CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert, today, announced red-shirt junior Matt Johnson (Newton, N.C.) as the 49ers starting quarterback. Johnson started the bulk of the 49ers first two seasons, but missed the final three games of last year with injury.
The 49ers entered spring practice with an open competition between Johnson, red-shirt junior Lee McNeill, who started those final three games of 2014 and red-shirt freshman Brooks Barden, who sat out the 2014 season.
“I’ve been real pleased with how all three have handled the competition from the spring, through the summer and into the fall,” Lambert said. “Matt has worked extremely hard and has had a really strong camp. He really stepped up and earned the spot.”
Charlotte’s two-year old football program will make its debut at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA in 2015. The 49ers spent the first two years competing as an FCS Independent.
In his first two seasons, Johnson completed 340 of 596 passes for 4,522 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was a finalist for the 2013 Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the FCS First-Year Player of the Year. He owns all four of the 49ers’ 300-yard passing performances and threw for a record five TDs twice. He is also the 49ers second-leading rusher, with 801 career rushing yards.
The 49ers make their FBS debut, in a nationally-televised contest, Sept. 4 at Georgia State at 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU). Charlote will face Presbyterian in its home-opener, Sat. Sept. 12.
49ers on Time Warner Channel 22 in Mecklenburg
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Athletics and UNC Charlotte Cable Television have partnered up to broadcast 10 fall events which will reach over 500,000 Time Warner Cable and AT&T UVerse subscribers in the Charlotte region. Men’s soccer will have four of their home matches broadcast while women’s soccer and volleyball will each have three.
The broadcast can be seen on campus and in Mecklenburg, Union and Iredell counties through Time Warner Cable’s channel 22. Broadcast Communications, located on campus, provides television and video production services to the University community. The department is also responsible for the operation of the University’s cable television channel 22.
The broadcast on channel 22 will be a simulcast with http://www.charlotte49ers.tv online. Fans can watch all home athletic events online at http://www.charlotte49ers.tv. More athletic events may be added in the fall with winter and spring sport broadcasts planned for the 2015-16 season.
The first broadcast of the 10 will take place on Friday night as the women’s volleyball team hosts rival Davidson at 7:00 p.m. inside Halton Arena.
Live Broadcasts on TWC Channel 22
Friday, August 29 – Volleyball vs. Davidson (7pm)
Friday, Sept. 11 – Women’s Soccer vs. South Florida (5:30pm)
Monday, Sept. 21 – Volleyball vs. UTEP * (6pm)
Thursday, Oct. 1 – Volleyball vs. Southern Miss* (6pm)
Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Men’s Soccer vs. Clemson (7pm)
Friday, Oct. 9 – Women’s Soccer vs. North Texas* (7pm)
Sunday, Oct. 11 – Women’s Soccer vs. Rice* (1pm)
Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Men’s Soccer vs. Virginia Tech (7pm)
Friday, Oct. 23 – Men’s Soccer vs. South Carolina* (7pm)
Friday, Oct. 31 – Men’s Soccer vs. Kentucky* (7pm)
The A.L. Brown Wonders rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat the Concord Spiders 26-15. It was witnessed by more than 9,000 fans and a live TV audience on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
Here are two stories on the game from the Independent Tribune:
CHARLOTTE, NC – Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, the official media partner and TV home of the NCHSAA, will kick off its inaugural season of live Thursday Night Football tonight, beginning with the 80-year old “Battle of the Bell” rivalry game between Concord and AL Brown on Thursday, August 20. All games will air exclusively on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and feature an in-depth half-hour pregame show, halftime interviews with the participating schools coaches and/or conference representatives as well as live interviews with the coaches and players following each game.
On-air talent for Time Warner Cable SportsChannel’s exclusive Thursday Night Football coverage will feature play-by-play announcer Chris Edwards, color commentator Jay Sonnhalter, and pre-game anchor/sideline reporter Erin Summers.
Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.: Concord at AL Brown
Thursday, Aug 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Garner at Cleveland
Thursday, Sept 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Mt. Airy at Elkin
Thursday, Sept 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Chapel Hill at SE Raleigh
Thursday, Sept 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Northern Guilford at Reidsville
Thursday, Sept 24 at 7:30 p.m.: Orange at Southern Durham
Thursday, Oct 1 at 7:30 p.m.: Washington at Plymouth
Thursday, Oct 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Western Harnett at Southern Johnston
Thursday, Oct 15 at 7:30 p.m.: West Rowan at East Rowan
Thursday, Oct 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Northeastern at Pasquotank
Thursday, Oct 29 at 7:30 p.m.: Ragsdale at East Forsyth
Thursday, Nov 5 at 7:00 p.m.: Vance at Hough (Pregame will start at 6:30 p.m.)
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will also air high-profile Friday night NCHSAA football games by tape delay each week throughout the course of the season, as well as a select number of tape-delayed Saturday night matchups. The Friday night football programming on TWC SportsChannel this season is presented by Wingate University. Fans can view the most up-to-date programming schedule at www.twcsportschannel.com.
Charlotte Kickoff Night Saturday
Scholastic Sports Marketing is proud to announce the return of the “CharlottePreps.TV Kickoff Night,powered byOrthoCarolina.” The event’s exciting doubleheader will once again be featured at the newly renovated Memorial Stadium in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, on Saturday August 22nd, 2015 season at 5:00 p.m.
First up, the Charlotte Country Day Buccaneers will take on the Myers Park Mustangs, in a long-awaited public-private matchup. This game is especially poignant as Country Day very recently hired former Mustang Defensive Coordinator, Drew Witman, as their new Head Coach. Drew is replacing his father, Charlotte coaching legend, Bob Witman. Bob resigned earlier this year after 25 years of coaching at Charlotte Country Day. With the schools being only five miles apart, the winner of this game looks to take away the ultimate bragging rights within the South Park – south Charlotte area.
For the second game of the night, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Mavericks of Mallard Creek will take on the Independence Patriots. The Mavericks offer an exciting challenge for Independence, as they come into the game as back-to-back NCHSAA 4AA State Champions. Independence finished their impressive 2014 regular season undefeated, falling only to Hough in the 3rd round of the NCHSAA 4AA State Championship playoffs.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Middle School Athletics. Tickets can be purchased in advance online: $10 for Saturday’s doubleheader.
Complete North Carolina schedule
Chris Hughes and Carolina Preps have a complete list of this week’s games in North Carolina here. Chris and his crew will be following games all across the state.
CONCORD, N.C. (June 16, 2015) – Charlotte-area mascots took over the frontstretch quarter-mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway as Hugo the Hornet scored the win in the third round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Devin O’Connell and Daniel Wilk were among the winners in the full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero feature events on Tuesday night.
Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot, was defeated in the Mascot Mania go-kart race as Hugo the Hornet took home the win in the furriest feature of the evening. The Charlotte Hornets mascot paced the field for most of the race, crossing the line ahead of RevPar of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau in second and Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers in third.
Rounding out the field was Big Stuff from Winthrop University, Blue from Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse, Bo from Bojangles’, Norm the Niner from UNC Charlotte, Lug Nut, Chubby Checker with the Charlotte Checkers and Tim E. Gator from the Kannapolis Intimidators.
O’Connell raced his way to the checkered flag in Tuesday night’s Semi-Pro feature. After reaching the 20-minute time limit, the 25-lap race was called after lap 11. Joe Graf Jr. was the leader for the first six laps of the race while O’Connell battled neck-and-neck with Sheldon Crouse before taking the second position. O’Connell was able to take the lead from Graf on lap 7 prior to a wreck in Turn 3 involving Riley Herbst and held on to the top spot after the caution, cruising to the victory. Crouse and Jensen Jorgensen finished second and third, respectively.
There was a tough start for the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits feature Tuesday evening as multiple cautions marred the beginning of the race. There were fierce battles between Wilk, DJ Canipe and Cameron Bolen throughout the 20-lap feature, but it would be Wilk who crossed the line to win his third race of the season. Canipe finished second, followed by Bolen.
Other winners included Leland Honeyman in the Beginner Bandits division, Michael Torres in the Legend Car Pro division, Ashton Higgins in the Bandolero Outlaws division, Ryan Millington in the Young Lions division and Tom Pistone in the Security Force Legend Car Masters division.
The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, June 23, with Media Mayhem. Media members will take to the track in what has become one of the most fiercely contested and highly anticipated school bus races of the summer. Fans are encouraged to come out and watch their favorite local media personality’s search for a victory, alongside the Legend and Bandolero cars on the front-stretch quarter mile.
For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.
Legend Car Semi-Pro (11 laps): 1. Devin O’Connell; 2. Sheldon Crouse; 3. Jensen Jorgensen; 4. Jake Tretow; 5. Conner Pyle; 6. Scott Joy; 7. Sprout Royal; 8. Riley Herbest; 9. Joe Graf Jr.; 10. John Holleman IV; 11. Austin Langenstein; 12. Stevie Johns Jr.; 13. Andrew Farraah; 14. Jeremy Fuller; 15. Joshua Plummer; 16. Craig Biryla; 17. Taylor Jorgensen; 18. Enrique Limon; Joe Gregory.
LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Cameron Bolen; 4. William Robusto; 5. Carson Kvapil; 6. Tommy Good; 7. Isabella Robusto; 8. Mini Tyrell; 9. Bryson Ruff; 10. Ryan Israel; 11. Dylan Notaro; 12. Jaiden Reyna; 13. Hunter Hutchens; 14. Blake Cisneros; 15. George Hayes; 16. Josh Kossek.
Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Mark Green; 4.Tom Sherman; 5. Carl Cormier; 6. Chip Ferguson; 7. Bruce Silver; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Jamie Smith; 10. Dan Keaton; 11. Herman Towe; 12. Rom Mander
Disqualified: Robbie Faggart
ASN to broadcast six 49ers Games
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte 49ers, who will make their debut on the FBS level as a member of Conference USA this fall, will have the bulk of their games available to televised audiences across the nation as part of their extensive television package.
The American Sports Network (ASN), a Conference USA television partner that distributes games throughout the country, has selected and assigned game times for six 49ers games. Clearance information for individual ASN games will be available as game dates approach. ASN selected three 49ers home games and three road games for its television package. Four other 49ers games had already been selected for national broadcast by ESPNU, CBS Sports Network and FOX networks. All six of the 49ers home games have been selected by a C-USA television partner.
ASN will produce the 49ers home opener vs. Presbyterian, Sept. 12 at 12 noon; the 49ers first C-USA home game vs. FAU,Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.; and the 49ers Homecoming game, vs. Southern Miss on Oct. 24 at 12 noon. ASN will also broadcast road games at Old Dominion (Oct. 17; 3:30 p.m.), at FIU (Nov. 7; 12 noon) and at Rice (Nov. 28; 3:30 p.m.).
Charlotte will have its season-opener at Georgia State televised on ESPNU, Friday, Sept. 4 at 3:30. The 49ers will host Temple, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game televised by CBS Sports Network. Two conference games: vs. Marshall, Oct. 31 and vs. UTSA, Nov. 14 will be televised on a to-be-determined FOX network with games times yet to be set. The television details for the 49ers road games at Middle Tennessee and Kentucky have not been released yet.
Union Power joins Gridiron Clash
MONROE, N.C. – Union Power Cooperative is the new title sponsor for the The Union Power Cooperative Gridiron Clash presented by ESPN Radio 730 AM set for Sept. 4 and 5.
151 Sports Marketing made the announcement Tuesday. The four-game high school football series will be held at Monroe High School’s stadium.
“This showcase demonstrates Union Power’s continued commitment to our local schools,” said Greg Andress, executive vice president and general manager of Union Power. “Union Power awards more than $35,000 each year to local students and teachers through Bright Ideas educational grants, college scholarships and the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Union Power is pleased to be a part of this and other events that benefit the students and teachers in our communities.”
Here are this year’s games:
Friday, Sept. 4
Pinecrest versus Cuthbertson 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5
South Mecklenburg versus Porter Ride noon
Charlotte Christian versus Weddington 4 p.m.
Hunter Huss versus Monroe 8 p.m.
Battle for Bell on live TV
Time Warner will be broadcasting the annual Battle for the Bell live Thursday, Aug. 20, from Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis. It will be part of the Great American Rivalries Series.