Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados took on their second nationally ranked opponent in a month on Homecoming Weekend on Saturday afternoon, as the No. 17 Carson-Newman Eagles defeated the Tornados 34-3 in SAC football action.
The loss drops the Tornados to 1-7 on the season and 0-5 in the conference, while Carson-Newman improves to 6-2 and 4-1 in the SAC with the win.
The first quarter saw only three drives between the two teams with each team scoring on their opening drives. Carson-Newman opened up the game with a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive that took 6:59 off the clock and put the Eagles up early 7-0. Running back Dewayne Mims finished off the long opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, which was capped off by a Joey Scribner-Howard extra point.
The Tornados answered back on their opening drive, as BC drove 42-yards on 10 plays over the next 4:46, scoring on a 35-yard field goal off the foot of sophomore kicker Chase Henry to put cut the Eagles lead to four at 7-3.
After the Tornados forced the Eagles to punt on their next offensive possession, the Tornados failed to move the ball on their second drive, as senior punter Luke Lovelace was forced to come on to the field and punt, his first of four punts on the day.
The two teams then traded turnovers, as senior safety Joshua Durm forced Eagles’ quarterback Alex Good to fumble the ball where fellow senior Justin Jefferson recovered the ball for the Tornados on the Carson-Newman 21 yard line.
However, the Tornados could not capitalize on the Carson-Newman mistake, as quarterback Trey Wilborn had a pass battled in the air at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by defensive lineman Phillip Simpson to give the ball back to the Eagles and spoil BC’s chances of scoring.
Carson-Newman went on to capitalize on the BC turnover, as junior Buck Wakefield capped off a 13-play, 62-yard scoring drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 13-3. The point after attempt by Scribner-Howard proved to be good, putting the Eagles up 14-3 with 4:57 remaining in the half.
The Tornados had a great chance to score on their next possession as Coach Hamilton’s squad moved the ball down the field to the Carson-Newman 2-yard line, highlighted by a 44-yard run by senior running back John Taylor. However, BC failed to get the ball in the end zone on two separate occasions, giving the ball over on downs to the Eagles at the Carson-Newman 1-yard line with only 26 seconds to play in the half keeping the score at 14-3 heading into intermission.
The second half proved to go in favor of the Eagles, as Carson-Newman outscored Brevard 20-0. The Eagles scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter, as Good rushed in for an 11-yard score with 11:01 to go in the third to put Carson-Newman up 20-3. However, the extra point was no good, as it was pushed to the left of the uprights.
After a BC three-and-out, Carson-Newman capped off a 10-play, 61-yard drive with an eight-yard screen pass to wide receiver Justin Long who ran the ball into the end zone diving just inside the front right pylon. This time Scribner-Howard’s extra point was good, giving the Eagles a big lead at 27-3 with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the game.
In the fourth quarter, the Tornados struggled to move the ball in their three offensive possessions as the Eagles special teams continued to give the Tornados bad field position to start their offensive drives, pinning BC back deep in their own territory.
The Eagles tacked on a late score as running back Nate Inman busted through the BC defense for a 27-yard bumming run with less than two minutes to go in the game to help put the Eagles up 34-3, where the score would stand as the final horn sounded.
The Tornados offense had 192 yards on 53 plays, with 166 yards coming by way of the rushing attack. Taylor led the way, as the senior had 93 rushing yards on 11 carries, with the long play of the day being his 44-yard run down the BC sideline. Down back Desmond Wilson had 45 yards on 12 attempts, while Wilborn had nine carries for 29 yards. Wilborn was 2-of-7 through the air with two interceptions on the day.
The Eagles had 289 rushing yards for the game, as 10 different players had at least one rush attempt on the afternoon. Mims led the way as ran he ran for 65 yards on 10 carries and a score. Good rushed 10 times for 43 yards and a touchdown, while Wakefield had seven carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. Inman had four carries for 58 yards, including the 27 yard touchdown run late in the game. Through the air, Good was 10-of-12 for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Brevard junior linebacker Stanley Jones led the way for the defense, as he posted a game high 18 total tackles. Fellow linebacker senior Zak McAlister had 11 total tackles, while cornerback Shorick Johnson and linebacker Brandon Rawls each had seven total stops for the game.
Preseason All-SAC selection Brian Brown led the Eagles as he along with fellow linebacker Anthony McAlsiter and defensive back Elmore Maiden all had six total tackles. For the game, 32 different Carson-Newman Eagles recorded a stop.
The Tornados will hit the road next week, as BC will travel to Salisbury, N.C. to square off with the Catawba College Indians in their final road contest of the 2008 season next Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The Eagles will play host to Wingate University in Jefferson City, Tenn. next Saturday afternoon, with the 1 p.m. tilt being a battle for the top spot in the SAC standings.