Tornados unable to overcome two fourth quarter scores at TusculumOctober 1, 2016
GREENEVILLE, TENN. – The Brevard College Tornados Football team (1-4, 0-2 SAC) was unable to overcome two fourth quarter Pioneers touchdown runs, as Tusculum College (1-4, 1-2 SAC) earned their first win of the year by a final of 21-14.
Following two opening drive rushing plays by the Pioneers, the Tornados would get the ball with short field position as Casey Shubert (Conyers, Ga.) intercepted his third pass of the year off a Tusculum quarterback Andrew Pereira.
Brevard would take over the football at the Tusculum 31-yard line, driving 31-yards on five plays, capped off by a Bubba Craven (Pleasant Garden, N.C.) four-yard touchdown run to open the afternoons scoring at 7-0.
The Tornados would claim their second pick of the game on the Pioneers next drive as Pereira was picked off for the second time in as many drives by Amir Williams (Athens, Ga.) for his third interception of the year.
Brevard would give the ball back to Tusuclum seven plays later, when Craven was intercepted by Brandyn Bartlett for the first time this season. The Pioneers would capitalize off the BC miscue, driving 32 yards on six plays to tie the game at 7-7 after an Issac Robinson five-yard score.
The Tornados regained the lead at 14-7 midway through the third quarter, as they took over at the Tusculum 46-yard line, when Jinsly Jhon (Fort Peirce, Fla.) made a sliding interception on a Malcolm Pendergrass pass. Brevard used Jhon’s effort to drive 46-yards on 11 plays, as Craven punched in his second score of the afternoon from one-yard out.
Tusculum evened the rivalry at 14-14 early into the fourth quarter, when Robinson capped off an eight play, 37-yard drive with his second score of the afternoon.
The Pioneers would add on their final score of the afternoon on their next drive after a 26-yard punt by Kevin Weber (Summerville, S.C.) gave Tusculum great starting field position at the BC 41-yard line. Pendergrass added the difference maker on a one-yard score, to give the Pioneers a 21-14 advantage.
Craven finished the afternoon with 72-yards on the ground and two touchdowns, while Jarkevius Hopkins (Mt. Holly, N.C.) and Karris Johnson (San Ramon, Calif.) each added 38 and 37-yard rushing performances, respectively.
Defensively, Jhon finished the afternoon with a game high 15 tackles, posting four solo stops and 11 assisted to go along with a forced fumble and an interception. Sophomore safety Ashud Moore (Ellenwood, Ga.) also recorded double digit tackles with 10, as the Ellenwoord, Ga. native was a force from the Tornados secondary, recording four solo tackles and six assisted stops. Additionally, Tylek Wilson (Uniondale, N.Y.) recorded a solid performance in the blue and white as the linebacker recorded six tackles and the Tornados only sack of the afternoon.
Senior place kicker Dayton Rodgers (Belmont, N.C.) added two extra-point attempts for the Tornados as the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week remains a perfect 12-12 on PAT attempts this season.
The Tornados will return to the gridiron this coming weekend as they host the Carson-Newman Eagles for a 1 p.m. kickoff from Brevard Memorial Stadium as part of Brevard’s 2016 Homecoming festivities.