Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados open up the 2010 South Atlantic Conference season this weekend as they host Carson-Newman College at Asheville High School Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 2nd, in Asheville, N.C.
Brevard is coming off a record-setting game in Buena Vista, Va., as the Tornados defeated Southern Virginia, 69-7. Brevard gained 519 yards on the ground on the ground and nine touchdowns against the Knights, led by a pair of freshmen in Kelvin Jeter and Thadus Benton III. Jeter, the SAC’s leading rusher, gained 177 yards on 14 carries, while Benton set a BC record with four rushing touchdowns, five in the game overall on his way to 142 rushing yards on his way to garnering SAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Carson-Newman comes into the game with a 2-2 record, having dropped games against Winona State and UNC Pembroke, while defeating Bentley and Concordia-Selma. Last week, the Eagles fell to UNC Pembroke, turning the ball over four times and were shut out until the final minutes of the fourth quarter in a 30-7 loss in their first road trip on the season.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams, with Carson-Newman holding the 3-0 edge over the Tornados all-time. Last season, the Eagles returned four BC fumbles for touchdowns for a 77-7 victory over the Tornados at Burke-Tarr Stadium.
Entering conference play, the Tornados possess the NCAA Division II’s top-rated rushing attack, averaging 357.8 yards per game, gaining 1,431 yards on the season on 241 carries. Brevard averages 5.9 yards per rush and is led on the season by Jeter, as the freshman leads the SAC in rushing per game with 125.0 yards, averaging 10.9 yards per carry on the season and four touchdowns. Benton and senior fullback Neville Bryce have teamed up for another 527 yards on the ground and six touchdowns, while senior quarterback Michael Crumbaker has picked up five scores on the ground on the season.
Crumbaker is coming off of a 104 yard passing performance, with a touchdown on his way to averaging 80.5 yards per game through the air. Eric Watts, in addition to leading the SAC in punting in averaging 48.2 yards per attempt, also leads the Tornados in receiving, having caught nine passes for 126 yards and a touchdown on the season.
Defensively, Salonik Amos and reigning SAC Defensive Player of the Week Trey Jenkins lead the Tornados with 24 total tackles on the season, while Michael Gist and Rufus Jenkins have 20 and 19 respectively. Rufus leads the Tornados defense with 3.5 tackles for loss, while Amos has the lone interception for Brevard on the season, returning it for 37 yards against Johnson C. Smith. Seven Tornados have recorded sacks on the season as well, led by Demarcus Allen with 1.5.
Carson-Newman is coming off a season in which the Eagles went to the NCAA Division II Semifinals. Carson-Newman went 11-3 in the 2009 season, 7-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, outscoring their opponents 328-141.
Preseason All-SAC First Team selection Nate Inman leads the Eagles offense with 346 yards gained on the ground, averaging 86.5 yards per game and four touchdowns. Brandon Baker is right behind, averaging 53.5 yards per game, while Baker and quarterback Doug Belk each have three rushing touchdowns on the season.
When the Eagles take to the air, Belk is 21of 47 through the air with 333 yards on the season, averaging 83.2 yards per game. Belk has thrown one touchdown pass to Jason Brown, while throwing three interceptions. Brown has been the favorite target for the Eagles this season, with eight catches for 67 yards, while Marcus Huie leads Carson-Newman with 102 receiving yards on the season.
Mario Russell leads the Carson-Newman defense with 33 total tackles on the season and has five pass breakups in the secondary, while senior linebacker Anthony McAlister has 31 tackles. Byron Bell and Zeke Andrews lead Carson-Newman’s defense in tackles behind the line of scrimmage as the duo has combined for 10.5 on the season. Bell also leads Carson-Newman with 4.5 sacks on the year, while Zack Fleming has contributed 3.0 to the defensive effort.
Kickoff for the game between the Tornados and the Eagles is set for 2 p.m. at Asheville High School Memorial Field, located on the campus of Asheville High School in Asheville, N.C.
A fan bus will be provided for all BC fans wishing to catch a ride to the Tornados game in style. The bus will leave Boshamer Gymnasium at noon and tickets are $10. To purchase your tickets in advance, call the BC Athletic Department at (828) 884-8276.
You can catch the game via live broadcast brought to you by the "Voice of the Tornados" Dwayne Summers over the radio at WSQL 1240 AM or over the Internet at www.wsqlradio.com. You may also visit the Brevard College Athletics website at www.BCTornados.com.
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