Brevard, N.C. - Both teams will be coming off of victories when the Brevard College Tornados and the Southern Virginia Knights meet on Bobby Williams Field on Saturday, September 25th, in Buena Vista, Va.
Brevard won a hard-fought battle against Johnson C. Smith, coming from behind to defeat the host Golden Bulls this past Saturday, 25-21. Kelvin Jeter racked up 215 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, while Salonik Amos was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Charlotte.
Southern Virginia has had some ups and downs this season, but comes into the game after a 20-17 victory on the road against Ferrum College. Sophomore Steven Scott rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown, while freshman defensive lineman Fine Itaaehau was named the NAIA Independent Freshman Player of the Week after picking off a pass and returning it 70 yards for a touchdown, as well as recording 11 total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.
This is the second meeting between the two teams in the history of both programs, with Brevard defeating the Knights last year, 42-7, at Asheville High School. The Tornados picked up 412 yards on the ground last season and Gist recorded the longest interception return in BC history, with an 87 yard return for a touchdown in the victory.
The first three games of the season have seen the powerful Brevard College rushing attack chew up yards on the ground, as the Tornados have gained 912 yards on the ground this season on 179 carries, averaging 304.0 yards per game on their way to the NCAA DII’s second-best rushing attack. The Tornados are averaging 5.1 yards per carry on the ground, and balance their run-heavy offense with a passing attack which has completed 63.2 percent of its passing attempts, averaging 72.3 yards per game.
Southern Virginia features a more traditional balanced attack, passing for 524 yards, while rushing for 338 on the season, while averaging 22.0 points per game. The Knights are averaging 2.1 yards per attempt on the ground and average 10.7 yards per passing attempt.
Brevard College features the South Atlantic Conference’s leading rusher on the season in Jeter, as the freshman from Gastonia, N.C. is averaging 107.7 yards per game and 10.1 yards per carry on the ground and has found the end zone twice. Jeter also has the second longest carry in the conference on the season, with a 65 yard scamper against Johnson C. Smith. Neville Bryce is second on the team with 236 yards picked up on the ground, averaging 118.0 yards per game, averaging 7.9 yards per carry, while freshman fullback Thadus Benton is averaging 49.7 yards per game and has seen action in all three games this season. Michael Crumbaker leads Brevard and the conference in scoring, averaging 10.0 points per game on the season, picking up five rushing touchdowns on the season.
Through the air, Crumbaker is 12 of 19 on the season with a touchdown pass, with Eric Watts emerging as his favorite target, as the junior wide receiver has snagged seven passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Amos leads the Tornados defensive effort and is coming off a week when he was recognized as the SAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording eight tackles, an interception which he returned for 37 yards to set up the go-ahead score, and a late pass breakup on third down to seal the victory for Brevard. Amos leads the Tornados with 22 tackles on the season. Trey Jenkins is also among the Tornados leaders with 18 tackles, while Rufus Jenkins leads the Tornados with 2.5 tackles for loss on the season and has one of four BC sacks on the year.
Southern Virginia went 3-8 in the 2009-2010 season, defeating George Mason, Radford and Apprentice School and are on their way to surpassing that record through four games in the 2010-2011 season, sitting at 2-2 as they go into Saturday’s game. The Knights have recorded victories at home against Radford and on the road Ferrum and will look to continue their rate of success through the remainder of the season.
Scott leads the Knights offense, averaging 62.3 yards per game on the ground and 4.5 yards per carry on the season, while Steven Andreasen has 146 yards on the season through four games, with a rushing touchdown.
Five different players have attempted passes on the season for Coach DeLane Fitzgerald, with sophomore quarterback Zach Garner taking the majority of the snaps for SVU, averaging 85.5 yards per game and has combined with Mitch Stevenson to throw for eight touchdowns on the season. Three Knights receivers, Brick Wilce, Ryan McGinn and Dewayne Beamon have 10 or more receptions and two touchdowns on the season, with Wilce leading the way with 11 catches for 56 yards. McGinn leads the Knights with 223 yards and a team-long 53 yard reception on the season, while Beamon has 108 yards, averaging 10.8 yards per catch.
Defensively, Matt Mellor leads the Knights with 41 tackles on the season and had 5.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Tommy Davidson is also among the team leaders with 29 tackles and seven tackles for loss, while Itaaehau had eight tackles for loss and leads the team with 2.5 sacks on the season.
Kickoff for the game between the Tornados and the Knights is set for 4 p.m. at Bobby Williams Field located on the campus of Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, Va.
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