|Charlotte 49ers emphasize consistency against Massachusetts|
|'Self-inflicted wounds' hampered effort vs. App State|
|Published Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:37 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|The Charlotte 49ers (1-1) look to go over .500 against Massachusetts Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium.|
The Charlotte 49ers need to work smarter rather than harder.
A 56-41 loss at Appalachian State last week put the 49ers 1-1, but what coach Will Healy described as ‘self-inflicted’ wounds cost them a game he said the 49ers, “wanted more.”
“[It’s] frustrating when you have to come back in here on Sunday and watch the film we had to watch,” said Healy of a game that started with an 87-yard touchdown run by the Mountaineers. “All the times we had to answer them on Saturday when they made a big play, when we had our own self-inflicted wounds that they were able to take care of and capitalize on, we responded, which is very positive. The fight that our team has, the energy that our team plays with, I thought we wanted it more than they did. I thought we probably a lot of times played harder than they did. I don’t know if sometimes our execution, if we played smarter than they did. Those are the things we’ve gotta correct this week.”
Said senior defensive back Marquil Osborne, a Hough High graduate: “It was only a disappointment because we beat ourselves as we look back to the film and see the missed keys and just stuff we could’ve fixed on our own. We’ll remember that feeling coming into this week.”
The 1-1 49ers host 0-2 Massachusetts on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m., followed by a trip to Clemson on Sept. 21, before ending the month with homecoming and their Conference USA opener against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 28.
“This team is not one that is ever going to hang their head and quit,” Healy said. “That’s going to be part of our M.O. We’re going to play really hard. We’re going to want it more than you do. Now we’ve gotta get the execution to match.”
Key against Minutemen will be not only senior running back Benny LeMay (Butler High), who produced consecutive 100-yard rushing games, but Charlotte’s developing receiving corps.
“We’ve had a bunch of guys step up and make some big plays,” Healy said. “Obviously Victor Tucker made two contested catches on Saturday to keep us in the football game that were really, I mean those were big time plays.”
Tucker, a sophomore receiver, had six receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns at Appalachian State.
“Victor is playmaker, and he has been, and he’s going to continue to be too,” sophomore quarterback Chris Reynolds said.
Freshman Micaleous Elder, who leads the 49ers with nine receptions for 156 yards and a score, had seven catches for 119 yards last week. Sophomore Cameron Dollar is second with nine receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. Tucker is third, followed by freshman Noah Henderson with five catches for 49 yards.
“Micaleous and Noah have been able to provide that depth that we needed,” Healy said. “Noah got his first start on Saturday and played really well. Micaleous was dynamic—what we see him do every day in practice. Cam Dollar has been extremely consistent. Tyler Ringwood’s been really good. We don’t have to tell the quarterback ‘this guy’s running a route for nothing.’ Everybody is involved in the scheme, and you’ve gotta read the thing out because we’ve got good players.”
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