Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados embark on one of their most difficult road trips of the 2011 season this Saturday as they make the trip east to Wingate, N.C. and Wingate University to take on the reigning South Atlantic Conference Champion Bulldogs in their first road conference game of the season.
The last time these two teams met on the field, the Tornados offense jumped ahead in the game, going up on three first half rushing touchdowns by Neville Bryce, but preseason All-American Honorable Mention quarterback Cody Haffly led the comeback in the second half, throwing five touchdown passes over the last 31 minutes of the game in leading the Bulldogs to the 44-37 victory in Asheville High School Memorial Stadium.
Both teams come into today’s contest with matching 1-2 overall records, but the Tornados have fallen in South Atlantic Conference action, losing to Mars Hill College this past weekend in Brevard Memorial Stadium, while the Bulldogs have yet to open South Atlantic Conference play, having faced Valdosta State, Albany State and UNC Pembroke.
The Tornados continue to feature one of the most potent rushing attacks in the NCAA Division II, averaging 232.67 yards per game, led by the talented duo of quarterback Aaron Reese and Kelvin Jeter. However, the Tornados rushing onslaught took a hit this past week when fullback Derek Church went down for the season with a broken leg, and the burden will fall on the burgeoning BC passing attack led by tight end Eric Watts to pick up the balance in the BC offense. Haffly and the SAC’s leading receiver Chris Bowden pace a Wingate passing attack ranked 11th overall in the NCAA Division II, averaging 330.67 passing yards per game and will challenge a BC defense which is giving up 291.67 yards per game through the air.
Wingate holds the 6-2-1 all-time edge in the series against the Tornados.
Brevard Players to Watch
Kelvin Jeter - A sophomore rarely has the chance or the ability to crack into the school’s all-time record book in a single category, let alone multiple however that is what sophomore slot Kelvin Jeter is threatening to do in this game against Wingate University. The Tornados first offensive All-SAC First Team selection, Jeter is currently three yards away from Neville Bryce’s one year old record of 1,254 career rushing yards, and Jeter broke the All-Purpose record last week against Mars Hill and is first all-time with 1,787 yards. With the loss of redshirt senior fullback Derek Church for the remainder of the 2011 season, the Tornados look for Jeter to regain some of the magic he possessed last year as he picked up 138 yards on 11 carries against the Bulldogs as Brevard nearly picked up the upset against Wingate last season in Asheville High School Memorial Stadium.
Rashad Dirton - One week after a tackling display only seen three times before in Brevard College history, Dirton looks to continue to display his skill set in the Brevard College secondary, having lined up at both safety and cornerback for the Tornados in his four years with Brevard. Dirton’s 17 tackle performance tied with Trey Jenkins’ performance last season and was behind only Stanley Jones’ 21 and 18 tackle games. Dirton, lining up at cornerback this past Saturday against Mars Hill, recorded nine solo tackles and eight assisted tackles and is currently second on the team and third in the South Atlantic Conference in tackles on the season with 9.3 tackles per game and will have his hands full against Wingate as he looks to team up with Salonick Amos to shut down the Bulldogs’ passing attack.
Wingate Players to Watch
Cody Haffly - One of the most accomplished passers in both Wingate and the South Atlantic Conference history, Haffly led the Bulldogs deep into the NCAA playoffs last season and was a nominee for the prestigious Harlon Hill trophy last year. This year, the most experienced quarterback in the conference is currently 79-for-142 with a SAC high nine touchdown passes and has thrown for 901 yards, averaging 300.3 passing yards per game. Last season, a trio of touchdown passes from Haffly turned the tide in Wingate favor and the Bulldogs will look to his strong ride arm to lead them to victory again this season.
Jared Seate - The reigning South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Seate leads the Bulldogs defense on the season with 32 tackles on the year and has been a disruptive force behind the line of scrimmage with three tackles for loss. In a week of players standing out for their high tackle totals, Seate took the crown, recording a career high 18 tackles this past weekend in the Bulldogs 29-26 overtime victory over UNC Pembroke. A redshirt junior, the 6-3, 230 pound linebacker is the heart of the Bulldogs defense and will look to disrupt the potent Brevard College rushing attack.
Kickoff for the South Atlantic Conference game between the Tornados and the Bulldogs is set for 1:30 p.m. at Irwin Belk Stadium in Wingate, N.C.
Fans who are unable to attend the game, can listen live through the broadcast brought to you by the "Voice of the Tornados" Dwayne Summers over the radio at WSQL Radio 1240 AM, or over the internet at www.wsqlradio.com.
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