Brevard, N.C. - Two years ago, when the Tornados hosted the Tusculum College Pioneers, Brevard was still searching for their first South Atlantic Conference victory in the friendly confines of Brevard Memorial Stadium. That night, October 10, 2009, Brevard and Tusculum took part in one of the best games played in the conference in the season, with the Tornados proving the victor after Eric Watts hauled in the 33 yard pass in overtime for the game winning touchdown in BC’s 27-24 victory.
This year, both teams return to the field of battle in much the same shape two seasons ago, with both teams coming off losses as they enter the contest, with Brevard entering the contest with a 1-3 record, 0-2 in conference play after falling to Wingate, while Tusculum is also 1-3, 0-1 in SAC competition after their loss to Catawba.
Both teams also come into today’s game suffering injuries at key positions as Brevard lost fifth year starting fullback Derek Church in the third game of the season, while Tusculum suffered the loss of 2010 Harlon Hill finalist quarterback Bo Cordell.
The Tornados come into the game boasting the strength of their rushing attack as Brevard averages 234.5 yards per game, but Brevard unveiled their new passing game last week as Aaron Reese and Eric Watts hooked up five times for 114 yards, including three touchdowns to provide a respected balance to the BC offense. With the loss of Cordell, redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Dickey took the reins, passing for 302 yards on 23-of-38 passing, targeting six different receivers, as the Pioneers feature the nation’s fifth-ranked passing attack, averaging 327.3 passing yards per game.
Both teams strengths also match up with both weaknesses as the Tornados have struggled to defend the pass this season, allowing an average of 278.5 yards per game through the air, while Tusculum is giving up 240.0 yards per game on the ground.
Tusculum holds the 5-2 all-time edge in the series against Brevard.
Brevard Players to Watch
Eric Watts - With one game, Eric Watts obliterated the Brevard College receiving record books, recording the first 100+ yard receiving effort since the 2008 season when both Donald Hudson and Shaton Pratt broke the mark on Sept. 13th against Chowan. Watts hauled in five passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns and became the first BC receiver to break into the SAC receiving top 10, averaging 48.8 yards per game. For his career, Watts has shattered the record books, sitting with 580 career receiving yard, 36 career receptions and 10 receiving touchdowns. The 6-4, 220 pound receiver has seen success against the Pioneers as he was on the receiving end of the game-winning touchdown two years ago in Brevard Memorial Stadium in the Brevard 27-24 overtime victory.
Christian Lumbu - Lumbu has broken out with a vengeance this season, after opening the year with a pair of sacks against Gardner-Webb University in the season opener, and has continued his assault on the quarterbacks this year, bringing down both Jon Richt and Cody Haffly in South Atlantic Conference play, and in the process, breaking the Brevard College career sacks record formerly held by current BC Defensive Ends Coach Justin Jefferson. In addition to his pursuit of quarterbacks, Lumbu is also excelling in all aspects of the defensive play, sitting fifth overall on the team with 31 tackles and second on the team with 6.0 tackles for loss and has added two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery as he will look to continue his harassment of the offense when he takes the field on Saturday against Tusculum.
Tusculum Players to Watch
Kyle Dickey - An unusual turn of events happened in the Tusculum game plan this season when 2010 Harlon Hill finalist and starting quarterback Bo Cordell went down with injury, but Coach Frankie DeBusk had a willing and able backup step up this past week in redshirt freshman Kyle Dickey. The former Georgia All-State quarterback from Luella High School in Locust Grove, Ga., redshirted the 2010 season, but stepped up in his first collegiate action, completing 23-of-38 pass attempts for 303 yards and a touchdown, spreading the ball to six different Tusculum receivers with a long of 35 yards. Dickey will look to continue the success the Tusculum quarterbacks have had against the BC secondary in years past as the Pioneers have averaged 352.0 passing yards per game and nearly four passing touchdowns, including Cordell’s seven touchdowns in last year’s 51-35 victory by Tusculum.
Terrence Smith - A 2010 All-Region and All-Conference peformer, Smith was rewarded for his strong play since stepping foot on the campus of Tusculum College. Smith has played in every single competition, lining up at the defensive end position where he led the Pioneers in the 2010 season with 16 tackles for loss, which is tied for third-most in a single season in school history. This season, Smith is again a terror behind the line of scrimmage, leading the Pioneers and sitting among the leaders in the South Atlantic Conference with six tackles for loss on the season, as well as 3.5 sacks, and his 6-6 frame has also been disruptive when quarterbacks have been able to get the pass off, breaking up two throws on the season.
Kickoff for the South Atlantic Conference game between the Tornados and the Pioneers is set for 6 p.m. at Brevard Memorial Stadium in Brevard, 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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