|Charlotte 49ers step up in competition against App State|
|Saturday game big for recruiting, bragging rights|
|Published Wednesday, September 5, 2018 7:28 pm|
The biggest home game in Charlotte 49ers history is around the corner.
Saturday’s game against Appalachian State is a sellout, even with the addition of temporary seating that brings Jerry Richardson Stadium’s to more than 17,500. It also helps that the Mountaineers are arguably North Carolina’s top FBS program and they’re playing in Charlotte, which means recruiting stature is at stake.
Kickoff is 6 p.m.
“It’s a natural game because of proximity,” Charlotte head coach Brad Lambert said. “It’s two different programs because of the age and success that Appalachian’s had. They’ve recruited well in North Carolina forever and they’ve got a well-established program and we’re trying to do that.”
Beating Appalachian State, which lost their season opener 45-38 to Penn State in overtime, would go a long way toward accomplishing it.
Charlotte’s had to overcome its share of obstacles in last week’s 34-10 season-opening win against Fordham.
There were three weather delays, a partial power outage among the lights at Jerry Richardson Stadium and, ultimately, a big debut for freshmen Chris Reynolds and Victor Tucker. They’ll need to duplicate that effort against the Mountaineers in order to compete.
“You’ve got to really stay in the moment and prep today because Saturday will take care of itself,” Lambert said. “But if we don’t prepare well, then Saturday won’t go well.”
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