Tornados ready for conference play
Brevard travels to Hickory, N.C. for first SAC action against Lenoir-Rhyne
Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados completed their non-conference schedule in dominating fashion defeating Southern Virginia 42-7 this past Saturday at Asheville High School. Now, with the non-conference schedule behind them, Brevard begins South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. against the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears.
Brevard is 0-2 all-time against Lenoir-Rhyne with the Bears winning last year’s meeting 40-14 at Brevard Memorial Stadium in the SAC opener for both schools. Sanders had touchdown runs of eight and five yards, rushing for 53 yards in the game and throwing for another 200. Bears Kicker Colin Corpe was 4/4 on field goals, connecting from 32, 27, 26, and 36 yards. Lenoir-Rhyne held the ball for more than 41 minutes and converted 13 of 20 third downs.
BC receiver Hasan Carriel made three catches for 89 yards, including touchdown grabs of 21 and 49 yards, while Stanley Jones led the Tornado defense with 21 tackles and one tackle for loss.
This season the Tornados enter the game with a 4-0 record and the team is close to exceeding the entire victories’ total since the program was reintroduced in 2006 in the season alone boosted by the top-rated rushing attack in all NCAA Division II at 374.3 yards per game.
The Bears are averaging 353 rushing yards a game, sitting second in the NCAA in rushing, and have scored 35 points per game in their first four contests. They have outscored their last two opponents 74-16. Lenoir-Rhyne’s 3-1 start is the school’s best since 2005. Two weeks ago they shut out Davidson 42-0. Last week they scored the first 26 points of the game in a 32-16 win over North Greenville. The Bears rushed for 377 yards. Their only setback was a 52-45 overtime loss at Concord (WV). They opened the season with a 21-14 at Shorter College.
Brevard is coming off a week in which they were forced to play away from their home stadium at Brevard Memorial due to weather and field conditions decided upon by the county. Despite the change of venue, BC looked right at home setting a school record for rushing yards for the second time this season. BC racked up 412 yards on the ground and had 501 yards of total offense against Southern Virginia at Asheville High School Memorial Stadium.
BC has outscored opponents 55-6 in the first quarter this year and freshman slot Lawrence Martin got the scoring started early in the game with a 28-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. After the Knights turned the ball over on downs BC used 4:29 to travel 61 yards in nine plays with Martin capping off the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run for his second touchdown. He finished with 93 yards and two scores on nine carries and added two catches for 36 yards and a score.
Prince Simunyu made the first of three interceptions by the Tornados on fourth down at the Tornado eight yard line. 11 plays and 92 yards later Neville Bryce found the end zone on a 17-yard pass from QB Matthew Gaines. Gaines went five for eleven on the day for 76 yards and two touchdowns, the second a 31-yard strike to Martin with 7:07 to go in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Tornado defense, ranked 14th in the nation, continues to make plays and score points as Coach Scott Brumett’s group has yielded an average of 10 points per game and 174.2 yards of total offense through four games. They are holding opponents to 2.1 yards per carry and have 17 sacks. First Team Preseason All-SAC linebacker Brandon Rawls recorded 13 tackles including three behind the line of scrimmage for the game. The senior also forced a fumble and broke up two passes on the day, while Simunyu added 11 tackles, one tackle for loss, half a sack, a forced fumble and an interception. Second-team All-SAC safety Michael Gist iced the game with an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown at 4:45 in the fourth.
Byron Darby leads a balanced running back corps for the Bears, gaining 265 yards with over seven yards per carry while finding the end zone twice, including a 77-yard score vs. Davidson. QB Justin Sanders has rushed for 257 yards and three scores while averaging over five yards per carry and has thrown for 258 yards and a score.
Senior Andrew Courman has gained 230 yards and scored three times, averaging 13.5 yards per carry and had a 95 yard touchdown run against Davidson.
QB Major Herron led Lenoir-Rhyne’s ground attack last week against North Greenville with 88 yards while also throwing for 47. Darby racked up 79 yards including a five-yard touchdown.
The Bear Defense yields 20.5 points per game and has forced 11 turnovers. Michael Green and Cam Thompkins each have two interceptions. Victor Nito leads the team with 22 tackles. He has 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
On special teams, Jamont Jones provides a spark at kick returner, averaging just less than 34 yards per return and has taken one back 90 yards for a score.
Kickoff for the Tornados-Bears game is set for 7 p.m.
Fans interested in attending the game can join the Tornados caravan, set to leave campus at 3:30 p.m. from the Boshamer Gymnasium parking lot and join the BC Tailgate party set to begin at 5:30 in Hickory, N.C. outside the stadium. For more information on the caravan, contact (828) 884-8276.
Those unable to make the game in person can follow the game via live broadcast brought to you by the “Voice of the Tornados” Jim Stewart over the radio at WSQL 1240 AM or over the Internet at www.wsqlradio.com or through the LiveStats link posted below.
Live Stats for Brevard-Lenoir-Rhyne Game (provided by the Lenoir-Rhyne Sport Information Staff)