The Charlotte 49ers’ offense has come alive at the expense of Presbyterian after two weeks of slumber. Matt Johnson’s 187 first half passing yards and two touchdowns–including a 53-yard strike to Mikel Hunter–has the Niners ahead of the Blue Hose 28-14 at the break.
The Charlotte defense looked on its heels early as the Blue Hose marched down the field to take a 7-0 lead, capped by a QB keeper at the 1 yard line by Kaleb Griffin. But the Niners would respond with a score of their own, a ten-play drive capped by a three-yard pass by Johnson to Austin Duke to tie it up. After the Blue Hose struck again with another efficient touchdown drive, the Niners would respond again with a five-play, 61 yard march (including a 44-yard pass to Justin Bolus), ended by a Kalif Phillips one-yard run to tie it at 14. Two drives later, it was Alan Barnwell getting in on a fourth and goal from inside the 1 on a big play call by the coaches to put Charlotte ahead, followed by the big strike from Johnson to Hunter on the next drive for the 28-14 margin.
The Niners have rushed for 108 yards and have seen some drives set up for success due to Barnwell’s rushing (10 carries for 39 yards). Bolus leads all receivers with 75 yards (on two catches) while Mikel Hunter has made two grabs for 61 yards and a score. Apart from an ugly three and out to start the game when they gained -3 yards and a Johnson interception on the Niners’ third drive of the game, the offense has looked as sharp as they have been all season long. They have outgained PC 295-188 thus far.