WINGATE, N.C.- The Brevard College football team fell to the Wingate Bulldogs 43-24 in South Atlantic Conference action at Irwin Belk Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (3-3, 2-2 SAC) scored three unanswered touchdowns to start the game before Brevard (2-5, 1-3 SAC) made it 21-7 thanks to a 79-yard touchdown run by Andre Overholt with 8:19 remaining in the opening half.
Brevard’s first score came after BC’s Jacob McCleery stifled a Wingate drive in the red zone with an interception at the Brevard 19-yard line.
Overholt busted the game-long run on just the second play following the pick. Brevard rushed for 203 yards on the afternoon, and collected 250 yards of total offense.
The Bulldogs, however, halted any BC momentum with a scoring drive just before halftime. Wingate quarterback Robbie Nallenweg found Patick Derenda with a seven-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining in the half.
Wingate brought the 28-7 lead into halftime and struck first after the break with a 31-yard field goal at the 10:29 mark in the 3rd quarter.
The Tornados responded with a touchdown to make it 31-14 on the ensuing drive when freshman quarterback Kevin Herbst found the end zone with a four-yard touchdown rush to cap a 57-yard drive for BC.
Again the Bulldogs answered BC’s touchdown with a score of their own, going ahead 37-14 on Josh Covington’s one-yard rushing touchdown on their next drive.
The Tornados lost a fumble on the first play from scrimmage following the Covington touchdown, resulting in another trip to the end zone for Wingate. The Bulldogs recovered the fumble on the Brevard 15-yard line and took just two plays to make it 43-14 after a Derenda pulled in another touchdown reception.
Derenda recorded eight catches for 56 yards and a pair of scores as the main target of Nallenweg, who finished 24-for-28 with 273 yards and four passing touchdowns.
The Tornados scored 10 unasnwered points in the 4th quarter, but by that time the Bulldogs had the game out of reach.
Ben Noboa nailed a 27-yard field goal with 11:15 left in the game, and the Tornados scored on their final drive following a turnover for the BC defense.
Brevard’s Michael Gruber intercepted a pass from Wingate’s Kyle Johnson and returned it 21 yards to the Wingate 31-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
Brevard’s Caleb Stephens, who also took snaps under center for the Tornados, hit Tydrell Wright with a 31-yard touchdown pass on the drive’s first play to cut the BC deficit to 43-24.
The Tornados return home on Saturday as they host the Catawba College Indians for this season’s Homecoming game. Kickoff from Brevard Memorial Stadium is set for 5 p.m.