Double-overtime thriller ends in heartbreak

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BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard’s most exciting football game in recent memory ended in heartbreak for the Tornados, with Brevard falling 28-25 to Limestone in double overtime after scoring 22 fourth-quarter points and forcing a second overtime with a monumental play on special teams.

Limestone (2-4) appeared poised to earn a dramatic victory in the first extra session when Logan Ard lined up for a 22-yard field goal attempt after Alex Noboa’s 35-yard try hit the right upright on the Tornados’ (0-7) possession. But the Tornados got a huge push from the left side of the defensive line and Mitch Watson giving Brevard its first blocked kick in nearly two years. The ball fell to the turf and into the hands of Ty'Reik Faulks near the goal line to force a second overtime period.

An enormous play late in the fourth quarter helped ensure that the extra sessions would be necessary. Trailing 25-17, Brevard took over at its own 25-yard line after a Limestone touchdown and its second successful two-point conversion out of an unorthodox formation. After a first down, Isaac German ripped off a career-long 58-yard run down the near sideline to give the Tornados the ball at the Saints’ 5-yard line. Tyler Gregory punched the ball in two plays later to make the score 25-23.

On the ensuing two-point conversion attempt, Arvin Berry appeared to be stuffed as he attempted to run through the right side of the line, and was short on his second effort. But Berry kept his legs churning, falling forward and dragging six Saints across the goal line with him to even the score with 5:13 to play.

It was Berry that began Brevard’s 22-point fourth-quarter outburst with a two-yard run that pulled the Tornados within a score with 14:21 remaining, capping a 14-play drive that covered 63 yards. On a third-and-9 play for the Saints moments later, Jeremy Chandler stepped in front of a Matthew Harkness pass on the far side of the field and made his second career interception as he fell to the turf near the hashmarks.

Rushes of 16 yards by Kevin Rucker and 15 yards by Gregory in a three-play span put the Tornados at the Saints’ 5-yard line before Gregory’s 3-yard rush evened the score at 17. Brevard scored 14 unanswered points in a 4:11 span after the Tornados entered the fourth quarter trailing 17-3.

Limestone’s Chase Baker and Mason Dadian teamed up in the second overtime to ensure that the late Brevard fireworks wouldn’t be a precursor to the game’s final result. On a third-and-3 play from the Saints’ 18-yard, Baker exploded into the backfield and forced a Gregory fumble. Dadian immediately pounced on the loose ball, giving the second-year program its first-ever road victory.

German’s 72 rushing yards on just four carries set a career high, with his 58-yard scamper representing Brevard’s longest rushing play of the season. Rucker’s 45 rushing yards, Bubba Craven’s three completions, six attempts, and 32 yards, Kevin Weber’s 48.5-yard punting average, Amir Williams’s 10 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss, and Jackson Vause’s 10 tackles were all career highs.

Marcus Lunsford also had 10 stops on the night, placing him two shy of Anthony Shakir for eighth on Brevard’s NCAA-era tackles list. His second-quarter interception gave the Tornados multiple picks in a game against an accredited institution for the first time since a November 2013 win over Tusculum. Brevard also did not have a pass picked off for the first time in 2015.

Brevard travels to Setzler Field next week to take on Newberry in a return to South Atlantic Conference action. Kickoff is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Featured image courtesy of Tommy Moss.

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