Tornados rack up 239 rushing yards in Homecoming defeat to NGU
Brevard falls to Crusaders in Brevard Memorial Stadium, 36-6
Brevard, N.C. - Rodney Donald plunged in from one yard out in the fourth quarter, capping off a 239 yard rushing performance for the Brevard College offense, but Willy Korn hooked up with Sean Wright on three scoring tosses as the Tornados during the Homecoming festivities on Saturday afternoon to the visiting Crusaders, 36-6.
Aaron Reese led the Brevard (3-5) rushing performance, carrying the ball 16 times for 66 yards, while Jack Woerner and Kelvin Jeter had 57 yards apiece on the ground as the Tornados averaged 5.2 yards per carry in the game. Donald added 53 yards on 11 carries to go with his one yard touchdown score as the Tornados fell in non-conference competition.
Korn connected with six different receivers, going 18-for-22 through the air for 214 yards and three scores, with Wright being the main recipient with five receptions for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Freddie Martino Jr. and Harold Small also had five catches apiece, while Idris Anderson recorded 100 rushing yards on 16 carries to lead the Crusaders (6-2) past the Tornados in Brevard Memorial Stadium.
A 32 yard pass play from Reese to Eric Watts was the highlight of the Tornados first drive of the contest, but the possession was cut short at the North Greenville 12 yard line as Jamarius Robinson picked off a Reese pass to stall the drive.
The Brevard defense held the Crusaders on their opening possession as the Tornados took over on the BC 27 yard line. 13 plays later, the Tornados faced fourth-and-six at the NGU 23 yard line and freshman kicker Austin Clark lined up for the 40 yard attempt. However, Clark’s offering hooked wide left with 2:11 left in the first quarter to keep the game scoreless in the opening frame.
Eric Watts uncorked the longest punt in the South Atlantic Conference and one of the longest in the NCAA Division II this season on the next BC possession, drilling the ball 71 yards down to the North Greenville four yard line.
The Crusaders marched the ball down the field on 11 plays, going 96 yards before Korn hit Wright up the middle for a 27 yard scoring strike with 6:05 left in the first half, but Parker Langford’s extra point was pushed wide right to put the score at 6-0.
The Tornados were forced to punt on the ensuing possession and Isaiah Johnson returned Watts’ offering 46 yards to the Brevard 28 for the next NGU drive. Three plays later, Anderson went around the left end, scoring from 12 yards out and Langford’s PAT put the Crusaders up 13-0 with 2:55 left in the half.
A quarterback sack on third-and-15 led way to another Watts punt and Korn connected with Wright on a 37 yard strike to move into Brevard territory before hitting the wide receiver in the end zone again with 46 ticks left in the first half to put the guests up 20-0.
Woerner opened the next Brevard possession with a powerful 26 yard run up the middle, giving the Tornados the ball at the North Greenville 41 yard line, and Reese kept the drive alive, carrying the ball 29 yards on third-and-15, alertly stepping out-of-bounds with five seconds left in the half to give the Tornados one last crack at putting points on the board in the second half.
However, Brevard was unable to get the snap down and Clark’s 34 yard field goal attempt was swallowed up at the line of scrimmage as the Tornados went into the half down 20-0.
Korn capped off the second drive of the second half for the Tornados, hitting Wright in the end zone from four yards out with 30 seconds left in the third quarter to expand the lead to 27-0, but Brevard responded at the start of the fourth quarter as Donald squirted through the line of scrimmage for a 26 yard gain to give BC a first down at the NGU 34 yard line. Six plays later, Donald went up the middle and through the pile over the goal line to put the Tornados on the board with 12:10 left to play in the fourth quarter.
Clark’s ensuing extra point was blocked at the line of scrimmage and the bounce went into the hands of Jereme Green, who returned it all the way to the end zone for the defensive two-point conversion to give NGU the 29-6 advantage.
Kyle Peck capped off the scoring with a 26 yard touchdown run on the next North Greenville possession, putting the Crusaders up 36-6 and following a Brevard three-and-out, the Crusaders were able to run out the clock to end the game.
Prince Simunyu, the South Atlantic Conference’s leading tackler, led all players with 14 tackles in the game, including the lone Brevard sack in the contest, while Rufus Jenkins added a career high 12 tackles in the contest to pace the Brevard defensive efforts.
Johnathan Sharpe led North Greenville with eight tackles and a sack, while Braelen Meredith and Mark Smith each recorded quarterback takedowns in the victory.
Brevard returns to South Atlantic Conference competition next weekend as they travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. on October 29th as they take on Carson-Newman College. Kickoff between the Tornados and the Eagles is set for 1 p.m.