Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College football team returns to Parry McCluer High School’s Robert E. "Bobby" William field, the site of their record-setting rushing game, as they take on Southern Virginia University on Saturday, October 15th at 4 p.m.
The Tornados defeated the Knights last season with a school record 69 points and 519 rushing yards, including Kelvin Jeter’s school record 95 yard touchdown carry as Brevard defeated Southern Virginia in their homecoming contest last season.
The stage is set to repeat itself this year as the Tornados are again the guests to the Knights’ Homecoming celebration and Brevard brings their NCAA Division II 11th-best rushing attack led by quarterback Aaron Reese and slotback Jeter to the field against Coach DeLane Fitzgerald’s Knights.
Southern Virginia features a balanced offensive attack led by sophomore quarterback Mitch Stevenson as the Knights average 257.4 yards through the air and 205.4 yards on the ground and are coming off of consecutive victories over Guilford and Radford as SVU has outscored their opponents 118-30 over their last two contests.
The Tornados meanwhile, look to bounce back from one of their toughest contests on the season as Brevard fell in triple overtime to Lenoir-Rhyne. Reese connected with Eric Watts on eight passes for 79 yards, Austin Clark hit a pair of field goals and Jeter scored the game-tying touchdown to send the game into the third overtime, but it was not enough as the Tornados fell to the Bears, 33-27.
Brevard leads the all-time series against the Knights, 2-0.
Brevard Players to Watch
Aaron Reese - Reese continues to move up the BC record books at the quarterback position as in his first full season behind the center for the Tornados, he is fifth all-time in passing attempts, fourth in passing completions, third in passing yards and second in passing touchdowns as he chases down the individual records in the BC record books. A tough competitor, Reese leads the Tornados in rushing yards with 426 on the season and also leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns, five coming in the Brevard victory over Tusculum. Reese has added six passing touchdowns and 478 yards through the air and will look to continue the Brevard success against Southern Virginia.
Richard Ray - Ray always seems to save the best for the Bears as he has been a thorn in the side of the Lenoir-Rhyne offense the last two times he played the Bears. The senior defensive end recorded a career high 10 tackles and four tackles for loss against Lenoir-Rhyne and broke out of a mini-slump after opening the season with four sacks in the first two games. The 6-2, 245 pound lineman continues to be a major force in the Brevard defensive game plan and is currently second in the conference in tackles for loss, as well as second overall in the SAC in sacks per game. He will look to continue Brevard’s string of success behind the line of scrimmage as the Tornados have averaged 9.5 tackles for loss in their past two contests against SVU.
Southern Virginia Players to Watch
Mitch Stevenson - Stevenson comes in as the unquestioned leader of the Knights offense, averaging 225.0 yards per game through the air, completing 56.7% of his passing attempts for nine touchdowns and has Southern Virginia on a two game winning streak as SVU has defeated their opponents by a combined score of 118-30. The sophomore came in relief last year for the Knights, completing two of seven passes for 17 yards. Stevenson set an SVU record with a 460 yard, three touchdown performance against Guilford and will look to challenge a Brevard defense that enters the contest allowing 218.2 yards per game through the air.
Tommy Davidson - The heart of the Southern Virginia defense, the senior linebacker leads the Knights on the season with 53 total tackles, 28 solo and 25 assisted and comes into this weekend’s matchup with the Tornados having averaged six tackles per game against Brevard in the two contests between the teams. Davidson leads Coach DeLane Fitzgerald’s team with seven tackles for loss on the season and has shown his hard-hitting versatility on the field with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup on the season. The Tornados offensive line will look to keep Davidson in check as Brevard boasts the 11th-ranked rushing attack among NCAA Division II institutions.
Kickoff for the game is set for 4 p.m. at Bobby Williams Field in Buena Vista, Va.
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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