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Saturday's Charlotte-Georgia State football game postponed
Positive COVID tests requires change
 
Published Friday, September 25, 2020 5:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

It’s another weekend without football for the Charlotte 49ers.

Charlotte was scheduled to play Georgia State Saturday at noon on ESPNU in their home opener, the programs announced postponement of the game this afternoon. Their nearly identical statements explain that the game was postponed by Georgia State, “due to COVID positive tests and contact tracing.” A timeframe to reschedule has not been determined. Charlotte’s next scheduled game is their Conference USA opener at Florida Atlantic on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m., which is scheduled for ESPNU. Georgia State is set to host East Carolina on Oct. 3 at noon.

Charlotte’s only game of the season was Sept. 12 at Appalachian State, which they lost 35-20.

“We are obviously disappointed for our team, but certainly respect Georgia State’s decision, and look forward to starting league play next weekend at FAU,” Charlotte Athletics Director Mike Hill said in a statement.

Said coach Will Healy: “Welcome to 2020.”

Healy said the last two weeks have taught him that he cannot assure his team of anything during a pandemic. He described it as a feeling of reaching the finish line, only to have the game postponed less than 24 hours from kick off. They had a 3:15 p.m. special teams meeting scheduled, but Healy got a call from Hill at 1:45 p.m. breaking the news that the game was postponed.

“I hurt for our guys,” Healy said. “I hurt for our staff. We’ve watched Tennessee, Norfolk State, now Georgia State and North Carolina. You’ve watched a lot of film on teams you didn’t play.”

Junior Quarterback Chris Reynolds was expected to play against Georgia State. He has been listed as day-to-day after suffering an upper body injury in the season opener, making junior transfer Dom Shoffner the next man up. Yet Shoffner’s opportunity the last two weeks has not come to fruition. Healy said Reynolds is not experiencing some miraculous healing, but he is just that tough.

“I know Chris was wanting to play tomorrow, and we expected to play him tomorrow,” Healy said. “How much and what our game plan looked like—it would’ve been different. We would’ve definitely have done some things to protect him. Giving him another week to feel better will definitely help. There’s a bunch of guys who were really banged up that we were going to see if they could play tomorrow, but we really didn’t know. Another week to dive back into the training room and get those guys healthy will be very important.”

With game reps scarce since the opener, preventing rust is a priority heading into conference play. But how does a program replicate game reps? Healy will focus on what they messed up week one and in practice. The goal is to beat your best with the emphasis on what he describes as, “how do you beat your best?”

“The saying, ‘you get so much better from week one to week two,’ well that’s with a routine,” Healy said. “We’re going to be FAU’s first game, but it’s also going to have been three weeks since we played another football team. We’ve got to show that we’re ready to make the move from game one to game two instead of making it look like it’s game one all over again.”

Healy is dedicated the weekend to bringing the team together. The goal is to have fun. Tonight the team will have a socially distanced meal together.

“I thought it was important that our guys have a chance to be around each other,” Healy said. “It seemed like from the App State week, our guys had the most fun when they were on that bus and sitting there having a team meal together, just things that felt normal again.”

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