Coming off their first loss of the season the Charlotte 49ers look to bounce back against what possibly could be described as their toughest opponent on the schedule. Hitting the road for the first time, the Niners will face off against the James Madison Dukes.
Charlotte 49ers (2-1) vs. James Madison Dukes (2-1)
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 6:00pm
Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, VA
Radio: Charlotte49ers.com, WGZV-AM 730 | Video: MadiZONE HD Sports Net
The Dukes are coming of a season where they finished ranked 19th nationally. Coach Mickey Matthews is going into his 15th year as head coach and looks to score a win over Coach Lambert, with the two of them being former colleagues at Marshall and Georgia respectively. On defense the player to watch is linebacker Stephon Robertson. Robertson was named CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) Preseason Defensive Player of the year and won the award last season. On offense, featured back Dae’Quan Scott is a workhorse who recently became the fourth best all-time rusher in school history with 2,709 yards.
Charlotte will win if:
-They limit turnovers: The 49ers coughed up the ball 7 times in their game against NC Central. They need to hold on to the ball in order to limit any additional scoring opportunities the experienced Dukes may have.
-They stop the run: The Dukes more than likely will try to pound the ball and control the clock with their talented running back Dae’Quan Scott. If the 49ers can slow down the running game and force the Dukes to throw the ball, it can lead to a victorious evening.
-They band together: Finally, leaving the friendly confines of Richardson Stadium, the 49ers will need to come together and truly focus as a team when entering a hostile environment for the first time. The freshmen, who are major contributors on the team, need to lean on the upperclassmen and coaching staff in order to lead the team moving forward.