Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Tornados to play five home games

Brevard, N.C. - Head Coach Paul Hamilton and the Brevard College football team is proud to announce their 2009 football schedule. The Tornados will play 11 games across five states in their second season as full members of NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference.

Brevard finished 1-9 last season in their first year as full members of NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference. Rising senior linebackers Stanley Jones and Brandon Rawls were named 2nd team All-SAC selections, while Jones led the conference with 9.8 tackles per game. The two defensive stalwarts headline the first four-year senior class since Brevard reinstated the football program in 2006.

The Tornados will open their fourth season on August 29 in Jacksonville, Fla. against Edward Waters College. The Tigers, independent members of the NAIA, finished 3-8 last season, and feature rising junior Jonathan Johnson, who averaged 17.1 yards per punt return last season and was named an NAIA All-Independent Team member. Kick-off of the inaugural meeting between the two schools is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Next the Tornados head to Pikeville, Ky. for a meeting with the Pikeville College Bears on September 5 at 6 p.m. Last season, in the only meeting between the two schools, Brevard scored a 20-17 win at Brevard Memorial Stadium. The Bears, members of the NAIA's Mid-South Conference, have a new coach in Joe Johnson and are led by rising senior Kyle Chilton, who last season was a 1st team All-Conference selection as both a kicker and a punter.

Brevard's 2009 home opener is September 12 against Chowan University. The Hawks rallied from 17 points down to beat the Tornados, 23-20, last season in Murfreesboro, N.C., but Brevard holds a 2-1 edge in the all-time series. Chowan finished 2-8 last season, with a 1-6 record in their first campaign as members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Rising senior quarterback CJ Westler, who was honored as a 2nd team All-CIAA selection last season and led the league in total yards and touchdowns, will lead his team into Brevard Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m.

The final non-conference game for the Tornados comes on September 19 against Southern Virginia University. Last season, the Knights posted a 3-8 record as independent NAIA members. Two rising juniors, defensive back Nich Deniz and tight end Brett Petty, were NAIA All-Independent team honorees, with Deniz leading the team with 70 tackles. The first meeting between SVU and Brevard will kick off at 4 p.m. at Brevard Memorial Stadium.

The South Atlantic Conference portion of the season begins on September 26 in Hickory, N.C., against Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Bears have won both meetings between the schools, including last year's 40-14 win in Brevard. Rising junior defensive back Marcus Shuford led the Bears last season to a 3-8 mark, along the way leading the team with 78 tackles and four interceptions. This season's meeting kicks off at 7 p.m.

The month of October starts with a trip to Wingate University on the 3rd. The Bulldogs beat Brevard last season, 44-13, and won their first seven games on their way to an 8-3 season. Rising junior Nelson Woods, who ran for 1,238 yards and nine touchdowns last season on his way to being named 1st team All-SAC and 3rd-team All-Region by Don Hansen's Football Gazette, will welcome the Tornados to Irwin Belk Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

On October 10, the Tornados will host Tusculum College at 6 p.m. Coach Frankie DeBusk's Pioneers posted the finest season in program history in 2008, going 9-4 and beating Albany State in the first round of the Division II Super Region II playoffs, 34-22, before falling to Delta State in the second round, 27-19. Tusculum also captured a share of the SAC title with a 5-2 conference mark. Last season's match-up between Brevard and Tusculum was a shoot-out, with the Pioneers winning, 55-42. The Pioneers must replace quarterback Corey Russell, who last season was the SAC's Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy.

Brevard hosts I-26 rival Mars Hill College on October 17. The Lions went 7-4 last season and downed the Tornados, 28-14. Rising sophomore wide receiver John Brown was named SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year after leading the conference in all-purpose yards, and rising senior cornerback Deshon Nesbitt led the SAC with five interceptions en route to 1st team All-SAC and 2nd team Football Gazette All-Region honors. This year's game starts at 6 p.m.

Brevard travels to vaunted Mossy Creek and Jefferson City, Tenn. on October 24 for a 1 p.m. game against Carson-Newman College. The Eagles and legendary coach Ken Sparks downed the Tornados last season, 34-3, and finished 7-4 with a share of the SAC title. Carson-Newman earned a Super Region II playoff birth last year, falling to Valdosta State, 24-20, in the first round. Rising senior quarterback Alex Good, a 2nd team All-SAC selection, heads an offense that led all of Division II in rushing yardage per game last season.

Brevard's 2009 home finale and Homecoming game comes against Catawba College on October 31 at 1 p.m. Last year, the Catawba Indians scored a hard-fought 24-10 win over the Tornados and finished 6-4. Rising sophomore linebacker Lakeem Perry was last season's SAC Freshman Defensive Player of the Year after finishing second on the team with 74 tackles.

The 2009 regular season finale comes on November 7, when the Tornados play Newberry College at 7 p.m. One of three teams to share the SAC championship last season, Newberry went 6-4 and beat Brevard, 17-0. Newberry features a new head coach in Todd Knight and a speedster at wide receiver in Kelton Tindal, a 1st team All-SAC member who scored eight touchdowns last season.

The 2009 NCAA Division II playoff field will be announced on Sunday, November 8, and first round games will take place on November 14.

2009 Brevard College Football Schedule
All games on Saturdays; times and dates subject to change
* denotes SAC game

8/29at Edward WatersJacksonville, Fla.5:00 p.m.
9/5at PikevillePikeville, Ky.6:00 p.m.
9/12ChowanBREVARD2:00 p.m.
9/19Southern VirginiaBREVARD4:00 p.m.
9/26at Lenoir-Rhyne*Hickory, N.C.7:00 p.m.
10/3at Wingate*Wingate, N.C.1:30 p.m.
10/10Tusculum*BREVARD6:00 p.m.
10/17Mars Hill*BREVARD6:00 p.m.
10/24at Carson-Newman*Jefferson City, Tenn.1:00 p.m.
10/31Catawba* (Homecoming)BREVARD1:00 p.m.
11/7at Newberry*Newberry, S.C.7:00 p.m.