Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados welcome the North Greenville Crusaders to Brevard Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon for Brevard’s 2011 Homecoming celebration, as Brevard and North Greenville begin the scheduling alliance set by the South Atlantic Conference and NGU.
The last time the two teams met was in the 2006 season, the year when Brevard issued in the modern era of the Tornados football program. The game, also held at Brevard Memorial Stadium, ended with a North Greenville victory as the Crusaders defeated the Tornados 55-0 behind 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns by Rashad Cummings as Brevard was held to 108 yards of total offense.
Five years later, the Tornados and Crusaders will again share the field, this time also in Brevard Memorial Stadium, as Brevard puts its 3-4 record up against North Greenville’s 5-2 overall record.
The Tornados feature a balanced rushing attack that is fifth in the NCAA Division II and last week set the highest rushing mark in Division II this season, posting 519 yards on the ground against Southern Virginia University. Led by Rodney Donald’s 191 yards and a 102 yard performance by Jack Woerner, the Tornados lead the South Atlantic Conference with 278.7 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Aaron Reese and his receivers will look to get back on track this week and will face the challenge of taking on North Greenville’s 31st ranked pass defense led by Nick Rosamonda and Jonathan Sharpe as the Cruasders allow 178.9 yards per game through the air.
Meanwhile, when the Tornados are on defense, Prince Simunyu, the SAC’s leading tackler and interception leader Michael Gist will look to keep the Willy Korn-led offense of the Crusaders as North Greenville comes in on a three game winning streak, having scored over 30 points in the last three games, including 35 against Lenoir-Rhyne and 34 against Carson-Newman. Teryan Rucker and Idris Anderson will look to keep the Tornados from dropping back in coverage as the running back duo lead a Crusader offense averaging 232.0 rushing yards per game.
North Greenville leads the all-time series between the two schools, with a 2-0 record against Brevard.
Brevard Players to Watch
Rodney Donald - Donald became the fifth different BC running back and seventh overall to break the 100 yard rushing barrier this season with his latest performance against Southern Virginia University. Donald has seen action twice at running back this season and has accumulated 268 yards on just 30 carries, averaging 8.9 yards per carry. His 191 yard rushing performance against Southern Virginia was the fourth-highest in BC history. A talented runner between the tackles, Donald is one of two fullbacks who have helped the Tornados bridge the gap since Derek Church went down with a season-ending injury, and will look to carry a more significant role in the BC offense as the Tornados look to wrap up their final four games of the season in their quest for the second winning record in BC modern program history.
Prince Simunyu - The leader of the Tornados defensive front seven, Simunyu has taken his game to new heights this season as the senior linebacker currently leads the South Atlantic Conference with 69 tackles on the season and is on pace second-highest tackles mark in Brevard College history behind Stanley Jones’ 116 tackles mark. Simunyu has recorded four double-digit tackles games and nearly missed out on his fifth straight with nine solo tackles this past Saturday against Southern Virginia. Simunyu is currently 1.0 tackles ahead of Christian Lumbu for the BC all-time career tackles for loss mark with 28.5 tackles for loss and continues to assault the BC record books, sitting second overall in all tackles categories, including solo, assisted and overall. He will look to continue his pace as he looks to stop the NGU balanced offensive attack.
North Greenville Players to Watch
Willy Korn - Since his first step on the campus of North Greenville last season, Korn has made a positive impact in returning the Tornados to their former glory in the mid-2000s, helping North Greenville to their first winning season since the 2006 Victory Bowl season. Korn lead the Crusaders back to Victory Bowl glory last year and currently has North Greenville at 5-2, 4-1 against South Atlantic Conference opponents on the season. Korn leads the Cruasders’ spread option attack under Coach Jamie Chadwell and is averaging 160.0 yards per game through the air and 26.0 rushing yards per game. A little erratic in the pocket, completing only 54.7 percent of his passing attempts with seven interceptions, Korn has been at his best in crunch time and will look to lead the Crusaders to their fourth straight victory.
Nick Rosamonda - When BC quarterback Aaron Reese drops back to pass, Rosamonda will be among the NGU secondary that will look to stop the connection between Reese and his favorite receiver Eric Watts on Saturday afternoon. A 6-1 defensive back, Rosamonda is tied for the team lead with 43 tackles on the year and has proven surprisingly adept in attacking at the line of scrimmage with a team-high 7.5 tackles for loss and also has added two interceptions and four passes defensed. This ability to be around the line of scrimmage, as well as drop back in coverage could disrupt a Tornados offense which has been striving to balance over the past few weeks.
The Tornados will be recognizing the 2011 Brevard College Athletic Hall of Fame inductees during the pregame festivities at Brevard Memorial Stadium, and the 2011 Homecoming Court and Homecoming Week winners will be recognized during the halftime ceremonies.
Kickoff for the 2011 Brevard College Homecoming game between the Tornados and the Crusaders is set for 2 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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