Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados make their final trip of the 2011 season as they travel down to Newberry, S.C. and Setzler Field to take on SAC opponent Newberry College in the season finale for both teams on Saturday, November 12th.
The Tornados enter today’s game coming off a difficult 17-13 loss against the Catawba College Indians last week at Brevard Memorial Stadium, the fifth time this season the Tornados have been in a game decided by seven points or less. Newberry also enters this week coming off a 54-42 loss against Lenoir-Rhyne University in the annual Bishop’s Cup game hosted this season in Hickory, N.C.
The Tornados have faced difficulty moving the ball against the Wolves in the past and look to throw the proverbial monkey off their backs this weekend as they look to score their first touchdown against Newberry since joining the South Atlantic Conference in 2008.
Quarterback Aaron Reese and running backs Kelvin Jeter, Jack Woerner and Rodney Donald look to pace the NCAA Division II’s eighth-ranked rushing attack averaging 248.2 rushing yards per game, while Eric Watts leads Brevard College and the SAC in receiving touchdowns on the season with eight catches inside the end zone this season.
The Tornados will go up against the Newberry 4-4 defense led by the aptly named Apollo Stretch and Kelton Hall as the Wolves look to end the season on a high note, while on offense, W.T. Murden, Brandon Bostick and John Gadson look to help the Wolves continue their recent streak of success against Brevard.
Newberry leads the all-time series against Brevard, 5-0.
Brevard Players to Watch
Eric Watts - The Brevard College Tornados career leading receiver, Watts has continued his stretch of success this season leading Brevard with 30 receptions for 518 yards, averaging 17.3 yards per catch. Watts is first in the South Atlantic Conference and leads the Tornados with eight touchdown receptions, and also has been ranked among the conference leaders in receiving yards per game with 51.8 yards per game, 9th in the SAC standings. Watts has also hauled in a season long 63 yard reception and provides the dual-effort of being the Tornados special teams weapon with his powerful right leg, as the 6-4 wide receiver/punter launched a SAC long 71 yard punt against North Greenville.
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, as well as an 11 tackle performance with 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against Catawba. 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 five sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss on the 2011 season. Jenkins will be unleashed against the Newberry offense this weekend as the Tornados look to send the seniors out in style.
Newberry Players to Watch
WT Murden - Murden comes into today’s game coming off a 261 yard, two touchdown performance last weekend against Lenoir-Rhyne and will look to continue his recent success since assuming the reins of the quarterback position earlier in the season. For the year, Murden is 41-for-65 for the season for 392 yards, completing 63.1% of his pass attempts. Murden will look to continue the recent string of success Newberry quarterbacks have had against Brevard with the help of Wolves’ wide receivers Brandon Bostick and Jason Livingston as Newberry takes on the 52nd-ranked pass defense in the NCAA Division II as the Tornados are averaging allowing only 195.8 yards per game through the air.
Apollo Stretch - Linebacker Apollo Stretch had a career day in the loss at Lenoir-Rhyne last week, and with another ground-based offense on tap, he could break the 100 tackle barrier this season. After last week’s 17 tackles against Lenoir-Rhyne, Stretch is second in the conference and 22nd in the country with an average of 10.11 tackles per game. He has 91 tackles total this season and has moved into the top ten in school history for single season solo tackles. Stretch can also move into the top 10 in school history for total tackles in a career and a season with a solid game today against the Tornados offense and Aaron Reese.
Kickoff for the game between the Tornados and the Wolves is set for 2 p.m. at Setzler Field in Newberry, S.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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