photo Courtesy of Tommy Moss
photo Courtesy of Tommy Moss

Craven and Henley connect on 72-yard TD pass in 34-7 loss to Newberry

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Sophomore quarterback Bubba Craven (Pleasant Garden, N.C.) and freshman wideout Martigus Henley (Mearsville, Ga.) connect for 72-yard touchdown as the Brevard College Tornados (1-7, 0-4 SAC) fell by a final of 34-7 to the South Atlantic Conference front runner the Newberry Wolves (7-1, 5-0 SAC).

Newberry opened the afternoons scoring, taking the opening drive kickoff 79-yards on 10 plays for a Romelo Doctor 1-yard touchdown run.

The Wolves would extend their lead to 14-0 with 6:43 remaining in the first quarter, when quarterback Raleigh Yeldell hooked up with Wesley Jordan on a 31-yard passing touchdown. Doctor would add his second touchdown run of the day with 2:41 remaining in the first, powering in a 10-yard scoring run, as the Wolves would miss the extra point attempt, pushing their lead to 20-0.

Brevard would get on the board following Doctors score, as Craven connected with Henley down the BC sideline for a 72-yard passing touchdown, cutting the Wolves lead to 20-7.

The Tornados defense would come up clutch with Newberry deep within Brevard territory just before halftime, when Jason Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C.) tipped a Yeldell pass that the junior managed to corral at the Brevard College five-yard line, returning the interception for 16-yards.

Newberry, however, would extend their lead to 27-7 early in the fourth quarter, when Doctor added his third rushing score on the day, coming on a 17-yard run.

Brevard’s defense would come up big again on the Wolves next drive as Nieradka managed to jar the ball loose from Newberry running back Trey Gregg, allowing junior Shane Smith (Oakland, Calif.) to fall on the loose ball for the Tornados second caused turnover of the day.

The Tornados added their third takeaway on Newberry’s next drive as a botched handoff, cause the ball to fall to the turf, allowing Brevard freshman Richard Ramos Jr. to dive on the loose ball.

The Wolves would add their final score of the afternoon, when Craven was stripped of the ball in the back of the Newberry end zone, allowing Rameak Smith to fall on the ball in the right corner of the end zone for the score.

Offensively, the Tornados were lead on the ground by sophomore Jarkevius Hopkins (Mt. Holly, N.C.) who finished with 71-yards rushing. Craven finished 5-12 on the day for 81-yards and a touchdown, while Henley wrapped up the event with five catches for 81-yards and the lone score.

Nieradka led the Tornados with 11 tackles on the day, racking up seven assisted stops and four solo tackles, while sophomore Ashud Moore (Ellenwood, Ga.) added a game-high seven solo stops, and eight tackles for the game.

Brevard will take to the road this coming weekend as they travel to Salisbury, N.C. for a 1:30 p.m. showdown with the Catawba Indians, before wrapping up their home schedule with Lenoir-Rhyne on November 5.

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