Ollis sets school rushing record in loss to North Greenville

Box Score

TIGERVILLE, S.C. – A career night from Jordan Ollis was not enough to overcome a pair of late turnovers and a crippling roughing the kicker penalty as North Greenville used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to stymie Brevard’s bid for its first win of the season.

Ollis rushed for a Brevard record 228 yards in the Crusaders’ (3-1) 41-31 win as the Tornados (0-4) upped their nation-leading average with 373 yards on the ground. He also set a new single-game record with 38 rushing attempts, besting Neville Bryce’s 224-yard effort on 35 carries against Wingate in 2010 in both categories.

But Ollis’s heroics weren’t enough to lead the Tornados to a victory. The Brevard defense had its best 30 minutes of the season in the second half, forcing three Crusader punts and giving the offense a chance to put Brevard ahead. Two fourth-quarter fumbles, however, cut Brevard drives short and led to North Greenville’s final touchdown that put the game out of reach.

A play earlier in the fourth quarter, however, provided the game’s ultimate turning point. After allowing a long pass deep into Tornados’ territory, the Brevard defense stiffened and forced a 24-yard field goal attempt from Justin Gravely that would have cut the Tornados' lead to 31-30. The attempt hit the left upright, but the Tornados were flagged for a roughing the kicker penalty that gave North Greenville a first down at the four-yard line. Tristan Jackson found paydirt on the next play to give the Crusaders a 34-31 lead.

North Greenville would force the first Brevard fumble of the quarter on the next play, scoring on the drive to stretch its advantage to 10 points with 5:35 remaining.

The teams combined for 856 total yards in the game that saw 72 total points scored. North Greenville’s Sam Houston set a school record with 19 tackles, surpassing his own record set last week against Tusculum with 18 stops.

Unlike the second half, which saw both defenses flex their collective muscles, the teams combined for just one punt in the first half as both offenses moved the ball at will. Brevard opened the scoring on an Alex Noboa 27-yard field goal on the game’s opening drive, but the Crusaders responded with a four-play touchdown drive that was capped by a 41-yard scoring reception by Robbie Brown and took just 1:13 off the clock.

A North Greenville field goal stretched the advantage to a touchdown before Jordan Ollis scored on a 16-yard touchdown jaunt early in the second quarter to even the score at 10. The teams would trade touchdowns on their next possessions, including Tanner Wright’s second passing touchdown of the season, before North Greenville marched 50 yards in 10 plays to take a 20-17 lead on a 38-yard field goal with three seconds to play in the half.

Wright was 5-for-9 passing for 44 yards with a touchdown and an interception on the evening. He also added 85 yards on 17 attempts on the ground. Andre Overholt had another impressive showing, accounting for a touchdown and 30 yards receiving and 108 yards on kick returns. The senior from Tryon, North Carolina needs just nine return yards in next week’s game with No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne to become the first Brevard player to top 2,000 return yards in his career.

The Tornados return to action next Saturday for a contest with Lenoir-Rhyne, last year’s national runner-up. The game will be televised on WMYA My40, which can also be viewed on digital channel 13.2 in the Brevard market. Homecoming festivities will also take place in conjunction with the contest, which is scheduled to kick off at 4:15 p.m.

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