CHARLOTTE 49ER NOTES:
As Charlotte’s inaugural season winds down, the 49ers (4-5) host Wesley College (6-2) in the final home game of the historic season. Charlotte will celebrate its first Senior Day with a pregame ceremony.
The 49ers have lost three straight to fall under .500 for the first time. The last two losses came on the road to nationally-ranked FCS programs #T24/RV Charleston Southern (36-14) and #3/#6 Coastal Carolina (50-25).
Charlotte put up over 500 yards of offense at #3/#6 Coastal Carolina. The 49ers rushed for a season-high 281 yards, the most the Chanticleers have allowed, and Kalif Phillips became the 49ers first-ever 100-yard rusher with a record 132 yards.
Wesley College is ranked 20th of the AFCA Div. III national ranking -- the fifth straight 49ers opponents with a number next to their name. In its inaugural season, Charlotte has played four FCS ranked opponents, a Top 15 Div. II team and now a top 20 Div. III team.
The 49ers will conclude their inaugural season at Morehead State, Nov. 23 after a bye week, Nov. 16.
Charlotte ranks third in the FCS in takeaways (25), second in fumbles recovered (14), 20th in interceptions (11) and 15th in tackles for loss (7.3/gm). Charlotte averages 444.6 yards of total offense (21st) and ranks 15th in the FCS in first downs (215) and 12th in fewest sacks allowed (0.78). The 49ers passing average of 257.7 per game ranks 25th.
SENIOR DAY TO BE CELEBRATED:
Head coach Brad Lambert will honor his first-ever senior class, at Saturday’s final home game. The class includes starters CJ Crawford, Mark Hogan and Mikel Hunter, the 49ers punter Brandon Strupp and two players who joined the team from the program’s first-ever walk-on tryouts: Zeb Little and Alex Petzke. In addition to their various stats, each has played a key role in this historic season: Crawford (Two-Point Conversion), Hogan (Touchdown), Hunter (Kickoff Return for TD), Strupp (50-yd punt) and Little (fumble return) all contributed program firsts while Petzke recorded the safety that kickstarted the 49ers comeback over #24 Gardner-Webb in the 49ers first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent.
Passing: Matt Johnson 2263 yds (190-308; 251.4/gm; 19 TD)
Rushing: Kalif Phillips 537 yds (99 carries; 5.4 avg.; 7 TD)
Alan Barnwell 499 yds (115 carries; 4.3 avg.; 4 TD)
Receiving: Austin Duke 601 yds (52 catches; 11.6 avg.; 6 TD)
Trent Bostick 578 yds (40 catches; 14.4 avg.; 4 TD)
Touchdowns: Kaliff Phillips 8 TDs (7 rush; 1 pass)
Austin Duke 6 TDs
Tackles: Martay Mattox 73 tackles
Solo Tackles: Martay Mattox 43 solo tackles
Tackles for loss: Terry Caldwell 8.5 TFL
QB Sacks: Devon Johnson 2.0; Larry Ogunjobi 2.0
QB Hurries: Larry Ogunjobi, 7
Fumble recoveries: Caleb Clayton-Molby, 3 (18th in FCS, 0.38)
Interceptions: Terrance Winchester 3
#49 (Players honored with uniform #49 on Game Day):
Campbell: Larry Ogunjobi, NT
Chowan: Caleb Clayton-Molby, LB
NCCU: Mikel Hunter, WR
JMU: Danny Book, RT
PC: Devon Johnson, DE
GWU: Thomas La Bianca, C
UNC Pembroke: Alan Barnwell, RB
Charleston Southern: Keaston Sinicki, LS
Coastal Carolina: Nico Alcalde, LB
ESPN CONNECTIONS FOR START-UP PROGRAM:
ESPN Top 10:Mark Hogan’s INT for historic first TD in inaugural game (#10)
ESPN Game Day:Host Chris Fowler talked 49ers Football in visit to Charlotte Touchdown Club, Sept. 26
ESPN3:49ers inaugural season, Game #5, at Presbyterian, was aired on ESPN3
Game Day Stats:
Charlotte’s uptempo offense is averaging 76.1 plays per game, with a high of 106 vs. NCCU. The 49ers have had 361 rushing plays (186.9 yds/gm) and 324 passing plays (257.7 yds/gm). QB Matt Johnson ranks 18th in the FCS with 2263 passing yards and 16th in total offense (285.4 yd/game).
Wesley College, winners of four of its last 5, averages 384.4 yards of total offense (265.2 through the air; 119.1 on the ground). 14 of their 24 offensive TDs have been on passes with 8 going to Steve Koudossou (43 catches; 540 yds)
Wesley has forced 24 turnovers (18 INT; 6 fumbles) -- and their defense/special teams have scored 5 TD’s (3 fumble returns; 1 interception; 1 punt return). They outscore opponents 78-038 in the first quarter. Their defense holds foes to just 311.8 yards of total offense and 20.0 points.
Charlotte had four teams on its 2013 schedule that appeared in the national FCS polls (FCS Coaches/Sports Network): at #3/#6 Coastal Carolina; at #T24/RV Charleston Southern, vs. #24/#25 Gardner-Webb and at #16/#17 James Madison.
QB Matt Johnson, a red-shirt freshman, ranks 12th in the FCS in passing TDs (19), 18th in yards passing (2263), 18th in yards/game (251.4) and 20th in completions/gm (21.11) ... Charlotte has had a 100+-yard receiver in three of the last four games ... Charlotte has put up 450 or more yards in each of its four wins and has had four games (2-2) of 500+ yards ... 5 of the 49ers last 6 opponents have totalled 500+ yards of offense (1-4) ... Charlotte is 3rd in the FCS in takeaways (25) and 2nd in fumbles recovered (14) ... Three opponents (UNC Pembroke, +3; NCCU, +4; CCU, +2) have won the turnover battle against Charlotte (49ers 0-3 in those games) .... Charlotte didn’t have a takeaway at Coastal Carolina -- a first for the 49ers this season ... Charlotte had a season-high 7 offensive TDs vs. #24 GWU (2 rush; 5 pass) ... Charlotte rushed for a season-high 281 yards vs. #3/#6 Coastal Carolina, the most they have allowed all year ... opponents have scored on their opening offensive drive in 4 of the last 6 games .... 25 different 49ers have figured in a tackle for loss (49ers rank 15th in FCS in TFL, 7.3/gm) ... the 49ers have scored TD’s in each facet of the game: offense passing (16), offense rushing (10), defense (1), special teams (1) ... In wins, Charlotte has scored TDs in 14 of 16 quarters ... Charlotte has scored on its first possession in 3 games.
Gold Rush:Charlotte has scored a rushing touchdown in eight of nine games, with a high of three against Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian. The team’s 15 rushing TD’s have come from five different players: Kalif Phillips, 7; Alan Barnwell, 4; Matt Johnson, 2 and Corey Nesmith Jr. and Lee McNeill.
Scoring Spread:Charlotte has scored 36 touchdowns: 19 on passes, 15 on rushes, 1 from defense and 1 on a kickoff return.
Defense:The 49ers defense put points on the board (INT TD return vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan; GWU) in three wins and created14 turnovers in the 4 W’s.
Young Guns:Charlotte has started at least 13 and as many as 15 freshmen and red-shirt freshmen in each game this year. Charlotte is averaging 14.0 Fr/r-FR while opponents have totalled just 20 Fr./r-Fr starters (2.2/gm).
Inaugural game:Charlotte scored its first touchdown just 46 seconds into the Campbell game on LB Mark Hogan’s 32-yard interception return and the 49ers scored on their first eight possessions and raced to a 32-0 lead. QB Matt Johnson connected on his first eight passes, two of which went for TDs and finished with 282 yards and 3 TD’s on 19-of-29 passing.LB Mark Hogan scored the 49ers historic first TD on an interception return on the second play from scrimmage at 14:14.Head coach Brad Lambert recorded a victory in his college head coaching debut with a lineup that included 14 red-shirt freshmen and one true freshman.
History Maker:LB Mark Hogan, a grad student who transferred from Georgia State, etched his name in 49ers record books by intercepting a pass on the 2nd play from scrimmage and returning it 32 yards for the first touchdown in 49ers history just 46 seconds into the inaugural game. Hogan also made history at Georgia State, where he was that start-up program’s first scholarship player and the school’s all-time leading tackler.
Perfect Start:On the 49ers first two offensive possessions, QB Matt Johnson connected on each of his first eight passes and led the 49ers to a pair of touchdowns. He was 5-of-5 in the first drive and hit Justin Bolus on a one-yard pass for the touchdown. The second drive, which started on his own 4-yard line, covered 96 yards in four plays and took just 45 seconds. He hit Mikel Hunter for 44 yards on the first play to get out of trouble and found Austin Duke for a 19-yard strike for the touchdown. Johnson finished the first quarter 8-8 on pass attempts for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He hit four different receivers.
• Perfect Symmetry(credit Matt Crossman, Charlotte Magazine):
In its first game, Charlotte scored on the 2nd play from scrimmage, on an interception return by LB Mark Hogan on the first pass thrown his way.
In his first game as a player, 49ers head coach Brad Lambert scored on an interception return. Entering the game in the second half, the interception return was on the third snap, but a previous play was negated by penalty, so it, too, was the 2nd official play, on the first pass thrown his way.
First True Freshmen:In the inaugural game, Trent Bostick (WR, Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior) became the first true freshman to start a game as a position player. True freshman Blake Brewer (K, Concord, N.C./Cannon School) was the first 49er to touch the game ball, putting it in play on the opening kick at 12:08 p.m. He also became the first true freshman to put points on the board with his extra point after the opening TD and he kicked the 49ers first field goal, a 35-yarder at 14:49 of the 2nd quarter. True freshman Kalif Phillips (RB; Kannapolis, N.C./AL Brown) scored the first rushing TD on a 15-yard run at 9:32 of the 2nd quarter.
TRUE FRESHMEN INAUGURAL GAME IMPACT:
Trent Bostick: 1st freshman to start as a position player
Blake Brewer: 1st 49er to touch game ball (opening kick)
1st freshman to score a point (extra point)
1st 49er to kick a field goal (35-yarder)
Kalif Phillips: 1st 49ers rushing TD (15-yard run, 2nd quarter)
True Freshmen In Action:Seven different true freshmen have seen action this season for the 49ers, including Trent Bostick, who has started all three games, Kalif Phillips, who is the team’s leading rusher and Blake Brewer, who handles kicking duties:
Justin Bridges-Thompson, LB Played in all 9 gms; 18 tkl; 3.0 TFL
Trent Bostick, WR Started 9 gm; 578 yds; 4 TD; 2 100-yd gm
Blake Brewer, K 7-13 FG; 32-33 PAT
Devin Pearson, CB started 5 gms; 35 tkls; 1.0 sk
Kalif Phillips, RB tm leading rusher; 537 yd; 59.7/gm; 8 TD
Keaston Sinicki, LS All 9 gms; #49 at CSU (1st Frosh to wear)
Wolfgang Zacherl, OL Played in all 9 games
Successful Walk-On Tryouts:There are six players on the 2013 roster that made the team following the program’s first-ever walk-on tryouts, held in April of 2012. Three of the played in the 49ers inaugural game
Tyler DeStefani - injured (hand) - made debut at Charleston Southern
Zeb Little, recovered fumble, returned it 7 yds in opener; 5 tackles on season Mark Montini, played in four games
Fletcher O’Neil, out- injured (arm)
Alex Petzke, two solo tackles in inaugural game; 8 tackles total
Luke Sonricker, played in one game