Tornados open SAC play with 34-7 lossSeptember 17, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College Football team (0-3, 0-1 SAC) opened South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Brevard Memorial Stadium with a 34-7 loss to the Wingate Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SAC), despite a career afternoon by sophomore quarterback Bubba Craven (Pleasant Garden, N.C).
Wingate would open the games scoring with a 10 play, 74 yard drive following the opening kickoff as the conference touchdown leader Lawrence Pittman punched in his eight score of the year on a three-yard carry to put the Bulldogs up 7-0.
The Bulldogs would add one more score in the first quarter of action as Blake Hayes capped off a 12 play, 93 yard drive after Tornados punter Kevin Weber (Summerville, S.C) pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own territory with a booming 65-yard punt.
Pittman would put the Bulldogs up 21-0 at the 3:13 mark in the second quarter as the tailback finished off a 7 play, 53 yard drive with an eight-yard rushing score. The Tornados would match the Bulldogs late second half score with a touchdown of their own driving 79 yards on 8 plays in 2:45 to pull within 14 points at the half. As senior slot T.J. Lett (Sanford, N.C.) make an incredible toe dragging grab in the back of the end zone over a Wingate defender for his first receiving score of the season. Brevard would capitalize on two 30-yard pass completions to Chance Holbrooks (Aiken, S.C.) and Jarkevius Hopkins (Mt. Holly, N.C.) to finish the half with seven points on the board.
Wingate would add one more score in the third quarter on a three-yard run by Pittman, capping off a 12 play, 73 yard drive and one more score in the fourth on a nine-yard run by Hayes to take a 34-7 advantage following a missed extra point attempt by kicker Caleb Baird.
Craven would lead the Tornados offensively on the afternoon as the sophomore racked up an impressive 115 yards on the ground and 69 yards and a touchdown through the air. While, Lett would finish the contest with two grabs for nine yards and a score, chipping in one rush for seven yards on the ground to extend a Tornados drive.
Weber finished the game with a 44.7 net put average as the sophomore was called into action on six occasions, pinning the Bulldogs inside their own 20 one time, while the majority of his kicks helped give the Tornados defense excellent field position.
For the third straight contest, junior Jinsly Jhon led the Brevard defense with 15 total tackles, making 10 solo stops on the afternoon to go along with five assisted tackles. In addition to Jhon’s effort, sophomore safety Ashud Moore (Ellenwood, Ga.) contributed nine stops, while Axel Easter (Graham, N.C) turned in 3.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks on eight tackles to finish the afternoon tied for third on the team with Jason Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C.) .
Brevard’s best defensively play of the afternoon came on an interception by Casey Shubert (Conyers, Ga.) as he ended a 10 play, 67-yard Bulldogs drive by stepping in front of a Kyle Johnson pass.
The Tornados will look to pick up their first win of the year this coming Saturday, September 24 as they host the Apprentice School for Brevard’s annual TV Game at 4 p.m.