Brevard College will take to the road for the first time in South Atlantic Conference play as the football team travels to Salisbury, N.C. to take on Catawba College. Kickoff at Shuford Stadium on the campus of Catawba College is set for Saturday, October 9th, at 1:30 p.m.
The Tornados (3-2, 0-1 SAC) are coming off a hard-fought 35-17 loss this past Saturday as Brevard fell in their first conference game of the season against the visiting Carson-Newman College Eagles. Kelvin Jeter led Brevard with 147 yards on the ground, including a 59 yard touchdown run in the second quarter as Brevard racked up 332 yards on the ground against the Eagles defense, but the Tornados were unable to overcome Carson-Newman as the Eagles racked up 313 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns in the Brevard loss.
Catawba (3-1, 1-0 SAC) was led by senior wide receiver Brandon Bunn as the Indians defeated Wingate University in their first South Atlantic Conference win of the season. Bunn, the reigning SAC Offensive Player of the Week, hauled in 10 catches for 247 yards and four scores, setting several Catawba records in the process, while quarterback Patrick Dennis was 21 of 34 through the air for 285 yards in the Indians 35-28 victory to open SAC competition.
This will be the fourth meeting all-time between the teams, with Catawba holding the 2-1 edge over the Tornados. The Indians won the first two matchups, defeating Brevard 56-21 in 2007, and 24-10 in 2008. Brevard took the win last season at Brevard Memorial Stadium in a tough, defensive contest, winning on late blocked punt which Richard Ray returned 12 yards for the winning touchdown as the Tornados defeated the Indians, 7-6.
Brevard enters this weekend’s game possessing the NCAA Division II’s top-rated rushing attack, averaging 352.6 yards per game on their way to rushing for 1,763 yards in the season, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. The Tornados are led on the season by Jeter, as the freshman slot is ninth in the NCAA, averaging 129.4 yards per game on the ground, leading the South Atlantic Conference with over 11 yards per carry. Thadus Benton III is also among the SAC leaders, averaging 71.8 yards per game, with four rushing touchdowns, while Neville Bryce and Michael Crumbaker have combined for 446 yards and seven rushing touchdowns on the season.
When the Tornados take to the air, Crumbaker leads Brevard, going 17 of 34 on the season for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Eric Watts has been Crumbaker’s favorite target on the season, catching nine passes for 126 yards and a touchdown, with a long reception of 40 yards. Justin Fleming has also seen time at wide receiver for Brevard, hauling in two passes for 66 yards, with a season-long 51 yard catch against Southern Virginia.
Brevard possesses the top-rated passing defense and total defense in the South Atlantic Conference on the season, led by freshman linebacker Trey Jenkins and junior cornerback Salonik Amos. Jenkins is tied for 10th in the SAC with 35 tackles on the season, averaging 7.0 tackles per game and is set on the team with 2.5 tackles for loss, while Salonik Amos is among the SAC leaders in tackles and passes defensed, with six on the season. Michael Gist and Prince Simunyu, both Preseason First Team All-SAC selections, started off the season slow, but have rounded into form heading into conference play and both will look to help the Tornados win the turnover battle in the coming weeks.
The Indians are coming off a season in which they went 4-6, 1-6 in SAC competition and currently this season are outscoring their opponents 143-77. Catawba has been successful through the air this season, throwing for 1,019 yards, while rushing for 297.
Offensive leaders for the Indians including Bunn, as the senior leads the team with 381 yards receiving on 20 catches for six touchdowns. Gerron Bryant, Eric Morman and Josh Wright also have more than 10 catches on the season as Indians’ quarterbacks have targeted 12 different receivers on the season.
Patrick Dennis has taken the majority of the snaps behind center and is currently fifth in the South Atlantic Conference, averaging 231.8 yards per game, going 76 of 116 on the season with nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Wright leads the Indians ground game, averaging 3.8 yards per carry on his way to 226 yards on the season and two rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, Catawba boasts the top scoring defensive in the SAC in the 2010 season, averaging allowing only 19.2 points per game. Cory Johnson leads the Catawba defense and the South Atlantic Conference, averaging 9.0 tackles per game, while Brandon Sutton is second overall in the conference with 9.5 tackles for loss and five sacks on the season. Linebacker Lakeem Perry is among the SAC leaders with seven passes defended on the season.
Kickoff at Shuford Stadium on the campus of Catawba College is set for Saturday, October 9th, at 1:30 p.m.
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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