Coming of a monumental first win where the final margin of victory was more unexpected than water in the desert, the Charlotte 49ers look to build off their momentum as they face off against the Chowan Hawks.
Charlotte 49ers (1-0) @ Chowan Hawks (0-0)
Saturday, September 7th, 2013, 12:00pm
Jerry Richardson Stadium
Radio: WZGV-AM 730, Charlotte49ers.com | TV: WCCB-TV
Who to watch for:
The Hawks are coming off a winning season and look to improve upon their 6-4 record from last year. Led by head coach Tim Place, the Hawks will rely on the senior leadership of defensive lineman TJ Batchelor and wide receiver Robert Holland. Both players come into Saturday’s contest highly regarded, garnering Preseason All-CIAA selections in addition to being named to the Division II Top 100 Players list. (Batchelor listed 88th, Holland 34th). Batchelor recorded 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks last season, while Holland is the holder of nine school records and led the CIAA in receptions and receiving yards in 2011.
Charlotte will win if:
–The defense plays to its potential: The Chowan Hawks come into Saturdays contest with an offense that had no problem putting up points last season. The Hawks offense averaged 32.8 points per game and much like All State, will be in good hands if Robert Holland gets them on the football. The Niners defense will have to play with the same intensity that allowed them to force 5 turnovers last Saturday and control the game from the onset.
–Control the clock: The Niners rushed for 215 yards on Saturday and will need similar production in order to control the clock and keep the Chowan offense off the field.
–The crowd shows up loud and proud: The atmosphere in and around Jerry Richardson Stadium was electric last Saturday. It was amazing to see the sea of green that filled the stadium. Chowan has an experienced team on both sides of the ball and will more than likely be more equipped to handle any adversity they may face. It is important for 49er fans to make Richardson Stadium an imposing place to play and make life difficult for our opponents.