JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn.- The Brevard College football team was unable to overcome a 34-0 start by Carson-Newman at Burke-Tarr Stadium on Saturday afternoon, eventually falling 41-14 to the Eagles in their 2013 South Atlantic Conference opener.
Carson-Newman scored on their first two drives of the afternoon, needing just over a minute to get on the scoreboard as Brandon Baker made it 6-0 nothing on a 15-yard touchdown run on the Eagles fourth play from scrimmage.
Following a botched extra point, the Eagles forced a three-and-out on BC’s opening drive and scored two plays later on a 64-yard dash by Tryon Douglas to make it 13-0.
Carson-Newman took a 20-0 lead on their final drive of the 1st quarter as Andy Hibbett capped a 40-yard drive with a one-yard scoring rush at the 3:49 mark.
Douglas led Carson-Newman with 112 rushing yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, while Hibbett added two scores on 13 carries and 81 yards.
A 67-yard drive that put the Eagles ahead by 27 on their second possession was the only score of the 2nd quarter for either side. Carson-Newman took the 27-0 lead into the break.
BC continued to struggle moving the ball offensively in the 3rd quarter, failing to convert on a 4th-and-four at the Carson-Newman 37-yard line on their opening drive and punting on their next possession.
Carson-Newman added to their lead with a one-yard rushing touchdown from Douglas on their second possession of the 3rd quarter made it 34-0.
Brevard answered on their ensuing possession with Andre Overholt’s nine-yard touchdown run, capping a 76-yard drive that took 14 plays. The Tornados picked up six first downs along the way.
Kelvin Jeter led BC’s rushing attack with 75 yards on 14 carries while Xavier McEachern picked up 58 yards on 14 rushes.
The Eagles put the finishing touch on their scoring efforts when the C-N defense recovered a Tanner Wright fumble on the Brevard 16-yard line. After a penalty pushed the Eagles five yards back, C-N’s Marcellas Pope scored on a 21-yard run to make it 41-7.
The Tornados made it 41-14 on a fourth quarter drive that took BC 81 yards on 14 plays, ending with a Wright rushing touchdown from six yards out.
BC junior Michael Gruber had a game-high 17 tackles for the Tornados after picking up 19 last season against the Eagles on October 27th.
The Tornados host the North Greenville Crusaders for their home opener next Saturday, September 28th, at Brevard Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.