Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College football team welcomes SAC opponent Catawba College into Brevard Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 5th as the Tornados host Senior Day during the festivities in Brevard’s final home football game in the 2011 season.
This will be the first time the two teams have met at Brevard Memorial Stadium since the infamous Mud Bowl game in which the Tornados topped the Indians on Richard Ray’s blocked punt return for the game-winning touchdown.
Last season Catawba defeated Brevard in Sailsbury, N.C. as the Tornados surrendered a 21-16 lead in the fourth quarter to the Indians. Josh Wright led the Indians on their comeback, recording a 49 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for Catawba’s Homecoming victory.
This season, Wright again leads the Indians’ rushing attack, but a new face is under center for Catawba as Illinois transfer Jacob Charest is calling the signals for Coach Chip Hester’s offensive attack as the Indians come into the matchup sporting a 2-6 record, 1-4 in South Atlantic Conference play.
Meanwhile, Brevard quarterback Aaron Reese is coming off one of the best games in BC quarterbacking history, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 137 yards against Carson-Newman last weekend, hooking up with Eric Watts three times for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Reese, also the Tornados leading rusher, will look for help from Kelvin Jeter, Rodney Donald and Jack Woerner as they go up against the Lakeem Perry-led Catawba defense which is fourth in the conference in averaging allowing only 160.2 rushing yards per game.
Prince Simunyu and Rufus Jenkins will be on the opposite side of the ball for the Tornados, as they look to stop a Catawba offense ranked fourth in the SAC in passing yards per game with 193.9 yards through the air per contest.
Catawba leads the all-time series against the Tornados, 3-1.
Brevard Players to Watch
Aaron Reese - BC’s leading rusher and signal caller Aaron Reese was on point this past Saturday afternoon, recording the highest single game completion percentage mark among Tornados quarterbacks in modern history, as well as throwing for a season high 137 yards against the Eagles. Reese will face off on Saturday against the SAC’s lowest-ranked pass defense averaging 243.7 yards per game through the air and will look to Eric Watts, Andre Overholt and Kelvin Jeter to keep the Tornados drive alive as he looks to take over the top spot among Brevard career passing leaders, sitting just 141 yards and seven completions behind BC’s all-time leading passer Michael Crumbaker with two games to play in the 2011 season.
Rufus Jenkins - A late surge by Jenkins has put the sophomore linebacker on everyone’s map as Jenkins followed up a career high 12 tackle performance against North Greenville with an eight tackle game against Carson-Newman, including his first touchdown as he returned a fumble 35 yards for a score. A wrecking ball at 5-10, 195, Jenkins has been fearless behind the line of scrimmage in the pass rush and is among the team and SAC leaders with 3.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss on the 2011 season. Jenkins will be unleashed against the Catawba offense this weekend as the Tornados look to send the seniors out in style.
Catawba Players to Watch
Jacob Charest - A tranfer from Illinois, Charest becomes the third quarterback the Tornados have faced this season, including Mars Hill’s Jon Richt (Clemson) and NGU’s Willy Korn (Clemson). Charest is completing 58.8% of his drop-backs and is also second among the team leaders in rushing with 175 yards on 94 carries, to go with eight rushing touchdowns. In conference play, Charest’s numbers have gone up as the junior quarterback is averaging 206.2 yards per game through the air to go with five touchdowns against only one interception, with his favorite target being his younger brother, sophomore receiver Nate Charest. He will look to challenge a Tornados secondary which has stiffened up in recent weeks as Brevard allows only an average of 198.6 yards per game through the air.
Lakeem Perry - Perry has stepped up his game during conference play, leading the SAC with 11.8 tackles per contest, almost a full tackle and half above Brevard’s Simunyu. Perry has recorded at least 10 tackles in each of the past four games, including a season high 16 takedowns four weeks ago against Carson-Newman and the senior linebacker will look to keep up his string of success in shutting down opposing running games. Perry currently is third overall in the SAC standings with 85 tackles on the 2011 season, averaging 9.4 stops per game and has added 6.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He will be the key focus of the BC offensive linemen in the BC rushing attack as the Tornados look ride their NCAA eighth-ranked rushing offense to the Senior Day victory.
Pregame festivities for the Tornados include recognizing seniors Christian Lumbu, Caleb Campbell, Richard Ray, Salonick Amos, Derek Church, Charles Chambers, Prince Simunyu, Michael Gist, Rashad Dirton, Aaron Reese, Jerel Drew, Rodney Donald, Adam Cordell and Tyler Fisher.
Kickoff for the 2011 Brevard College Senior Day game between the Tornados and the Indians 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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