Brevard, N.C.- Brevard came up short 49-39 on the road against Tusculum College on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field, despite outscoring Tusculum 12-0 in the 4th quarter.
Trailing 35-20 at halftime, the Tornados showed poise in outscoring Tusculum 19-14 in the second half in an effort for their first victory of the season.
Tusculum scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 49-20 lead before Brevard found a rhythm in the second half. Following rushing touchdowns from Chad Blakely and BJ Spradlin after the break, the Tornados went on to score 19 unanswered points.
The Tornados found the scoreboard themselves before the third quarter expired, capping a 62-yard drive with an Aaron Reese three-yard touchdown scamper at 4:55. Reese ran the ball for 58 yards and two rushing touchdowns coupled with 45 passing yards on ten attempts.
BC found the end zone on their first drive of the 4th quarter as well, moving the ball 80 yards against the Pioneer defense in only eight plays. True freshman Dominique Lesine broke a seven-yard run for the score to finish the drive.
Reese rushed in a successful two-point conversion that was called back for holding before the ensuing extra point attempt by Ben Noboa was blocked to keep the score at 49-33.
The scoring drive was highlighted by two huge runs by Andre Overholt, a 22-yard rush followed later by a 29-yard dash to the Tusculum 11-yard line on 3rd and three. Overholt was the game’s most efficient rusher, gaining 63 yards on only six carries for an average of 10.5 yards-per-carry.
Lesine showed promise for the Tornados, leading all rushers with 139 yards on 19 carries. Fellow freshman Modzelle Atkins also showed potential out of the backfield for BC, rushing for 44 yards on only eight carries.
BC scored on their final drive to make the score 49-39 after a failed two-point conversion. Brevard took just nine plays to move the ball 63 yards, with Derek Church rushing three yards for the score.
Jordan Ollis had a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Tornados in the first half and finished with 53 yards on the ground. His first score tied the game at 7-7 at the 8:41 mark in the first quarter. Ollis’ second touchdown made it 21-20 in the second quarter, but the Pioneers would respond with 28 unanswered points.
In the end, Bo Cordell and the high-octane Pioneer offense was able to do just enough to win. Cordell finished 20-for-27 for 322 yards and three passing touchdowns. Xzanvion Smith proved to be Cordell’s target of choice, hauling in six catches for 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Coverage on special teams continued to plague the Tornados, as Xzanvion Smith returned two kicks for touchdowns in the first half. Smith amassed 162 kick return yards on the two returns on top of his two receiving touchdowns.
The Tornados return home to Brevard Memorial Stadium to take on the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears on Saturday, October 6th at 1 p.m.