Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s football team played their second consecutive South Atlantic Conference game at home on Saturday night, falling to the No. 18 nationally ranked Wingate University Bulldogs 44-13 at Brevard Memorial Stadium.
The loss drops Brevard to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the SAC, while Wingate remains undefeated at 6-0 and 2-0 in conference play with the win.
The Tornados defense came out of the gates on fire as on Wingate’s first offensive possession, as junior linebacker picked off a J.D. Moore pass in the middle of the field at the Brevard 10-yard line and returned it 37 yards to close to midfield to halt the Bulldogs from scoring and give early life to the BC crowd.
However, the Tornados offense stalled and Wingate did not miss out only two possessions later as Moore connected with receiver Jordan Softcheck for an 18-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 4-play, 30 yard drive to put the Bulldogs on the board first. After the Michael Crutchfield extra point was blocked by Brevard’s Shorick Johnson, the Bulldogs were up 6-0 with a little over six minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
On their ensuing offensive possession, Wingate running back Patrick Pinchinat scored on a one-yard touchdown run, set up by quarterback Cody Haffly’s 14-yard pass to Marquise Allen, to put the Bulldogs up by two scores. This time Crutchfield’s extra point was good, putting Wingate up 13-0 after one quarter of play.
In the opening drive of the second quarter, the Bulldogs drove 73-yards down the field on 14-plays, capped off by Nelson Woods touchdown run from three-yards out to give the Bulldogs a large 20-0 lead.
The Tornados answered on their next offensive series, as BC junior running back Tyrone Arrington broke through the Wingate defense where he scurried for a 40-yard touchdown run to put the Tornados on the board for the first time in the game. Kicker Chase Henry knocked through the point after attempt to cut the Wingate lead to two scores at 20-7.
The two teams would go scoreless for the remainder of the half, as Wingate took a 20-7 lead into the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, the Bulldogs outscored the Tornados 13-0 to take a demanding 30-7 lead into the fourth and final quarter of play, as Crutchfield knocked through a 29-yard field goal with 7:41 to play in the third, which was followed up by a Moore 27-yard touchdown pass to Kameron Kranz on their next possession to go ahead 30-7.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs added some insurance points as Pinchinat scored on a 48-yard touchdown run, his second touchdown of the game, to put Wingate up 37-7.
Wingate then scored again on a Vince Jordan 7-yard touchdown run up the middle, which capped off a 7-play, 68-yard drive to put the scoreboard at 44-7 with 8:02 remaining in the contest.
The Tornados did not throw in the towel, as the Tornados drove down the field late in the fourth quarter, a 15-play, 73-yard drive which was capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by junior receiver Donald Hudson.
For the game, Arrington had 73 yards on 12 rushing attempts and one touchdown, while fellow junior running back Desmond Wilson had 27 yards on eight carries. Receiver Shaton Pratt had 29 yards on three carries, while Hudson had 21 yards on eight carries and a score.
Through the air, junior quarterback Matthew Gaines was 3-of-8 for 23 yards and one interception in his first ever start.
Wingate’s running game was spearheaded by Woods, who had game-high 126 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown. Pinchinat had 90 yards on nine rushing attempts, while Jordan had 35 yards and a touchdown on only four carries.
Moore was 18-of-33 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Wingate, while Haffly, who played in two offensive series, was 4-of-5 for 69 yards.
Defensively, the Tornados were led by freshman linebacker Andrew Barrentine, as he had 14 total tackles for the game. Freshman cornerback Chase Waldo had 13 total tackles, while fellow classmate Michael Gist collected 11 tackles from the safety position. Linebacker Stanley Jones had 11 total tackles, one sack and one interception on the night, while the other Wingate turnover came by way of an interception by defensive lineman John Hardee.
For Wingate, Shane Outen led the way with nine total tackles, while fellow linebacker Clayton Hazeltine had eight total tackles, one of which was for a loss of three yards. Redshirt-sophomore Ed Doughty had seven tackles for the game, 2.5 which were sacks for a total loss of 19 yards.
The Tornados will continue their conference schedule next Saturday, October 11, as BC will be on the road to Greeneville, Tenn. where they will face off with the Tusculum College Pioneers. The game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The Bulldogs will play host to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears next Saturday afternoon with a scheduled 1:30 p.m. start time.