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The Charlotte 49ers are hosting the UNC-Pembroke Braves in football action today at McColl-Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte.
It's Homecoming for the 49ers, who are coming off of a thrilling 53-51 victory against Gardner-Webb last week at home.
Pembroke wins toss and defers. Niners will receive to start the game going west to east. 49ers get one first down on their opening drive, but are forced to punt after stalling at their own 46. Pembroke takes over at its own 12-yard line.
Braves methodically work way down the field to score on their 1st possession. Rontonio Stanley 1-yard run puts Pembroke up 7-0 at 10:40 mark. Drive goes eight plays, 88 yards in 2:27.
Niners tie the game up with a Johnson 2-yard pass to Hunter. McNeil with a two-point conversion. UNCC leads 8-7 with 8:26 left in first quarter. Drive goes eight plays, 82 yards in 2:14 seconds.
Big return on the ensuing kickoff by Pembroke sets the Braves up at the 49er 46-yard line. Rontonio Stanley with a 2-yard touchdown run (second of game) puts Braves ahead of 49ers, 14-8, with 5:02 left in first quarter. Drive goes nine plays, 46 yards in 3:42.
Niners start at their own 25 with 5:02 left in first quarter. Game looking like it might be a scorefest. Charlotte goes three-and-out and chooses not to go for it on 4th and short at the 34.5-yard line. Pembroke takes over at its own 28.
Charlotte gets a drive going, but L.J. Stroman intercepts Johnson in the end zone with 1:25 left in opening quarter. Braves take over at their own 20. Niners call timeout.
Quarter comes to a close with the Braves beating the Niners, 14-8. UNC-Charlotte is 2-2 this season when trailing after one quarter.
Braves marching early in the quarter. Pembroke faces a 3rd and 2 at the Niners 47-yard line, but convert with yet another short pass. Terrance Winchester intercepts Braves QB Luke Charles to give 49ers a chance to tie the contest.
UNC-Charlotte quickly goes three-and-out with a trio of runs. Braves get possession at their own 42.
Braves get on the scoreboard for the third time in today's game. Charles with a 23-yard pass to Te'Vell Williams. Drive goes seven plays, 58 yards in 3:09.
Charlotte starts its next drive on the 19-yard line. A 38-yard field goal by Blake Brewer is no good. Charlotte trails 21-8 with 3:57 left.
Niners get a big defensive stop with 2:42 left in the first half. Braves punt from their own 36 to the Charlotte 20.
UNC-Charlotte cannot score on its next drive and punts to the Braves 46 with 1:52 left in the first half.
Niners appear to get a stop, but get a roughing the kicker call. Pembroke with under 30 seconds left and a chance to potentially score before the half is over.
HALFTIME: UNC-Pembroke 21, UNC-Charlotte 8
Pembroke starts with the ball at its own 28. Pembroke already into UNC-Charlotte territory. QB Charles down with a leg cramp. 12:06 left in third quarter.
Elliott Powell caps the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Pembroke extends its lead to 28-8 with 10:15 left in third. Drive goes 10 plays, 72 yards in 4:45.
Niners start their first drive of the second half at the 29-yard line, but go three-and-out. Pembroke gets ball back at its own 31. On 3rd and 9, Pembroke gets a 56-yard pass from Charles to Williams. Pembroke ahead 35-8. Drive is five plays, 69 yards in 2:15.
After touchback, Charlotte starts at its own 25 hoping to get on the scoreboard and regain some momentum. Another three-and-out for the 49ers. Charlotte punting again in this contest and looking lifeless on both sides of the ball.
Braves go three-and-out with a few miscues on offense. Charlotte takes over at its own 32, trying to get its stagnant offense going.
INJURY UPDATE: Charlotte's Martay Mattox out with a head injury.
With 27 seconds left in the third quarter, Johnson throws a 4-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Crawford to break Pembroke scoring spurt. Niners trail 38-15. Drive goes 9 plays, 75 yards in 2:01.
Crowd really getting into it on the next Pembroke offensive possession. Braves start at their own 9. Pembroke appears to get a first down, but a chop block penalty costs the Braves, who are forced to punt.
Mikell Hunter muffs a fair catch on a punt return. Pembroke recovers and takes over at its own 46.
HOMECOMING CROWD: Today's announced attendance is 16,630 (standing room only).
With 9:26 left in game, Charles completes an 8-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Bunn. Drive goes nine plays, 55 yards in 4:09. Pembroke lead Charlotte, 45-15.
Niners' Alan Barnwell fumbles, which is recovered by Pembroke. Braves take over at their own 44.
There is 6:07 left in the game. Charlotte takes over at its own 8 after a holding penalty. Pembroke leads 45-15. Johnson with a 50-yard pass to Duke to get down to the Pembroke 3.
Johnson connects with C.J. Crawford on 4th and goal with a 17-yard touchdown pass. Charlotte trails 45-22 with 3:48 remaining in the game.
Charlotte attempts an onside kick, but is unsuccessful in recovering. Braves take over at their own 47.
Pembroke milks the final few minutes of the clock to spoil Charlotte's Homecoming game.
FINAL SCORE: UNC-Pembroke 45, UNC-Charlotte 22