Kickoff between the Charlotte 49ers is just a day away, and every Friday our staff will chime in on their thoughts on the upcoming game as well as who will win. Let’s take a look at who the staff picked for tomorrow’s inaugural game.
Sydney Hunte: Charlotte 38, Campbell 14
There may be some nerves coming out of the tunnel for the Niners, but after a sluggish start, they’ll get things going in the second 30 minutes. Matt Johnson will put up some decent numbers passing and Alan Barnwell should be able to run the ball with some success against a team that allowed 149.3 yards a game in 2012, but I don’t think that it will be a shootout by any means. If they’re able to shut down Brian Hudson, who is more of a pocket guy than Dakota Wolf (who is a dual threat, do-it-all QB), Charlotte should be able to win this one.
Sean Lyons: Charlotte 28, Campbell 21
I expect both the Camels and the 49ers to be ready to play on the 31st. Mike Minter will have his team up for the challenge of facing Charlotte and the sold-out crowd. The 49ers, on the other hand, have been waiting for this day for years and I don’t expect them to come out flat either. Though many of my Niner Nation brethren are expecting Charlotte to dominate, I expect this game to be close and decided in the 2nd half.
Fletcher Barber: Charlotte 24, Campbell 9
For Saturday’s long awaited football game, I look for the 49ers to have a slow start, dealing with the atmosphere and excitement that’s sure to be on hand. I feel the 49ers’ defense will have a big day, pressuring the Camels all afternoon. Eventually I expect them to settle down, get their nerves under control, feed off the crowd energy and ultimately pull away from the overmatched Campbell Camels.
Nick Williamson: Charlotte 25, Campbell 13
The excitement for this game really can’t be put into words. Charlotte’s youth and inexperience is the only thing that can keep the game within reach for the Camels. I expect a few turnovers, but the defense and offensive playmakers for the 49ers will do enough for the team to earn its first W in history.