BREVARD, N.C.- The Brevard College football team pulled to within three points of Catawba with a field goal as time expired in the opening half, but three unanswered touchdowns in the second half lifted the Indians to a 34-17 victory over the Tornados on Saturday night’s Homecoming Game at Brevard Memorial Stadium.
A 39-yard field goal off the foot of Brevard’s Ben Noboa as time expired in the 2nd quarter cut Catawba’s lead to 13-10 going into halftime.
The field goal made it 10 straight points for the Tornados after they fell behind 13-0 to start the game.
Catawba got on the board with Carlos Tarrats’ 12-yard touchdown catch with 12:06 left in the 2nd quarter. The Indians also reached the end zone on their next drive, but Brevard’s Jacob McCleery blocked Catawba’s extra point attempt to keep it 13-0.
The Tornados responded with a four-play, 61-yard touchdown drive to make it a 13-7 ballgame. Kelvin Jeter broke loose for a 31-yard touchdown rush to get BC in the scoring column. Brevard forced a three-and-out on Catawba’s next drive to set up the Noboa field goal.
The Indians, however, scored three straight touchdowns following the break to halt the Tornados momentum and push their lead to 34-10.
The Tornados answered Catawba’s final touchdown, a one-yard touchdown run by Catawba quarterback Danny O’Brien, with a touchdown of their own almost immediately.
BC scored on their ensuing drive to make it 34-17, using only three plays and 1:19 off the clock to march 59 yards for the score. Brevard fullback Jordan Ollis initiated the effort with a seven-yard rush followed by a game-long 37 yard scamper that set up a 15-yard touchdown run for Jeter.
Ollis finished with a team-high 108 yards for BC, while Jeter contributed 79 yards on the ground to the Tornados 202-yard rushing effort. Jeter scored both of Brevard’s touchdowns.
Despite the efficient scoring drive that made it a 34-17 game early in the 4th quarter, the Tornados were unable to reach the end zone in their only remaining drive.
The Tornados turned the ball over on downs on the Catawba 41-yard line after moving the chains twice on the drive, allowing Catawba to drain the remaining 3:06 off the clock.
O’Brien, Maryland’s 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year, finished 29-of-41 with 320 yards and three passing touchdowns to go with the rushing touchdown.
The Indians were able to move the ball effectively on the ground as well, collecting 246 yards of rushing offense on the night. Catawba’s Cary Littlejohn paced the ground attack, carrying the ball 19 times for 146 yards and a touchdown.
The Tornados continue conference play as they visit the Newberry Wolves on Saturday afternoon for a 1 p.m. kickoff from Setzler Field. The Indians, meanwhile, return home to Shuford Stadium to host the Mars Hill Lions on Saturday at 1 p.m.