Saturday, October 12, 2013

Halftime: UNC Pembroke 21, Charlotte 49ers 8

UNC Pembroke extended its lead to 21-8 at halftime, with the Braves scoring on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Luke Charles to John Rich with 6:34 left in the second quarter.

The 49ers couldn't generate much offense and special-team problems also became a factor. A 38-yard field goal attempt by Blake Brewer partially blocked by the Braves. Then, when Charlotte had a chance to get the ball back late in the half on a Braves punt, a roughing the kicker call on Justin Bridges-Thompson allowed UNC Pembroke the maintain possession.

UNC Pembroke has 254 yards in total offense, with Charles completing 24 of 32 passes for 198 yards and a TD. The 49ers have gained 188 yards, with QB Matt Johnson completing 15 of 24 for 149 yards and a TD. The 49ers have generated just 39 yards on the ground.

The Braves, whose short-passing game is giving the 49ers all kinds of problems, have dominated time of possession, 19:02 to 10:58.