Tigerville, S.C.- A North Greenville touchdown late in the 4th quarter edged the Brevard College Tornados 14-10 on Saturday afternoon in Younts Stadium.
With Brevard holding a 10-7 lead and 6:42 remaining in the game, the Crusaders started a 64-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Darius Paulk. The drive took only seven plays, and gave North Greenville a 14-10 lead with 2:57 remaining in the game.
North Greenville’s Stefan Bynoe forced an Aaron Reese fumble that the Crusaders recovered at their own 35-yard line to spark the game winning-drive. The Crusaders halted BC’s ensuing drive when Bynoe intercepted a Reese pass on 1st-and-10 from the North Greenville 41-yard line. The senior defensive end returned the interception 25 yards to the BC 34-yard line.
The Crusaders began the game’s final drive with 1:48 remaining, sealing the victory when Paulk picked up a crucial first down with a 12-yard run on 3rd-and-two.
Brevard took a 3-0 lead midway through the 1st quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Ben Noboa. Jeremy Chandler helped to give the BC offense prime field position, forcing a fumble on a North Greenville punt return at the Crusaders’ own 10-yard line. Brevard recovered the fumble at the NGU eight-yard line to setup the field goal.
The two teams played scoreless football for the duration of the first half, sending the Tornados into halftime clinging to a 3-0 lead.
The Crusaders got their offensive going to start the 3rd quarter, moving the ball down to the BC 23-yard line on the opening drive of the second half before the BC defense came up with three stops to force a field goal. Justin Gravely’s 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked to keep it a 3-0 ballgame.
Later in the 3rd quarter, Tornados safety Tanner Wright intercepted a pass from Tyrell Hillary at the Brevard College 15-yard line to halt another Crusaders drive. Wright returned the interception all the way to the North Greenville 40-yard line to setup another Brevard scoring drive.
The Tornados took only three plays to find the end zone, with Reese finding receiver Eric Watts for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it 10-0 Tornados.
The Crusaders answered with a touchdown on their very next drive to pull within three points. Kamrie Connell, a tight end, completed a 48-yard pass to receiver Taylor Malphurs for the score.
The touchdown by Paulk late in the 4th quarter was the difference in the game, with the Crusaders scoring 14 unanswered points to steal the win.
The Tornados return home to resume South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday, October 27th as they host the Carson-Newman Eagles at Brevard Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.