We began our Charlotte 49ers football spring primer series by looking at the Charlotte 49ers’ first opponent, Campbell. We move on to September 7, when the Chowan Hawks pay a visit to the Queen City.
September 7, 2013
Last year: 6-4 (5-2 CIAA)
Head Coach: Tim Place (5th season)
The Division II Hawks enjoyed a 5-2 record in the CIAA last year and a 6-4 record overall, good for its first winning season since 1999. Part of the reason was the play of quarterback Cameron Stover; the junior threw for 2,358 yards, 19 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in 2012. Stover is back for his senior season, and joining him will be his leading receivers: sophomore Ryan Nolan (led the team in receiving last year in route to a CIAA All-Rookie selection) and juniors Antjuan Randall and JR Williams–the trio combined for 109 catches, 1,562 yards and 12 touchdowns. The trio stepped up in the absence of first-team selection Robert Holland, who went down in week one against Livingstone. In the backfield, the Hawks will be missing leading rusher Elliot Smalls, and they’ll look to younger players to fill the gap. The offensive line will feature some questions, as well, as CIAA first team postseason pick Jobari Coleman-Wilson has graduated; the unit still has some depth going into next season.
Defense will be missing star DB David Fulton but leading tacklers TJ Batchelor and Jason Ampy will be back for their senior seasons. Batchelor will be a challenge to keep under wraps, as he racked up 12.5 sacks on his way to a CIAA first team postseason selection. Juniors Ronald Williams and Anthony Joffrion (7 sacks combined) could cause problems as well.
Despite Chowan’s losses in the offseason, they still look like they have talent on both sides of the ball and could make some noise in the CIAA.