By MALCOLM BUTLER, Lincoln Parish Journal
CHARLOTTE — When Louisiana Tech faces Charlotte today at 2:30 p.m. at Jerry Richardson Stadium in this North Carolina city, something has to give.
The Bulldogs have lost 13 straight road games dating back to a win at North Texas in 2020.
The 49ers have lost six straight home games.
One of those streaks will come to an end.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network locally on 92.1 FM and on the LA Tech Athletics app with Malcolm Butler and Teddy Allen providing a call of the action.
Tech (3-7, 2-4) is coming off a 51-7 loss at league leader UTSA last weekend in a game that saw the Bulldogs struggle in all three phases of the game. However, true freshman quarterback Landry Lyddy, last year’s Mr. Louisiana Football at Calvary Baptist Academy, will make his third start of the season today, something that Tech coach Sonny Cumbie is excited to see.
“It’s Landry’s game really,” said Cumbie when asked about the game plan for his QBs. “Let’s see how well he does. We have a game plan we feel good about and opportunities for him to spread the ball to the guys who can make plays. I’m excited to watch him play again.”
Lyddy completed 14-of-26 passes for 138 yards and one TD while throwing two interceptions against the Roadrunners, but Cumbie said he felt the young signal caller made some strides.
“I think that Landry did a fine job,” said Cumbie. “He made some good throws on third down to keep some drives alive. He hit Tre Harris on a great throw on a third down. He made a nice to throw to Smoke (Harris) for the touchdown in terms of an anticipation throw over the middle of the field. There are some things read-wise that I have to stay on him about in terms of our RPO game and other things. He was playing against a really good defense.”
Charlotte (2-9, 1-6) counters with one of the most experienced signal callers in the country. Chris Reynolds has thrown for 2,272 yards and 22 touchdowns this season and is the key for the 49ers according to Cumbie.
“Forty-one career starts,” he said. “That’s what he is making today in his last career start at home for Charlotte. He can make plays with his feet. We have watched a lot of crossover film of Charlotte’s when we were preparing for other opponents, and I have a ton of respect for him as a competitor. He is really fun to watch. He won’t be fun to watch (today).
“But watching him in those other games, seeing him compete. He gets knocked around some and he gets back up. He is making throws. He has some talented receivers. They like to throw the ball down in the field in terms of their passing game.”
Elijah Spencer (52-886-9 TDs) and Grant DuBose (62-757-9 TDs) are his main weapons and will be a challenge for a Bulldog defense that has been decimated by injuries this season.
The 49ers are allowing over 41 points and almost 500 yards of offense a game this year, but according to Cumbie, have some playmakers in Amir Siddiq and Markees Watts.
“From a defensive standpoint, they have two of the best defensive ends in our league,” he said. “They are two of the best pass rushers that we will play in Conference USA. We will have our hands full in terms of pass protection.”