Reese breaks career passing records in 42-24 defeat to Newberry
Late rally falls short on Setzler Field in Tornados season finale
Newberry, S.C. - Aaron Reese led the Tornados to three second half touchdowns, including running the ball in from 12 and 20 yards out in his final game with Brevard, but Jason Livingston’s 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the game as Brevard fell in the season finale at Setzler Field to the Newberry Wolves, 42-24.
The Tornados (3-8, 1-6 SAC) rushed for 355 yards on the contest, led by Reese with 18 carries for 138 yards and two scores as Brevard snapped a touchdown-less streak against the Wolves which dated back to when Brevard reinstated the program back in 2006. Jack Woerner added 10 carries for 80 yards, while Rodney Donald had eight carries for 54 yards and the senior fullback added a five yard receiving touchdown as Brevard fell in their final matchup of the season.
W.T. Murden led the Wolves (4-6, 4-3 SAC) as the redshirt freshman quarterback was 17-of-24 through the air for two touchdowns, with Edward Gilliard being the main recipient of the afternoon with six catches for 105 yards and a pair of scores. Alkeem Sherman added 10 carries for 55 yards and a pair of touchdown runs as Newberry finished their season tied for third in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
The Tornados muffed the opening kickoff, allowing Newberry to recover the ball on the Brevard 40 yard line and Murden put the Wolves on the board on the secondt play from scrimmage, finding Gilliard in the end zone to give Newberry the early 7-0 lead in front of the Senior Day crowd.
After the two teams swapped possessions, Reese put the Tornados deep inside Newberry territory as the senior quarterback went around the right end for a 60 yard gain, moving the ball down to the Wolves 16 yard line. The Newberry defense stiffened up, forcing a fourth down and freshman placekicker Austin Clark drilled the ball in from 25 yards out to put the score at 7-3 with 9:26 left in the first quarter.
Newberry added to the lead early in the second quarter as Sherman capped off a 13 play, 82 yard drive with a three yard touchdown carry as the Wolves took 6:23 off the clock on their drive in going up 14-3 with 14:37 left in the first half.
The remainder of the half was turnover filled as the teams combined for four turnovers, with each side losing a fumble and throwing an interception as both sides went into the break with the score at 14-3.
The Wolves came out of the half riding on the back of Sherman as he recorded six straight touches, moving the ball 50 yards before plowing into the end zone from seven yards out to put Newberry up 21-3 after the first possession in the third quarter.
The Tornados bounced back on their opening possession as Woerner ripped off a 43 yard carry up the middle on the second play from scrimmage to give BC the ball on the Newberry 26 yard line, and six plays later Reese danced over the goal line for the Tornados first touchdown against the Wolves in 22-plus quarters, scampering in from 12 yards out to put the score at 21-10 with 8:22 to play in the period.
The third Brevard fumble of the afternoon led directly to Newberry points as the Wolves took advantage of the field position after Edmond Robinson picked up the BC miscue at the Brevard 10 yard line. Murden found Gilliard on the next play in the end zone to extend the lead back to 28-10.
The Tornados bounced back using a 15 yard carry by Andre Overholt and a 17 yard pickup by Woerner before Reese went around the left side and outraced the defenders to the pylon from 20 yards out for his second score of the quarter to keep the Tornados in the contest at 28-17.
Brandon Bostick capped the wild third quarter with an eight yard rush with 51 ticks left on the clock to extend the lead back to 18 at 35-17, capping off a five play, 45 yard drive to keep Newberry in the drivers seat.
Brevard continued to press on the first possession of the fourth quarter, moving the ball 60 yards on nine plays before facing fourth-and-3 from the Newberry five yard line. Moving to his right out of the pocket, Reese forced the Wolves defender to step up and defend against the run and the senior quarterback flipped the ball over his outstretched hands, into the chest of Donald in the end zone to again cut the lead back to 11 at 35-24 with 10:27 to play.
However, on the ensuing kickoff, Livinston caught the ball on his own 10 yard line and found a hole in the wedge and broke through the Tornados last line of defense, outracing Clark to the sideline before taking the ball into the end zone for the 90 yard kickoff return touchdown, giving the Wolves the 42-24 advantage.
With one final possession, the Tornados moved the ball from their own 29 yard line down to the Newberry 4, taking advantage of a Reese 15 yard carry on fourth-and-11, but the comeback attempt fell short as Reese’s final pass to Eric Watts fell incomplete and Newberry was able to run out the clock as the Tornados fell on Setzler Field to the Wolves, 42-24.
In his final game with the Tornados, Reese went 10-of-19 through the air for 89 yards and a touchdown, with Kelvin Jeter leading the team with three catches for 40 yards. Reese finishes up his career with the Tornados as BC’s career leader in passing attempts (142), passing completions (66), passing yards (919) and passing touchdowns (10) and is second all-time in total offense with 1,710 yards over his two year career with Brevard.
Defensively, Rashad Dirton led the Tornados with 15 tackles in his final game in Brevard blue and added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Anthony Shakir added eight tackles, while Rufus Jenkins added six tackles and a sack and Phillip Curcio added an interception in the contest.
Prince Simunyu also concluded his career with Brevard on Saturday with six tackles in the contest, one behind the line of scrimmage, in finishing the season leading the South Atlantic Conference with 111 tackles on the season. Simunyu also finishes his career as the Brevard leader in tackles for loss with 32.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in his four years with the Tornados and joins BC alum Stanley Jones as the only Brevard College football players to lead the South Atlantic Conference in tackles in a season.
The Tornados finish up the 2011 season with a 3-8 overall record, 1-6 in the South Atlantic Conference in their fourth season as members of the NCAA Division II and the SAC.