On the road again…The Charlotte 49ers pack their bags and head back out on the road to put an end to their two game losing streak, against the Presbyterian Blue Hose.
Charlotte 49ers (2-2) vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose (1-2)
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 2:00 pm
Bailey Stadium, Clinton, S.C.
Radio: WGZV-AM 730, Charlotte49ers.com | Video: ESPN3
Who to watch for:
The Blue Hose are coming off a bye week and are looking to rebound from a heartbreaking one point loss against Furman University on September 14th. Led by fifth year head coach Harold Nichols (who has managed just 7 wins in those five years) the Blue Hose, on offense, rely on running back Demarcus Rouse, who averages 86 yards per game and quarterback Kaleb Griffin who is an efficient 30-40 on the season. On defense cornerback Cory White will be looked upon to carry the load after an injury to linebacker Donelle Williams, who is considered to be one of the top players in the Big South Conference.
Charlotte will win if:
-They score early and often: The 49ers have outscored their opponents 48-20 in the first quarter of games this season. If they are able to put the Blue Hose in an early deficit it will be much more difficult for them to recover due to their run oriented, clock eating offense.
–They stop the run: The Blue Hose average 149 yards per game rushing as opposed to 119.3 yards passing. These stats make it apparent that the Blue Hose are looking to utilize RB Demarcus Rouse to his full capabilities on Saturday afternoon. The Niners have had some difficulty shutting down the run the last few weeks, giving up 321 yards on the ground to JMU. If the 49ers can slow down the running game and force the Blue Hose to throw the ball, the probability of victory will be very high.
-Defense regains confidence: Last week’s defeat at the hands on JMU had to be devastating for the defense, giving up over 500 yards of total offense. The Niner defense still ranks 1st in the FCS with 17 turnovers forced. If they can return to their attacking defensive style and force turnovers, and score off these turnovers, the Blue Hose offense won’t know what hit them.