Appointment time: Saturday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN3 (Play-by-Play: Bobby Rosinski/Analyst: Reginald Walker Jr./Sideline: Hannah Bradey)
Radio: Learfield/Charlotte Sports Network (Play-by-Play: Matt Swierad/Analyst: Al Wallace)
Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Betting line: LA Tech-3, O/U 64.5
All-time serial record: 49ers Trail, 0-1 (LA Tech won the singles meeting 42-32 on Nov 13, 2021)
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Charlotte is looking to end her season on a high note as they face the Bulldogs at home. Emotions will run high as senior captains potentially line up for one last college game.
Here are Senior Captains Chris Reynolds and DE Markees Watts as they reflect on their time in Charlotte and what they will miss most.
Chris Reynolds: “It shouldn’t be happening. I got here and the only thing I was promised was a locker room… I’ll really remember those moments in the locker room. I’m happy to have walked this path and I look forward to doing it again.”
Markees Watts: “I’m excited about life after college football. I’m so proud to play here. I’m proud to play here, I’m proud of Charlotte… but it’s been a normal week for me. I will enjoy the game as usual.”
Charlotte enters this game after losing to Middle Tennessee. The Niners seemed to be clicking on all cylinders in the first half. Most importantly, Charlotte’s defensive line was able to generate constant pressure by only charging four.
Charlotte’s linebacker and secondary benefited greatly as they were able to focus on their defensive duties without worrying about executing blitz packs. The results were good. The Niners were able to hold the Blue Raiders to just 7 points at halftime.
Interim HC Pete Rossomando trusts his defensive line to play and states they have been doing it all season.
“We always had faith in our D line. The confidence in our boys was great. With the exception of one shot, our defense played an almost flawless game.”
On the offensive side of the ball, the Niners didn’t seem to miss a beat. In the first half, Chris Reynolds found wide receivers Elijah Spencer and Grant DuBose for touchdowns in the end zone. Everything seemed to be going right for the Niners.
However, this game was a story of two halves.
Charlotte’s unforced errors and special team errors allowed MTSU to quickly pull the game out of halftime. The Blue Raiders have never looked back.
Middle Tennessee running back Frank Peasant hit the end zone twice in that game, making the Blue Raiders 5-0 in the season [Peasant] scored a touchdown.
Charlotte has faced similar offensive playstyles in recent weeks, as did Saturday’s matchup.
Here Interim HC Pete Rossomando talks about how they prepared for LA Tech.
“They have three explosive receivers, they play with the ball in the air. We have to make sure we keep these guys in front of us and get them running the ball more than they want to.
LA Tech isn’t a run-heavy offense, they’ve been gained by over 1,000 yards (1,410-2,530) in rushing yards this season.
If Charlotte can smother the Bulldogs offense on early downs, they will have success leaving the field. LA Tech only covers 36% of their 3rd downs compared to 67% of their opponents.
Louisiana Tech Preview
LA Tech’s week-to-week performances are unpredictable as they come. The Bulldogs average 30 points per game (6th in C-USA) but average 39.2 ppg (10th in C-USA).
A team accustomed to high-score shootouts, LA Tech is averaging at least 40 points with every win this season. After a 51-7 loss to UTSA, LA Tech is looking to defeat the Niners before heading home for the final game of the 2022 season.
The Bulldogs should be able to find success through their air attack, whether in the slot or on the outside.
On the defensive side of the ball, Charlotte must contain the Bulldogs’ defensive line. #20 Kershawn Fisher has the ability to leave the ball and bring down the quarterback along with his linebackers and transfers in the secondary.
The LA Tech high school likes to hit the receivers with their long DBs and play man-to-man coverage. If Charlotte’s offensive line can hold up, it will allow Chris to make shots down the field.
The same goes for the Bulldogs. LA Tech QB Parker McNeil has developed a great relationship with his receivers, notching 24 touchdowns through the air compared to 19 of his opponents. LA Tech wins games when they score more than 40 points. Main focus on this matchup.
This Saturday will serve as a lost home game for the Niners in the 2022 season. While the season may not have gone as Charlotte expected, they leave fully prepared to send off the senior captains on a good note.
The Niners had every chance to get back in the game against MTSU but failed. After a week of training and filming, the team seems determined to recover and give their fans their first home win of the season.
This game will fall on the shoulders of Charlotte’s secondary and defensive line as they try to pressure Parker McNeil and force him to take misguided shots. Pete Rossomando is looking to make the most of his last two home games as Interim HC before the Biff Poggi era begins in Charlotte.
Final result: LA Tech 31, Charlotte 34