Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s football team left it all out on the field in their 2008 season finale on Saturday afternoon, as Coach Hamilton’s squad fell to Newberry College 17-0 at Brevard Memorial Stadium.
Brevard College finished the season 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the SAC in their first full season as NCAA Division II and South Atlantic Conference full members. With the win Newberry finished the year 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the SAC, giving them a share of the regular season SAC Football Championship.
The Tornados honored their five seniors – Joshua Durm, Luke Lovelace, Zac McAlister, John Taylor and John Wernquist – prior to the contest as it was the final time in which the seniors would suit up in their careers.
The game proved to be a defensive contest, as the two teams combined for only three points in the first 30 minutes of play. The lone score of the opening half came early in the second quarter as place-kicker Britt Blackmon capped an eight-yard, 67-yard drive with a 30-yard field goal with 12:18 left in the opening half.
The first touchdown of the game came by way of the Newberry defense as, senior defensive lineman David Harris scored with 12:22 left in the third quarter, when he returned a Trey Wilborn fumble 45 yards for a touchdown to give Newberry a 10-0 lead.
Newbery Running Lyndon Ingram finished off the scoring with 6:39 left in the third quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run.
The Tornados held Newberry to 257 yards, while also forcing one fumble and picking off one pass from quarterback Eric McCollom on the game. Freshman safety Michael Gist had eight total tackles and the interception which he stopped the Newberry drive at their own 2-yard line. Junior linebacker Stanley Jones led the Tornados with 10 total tackles, giving him 98 on the season, two shy of 100 on the year. Fellow linebacker Ricky Morton had nine tackles on the game, including a sack and another tackle for a loss.
The Brevard offense moved the ball well on Saturday afternoon, collecting 236 yards on 62 total plays from the line of scrimmage, eight more plays then the Newberry offense. The Tornados also controlled the clock for most of the game, as the BC offense had the ball for 34:40 minutes throughout the game. However, Brevard just failed to get the ball in the end zone, as the Tornados were 0-2 in the red zone and 3 of 13 on third down attempts.
Wilborn led the offensive attack for Coach Hamilton’s squad, as he rushed for 80 yards on 19 carries. In his last collegiate game, Taylor gained 60 yards on only nine carries, while junior fullback Desmond Wilson had 10 rushing attempts for 34 yards. Junior quarterback Matthew Gaines was 3-of-7 through the air on the day, passing for 24 yards.
Newberry was led by Ingram, as he had 73-yards on only seven carries and a touchdown, the only offensive touchdown on the day. Running back Gerald Legree had 16 rushing attempts for 57-yards. The quarterback tandem of McCollom and Brandon Gantt combined to go 9-of-17 for 85 yards and one interception.
Defensively, Will Newell was Newberry's leading tackler with 10 total tackles, bringing his career total to 338, which will put him at fifth all-time at Newberry.