Brevard, N.C. – The Tornados will wrap up their 2008 season on Saturday afternoon, when BC will welcome Newberry College to town for a 2 p.m. showdown. The Tornados will honor their seniors - Elliott Collins, Joshua Durm, Justin Jefferson, Luke Lovelace, Zac McAlister, John Taylor and John Wernquist - prior to the 2 p.m. kick-off.
This season the Tornados have improved week in and week out - on both sides of the ball. Last week in their 24-10 loss, the Tornados had 202 offensive yards, 14 first downs and only one penalty while holding Catawba to 266 total yards, with only 30 yards coming by way of the passing game, and 14 first downs.
Senior running back John Taylor, who will be playing his last game in a Brevard uniform, will look to go out on top with a big game in his career finale. Taylor, who did not play last week, still leads the team with 383 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Sophomore quarterback Trey Wilborn has made great strides in running the BC triple option offense over the past few weeks. Wilborn is second on the team with 283 yards on 52 carries and one touchdown. Junior fullback Desmond Wilson and slot backs Matthew Gaines and Donald Hudson will continue to carry the ball in the triple option attack, looking to make plays with their legs throughout the game.
Defensively, a number of freshmen are making a name for themselves as newcomers Michael Gist, Chase Waldo and Salonik Amos are making plays for Defensive Coordinator Scott Brumett. Gist is fourth on the team with 50 total tackles, but leads the team with two interceptions. Waldo is proving to be a shut down cornerback as he has 37 tackles, one interception and two pass break ups since moving into the starting lineup in week three. Last week, Amos had a team-high 10 tackles and an interception against the Indians of Catawba.
Junior linebacker Stanley Jones is still leading the SAC in tackles per game with an average of 9.8 per game. Jones is 12 tackles away from reaching 100 on the season and will look to be all over the field on Saturday afternoon against Newberry.
Newberry started off the season with a loss to then No. 1 nationally ranked Valdosta State 14-9, but have responded with five wins out of their last eight games including wins over then No. 11 Carson-Newman, No. 20 Catawba and No. 15 Wingate University.
On the season, Newberry has outscored their opponents 229-183 and have outgained their opponents 3,201 yards to 3,054 yards.
Newberry has a tandem of quarterbacks in Eric McCollom and Brandon Gantt who have seen a considerable amount of action in 2008. McCollum leads the team in passing yards with 987 and touchdowns with eight, completing 69-of-120 of his pass attempts with eight interceptions. Gantt has thrown for 423 yards and two scores on the season in six games, but is more apt to run as he as rushed 35 times for 160 yards, both of which is third on the team.
The Newberry running game is highlighted by running backs Tharry Salley and Gerald Legree. Salley, who did not play last week due to an injury, leads the team with 458 rushing yards on 94 attempts and two touchdowns. Legree has rushed the ball 78 times for 423 yards and three scores, an average of 5.4 yards per carry. Out of the 14 rushing touchdowns by the Newberry offense this season, eight different players have reached the end zone.
Wide receivers Kelton Tindal and David Pressley will look to make plays down the field, as the two have combined for 68 catches, 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. Tindal is averaging 79.3 receiving yards per game and could cause match up problems for the BC secondary.
Newberry’s defense is solid, as they are third in the SAC in total defense, allowing only 3,054 yards over their first nine games. Newberry’s defense gets off the field quick, as they are second in allowing only 146 first downs on the season, an average of only 16 per game.
Senior linebacker Will Newell leads Newberry with 81 total tackles. The three time SAC Defensive Player of the Week also has two sacks and one interception on the year. Outside linebacker Devon Smalls is second on the team with 52 stops, while safety R.J. Reeder has 43 tackles on the year.
The Tornados have played Newberry College every year since their re-establishment in 2006, with the same outcomes. Newberry has defeated the Tornados twice with both wins coming in Newberry, S.C. This will be the first match up between the two teams at Brevard Memorial Stadium in Brevard, N.C.
The kickoff time is slated for 2 p.m. at Brevard Memorial Stadium in Brevard, N.C. The shuttle buses begin running at 12 p.m. and the gates will open at that time as well, two hours prior to the opening kickoff.
You can catch the game via live broadcast brought to you by the “Voice of the Tornados” Rob Walden over the radio at WSQL 1240 AM or over the Internet at www.wsqlradio.com. You may also visit the Brevard College Athletics website at www.BCTornados.com.
Game Notes - Newberry vs. Brevard College