Tornados rewrite record books in blowout win over College of Faith

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BREVARD, N.C. – On the strength of its best rushing day in program history, the Brevard College football team ended its season with a bang, defeating the College of Faith 66-0 in the season finale on a chilly afternoon at Brevard Memorial Stadium.

The Tornados (1-10) never attempted a pass during the contest and were content to run out the clock with a series of inside running plays on their final drive. A one-yard loss on a third down play left Brevard a yard shy of its single-game rushing record. But Raheem Sheppard picked up four yards on what would be the game’s final play, giving the Tornados 562 rushing yards to break a program record that had stood for over two years.

While the collective team rushing effort was extremely impressive, a pair of individuals reached significant milestones during the contest. On a six-yard bruising run up the middle early in the second quarter, Jordan Ollis became Brevard’s single-season rushing leader. The senior fullback finished the game with 137 yards on 22 carries, all of which came in the first half, and sits alone atop the Brevard record book with 1,224 rushing yards on the year.

Ollis also added a pair of rushing touchdowns to his total to give him 16 scores on the ground this season, which ranks first in Brevard history in a single season. His 34 career rushing touchdowns and 36 total touchdowns are tops all-time in school history by a wide margin.

Andre Overholt needed 24 rushing yards to move into sole possession of third place on the team’s all-time yardage list and give the top three spots to graduating seniors Kelvin Jeter, Ollis, and Overholt. On his first touch of the game, Overholt took an option pitch from quarterback Tanner Wright and weaved through the Saints’ (2-7) defense for a 24-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Overholt finished with 37 yards on the ground and will finish his career with 1,268 rushing yards.

Overholt was one of 10 Tornados to carry the ball at least once on the day. Freshman slot back Arvin Berry, who is expected to be a starter next season, gained a career-best 152 yards and scored three touchdowns on a game-high 23 carries.

Despite early Brevard miscues, the outcome of Saturday’s contest was never truly in doubt. Brevard’s first drive included a pair of Tornados’ fumbles, including a turnover just outside the College of Faith red zone. But Brevard’s defense forced a Saints’ three-and-out before Overholt’s touchdown jaunt made the score 7-0. Brevard would not be forced to punt during the contest and scored touchdowns on eight of its 10 drives, excluding running out the clock at the end of each half.

While the offense stole the show on Saturday, Brevard’s defense had its most impressive showing of the season. Brevard would allow just eight first downs and 89 yards of total offense on the afternoon, holding the Saints to an average of 1.9 yards per play. No defender had more than six tackles in the complete team effort. Brevard totaled 11 tackles for loss and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions.

Berry’s scoring trifecta and Jordan’s pair of rushing touchdowns joined with scores by Overholt, Wright, and Kevin Rucker to give Brevard eight scored on the ground, its second-highest total in program history. The Tornados’ other score came on Shed Pate’s first career interception and ensuing 36-yard return off of a Saints’ fake punt attempt early in the fourth quarter.

The Tornados set team records with 3,538 rushing yards and 692 rushing attempts this year. The team’s 5.11 yards per carry and 321.6 rushing yards per game shattered existing records. Brevard’s prolific offense also set single-season records for total offense per game, all-purpose yards and yards per game, and points scored.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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