The Charlotte 49ers’ much-anticipated inaugural football season began at noon Aug. 31 when Blake Brewer kicked off to the Campbell Camels.
Just a few minutes later – on the game’s second play from scrimmage – Richardson Stadium was transformed into a cauldron of noise and chaos when 49ers senior linebacker Mark Hogan intercepted a Camels pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.
The big play sparked the 49ers to a 52-7 victory. But it meant more than that.
It showed the young 49ers – who often had 17 freshmen in the starting lineup – what was possible.
“After all the work we’d put in, all the long hours, we saw where we can go,” redshirt freshman center Thomas La Bianca said.
The 49ers ended up 5-6. There were great moments, there were some tough lessons. But nothing more memorable and meaningful than Hogan’s interception. David Scott
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