Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados will take on their first nationally ranked opponent of the 2008 season on Saturday night, as BC welcomes the No. 18 ranked Wingate Bulldogs to Brevard Memorial Stadium for the first time. It is the second consecutive year in which Brevard has faced off with Wingate in which the Bulldogs were ranked in the top-25 nationally.
The Tornados are coming off a tough 40-14 loss in their SAC opener against Lenoir-Rhyne last Saturday afternoon and will look to bounce back this week versus the Bulldogs of Wingate University.
The Tornados have yet to put together a full four quarters in a game this season, as BC has outscored their opponents in at least one quarter of each of their last three games. BC is averaging 13.5 points per game and will be looking to get the ball in the end zone by way of both the ground and air this week.
Since their first two games in which BC had 253 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the Tornados have struggled running the ball for only 86 yards in their last two games with no scores.
Junior quarterback Kye Hamilton has helped control the offense as he has passed for 569 yards and six touchdowns with 418 yards coming in the last two contests. With senior running back John Taylor nursing an injury, again newcomer John Compton and junior running back Tyrone Arrington could be asked to carry the offensive running attack for BC again this week.
In the last two games, three different receivers - Donald Hudson, Shaton Pratt and Hasan Carriel - have all had career days and will again be asked to make plays down the field for this BC offense. Carriel had three catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns a week ago, as the freshman was the go-to-guy for Hamilton through the air.
Defensively, the Tornados will look to try to stop Wingate quarterback J.D. Moore and running back Nelson Woods of Wingate and try to cause some turnovers as Wingate has 12 turnovers on the year.
Linebacker Stanley Jones will again look to lead the way for BC, as the junior had a school-record 21 total tackles against Lenoir-Rhyne one week ago. Jones leads the team with a total of 43 total tackles on the season, just ahead of fellow linebackers Zac McAlister with 29 and Brandon Rawls with 25.
The defensive secondary will be tested on Saturday evening, as the Bulldogs possess a strong passing attack. Safeties Joshua Durm, Trey Wilborn and Michael Gist, along with corners Austin Williams and Shorick Johnson - who have combined to force five fumbles and pick two interceptions - will look to bait Wingate into some turnovers to help keep their offense off the field.
The Wingate Bulldogs are currently 5-0 and is ranked No. 18 nationally heading into play on Saturday night. The Bulldogs have a strong, well-balanced offensive attack that averages 407.2 yards and 28.8 points per game.
The offense is led by quarterback J.D. Moore and running back Nelson Woods. Moore has passed for 999 yards while connecting on 89-of-138 attempts through the air. Moore has also thrown for a team-high 10 touchdowns and is averaging 199.8 yards per game through the air. On the ground, Woods leads the charge, as he has rushed 114 times for 596 yards and three touchdowns. Woods is averaging 119.2 yards per game on the ground.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs are susceptible to giving up yards, as they are giving up 325 yards per game. Linebackers Greg Harmon and Ben Hinson are leading the way with 50 and 41 total tackles, respectively. Harmon has one sack, one interception and one fumble for the year; while Hinson has a team high 4.5 tackles for loss. Fellow linebacker Clayton Hazeltine leads the way with 3.5 sacks on the season for a total loss of 29 yards.
The Tornados are 0-1 versus the Wingate Bulldogs on the gridiron, as BC lost on the road at Wingate 51-7 a year ago. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 13 in the nation at the time according to the AFCA poll.
Fans are asked to bring 2-3 canned or dry goods to the game in order to help the BC Tornados support the Sharing House. For those fans that bring 2-3 canned or dry items, admission to the game is free. Join together with the BC Tornados as a community to help our neighbors in crisis.
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The kickoff time is slated for 6 p.m. at Brevard Memorial Stadium in Brevard, N.C. The shuttle buses begin running at 4 p.m. and the gates will open at that time as well, two hours prior to the opening kickoff.
You can catch the game via live broadcast brought to you by the “Voice of the Tornados” Rob Walden over the radio at WSQL 1240 AM or over the Internet at www.wsqlradio.com. You may also visit the Brevard College Athletics website at www.BCTornados.com.
Game Notes - No. 18 Wingate University vs. Brevard College