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The Charlotte 49ers completed their five-game win streak to close the season with a convincing win over the Old Dominion Monarchs. The 49ers offense came out of the gate hot on the first drive with a 58-yard touchdown strike from Chris Reynolds to Conference USA Player of the Week, Victor Tucker. The 49ers dominated the Monarchs' defense with their run game they would end the 1st half with a 16-yard run for a touchdown from senior running back Benny LeMay and a 9-yard touchdown run by junior running back Aaron McAllister. The Charlotte 49ers jumped out to a commanding 24-7 lead to close the first half. 

Things got a little tight as the Monarchs cut the lead to 24-14 opening the second half of the game with a 10-play drive capped off by an 8-yard touchdown run by true freshman running back Lala Davis. The 49ers soon put the game out of reach pushing the lead back to 21 with an impressive 10-play drive in the third quarter. It ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Reynolds to wide receiver Tyler Ringwood, who broke tackles from several Monarch defenders to bounce into the end zone. On the next possession the 49ers defense would come up big with a strip-sack-fumble recovery from defensive end Markees Watts. 

The 49ers defense swarmed the Old Dominion Monarchs, only allowing a single score in the first half and keeping the Monarchs offense contained as they could never find a rhythm throughout the game. The 49ers defense ended the game forcing three turnovers that highlighted a huge day from senior defensive end Alex Highsmith who had 10 solo tackles and a jaw dropping 4.5 sacks. Highsmith was making his presence felt everywhere. 

The 49ers had all the momentum after the costly turnover by the Monarchs. Charlotte kept their foot on the Monarch defense's throat needing only three plays to score another LeMay 10-yard rushing touchdown. This pushed the lead to 38-14. The 49ers went on to win against the Old Dominion Monarchs 38-22. The 49ers ground game dominated the Monarchs' defense, finishing the game with 241 yards rushing. A standout wide receiver this season, Tucker finished the game with three receptions and 118 yards receiving on only four targets. It was a statement win for Charlotte a week after becoming bowl eligible for the first time in program history.

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