Atkins moves closer to NCAA era record in Tornados loss

Box Score

HICKORY, N.C. – Brevard College’s football team played its final road game of the 2015 season, holding the South Atlantic Conference’s second-best offense under their average in a 27-0 loss at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The Tornados were able to hold Lenoir-Rhyne’s (5-4, 3-3) potent offense off the scoreboard in the first quarter, with senior Modzelle Atkins logging five tackles in the opening 15 minutes of play. On LR’s starting drive, Atkins prevented a touchdown with a forced fumble on Brevard’s one yard line to give possession back to the Tornados.

Atkins forced fumble is his second of the season, fourth in his BC career. He now sits tied for second in Brevard’s NCAA era for most in a career, trailing Rufus Jenkins who ended his career wearing the royal blue and white with five.

After the Tornados defense was able to cause another turnover on Lenoir-Rhyne’s second drive, the Bears finally found the end zone on its third drive. The hosts added another touchdown before halftime, as their defense blocked a Brevard field goal attempt from Alex Noboa and returned it for seven.

Midway through the third quarter, punter Kevin Weber was able to get his name into the NCAA era record books with a 71 yard punt; a career-best and third longest since Brevard joined the NCAA in 2008.

Lenoir-Rhyne added to its lead in the third quarter on a run from Evin Sims, who ranked second in the SAC in rushing scores heading into the game with 11.

In the final frame, Brevard was able to push the ball into Lenoir-Rhyne territory twice, getting into field goal position on the Tornados’ penultimate drive. The Bears were able to get a final touchdown before the end of the game, but missed the extra point.

Atkins led the defense with 10 tackles, followed by Marcus Lunsford who chipped in eight. As a team, Brevard had four tackles for loss led by Jeremy Chandler with 1.5.

Tyler Gregory had 43 yards of passing connecting with three receivers. His longest throw of the night went to Tyler Garland for 27 yards.

Brevard finished the contest with 209 yards on the ground, led by Xavier McEachern who had 75 on the ground off 13 carries for a 5.8 average.

The Tornados conclude the 2015 regular season on Saturday, Nov. 14 when they host Mars Hill, kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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