Hopkins rushes for over 100-yards as Tornados fall to Saints 28-17October 15, 2016
GAFFNEY, S.C. – Despite 138 rushing yards by slot back Jarkevius Hopkins (Mt. Holly, N.C.), the Brevard College Tornados (1-6) fell by a final of 28-17 to the Limestone College Saints (5-2), Saturday afternoon in Gaffney, S.C.
Limestone opened the afternoons scoring following a Brevard College opening drive fumble, as Saints quarterback Ivan Corbin took it himself 59-yards for the score, giving Limestone a 7-3 edge at the 12:15 mark in the first quarter.
Senior place kicker Dayton Rodgers (Belmont, N.C.) put the Tornados on the board with 0:45 second remaining in the first quarter, as the Belmont, N.C. native drilled home a 34-yard field goal, capping off a 15 play, 63-yard Tornados scoring drive.
Brevard would take the lead with 3:52 remaining in the half as Corbin was stripped of the ball at the Saints seven-yard line, taking a favorable Tornados bounce into the end zone and into the awaiting arms of BC defensive end Tylek Wilson (Uniondale, N.Y.) for the score. Rodgers extra point kick would give the Tornados a 10-7 lead.
However, the Saints would regain the lead 0:14 seconds before the half, when Matthew Harkness connected with Jumil Hornsby on a 10-yard touchdown pass to give Limestone a 14-10 lead heading into halftime.
Harkness would extend the Saints lead to 21-10, early into the third quarter, punching in a three-yard touchdown run to cap off a 12 play, 75-yard Limestone scoring drive.
The Tornados would pull back within four of Limestone with 13:27 remaining in the fourth quarter, when sophomore quarterback Bubba Craven (Pleasant Garden, N.C.) connected with senior wide receiver Alex Drasser (Lake Lure, N.C) from four-yards out for the senior’s first touchdown reception of the year.
Limestone extended their lead back to double-digits at 28-17, just over six minutes later, when Ga’Guan Maize took a handoff up the middle for a six-yard touchdown score, ending a Saints 14 play, 65-yard drive.
Hopkins finished the afternoon with a game-high 138-yards on the ground, 56-yards coming on an early fourth quarter handoff to the outside and up the Tornados sideline, that put Brevard inside the Saints 10-yard line, eventually leading to Craven’s score through the air to Drasser.
Craven finished four of six on the day for 19-yards and a score, while Drasser hauled in two catches for 13-yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore punter Kevin Weber (Summerville, S.C.) returned back to his all-conference form, punting four times on the afternoon for a 41.8 yard average, with a long of 55-yards and three punts inside the Saints 20-yard line.
Following a 34-yard field goal, Rodger’s sits two-for-two on the year in field goals and a perfect 14-14 in extra point attempts.
Defensively, with leading tackler Jinsly Jhon (Fort Pierce, Fla.) sidelined with an injury, sophomore safety Ashud Moore (Ellenwood, Ga.) came up big for the Tornados, registering a game-high nine solo tackles, finishing the afternoon with 13 total stops. While, Richard Ramos Jr. (Lawrenceville, Ga.,) also recorded double-digit stops with 10, posting a solo sack for a 10-yard Saints loss as well. Senior cornerback Amir Williams (Athens, Ga.) contributed six solo tackles and a game-high two pass break-ups, giving the senior six total for the season.
Brevard will look to pick up their first South Atlantic Conference win of the season next weekend as they host the high-powered Newberry Wolves at 1 p.m. from Brevard Memorial Stadium.