Jefferson City, Tenn. - The Tornados scored 10 points in the fourth quarter behind Eric Watts 46 yard touchdown grab and Austin Clark’s 18 yard field goal tied the score up at 24 apiece, but Carlos Lopez led the host Eagles to the victory, hitting a 25 yard field goal attempt as time expired as Brevard fell to Carson-Newman on Saturday afternoon, 27-24.
Brevard (3-6, 1-4 SAC) was led by Kelvin Jeter as the sophomore slot back carried the ball 13 times for 69 yards, while Aaron Reese added 29 rushing yards and a one yard touchdown plunge, as well as going 7-for-11 through the air for 137 yards and a score. Watts hauled in three passes for 88 yards to lead the BC aerial assault, while Sean Lampkin recorded his first collegiate reception for 17 yards in the game.
Tyron Douglas led the Eagles (4-5, 2-3 SAC) rushing game as Carson-Newman racked up 311 yards and three rushing scores against the Tornados defense. Douglas carried the ball 20 times for 144 yards while Brandon Haywood added 23 carries and 87 yards as the Eagles improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Tornados.
The Tornados struck first, taking the opening kickoff and moving up the field on 13 plays, advancing 72 yards and taking 6:53 off the clock before Reese went up the middle on third-and-goal from the one yard line to put Brevard up 7-0 with 8:07 left in the first quarter.
Carson-Newman scored two possessions later, taking advantage of a BC fumble to take over at their own 45 yard line. Haywood scrambled for 21 yards on the first play from scrimmage, putting the ball on the BC side of the field, and six plays later Lopez drilled a 38 yard field goal through the uprights with 1:02 left in the first quarter to cut the lead to 7-3.
The Eagles took their first lead of the contest late in the second quarter as Douglas broke through the line of scrimmage on second-and-nine from the Brevard 25 yard line, outracing the Tornados defense to the goal line to put the Eagles up 10-7 with 3:54 to play in the half.
Brevard’s final possession of the half turned over on downs at the Carson-Newman 40 yard line, but Rufus Jenkins made sure the Tornados went into the locker room with the lead, scooping up a Haywood fumble at the C-N 35 yard line and carrying the ball all the way to the end zone to put Brevard up 14-10 as the teams went into the half.
Carson-Newman came out of the half and took the first possession down the field on 11 plays, covering 64 yards before Nate Inman crossed the goal line at the 10:01 mark to put the Eagles up 17-14.
The Eagles improved on their lead in the third quarter as Douglas scored his second rushing touchdown of the game with 1:34 left in the period, capping of a nine play, 69 yard drive with a four yard score to give Carson-Newman the two score advantage heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
Brevard answered on the first possession of the fourth quarter as Reese connected with Watts on second-and-one from the C-N 46 yard line, and the 6-4 junior wide receiver reached the end zone for his seventh receiving touchdown of the season to cut the lead back to 24-21 with 14:51 to play.
A 36 yard pass from Reese to Watts put the Tornados in prime scoring position in their final drive of the game, giving the Tornados first-and-goal on the C-N four yard line. Three carries by Reese and Jack Woerner moved the ball to the one yard line where Clark calmly drilled the tying score with 3:45 to play, knotting the game up at 24 apiece.
On the final drive of the game, Haywood connected with Douglas on a 32 yard pass on third-and-11 to put the ball at the Brevard 11 yard line, and three plays later as time expired, Lopez drilled the ball through the uprights from 25 yards out to give the Eagles the 27-24 victory.
Rommie Fairchild and C.J. Wilson led the Brevard defense on the afternoon with 10 tackles apiece, while Jenkins added eight takedowns and two tackles for loss to go with his 35 yard fumble recovery touchdown. Emmanuel Gbunblee recorded his first collegiate sack in the contest to pace the Tornados defense in the game.
Zeke Andrews led the Eagles in the game with nine tackles, four behind the line of scrimmage and two quarterback takedowns, while Luis Doray and Larry Lumpkin had six tackles apiece for Carson-Newman.
The Tornados return home to Brevard Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 5th, for Senior Day as they welcome SAC opponent Catawba College. Kickoff between the Tornados and Indians is set for 2 p.m.