|Pass efficiency results in big plays for 2-1 Charlotte 49ers|
|Reynolds, Ringwood go off in 52-17 win vs. UMass|
|Published Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:23 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|Charlotte 49ers receiver Tyler Ringwood breaks Joseph Norwood's tackle in Charlotte's 52-17 win against Massachusetts Saturday at Richardson Stadium. The win was the 49ers' first against an FBS nonconference opponent at home.|
The Charlotte 49ers do not need a pass-oriented offense to be efficient in the air.
A 52-17 win Saturday against Massachusetts at Richardson Stadium put the 49ers 2-1 overall (2-0 at home), but also displayed their development at wide receiver, which last week’s game at Appalachian State hinted at. The standouts this time were junior receiver Tyler Ringwood with two catches for 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns and sophomore quarterback Chris Reynolds, who completed 10-of-12 passes for 155 yards and two scores.
“Every week we come in here, we can put a new receiver up here, and that’s a nice thing to have,” coach Will Healy said. “Tyler practices really hard every day, and I think the ball that Chris threw was a really good ball, and it was a tremendous adjustment by Tyler to make a contested catch, and a big play. I think we’ve got a good amount of depth at the receiver position. Those guys are getting better each and every week. Chris is becoming more and more comfortable with the routes that they are running, the scheme that we’re running, and has become very accurate.”
In addition to Reynolds, senior Brett Kean completed 3-of-3 attempts for 40 yards and a touchdown. Ringwood scored his first two career touchdowns, and sophomore Cameron Dollar’s lone reception for 46 yards put the 49ers up 7-0 within the first two minutes.
“We’re efficient throwing the football,” Healy said. “That’s what you want to be. We’re not going to drop back and throw it 55 times. That’s just not how our offense is going to complement our defense, but when we throw it, we’ve gotta be efficient, and we’ve gotta be dynamic, and we were tonight.”
Said Ringwood: “[Reynolds and I] have been working with each other for a while now, ever since last year. As far as when we run routes and things like that, everything meshes together well, all the way across the board.”
Freshman Micaleous Elder leads the 49ers with 11 receptions for 201 yards and a touchdown, followed by sophomore Victor Tucker’s 11 catches for 131 yards and two scores, followed by Dollar (10 receptions, 157 yards and two scores). Ringwood has five receptions for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Reynolds attributes their growth as a group to their bond off the field.
“Every day, we try to build chemistry, and it’s not just within football,” Reynolds said. “It’s about life too—talking to each other about what’s going on with each other’s lives. When you get that personal connection, along with the football connection, you can take things really far.”
The 49ers head to No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.—the perfect test for the eager 49ers.
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