Tornados fall 35-6 to Mars Hill in season finale

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MARS HILL, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados (1-10, 0-7 SAC) closed out the 2016 season Saturday afternoon, falling to the Mars Hill Lions (5-6, 3-4 SAC) by a final of 35-6, as the Tornados played their final game at the Division II level.

Mars Hill opened the afternoons scoring with 2:36 remaining in the first quarter, driving 80-yards on 13 plays, capped off by a Jamel Harbison 1-yard touchdown run.

The Lions go up 14-0 early into the second quarter on a six-yard run by Malik Prescott, ending a six play, 46-yard drive.

Brevard would get on the board with 2:52 in the second quarter as sophomore Justin Peck (Fayetteville, Ga.) managed to force the ball out of Mars Hill’s punt returner, Keshaun Taylor, allowing senior Gionni Gibbs (New York, N.Y.) to dive on the loose ball. Senior place-kicker Dayton Rodgers (Belmont, N.C.) would than put three-points on the board for the Tornados, dialing it up from 43-yards out for his first of two field goals on the afternoon.

The Lions would go up 21-3 on their next drive as David Salmon connected with Kedar Bryant from nine-yards out.

The Tornados would add three more points before the half as Rodgers capped up a 51-yard, seven play BC drive, connecting on his second 40-plus yard field goal of the afternoon, this one coming on 42-yards out.

Mars Hill would add two more second have scores on Harbison touchdown runs to extend their lead to 35-6.

Offensively, the Tornados were led by sophomore Jarkevius Hopkins (Mt. Holly, N.C.) who finished with a team-high 66-yards on the ground, while freshman Xavier Brown (Conyers, Ga.) added 64-yards of his own with a long of 27-yards. Sophomore quarterback Bubba Craven (Pleasant Garden, N.C.) finished six of 11 through the air with 48-yards and one interception.

After battling his way back onto the field following an injury, junior Jinsly Jhon (Fort Pierce, Fla.) finished tied for a game-high 12 tackles, 10 of which were unassisted stops. Senior Casey Shubert (Conyers, Ga.) also recorded 10 solo tackles, finishing with 11 total for the game and one sack for a five-yard loss.

Sophomore Ashud Moore (Ellenwood, Ga.) who entered the day eight solo tackles shy of tying the Brevard College all-time single season record, finished with eight solo stops for the game, tying with Stanley Jones for a share of the all-time record with 68 solo tackles.

Following the move to Division III, scheduled for the fall of 2017, the Tornados football team will begin play in the USA-South Conference.

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