Inaugural Season’s Final Game

CHARLOTTE 49ERS (4-6) at Morehead State (3-8) 

Nov. 23, 2013; 1:00 p.m.

Jayne Stadium (10,000, turf)


Radio: ESPN 730  (Matt Swierad; Kevin Donnalley, Bobby Rosinski)




The Charlotte 49ers will conclude their inaugural season at Morehead State, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.  Charlotte’s first season has included an impressive 45-point victory in the inaugural game, a 45-21 road win at FCS Presbyterian and a fourth quarter comeback over #24/#25 Gardner-Webb for a 53-51 victory.


Charlotte’s first season slate has boasted six ranked opponents, including four FCS top 25 teams.  The victory over Gardner-Webb will stand as the 49ers first-ever over a nationally-ranked FCS opponent.  QB Matt Johnson (2440 yds; 20 pass TD; 2 rush TD; 2753 total offense) is on the Watch List for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top first-year player in the FCS.


Morehead State, a Pioneer Football league foe, is currently 3-8, following a 58-27 loss to Butler.  Charlotte is 1-0 against Pioneer League teams after defeating Campbell, 52-7, in the first-ever game.  Morehead State is 3-4 in league play.  The Eagles also boast a victory over Campbell, 45-36.


Morehead State is only the 2nd opponent of the 49ers inaugural season to enter its game with the 49ers with a losing record (Presbyterian: 1-2)


Charlotte put up over 500 yards of offense at #3/#6 Coastal Carolina in its last road game.  It was the 49ers’ 4th game of 500+ yards. 


Charlotte ranks sixth in the FCS in takeaways (28), 2nd in fumbles recovered (15), 27th in interceptions (13) and 28th in tackles for loss (6.9/gm).  Charlotte averages 435.4 yards of total offense (25th) and ranks 34th in the FCS in first downs (237) and 11th in fewest sacks allowed (0.90).   


Team Leaders:

     Passing:                           Matt Johnson 2440 yds (209-347; 244.0/gm; 20 TD)

     Rushing:                           Kalif Phillips 630 yds (118 carries; 5.3 avg.; 9 TD)

                                              Alan Barnwell 546 yds (124 carries; 4.4 avg.; 4 TD)

     Receiving:                        Austin Duke 697 yds (59 catches; 11.8 avg.; 6 TD)

                                              Trent Bostick 594 yds (42 catches; 14.1 avg.; 4 TD)

     Touchdowns:                   Kaliff Phillips 10 TDs (9 rush; 1 rec.)

                                              Austin Duke 6 TDs (6 rec.)

     Tackles:                           Martay Mattox 79 tackles

     Solo Tackles:                   Martay Mattox 46 solo tackles

     Tackles for loss:              Terry Caldwell 8.5 TFL

     QB Sacks:                       Devon Johnson 2.0; Larry Ogunjobi 2.0

     QB Hurries:                      Larry Ogunjobi, 9; Brandon Banks, 9

     Fumble recoveries:          Caleb Clayton-Molby, 3

     Interceptions:                   Terrance Winchester 3


#49 (Players honored with uniform #49 on Game Day):

      Campbell:                        Larry Ogunjobi, NT

      Chowan:                          Caleb Clayton-Molby, LB

      NCCU:                            Mikel Hunter, WR

      JMU:                               Danny Book, RT

      PC:                                  Devon Johnson, DE

      GWU:                              Thomas La Bianca, C

      UNC Pembroke:             Alan Barnwell, RB

      Charleston Southern:      Keaston Sinicki, LS

      Coastal Carolina:             Nico Alcalde, LB

      Wesley College:              Mark Hogan, LB



ESPN Top 10: Mark Hogan’s INT for historic first TD in inaugural game (#10)

ESPN Game Day: Host Chris Fowler talked 49ers Football in visit to Charlotte Touchdown Club, Sept. 26

ESPN3: 49ers inaugural season, Game #5, at Presbyterian, was aired on ESPN3


Game Day Stats:

Charlotte’s uptempo offense is averaging 76.1 plays per game, with a high of 106 vs. NCCU. The 49ers have had 397 rushing plays (183.6 yds/gm) and 364 passing plays (251.8 yds/gm).  QB Matt Johnson ranks 28th in the FCS with 2440 passing yards and 20th in total offense (275.3 yd/game). 

      Charlotte is 4-1 when it rushes for more than 200 yards and 4-2 when it passes for more than 250.  Charlotte is 4-2 in games that it has a passing touchdown.

      Morehead State rushes for 125.3 yards and allows 266.2 on the ground, while throwing for 244.9 yards and allowing 269.5.  They have lost four straight and allowed 50+ points in the last three.  They are 3-0 when they score more than 40 points.  21 of their 34 TD’s have come on the ground.  They have scored on 86% of their red-zone visits.



Charlotte played six ranked opponents, including four teams ranked in the national FCS polls (FCS Coaches/Sports Network): at #3/#6 Coastal Carolina; at #T24/RV Charleston Southern, vs. #24/#25 Gardner-Webb and at #16/#17 James Madison.  UNC Pembroke was ranked #13/#14 in the Div. II polls and Wesley was #22/#20 in the Div. III polls.


Stats to Watch For:

QB Matt Johnson needs 60 passing yards to reach 2500 in his first collegiate season ... Kalif Phillips needs one rushing TD to reach 10 rushing touchdowns for the season ... Austin Duke needs 53 yards receiving to reach 750 ... Terry Caldwell’s next tackle will be his 50th, joining five other 49ers at 50+) ... tackle-leader Martay Mattox needs four solo tackles to reach 50 unassisted.


Quick Notes:

Charlotte has three receivers with over 500 yards receiving (Austin Duke, 697; Trent Bostick, 594; Mikel Hunter, 514) ... QB Matt Johnson, a red-shirt freshman, ranks 27th in the FCS in passing TDs (20), 28th in yards passing (2440), 21st in yards/game (244.0) and 18th in completions/gm (20.90) ... Charlotte has had either a 100+-yard receiver or rusher in four of the last five games ... Charlotte has put up 450 or more yards in each of its four wins and has had four games (2-2) of 500+ yards ... 6 of the 49ers last 7 opponents have totalled 500+ yards of offense (1-5) ... Charlotte is 6th in the FCS in takeaways (28) and 2nd in fumbles recovered (15) ... Charlotte is 0-5 when it doesn’t win the turnover battle: NCCU, -4; UNCP, -3; CSU, 0; CCU, -2; Welsey, 0 ... Charlotte didn’t have a takeaway at Coastal Carolina -- a first for the 49ers this season ... Charlotte had a season-high 7 offensive TDs vs. #24 GWU (2 rush; 5 pass) ... Charlotte rushed for a season-high 281 yards vs. #3/#6 Coastal Carolina, the most the Chanticleers have allowed all year ... opponents have scored on their opening offensive drive in 5 of the last 7 games .... 25 different 49ers have figured in a tackle for loss (49ers rank 28th in FCS in TFL, 6.9/gm) ... the 49ers have scored TD’s in each facet of the game: offense passing (18), offense rushing (12), defense (1), special teams (1) ... In wins, Charlotte has scored TDs in 14 of 16 quarters ... Charlotte scored on its first possession in 3 games.


Matt Johnson Named to Jerry Rice Watch List:  Red-shirt freshman QB Matt Johnson is among the initial 20 candidates on the Watch List for The Sports Network’s Jerry Rice Award, given to the top first-year player in the FCS.

            Johnson has led the 49ers to a 4-6 record in their first season, including a thrilling 53-51 comeback victory over #24/#25 Gardner-Webb.  Johnson ranks 27th in the FCS with 20 touchdown passes and 28th with 2440 passing yards.


Gold Rush:  Charlotte has scored a rushing touchdown in 9 of 10 games (hi: 3 against Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian.  The team’s 17 rushing TD’s have come from five different players:  Kalif Phillips, 9; Alan Barnwell, 4; Matt Johnson, 2 and Corey Nesmith Jr. and Lee McNeill.


Scoring Spread:  Charlotte has 40 TDs: 21 on passes, 17 on rushes, 1 from defense; 1 on a kickoff return.  Of the 21 passing TD’s, one came on a fake field goal.


Defense: The 49ers defense put points on the board (INT TD return vs. Campbell; safety vs. Chowan; GWU) in three wins and created14 turnovers in the 4 W’s.


Senior Day Celebrated vs. Wesley

Head coach Brad Lambert honored the 49ers’ first-ever senior class, at Saturday’s final home game. The class includes starters CJ Crawford, Mark Hogan and Mikel Hunter, the 49ers punter Brandon Strupp and two players who joined the team from the program’s first-ever walk-on tryouts: Zeb Little and Alex Petzke.

            Each has played a key role in this historic season: Crawford (Two-Point Conversion), Hogan (Touchdown), Hunter (Kickoff Return for TD), Strupp (50-yd punt) and Little (fumble return) all contributed program firsts while Petzke recorded the safety that kickstarted the 49ers comeback over #24 Gardner-Webb.


Young Guns: Charlotte has started at least 13 and as many as 15 freshmen and red-shirt freshmen in each game this year.  Charlotte is averaging 14.0 Fr/r-FR while opponents have totalled just 22 Fr./r-Fr starters (2.2/gm).


Inaugural game: Charlotte scored its first touchdown just 46 seconds into the Campbell game on LB Mark Hogan’s 32-yard interception return and the 49ers scored on their first eight possessions and raced to a 32-0 lead.  QB Matt Johnson connected on his first eight passes, two of which went for TDs and finished with 282 yards and 3 TD’s on 19-of-29 passing.

                              LB Mark Hogan scored the 49ers historic first TD on an interception return on the second play from scrimmage at 14:14.

                              Head coach Brad Lambert recorded a victory in his college head coaching debut with a lineup that included 14 red-shirt freshmen and one true freshman.


History Maker:  LB Mark Hogan, a grad student who transferred from Georgia State, etched his name in 49ers record books by intercepting a pass on the 2nd play from scrimmage and returning it 32 yards for the first touchdown in 49ers history just 46 seconds into the inaugural game.  At Georgia State, Hogan was that start-up program’s first scholarship player and the school’s all-time leading tackler.


Perfect Start: On the 49ers first two offensive possessions, QB Matt Johnson connected on each of his first eight passes and led the 49ers to a pair of touchdowns.  He was 5-of-5 in the first drive and hit Justin Bolus on a one-yard pass for the touchdown.  The second drive, which started on his own 4-yard line, covered 96 yards in four plays and took just 45 seconds.  He hit Mikel Hunter for 44 yards on the first play to get out of trouble and found Austin Duke for a 19-yard strike for the touchdown.   Johnson finished the first quarter 8-8 on pass attempts for 133 yards and two touchdowns.  He hit four different receivers.


Perfect Symmetry (credit Matt Crossman, Charlotte Magazine): 

       In its first game, Charlotte scored on the 2nd play from scrimmage, on an interception return by LB Mark Hogan on the first pass thrown his way.

       In his first game as a player, 49ers head coach Brad Lambert scored on an interception return.  Entering the game in the second half, the interception return was on the third snap, but a previous play was negated by penalty, so it, too, was the 2nd official play, on the first pass thrown his way.


First True Freshmen:  In the inaugural game, Trent Bostick (WR, Rockingham, N.C./Richmond Senior) became the first true freshman to start a game as a position player. True freshman Blake Brewer (K, Concord, N.C./Cannon School) was the first 49er to touch the game ball, putting it in play on the opening kick at 12:08 p.m. He also became the first true freshman to put points on the board with his extra point after the opening TD and he kicked the 49ers first field goal, a 35-yarder at 14:49 of the 2nd quarter.  True freshman Kalif Phillips (RB; Kannapolis, N.C./AL Brown) scored the first rushing TD on a 15-yard run at 9:32 of the 2nd quarter.


       Trent Bostick:        1st freshman to start as a position player

       Blake Brewer:        1st 49er to touch game ball (opening kick)

                                    1st freshman to score a point (extra point)

                                    1st 49er to kick a field goal (35-yarder)

       Kalif Phillips:          1st 49ers rushing TD (15-yard run, 2nd quarter)


True Freshmen In Action:  Seven different true freshmen have seen action this season for the 49ers, including Trent Bostick, who has started all three games, Kalif Phillips, who is the team’s leading rusher and Blake Brewer, who handles kicking duties:

       Justin Bridges-Thompson, LB         Played in all 10 gms; 18 tkl; 3.0 TFL

       Trent Bostick, WR                          Started 10 gm; 594 yd; 4 TD; 2 100-yd gm

       Blake Brewer, K                             7-13 FG; 35-36 PAT

       Devin Pearson, CB                         started 6 gms; 43 tkls; 1.0 sk

       Kalif Phillips, RB                            Leading rusher; 630 yd; 63.0/gm; 10 TD

       Keaston Sinicki, LS                                    All 10 gm; #49 at CSU (1st Frosh to wear)

       Wolfgang Zacherl, OL                    Played in all 10 games


Successful Walk-On Tryouts:  There are six players on the 2013 roster that made the team following the program’s first-ever walk-on tryouts, held in April of 2012.   Three of the played in the 49ers inaugural game

       Tyler DeStefani - injured (finger) - debut at Chas. Southern; 3 gms; 8 tkl

       Zeb Little, recovered fumble, returned it 7 yds in opener; 5 tackles on season                             Mark Montini, played in 10 games

       Fletcher O’Neil, out- injured (arm)

       Alex Petzke, two solo tackles in inaugural game; 8 tackles total

       Luke Sonricker, played in one game