a career-long for Amaya.

Virginia Union then piled on two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first being a 36 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Shawheem Dowdy to Devin Anderson with 13:51 remaining.  VUU ended the scoring at the 5:41 mark when Rashaun Smith plunged in from one yard out to provide the 33-3 final.

Offensively, JCSU wide receiver Roderick Carter (Miami, Fla.) caught four passes for 37 yards.  Sophomore Bedrick Yobo (Charlotte, N.C.) had two catches for a career-high 33 yards.

Jordan Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) returned to the lineup for JCSU, throwing for 67 yards on a 7-for-19 effort while only playing in the second half.

VUU quarterback Shawheem Rowdy had a banner day, connecting for 263 yards and two touchdowns on a 17-of-25 performance.  Panther receiver Devin Anderson had five catches for 95 yards and one score and Olu Izegwire hauled in four passes for 64 yards.  Running back Hakeem Holland had 58 yards on 18 carries for VUU.

The loss drops JCSU to 1-3 overall, 0-1 in CIAA play while Virginia Union improves to 3-1, 1-0 in league action.

JCSU returns home to take on Bowie State on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Eddie McGirt Classic at the Irwin Belk Complex.  Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

485 teams go 4-1

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

49ers Defense Rock Solid in 34-10 Win

Charlotte held Presbyterian to just 112 yards of total offense and red shirt junior quarterback Matt Johnson threw a pair of touchdowns as the 49ers downed the Blue Hose, 34-10 to improve to 2-0 in their first FBS season in front of a standing-room only home crowd on 16,631 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Slot receiver Austin Duke caught nine passes for 166 yards and a touchdown while red-shirt freshman defensive lineman Zach Duncan led a punishing defense with five tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss.

“I’m really proud of the guys,” said 49ers head coach Brad Lambert.  “They came out and played hard.  It took us a little bit to get going on offense then once we got going, I thought it rolled out pretty nice.  Our defense was humming early.”

Presbyterian (0-2) was held without a first down on three-and-out possessions on 11 of their first 12 drives.  Charlotte senior Branden Dozier had an interception on the other drive.   The 49ers ended the game with a school-record for fewest yards allowed (112), a school-record 19 tackles for loss and a school-record for fewest passing yards allowed (9).

“It’s the whole defense that is flying around,” said Dozier, who notched his first interception of the season.  “We were clicking on all cylinders.  Last year is in the past.  This year is a new chapter, new numbers, new league.  Coach (Matt) Wallerstedt has installed attitude and forcing the hand.  That’s what we’ve been doing since day one.”

Charlotte (2-0) scored late in the first quarter on a six-yard pass to Trent Bostick from Johnson, who split QB duties with red-shirt freshman Brooks Barden.  Charlotte broke it open in the second quarter with a touchdown run by Kalif Phillips and Duke’s TD reception.

By the end of the third quarter, the 49ers led 34-0, had allowed just three first downs and held the Blue Hose to 0-of-11 on third down conversions.

“The defense has come in every day ready to work,” said Duke, who notched the eighth 100-yard receiving game of his career and his second straight game with a TD catch.  “They’ have been working really hard to be really good.  That’s the biggest thing the defense has done.  They’ve worked their tails off every single day in the weight room and in practice.”

The 49ers broke the ice late in the first quarter with the six-yard pass from Johnson to Bostick with 00:42 left.

In the second quarter, Johnson completed third down passes to Duke (38 yards) and TL Ford II (13 yards) to set up a 24-yard field goal by Blake Brewer.  After a three-and-out for PC, Johnson hit Bostick for a 31-yard gain and Phillips rushed untouched for a 12-yard score to make it 17-0 with 4:51 left in the half.

“The offensive line gave me a big hole,” said Phillips of his first rushing TD of the season.  “The biggest hole I’ve seen in a long time.”

Another three-and-out that included a nine-yard loss on Duncan’s forced fumble gave the 49ers the ball at PC’s 39-yard line.  Johnson hit Duke over the middle for the 39-yard TD on the first play to put the 49ers ahead 24-0 with 3:23 to play.

It was the 14th one-play touchdown drive in the 49ers short history.  The quick-strike offense had produced two touchdowns less than 90 seconds apart and both came on drives of under 30 seconds.  Charlotte has scored 43 TDs all-time on drives of under 1:30.

Brewer hit a field goal from 35 yards and Barden, who made his first collegiate start, connected with running back Bradan Smith for a nine-yard TD pass to push the 49ers ahead 34-0 heading into the fourth quarter.  It was Barden’s first touchdown pass as a 49er and and the first TD for Smith, a junior college transfer from Hutchinson Community College.

Presbyterian kicked a 21-yard field goal early in the fourth and added a one-yard touchdown run by Darrell Bridges with 4:36 to play to close the scoring.

Charlotte opens Conference USA play, next Saturday, at Middle Tennessee.  It will be the 49ers first league game as a member of Conference USA.  Charlotte will return home to face Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. Sept. 26.

Davidson Drops Home Opener to Catawba, 35-21

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Despite a 125-yard, two-touchdown performance from RB Jeffrey Keil, the Davidson football team fell to the Catawba Indians, 35-21, in their home opener Saturday night at Richardson Stadium.

RB Cary Littlejohn led the Indians with 192 yards rushing and one touchdown on 27 carries.

Senior running back Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) ran for a career-high 192 yards - Catawba Sports Information photo.
Senior running back Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) ran for a career-high 192 yards – Catawba Sports Information photo.

In addition to Keil’s impressive effort, WR William Morris led the ‘Cats in receiving with 76 yards and one touchdown, while QB John Cook completed 13-of-34 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown.

Davidson (0-2) started the game off with an interception by DB William Curran, but Catawba (1-1) was the first to find the end zone when Littlejohn scored on a 64-yard run.

The Wildcats tied the score at the 2:03 mark in the opening quarter when Keil found a hole for 21 yards that capped off an eight-play, 58-yard scoring drive.

The Indians grabbed momentum at the start of the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns, converting a two-point conversion and drilling a 30-yard field goal to go up, 25-7 with 3:46 left in the half.

Following an interception from DB Myles Atkins, Cook found Morris on a 42-yard reception before Keil ran it in from three yards out to make it 25-14 at the half.

A 25-yard field goal and a 49-yard touchdown pass in the third secured the game for Catawba.

Davidson scored its final touchdown with 5:08 left in the contest when Cook found Morris open in the corner of the end zone from 12 yards out.

Defensively, Atkins and DB Ryan Felice led the Wildcats with a career-high 10 tackles each, while LB Ben Rowell picked up his first-career sack for a loss of 11 yards in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats will enjoy a week off before returning to the gridiron Saturday, Sept. 26 at PFL foe Morehead State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Win over Shaw pushes Wingate to 2-0

Durham, N.C. – Wingate University sophomore running back Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.) rushed for a career-high 147 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns, helping the Bulldogs take a 30-16 NCAA Division II football victory over Shaw University Saturday night at Durham County Memorial Stadium .

Wingate improves to 2-0 overall following the first-ever meeting between the Bulldogs and the SU Bears. Shaw is 0-2 overall. Wingate opens the home portion of its 2015 schedule Saturday, hosting Brevard College for a 1:30 p.m. South Atlantic Conference game. Shaw visits UNC Pembroke the same day at 7 p.m.

“We had great execution in the first half,” Wingate head coach Joe Reich says. “We were out of sync in the second half…we never got into an offensive rhythm after halftime. We need to finish better.”

The Bulldogs led 30-0 early in the fourth quarter before the Bears scored a safety and two touchdowns in the final six-plus minutes of the contest. Wingate junior wide receiver Jordan Berry (Irmo, S.C.) registered his fifth 100-yard receiving game, catching eight passes for 113 yards and one score. Bulldog redshirt junior quarterback Kyle Johnson (Hickory, N.C.) completed 17-of-30 passes for 193 yards and one TD.

Wingate’s first possession featured the longest drive for either team Saturday. The Bulldogs moved the ball 98 yards on 12 plays, consuming 4:50 from the game clock. Pittman carried the ball six times on the drive, including his nine-yard, drive-finishing touchdown run. Bulldog junior place kicker Caleb Baird (Kinston, N.C.) nailed the first of his four PATs to make the score 7-0 visitors with 6:33 left in the first quarter.

A 23-yard SU punt gave Wingate great field position (WU 44) late in the opening frame. On the first play of the second quarter, Kyle Johnson did the honors with his second rushing TD in as many weeks. Johnson scored from five yards out, concluding a four-play, 56-yard drive. Baird’s extra point gave the Bulldogs a two-touchdown lead at the 14:53 mark of the second stanza.

Shaw turned the ball over on downs, setting the stage for Pittman’s second TD run. The Mallard Creek High graduate had three rushes on the drive, which covered 57 yards on seven plays. Pittman’s four-yard scoring run gave the visitors a 21-0 lead after Baird’s PAT with exactly eight minutes left in the second quarter.

A Johnson-to-Berry touchdown connection concluded the first half scoring. The Bulldogs had a short field, as freshman wide receiver Malik Bledsoe (Culloden, Ga.) made a big special teams play by recovering a fumble by the Shaw punter. Bledsoe returned the ball 10 yards to the Shaw 10-yard line. Three plays later, Berry found pay dirt after a two-yard scoring strike from Johnson at the 1:48 mark.

The two teams traded fourth quarter safeties before the Bears found their offensive groove late in the contest. Shaw senior quarterback Quenton Rucker (Atlanta, Ga.) connected with sophomore wide receiver Trevante Long(Charlotte, N.C.) on an 82-yard touchdown pass for the Bears’ first offensive TD of the season. Shaw specialist Danny Webster, Jr. (New Bern, N.C.) added the PAT to make the score 30-9 Wingate with 5:08 left in regulation.

Rucker finished a quick six-play drive with a 21-yard scoring pass to senior wide receiver Artravius James (College Park, Ga.) at the 1:49 mark. Webster booted the extra point to conclude the night’s scoring.

Wingate senior defensive back and team captain Nortavius Otis (Gastonia, N.C.) had eight tackles with six solo stops to lead the Bulldogs. Wingate redshirt senior defensive end Dillon Tucker (Denver, N.C.) was one of three WU players to record four tackles. Tucker filled out his statistical ledger with a fumble recovery and a shared quarterback sack.

Big defensive effort keys Johnson C. Smith win

Photo courtesy of Johnson C. Smith Sports Information
Photo courtesy of Johnson C. Smith Sports Information

Frankfort, Ky. – The Johnson C. Smith football team withstood an early turnover and limited Kentucky State to only 56 yards rushing while intercepting three Thorobred passes en route to a 38-14 road win at Alumni Stadium in Frankfort, Ky.

On the first JCSU drive, the offense struggled to get going, as Kentucky State recorded a sack on first down and two plays later, Herbin’s pass was picked off by KSU’s Nathan Robinson.  On the first Thorobred drive, KSU also fell victim to the interception, as JCSU’s Dave Mann (Atlanta, Ga.) stepped in front of an Ora Johnson pass, giving JCSU the ball at their own 40 yard line.  On the first play of the new drive, Kentucky State’s Raymond Malone scooped up a JCSU fumble and raced 44 yards for the touchdown.  The point after attempt was good, staking KSU to the early 7-0 lead at the 12:38 mark.

The Golden Bulls would respond quickly.  Following a 45 yard kickoff return by Carlo Thomas (East Orange, N.J.), JCSU’s Tromecio Summers (Charlotte, N.C.) ripped off a 39 yard rush to take it to the KSU 7 yard line.  Playing in his first collegiate game, Harold Herbin (Fayetteville, N.C.) had a bootleg rush to the KSU one yard line, he punched it in for the first touchdown of his career.  Erik Amaya (Kannapolis, N.C.) knocked in the point after attempt was good to tie it at 7-7 at the 10:52 mark in the first quarter.

Amaya would then put JCSU on top 10-7 when he converted a career-long  41 yard field goal at the 6:51 mark following a KSU turnover.

On the first play of the second quarter, JCSU’s Javard Gaines (Newark, N.J.) broke through to block the KSU punt, returning it to the KSU 16.  Five plays later, Herbin found junior receiver Roderick Carter (Miami, Fla.) in the corner for an 11-yard touchdown strike.  Amaya’s PAT boosted the JCSU lead to 17-7.
The Golden Bulls would add another touchdown in the second quarter, this time from freshman running back Desean Binyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.), when he pushed through for a one yard score.  Amaya again added the extra point to push the lead to 24-7.

Neither team was able to get much offense going in the third quarter, but KSU struck at the 6:50 mark.  With JCSU pinned deep in their own territory, KSU’s Malone stepped in front of an errant Herbin pass, scoring from three yards out.  The successful point after attempt cut the JCSU lead to 24-14.

JCSU struck on it’s first drive of the fourth quarter when Herbin found Bryan Chambers for a 12-yard touchdown strike, boosting the lead to 31-14.

Kentucky State would embark on a promising drive, but the JCSU defense stiffened and forced a 49-field goal attempt.  JCSU safety Keith Darnell blasted through the KSU line to block the attempt, then scooped the ball and took it 53 yards for a touchdown, extending the JCSU lead to 38-14.

On the next KSU possession, JCSU’s Alfred Mickle picked off a wobbling Ora Johnson pass to seal the game.  JCSU would go on to melt the clock, taking the 38-14 road win.

Offensively, JCSU rushed for 132 yards, getting 55 from Summers and 42 from Binyard.  On the receiving end, Carter hauled in in four passes for 31 yards and one score.  Fred Scott(Stone Mountain, Ga.) caught one pass for a game-long 28 yards.

Defensively, the Golden Bulls were led by Carlo Thomas‘ five tackles, four of which were unassisted.  Thomas also had one interception and a pass breakup.  Senior LinebackerAustin Jacques (Springdale, Md.) had four tackles with one being for loss.  Defensive lineman Jamaal Tutt (Atlanta, Ga.) recorded four tackles on the day and had one sack for a 16 yard loss.  Travon Leake-Anderson (Richmond, Va.) and Brice Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) also recorded sacks for JCSU in the win.  All told, the JCSU defense had eight tackles for loss and forced four KSU turnovers on the afternoon while limiting the Thorobreds to only 132 yards of total offense on the afternoon.

The Golden Bulls will remain on the road next week,  travelling  to Morehouse on Saturday, Sept. 19 for a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the Maroon Tigers.

The Point After – Charlotte 49ers

Charlotte 34 Presbyterian 10

Jerry Richardson Stadium

Player Honors:

#49: Danny Book

Flag carriers WR Austin Duke; DB  Terrance Winchester; K  Blake Brewer

Captains:   Richard Murphy, Kalif Phillips, Branden Dozier and James Middleton

NOTES:

The 49ers improved their all-time record to 12-12 and their record as an FBS school to 2-0.

The 49ers are 3-0 all-time in their first home game of the year.

The 49ers have led opponents 44-3 in the first half, this year and are 11-0 all-time in games in which they have led at the half.

RS-Freshman QB Brooks Barden made his first career start

Barden and RS-Junior Matt Johnson both saw significant time at quarterback.  Johnson was 8-of-11 for 187 yards and two TDs.  Barden was 11-of-17 for 77 yards and one TD.

The three passing TDs are the most by the 49ers since throwing for four at the Citadel, Oct. 11, 2014.

Austin Duke had 166 receiving yards for his 8th career 100-yard game and fourth career game with 150+ yards.  It was his first 100-yard game of the season.

Austin Duke’s 166 yards is  third on the single-game receiving records. Duke holds the top-eight single-game receiving spots.

When Johnson hit Duke for a 39-yard TD on the first play of their fourth drive of the second quarter, Charlotte had notched its 14th all-time one-play TD drive.

That one-play TD drive took just 00:07 – the shortest TD drive in school history.

The one-play 39-yard TD drive (00:07) from Johnson to Duke and the preceding two-play drive capped by Kalif Phillips’ 12-yard TD run (00:27) gave the 49ers two more TD drives of under 90 seconds.  The 49ers have had three such drives this year and 43 in the school’s three-year history.

The 49ers 13-play, 69-yard drive that resulted in a 24-yard Blake Brewer field goals was the longest scoring drive in school history in regards to time of possession at 5:07.

Trent Bostick had a 6-yard TD reception from Johnson – it was his first TD of the year and 7th of his career.

Kalif Phillips scored the 49ers first rushing touchdown of the season with his second quarter, a 12-yard rush.   Phillips now has 33 career rushing touchdowns.

Brooks Barden threw his first career touchdown pass with a nine-yard TD pass to Bradan Smith in the third quarter. It was also Smith’s first career touchdown reception.

Andrew Buie led the 49ers with 80 yards – his career best in a Charlotte uniform. Previous career best came with 56 yards against Georgia State Sept. 4, 2015.

Buie’s team-high 80 yards rushing snapped a nine-game streak in which Kalif Phillips was the 49ers leading rusher.

Buie’s 29-yard run was the 49ers longest rush of the season.

Through two games, three players have over 20 rushes:  Buie 28, Phillips 27, Johnson 22

Phillips is the 49ers leading rusher after two games — slightly – 143 yds to Buie 136

Charlotte’s defense set records for fewest yard allowed (112), fewest passing yards allowed (9) and most tackles for loss (19).

The 49ers forced three-and-out punts on 11 of 14 drives by Presbyterian, including 11 of the first 12.

One drive by Presbyterian went -15 yards in three plays, thanks to Zach Duncan’s forced fumble.    That is the shortest drive, by yardage, the 49ers have allowed, all-time.

The 49ers held Presbyterian to 1 of 13 on third-down conversions.  In two games, opponents are 4-of-28 on third down (14%).

Charlotte defense held Presbyterian to a program low of 112 yards, breaking the previous record of 197 yards allowed against Johnson C. Smith Sept. 6, 2014.

14 different 49ers had a tackle for loss as Charlotte produced a school record 19 tackles for loss.  Larry Ogunjobi and Zach Duncan led the squad with 3.0 TFL’s each.

Ogunjobi leads the 49ers with 4.0 TFLs this season and now has 25 in his career — the first 49er to reach that milestone.

Tank Norman’s five tackles pushes him to the 100-tackle mark for his career.  He is the second 49er to reach the 100-career tackle plateau.  Norman leads the team with nine tackles, this year.

S Branden Dozier, who had three takeaways last year, pulled down his first interception of 2015.

Week 1 485 College notes

Blake Brewer C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week

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

Junior K Blake Brewer (Concord, N.C./Cannon School) became the first Charlotte 49ers player to earna Conference USA Player of the Week award when he was named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week after Week 1. Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league’s media.

Brewer was 3-of-3 on field goal attempts and added two PAT’s in a perfect kicking perfomance that helped the 49ers defeat Georgia State, 23-20, in their FBS debut. Brewer connected from 45, 35 and 22 yards and kicked what proved to be the game-winner in the three-point win. His 45-yarder was the ninth successful kick from 40 or more yards in his career and he matched his own school record for most field goals made (3) without a miss.

The 49er Point After:

Charlotte 23 at Georgia State 20

Atlanta, Ga.  (Georgia Dome); Sept. 4, 2015

 49: Jamal Covington

Captains: Danny Book; Trent Bostick; Caleb Clayton-Molby; Branden Dozier

Flag carriers:  TL Ford II; Nick Cook; Anthony Covington

Game Ball:  Presented to Haley Ratliff, daughter of Offensive Line coach Phil Ratliff, who died, Aug. 9

 The 49ers first game at the FBS level

The 49ers first game against an FBS opponent

The 49ers first FBS win

 Three players started their 23rd straight game (every game in 49ers history):

 OL Danny Book;  OL Jamal Covington;  DL Larry Ogunjobi

 Key stat of the game:  3rd down conversions – CHA 11 of 21; GSU 3 of 15

TL Ford II caught five passes – each one for a first down, twice on 3rd and long (3rd & 10; 3rd & 9) Matt Johnson was 10-of-12 on third down with 7 completions for first downs.  On three of four scoring drives, Johnson completed a 3rd and long for a first down to keep the drive alive.

  1. 3rd & 10 – 19 to TL Ford II during FG drive, 10-0
  2. 3rd & 9 – 9 to TL Ford II during 74-yd TD drive, 20-3
  3. 3rd & 17  – 30 to Kofa in FG drive, 23-6

CB Terrance Winchester returns fumble 43 yards for TD on 4th play from scrimmage:

Terrance Winchester scored the sixth defensive TD in 49ers history and the second fumble return for a TD in school history. 

Winchester tied the school record with two takeaways in a game (FR; INT) and joins Greg Cunningham (2014) and Micah Bryan (2013) as the only 49ers with both a fumble recovery and interception in the same game.

Charlotte is 5-1 in games in which it scores a defensive TD.

Winchester’s TD came just 1:32 into the game.  It was the fourth fastest TD in school history.

  1. 00:17 – Matt Johnson – Austin Duke 65 yd TD at NCCU, 2014 (1st play)
  2. 00:30 – Matt Johnson 8 yd TD run at JMU, 2013 (2nd play)
  3. 00:46 – Mark Hogan 32 yd INT return vs. Campbell, 2013 (2nd play)
  4. 1:32 – Terrance Winchester, 43 yd fumble return, 2015 (4th play)
  5. 1:43 – Kalif Phillips, 6 yd TD run vs. Johnson C. Smith, 2014 (6th play)

Matt Johnson hits Austin Duke for 63-yard TD reception:

Austin Duke’s 63-yard TD catch is his eighth career TD catch of 60 or more yards.

7 of Duke’s last 8 TD catches have been 60 or more yards.

Matt Johnson threw a TD pass for his eighth straight game (7 games before injury, last year).

Johnson and Duke have connected for 8 career TD passes of 60+ yards.

The 63-yard TD pass was the 10th of Johnson’s career of 50+ yards

The TD drive took 1:21.   The 49ers had 22 TD drives of 1:30 or less, last year. 

Blake Brewer Hits Three Field Goals:

Blake Brewer tied his own school record with three field goals made (45, 35, 22)

His 3-of-3 kicking also ties his record for most FGM without a miss

His 45-yarder is the 9th FGM of 40+ in his career.

Defense:

LB Nick Cook, who missed all but one game, last year, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery while leading the 49ers with six tackles (six solo).

S Branden Dozier, last year’s leading tackler, shared the game-high with six tackles (five solo).

Charlotte had 8.0 tackles for loss, led by DL James Middleton (2.0) and LB Caleb Clayton-Molby (1.5)

Defensive linemen James Middleton (2.0), Larry Ogunjobi (1.0) and Devon Johnson (1.0) each had at least one tackle for loss.

Back on Defense: 

The 49ers had several starters who missed some or all of last year but returned as starters in game one to make immediate impacts:

  1. CB Terrance Winchester (missed 4 games with injury): FR for TD; INT, 4 tackles
  2. LB Nick Cook (missed final 10 games with injury): tm-hi 6 tackles; 1 FF; 1 FR
  3. LB Caleb Clayton-Molby (missed final 8 games with injury): 3 tackles, 1.5 TFL
  4. DL Devon Johnson (missed all of 2014 rehabbing injury):  2 tackles, 1.0 TFL
  5. DB Devin Pearson (missed all of 2014 as red-shirt): 3 tackles, 1 FF

Rushing Balance:

Kalif Phillips had 19 carries (90 yards), Matt Johnson had 17 carries (32 yards) and West Virginia transfer Andrew Buie had 16 carries (56 yards).  Last year, Phillips (229 carries) had 52% of the 49ers rushes.

Turnovers:

The 49ers lost the turnover battle, 5-3 – the second time in 49ers history that they won the game despite losing the turnover battle.  Charlotte beat Wesley, last year despite losing TO battle, 3-2. 

The 5-3 margin is the largest TO deficit that the 49ers have had, yet still won.

The five turnovers are the second most in school history

 Charlotte improved to 10-0 in program history when it leads at the half.

Dating back to last year, the 49ers have won three straight games.

Charlotte ran 86 offensive plays

 NEXT UP:

The 49ers host Presbyterian (FCS) Saturday, Sept. 12 at 12 noon (ASN/WCCB).

Charlotte is 2-0 in their first home games in its first two years

Charlotte is 1-0 vs. Presbyterian.  The 49ers posted their first FBS road win at Presbyterian, 45-21, in 2013. 

The two teams also faced each other when the CCUNC was a two-year institution playing a combination of varsity, JV and B teams from 1946-48. 

Tough opener for Davidson

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Davidson football team fell to The Citadel Bulldogs, 69-0, in their season opener Saturday evening at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

In addition to 602 yards on the ground and eight rushing touchdowns, The Citadel (1-0) held the Wildcats (0-1) to just 104 total yards.

Running back Evan McField recorded a game-high 132 yards off 20 attempts with one touchdown, while Isiaha Smith ran for 109 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead both teams.

Defensively, the Bulldogs held Davidson (0-1) to just 46 yards rushing, while forcing four interceptions.

Linebacker Zack Popovec led both teams with a career-high nine tackles for the Wildcats, while defensive lineman Chris Woods and defensive back Ben Rowell each tallied a personal-best eight tackles.

Catawba falls to #4 West Georgia

SALISBURY, N.C. — NCAA II fourth-ranked West Georgia scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to claim an opening 44-13 win over host Catawba on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Wolves overcame five turnovers in the win, forcing four and holding the Catawba Indians to just 145 total yards.

Quarterback Dallas Dickey was nearly perfect for West Georgia, completing 15-of-17 passes for 204 yards and a pair of scores.  He also ran for a touchdown.  Aares McCall eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground with 107 yards on 11 carries.

Dickey threw both of his touchdown strikes in the third quarter to help the Wolves break away from a 16-13 lead at the half.  His first strike went for 47 yards to Qa Walker and the second went to Shaq Hall for 29 yards to push the margin to 30-13 midway through the period.  West Georgia tacked on two fourth-quarter scores for the final margin.

Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) produced the lone Catawba touchdown with a five-yard run late in the second quarter to pull the Indians within 16-13.  He finished with 57 yards on the ground.  Bruce Smith (Winston-Salem, N.C./N. Davidson HS) caught three passes for 22 yards.

Kyle Kitchens (Decatur, Ga./Decatur HS) had a big day on defense for Catawba.  He was in on seven tackles with three going for losses, including a sack.  He would force two fumbles and recover one.

Wingate blanks Johnson C. Smith

Charlotte, N.C.—-Wingate University redshirt junior quarterback Kyle Johnson (Hickory, N.C.) passed for a touchdown and rushed for a score, leading the Bulldogs to a 14-0 victory over Johnson C. Smith University Saturday night at the Irwin Belk Complex and Eddie McGirt Field. The contest was the season opener for both teams.

The shutout is Wingate’s fifth during the school’s senior college football history (1986-present). Four of Wingate’s five shutouts have come at the expense of CIAA members. The Bulldogs blanked Saint Augustine’s 30-0 last season (Sept. 13, 2014) and Fayetteville State 19-0 on August 26, 2006. Wingate opened the 2002 season with a 24-0 decision over the JCSU Golden Bulls (August 31).

“We believe this was a good first game for us,” Wingate head coach Joe Reich says. “We saw good things on both sides of the ball. We had some penalty challenges…but we were able to overcome those with big plays on defense and ball control on offense.”

Johnson completed 15-of-20 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown. He rushed six times for 51 yards. The two-year team captain opened the Bulldogs’ scoring with a nine-yard TD run in the first quarter. Johnson’s scoring scamper concluded a 13-play, 80-yard drive. Wingate junior place kicker Caleb Baird (Kinston, N.C.) added the PAT to make the score 7-0 ‘Dogs with 8:27 left in the first frame.

Wingate took the slim margin to the halftime locker room. Johnson and his offensive teammates struck again in the third quarter, putting together an eight-play, 79-yard march to take a two-touchdown margin. Bulldog redshirt junior wide receiver Jody Fuller (Indian Trail, N.C.) did the honors, hauling in a 38-yard TD pass from Johnson. Baird’s extra point concluded the scoring with 5:52 remaining in the third stanza.

The Bulldogs forced three fumbles to win the turnover margin 3-1. In his first game in the Navy Blue and Vegas Gold, redshirt freshman Robert Wallace (Covington, Ga.) had a team-best eight tackles with three tackles for loss (14 yards), 1.5 quarterback sacks (13 yards) and one fumble recovery. Three Wingate defenders had six tackles each.

Wingate senior defensive back Nortavius Otis (Gastonia, N.C.) forced the fumble which led to the Bulldogs’ second score. The JCSU Golden Bulls had second-and-two on the Wingate 23-yard line when Otis made his big play. Robert Wallace recovered and the Bulldog offense went to work.

Reich improves to 13-2 overall in season openers during his 15 Wingate seasons. He believes the Bulldogs are ready to take the next step. “We have some film now, so we can see where we need to improve,” Reich says. “Everyone always says the most improvement comes from game one to game two. We hope this is true.”

“We didn’t execute all the way through the game,” Reich says. “We give much credit to Johnson C. Smith. They have a young freshman QB with a tremendous upside… and they are very well coached. We were fortunate to pick up the victory.”

Wingate sophomore running back Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.) made a triumphant return to his hometown, rushing 19 times for 94 yards (both career-highs). The Mallard Creek High School product also caught one pass Saturday night.

Both Fuller and junior wide receiver Jordan Berry (Irmo, S.C.) caught five passes each. Fuller had five catches for 64 yards and one touchdown. Berry recorded five receptions for 39 yards. Wingate redshirt sophomore tight end Jake Jensen (Fayetteville, N.C.) had two catches for 23 yards.

Wingate hits the road again next week, visiting Durham County Memorial Stadium to face Shaw University (6 p.m. kick-off). The WU Bulldogs and SU Bears will meet for the first time in history. Johnson C. Smith is also on the road next Saturday, visiting Kentucky State University.