It’s so hard to say goodbye. A season that was many years in the making and has provided many highs and some lows comes to an end. The Charlotte 49ers look to close out on a positive note as they take on the Morehead State Eagles of the Pioneer League.
Charlotte 49ers (4-6) vs. Morehead State Eagles (3-8)
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 1:00 pm
Jayne Stadium, Morehead, KY
Radio: WGZV-AM 730
Who to watch for:
The Eagles are a young team relying mainly on freshman and sophomores. Of the 22 starters on offense and defense, 18 of their starters are underclassmen. This level of inexperience is partly to blame for the Eagles’ subpar record. Freshman Jake Raymond has been impressive at receiver, leading the team in receptions with 54 for 625 yards. Freshman quarterback Austin Gahafer is first among Pioneer Football League freshman and seventh overall with 224.3 yards per game.
Charlotte will win if:
-They pressure the QB: The Niners have a very opportunistic defense that has forced 28 takeaways on the season. With a freshman quarterback under center for the Eagles, the Niners should apply pressure in order to get him rattled and add to their turnover numbers.
-They air it out: The Eagles are 1-7 this season when allowing 500+ total yards. The 49ers have the capability of putting up major yards, having already gone over 500+yards four times this season. Matt Johnson should be able to take advantage of the Eagle secondary and have a big day.
–They have fun: I’m sure that being the first team ever in Charlotte 49ers football history came with its own set of pressures. Now that the season is officially coming to a close, the pressure should finally be off. Hopefully this will allow the 49ers to play loose and just have fun…until next year.