Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 38-0 loss on the road to the Mars Hill Lions on Saturday afternoon.
Mars Hill quarterback Jon Richt finished the afternoon 10-for-16 with 218 yards and three passing touchdowns in addition to a rushing touchdown. Anthony Lewis led the Lions ground attack, picking up 132 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
The Lions took a 3-0 lead on a Victor Yurco 34-yard field goal after Mars Hill forced a three-and-out on BC’s first possession of the game. Mars Hill’s opening drive pushed the ball 59 yards on 13 plays while chewing 6:21 off the clock.
The Lions defense forced Brevard to punt on their next possession, and started with the ball on their own 27 yard line. After an incomplete pass on first down and rush for no gain on second, Richt found Deunta Jennings with a 73-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-0 in favor of Mars Hill.
Richt threw for two more touchdowns in the second quarter to give Mars Hill a 24-0 lead going into the half.
Richt rushed for a one-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to make it 31-0. Anthony Lewis broke an 88-yard run for a touchdown at the 10:37 mark in the fourth quarter to give the Lions a 38-0 lead.
Derek Church led the Tornados rushing attack with nine carries for 37 yards. BC rushed for 117 yards on the afternoon.
Tanner Wright made the start at quarterback for Brevard, but was held at bay by the Lions defense. Wright lost two yards on ten carries and was 0-for-4 passing before being lifted in favor of senior Aaron Reese, who took the offensive reigns late in the second quarter. Rees didn’t fare much better, scrambling for 12 yards on six attempts and connecting on one pass for seven yards.
Freshman quarterback Jaquan Marsh showed some potential late in the game for the Tornados, carrying the ball eight times for 22 yards in the fourth quarter.
Another bright spot for the Tornados was the play of First Team All-SAC punter Eric Watts, who punted the ball eight times for 357 yards. Watts is leading the SAC with 44.6 yards per punting attempt through three games this season.
The Tornados host the Wingate University Bulldogs on Saturday, September 22nd at Brevard Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m.