Tornados fall at Newberry

Box Score

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry’s Raleigh Yeldell threw a career-high five touchdowns as the Wolves roared back from an early deficit to score 41 unanswered points in a 41-7 win over Brevard on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolves (4-4, 2-3 SAC) were 29-of-33 through the air with 324 yards through the air, including 279 from Yeldell. Newberry did not throw an incompletion in the second half, connecting on their final 21 passing plays of the afternoon.

Brevard (0-8, 0-4 SAC) began the game in impressive fashion. After a three-and-out on its first possession, the Tornados held Newberry on a third-and-1 attempt and benefitted from an uncharacteristic 24-yard punt from first team all-conference selection Kyle Clark.

The Tornados’ offense found its rhythm on the second drive. The biggest play came on a 43-yard end-around that represented the longest rush in the career of freshman wide receiver C.T. Frederick. Tyler Gregory capped the six-play, 60-yard drive with a two-yard scoring run to give the Tornados a 7-0 lead seven minutes into the contest.

Brevard’s defense again flexed its muscles on Newberry’s next possession. The Wolves earned a first down before the Tornados forced Newberry into a third-and 2 at its own 49-yard line. A pass down the sideline for Jalen Cook was incomplete, then Romelo Doctor was stood up at the 50 for a turnover on downs.

The Tornados’ offense stagnated at that point, however, going five consecutive drives without picking up a first down while Newberry built a 14-7 advantage. A fumble gave the Tornados possession 55 yards from a tying score with 1:33 to play in the half and picked up a first down, but Bubba Craven’s interception turned the ball back over to the Wolves, who promptly found the end zone to stretch their lead to 14 points at the intermission.

Cook led all receivers with six catches for 105 yards and two scores. Doctor ran for 118 yards on the afternoon, his fifth 100-yard game of the season and fourth in a row. He is now 39 yards shy of breaking into Newberry’s top 10 in career rushing in the Wolves’ 102nd season of football.

Brevard was led by Frederick’s 43 yards rushing, while Bubba Craven ran seven times for 42 yards. Craven was 3-of-8 passing for 13 yards and a pair of interceptions. The Tornados totaled an even 200 yards of offense on the afternoon, while the Wolves amassed 495 total yards.

Punter Kevin Weber, who entered the game as the nation’s 19th-leading punter outdueled Clark. Weber averaged 48.3 yards on his seven punts, including a career-long 60-yard boot.

Newberry took control of the contest with 20 points in the third quarter, building a 41-7 advantage before the Brevard defense held the Wolves out of the end zone for the game’s final 20 minutes. Mitch Watson led Brevard with seven tackles, all of them solo efforts, while Amir Williams and Jinsley Jhon each forced fumbles and Jeremy Chandler recovered another. Matthew Parce blocked a field goal late in the fourth quarter, giving the Tornados consecutive games with a blocked kick for the first time in NCAA-era history.

The Tornados return to action next Saturday with a home game against conference leaders Catawba. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

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