BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College football team outscored North Greenville University 21-10 in the second half, including 14-0 in the 4th quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Crusaders’ strong start in a 41-28 loss at Brevard Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
The Tornados looked to have the advantage early, marching 73 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive and then forcing the Crusaders into a three-and-out on their first possession.
Brevard used 12 plays on the initial scoring drive, highlighted by a 13-yard rushing touchdown by BC quarterback Tanner Wright.
North Greenville, however, scored 38 unanswered points over the first three quarters before BC righted the ship.
Trailing 38-7 following a Trey Walker 36-yard touchdown catch with 11:48 left in the 3rd quarter, the Tornados outscored NGU 21-3 over the rest of the game.
The Tornados engineered a 77-yard drive on their next possession to make it 38-14, scoring this time on a Wright three-yard touchdown run with 4:27 left in the 3rd. Wright rushed for 79 yards and pair of touchdown on 15 attempts in the game.
The Tornados held North Greenville to a field goal on their ensuing possession, and responded with another touchdown. Jordan Ollis, who ran for a game-high 161 yards on 26 carries, found the end zone on a three-yard run to make it 41-21.
The BC defense forced NGU to punt on their next possession and then crafted a seven-play, 85-yard scoring drive to cut the Crusaders lead to 41-28 with 4:44 remaining in the game.
The drive featured a game-long 46-yard scamper by Ollis to put BC in the red zone, and was capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Kelvin Jeter. The senior was BC’s other 100-yard rusher, gaining 136 yards on 17 rushes.
The Tornados attempted an onside kick following the score but weren’t able to recover. North Greenville wasn’t able to move the ball, picking up just two yards on three plays, but burned more than two minutes off the clock to put the game effectively out of BC’s reach.
The Tornados rushed for 411 yards on the night, averaging 6.4 yards-per carry.
NGU quarterback Nelson Hughes collected 385 yards and four touchdowns through the air to lead the Crusaders offense, finishing 27-for-32 on the night.
The Tornados resume South Atlantic Conference play next Saturday as they visit the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears at Moretz Stadium for a 2 p.m. kickoff.