Charlotte, N.C. - Neville Bryce and Kelvin Jeter each eclipsed 120 yards on the ground and the Tornados picked up 354 yards on the ground as a team as Brevard defeated host Johnson C. Smith on Saturday afternoon, 25-21.
Bryce led the Tornados (2-1) on the ground, picking up 126 yards on 16 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per attempt to go with a touchdown, while Jeter used a 65-yard rush on the second play of the game on his way to 124 yards on the ground on 11 carries, scoring twice in the game. Thadus Benton added 49 yards on the ground as the Tornados recorded their sixth highest rushing total since the program was reinstated in 2006.
Crumbaker was four of seven in the air for 56 yards, with an interception, but did most of his work on the ground, adding 41 yards and a touchdown. Junior Eric Watts had three catches for eight yards as the most targeted BC receiver on the afternoon, while Jeter added a 48 yard reception in the third quarter on third and 12 to set up Brevard’s first score of the third quarter.
Defensively, Salonik Amos led the Tornados with eight solo tackles and also had the game changing play of the afternoon, intercepting a Ryan Carter pass in the third quarter with Brevard down 21-19, returning it 37 yards to the Johnson C. Smith 25 yard line to set up the go-ahead score. Amos also knocked down a late third down attempt to preserve the lead for the Tornados, while Michael Gist added eight tackles on the afternoon and a tackle for loss.
Johnson C. Smith (1-3) was led by Jeremy Franklin as the senior receiver had 14 catches on the afternoon for 138 yards. Chrishawn Rhyne added four catches for 24 yards and a touchdown, while Carter was 26 of 39 in the air for 247 yards and a touchdown and interception. On the ground, Joshua James added 59 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown.
Phillip Devore led the Golden Bulls with 10 total tackles, while Darius Johnson and Lawyer Montgomery had eight tackles apiece on the afternoon. Johnson also recorded an interception to end the first half to lead JCSU.
The Tornados struck first on the second play of the game as Jeter took the pitch from Crumbaker and went down the right sideline, before cutting back across the grain for a 63 yard score to put Brevard up 7-0.
Johnson C. Smith came right back on their first possession of the game, as a missed tackle on a screen pass led to a 41 yard gain to Dedrick Anderson for the Golden Bulls, setting up JCSU with a first down at the BC 9 yard line. The Golden Bulls converted three plays later as Carter took the snap and followed the center into the end zone to tie the game up at 7.
The Tornados retook the lead halfway through the second quarter as Neville Bryce took the handoff from Crumbaker and broke two tackles at the line of scrimmage before outracing two defenders to the goal-line from 35 yards out. Chase Henry’s extra point clanged off the right goalpost to put the score at 13-7 with 9:58 remaining in the first half.
Johnson C. Smith responded to the BC score with a drive of their own as James took the ball into the end zone from 3 yards out to put the Golden Bulls up 14-13.
The Tornados were stopped on their next possession, giving Johnson C. Smith the ball back with 1:13 remaining on the clock in the first half, but penalties offset the Golden Bulls drive, giving the Tornados the ball back for one final play in the first half at the JSCU 45 yard line. Crumbaker’s Hail Mary was intercepted by Darius Johnson at the 5 yard line to send both teams to the locker room with JCSU up 14-13.
Opening the second half, Johnson C. Smith marched down the field as James carried the ball 25 yards on four carries, before Carter found Rhyne in the front right corner of the end zone to put the Golden Bulls up 21-13 with 12:02 to play in the third quarter.
Facing a third and 12 on their next drive, the Tornados went to the air as Crumbaker threaded a pass to a wide-open Jeter on the left sideline, and the freshman weaved his way through defenders down to the JCSU 30 yard line. Four plays later, Crumbaker found a gap off the right tackle and squeezed into the end zone. Brevard went for the two-point conversion, but Jeter’s carry came short as the score sat at 21-19 with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.
The Golden Bulls began their next drive on the JCSU 36 yard line as Carter targeted Franklin twice to set up a third-and-two situation. Carter rolled out to his left on the following play, but his attempt for the conversion was picked off by Amos as the junior came back to the ball and he was able to return it to the JCSU 25 yard line before going out-of-bound.
Brevard capitalized off the turnover, four plays later as Jeter took the option pitch around the left end and scampered untouched for 15 yards and the go-ahead score. The two-point conversion was intercepted in the end zone to put the score at 25-21 with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter.
After a defensive stop by the Tornados, JCSU punter Tyler Rabb pinned his kick at the BC 4 yard line. Bryce took the first handoff up to the 20 yard line as the Tornados began a 13 play, 71 yard drive that lasted 7:46 before turning the ball over on downs at the Golden Bulls 25 yard line.
A 35 yard completion from Carter to Franklin was the highlight of Johnson C. Smith’s next drive as the Golden Bulls moved the ball to Brevard’s 25 yard line, before Amos dove to breakup a pass targeted for Franklin in the left flat, forcing a fourth down. Going for it, Carter’s pass was overthrown, heading for Anderson, giving Brevard possession.
The Tornados were forced to punt again, giving Johnson C. Smith one last possession in the game, but a pass targeted for Franklin on fourth and nine was broken up by Gist and the Tornados ran out the clock to end the game.
Brevard continues in non-conference action next weekend, heading to Buena Vista, Va. to take on Southern Virginia University. This will be the second time the Tornados and the Knights have taken the field together as Brevard defeated SVU at Asheville High School last season, 42-3. Kickoff for the game is set for 4 p.m.