CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - After two straight road losses and a bye, the Charlotte 49ers get back to work on Saturday when they host Western Kentucky for homecoming.
“I think the bye week fell good for us because it’s in the middle of the year,” said 49ers head coach Brad Lambert. “You go hard through August, play 5 games, and everybody can take a deep breath and get some guys healthy.”
Some of the key areas the (2-3) Niners worked on during their off week is 3rd downs, red zone efficiency, and special teams, but big key on Saturday may be the kind of start this team has.
In a week 4 loss to UMass, Charlotte fell behind 28-0 before losing 49-31. The next week against UAB, the Niners trailed 21-0 at the half and lost 28-7.
“We’ve got to come out with higher tempo and with more aggression,” said 49ers quarterback Chris Reynolds. “We got to get excited to play ball. On the road games we were lagging around. The big thing is to come out with energy this week.”
WKU enters this game with a 1-4 record with losses to Wisconsin and Louisville. The Hilltoppers have a very young team as they only have 10 seniors on the roster. Only Illinois, Ball State, Memphis, and SMU have fewer. Through 5 games, WKU has played 4 quarterbacks with 3 starters. On paper, it looks like Charlotte could get a win in this one but this one won’t be easy because of the Hilltoppers scheme on offense.
“They like to motion, shift, move guys around and their skilled guys are extremely good,” said coach Lambert. “It’s going to be a real test for us defensively to make sure were in the right places and that we don’t give up the big plays."
Kickoff Saturday is at 3:30 at Jerry Richardson Stadium.