The Charlotte 49ers take a lead into the 2nd half for the second straight week. A strong first half performance by Matt Johnson and some sturdy defensive plays have led to a 26-7 halftime lead over the Chowan Hawks.
It took just over two and a half minutes for Charlotte to find the end zone as Matt Johnson hit Austin Duke for a 10-yard score to make it 7-0. Later, they struck for a safety as Antjuan Randall was wrapped up in the end zone to put the Niners up 9-0. After a field goal, Chowan’s drive was snuffed by a Micah Bryan pick at the Hawks 40; Johnson hit Kalif Phillips on the very next play to put the home team up 19-0. A Randall touchdown early in the 2nd made it 19-7, but on the ensuing kickoff, Mikel Hunter found a seam and took it 96 yards to put the Niners up 26-7. That was the only other scoring of the half, as some untimely penalties by Charlotte and a few stalled drives by Chowan, coupled with some key stops by the Niners, kept both teams off the board.
Johnson was 14-16 for 179 yards and two scores in the opening frame, but was just 3-5 for 18 yards in the 2nd. Alan Barnwell had 11 carries for 56 yards while Austin Duke led the receivers with six catches, 76 yards and a score. Charlotte outgained Chowan 233-17 in the first 15 minutes to set the tone.