Two blowout wins in a row have the Charlotte 49ers’ confidence at an all-time high. They will look to add another impressive win to their resume and avoid being brought back down to earth as they take on the North Carolina Central Eagles.
Charlotte 49ers (2-0) @ North Carolina Central Eagles (1-1)
Saturday, September 14th 2013, 12:00pm
Jerry Richardson Stadium
Radio: WGZV-AM 730, Charlotte49ers.com | TV: WCCB-TV
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Saturday’s game will be a homecoming of sorts as the Eagles boast a number of players on their roster from the Charlotte area. Interim head coach Dwayne Foster will look to get the interim tag removed from his title and “stake his claim” to the head job with a win over the undefeated Niners. The Eagles are an experienced team that returns 10 starters. On offense they are led by quarterback Jordan Reid and left tackle Charles Goodwin. Reid threw for 1,594 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, while Goodwin was named second team All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). On defense, linebacker Tazmon Foster will look to increase his 10 tackle a game average from last season.
Charlotte will win if:
–The defense continues to force turnovers: The 49ers have forced 9 turnovers in their first two games. Most importantly they have been able to capitalize off these turnovers, in the form of touchdowns. This ultimately puts pressure on the opposing defense. The Niners must continue to play their attacking style of defense which will bolster their chance of victory.
–Take care of the ball: The Eagles have 10 returning starters who have the experience to take advantage of any turnovers. It’s important to limit any extra possession to have any chance to win.
–Make the proper second half adjustments: So far this season the Niners have outscored their opponents 38-0 after halftime. This can partly be attributed to second half adjustments made by the coaching staff. With Charlotte being such a young team it’s important to rely on the experience the coaches have so the 49ers can continue to win the 2nd half, which is when the game really matters.