Football

Charlotte 49ers want to end season on a high note

It took fewer than 48 hours for coach Brad Lambert to make sure his Charlotte 49ers weren’t feeling too comfortable after they snapped a six-game losing streak Saturday.

“I got on them pretty good at practice Monday morning,” said Lambert. “We wanted to establish how hard we’re going to work and prepare this week.”

Lambert is looking for a positive end to a season, one that went off the rails for a while during a losing streak that began in September. But Charlotte snapped it last Saturday with a 38-33 victory against Division III Wesley (Delaware). The 49ers will finish their second season of football Saturday against Morehead State (4-7), a team Charlotte dismantled 61-17 in 2013.

“We understand that we can feel pretty good about ourselves if we win these last two after opening up with three wins, then having that slide,” said Lambert.

Morehead State plays in the Football Championship Subdivision’s nonscholarship Pioneer League. The Eagles average 30.7 points offensively, but are susceptible on defense (42.8 points).

Eagles quarterback Austin Gahafer has had a big season, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 2,704 yards and 21 touchdowns.

“No matter what anybody thinks, after last year’s game (Morehead State) is going to come in here with their ‘mean’ on and be ready to play,” said Lambert.

Notes

• Lambert said Lee McNeill will start his third consecutive game at quarterback ahead of Matt Johnson, who hurt his knee Oct. 25 against James Madison. Johnson will dress and back up McNeill.



• Linebacker Nico Alcalde aggravated a shoulder injury against Wesley and won’t play Saturday. He will have surgery on the shoulder in the offseason. Receiver Trent Bostick, who left the Wesley game after a head-on-head collision with a defender, is day to day.



• The 49ers’ offensive line has been banged up but should be at near full-strength Saturday. Left tackle Jamal Covington and guard Jarred Barr were hurt against Wesley and will be back. Tackle Eugene German, who has missed two games with a concussion, is day to day.



• The 49ers will honor seven seniors Saturday: receiver Dmarjai Devine, safety Desmond Cooper, running back Quintin Gay, linebacker Tyler DeStefani, H back Mark Montini, H back Peter Fields and offensive tackle Daniel Blitch. Two other seniors – linebacker Caleb Clayton-Molby and defensive end Devon Johnson – are taking medical redshirts and will be eligible next season.



• Morehead State played in Mecklenburg County earlier this season, beating Davidson 40-32 in a Pioneer League game.



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