Tornados romp through season opener, 51-6
Bryce rushes for 192 yards and Hudson takes an interception to the house in win
Jacksonville, Fla. - Donald Hudson took an early interception back to the house and Neville Bryce racked up 192 yards on 14 carries, breaking a 65-yard run early in the first quarter as the Tornados cruised past Edward Waters in the 2009 season opener, 51-6.
The Tornados racked up 398 yards on the ground on their way to setting a new school record for points in a game. Richard Bush chipped in with 59 yards on four carries and Derek Church had a pair of touchdown runs for Brevard.
On the defensive side, Michael Gist and Stanley Jones led the way with nine tackles. Gist recorded a tackle for loss and Jones picked up a sack early in the first half on his way to 2.5 tackles for loss. Hudson and Dwayne White each recorded an interception and Salthaniel Hall recovered a fumble late in the game as the Tornados defense dominated control of the field.
The Tornados move to 1-0 in the 2009 season, while the Tigers fall to 0-1.
Hudson put the Tornados on the board first with some early fireworks, stepping in front of a Cesary Wilborn pass and returning it 30 yards for the score to put the Tornados up 7-0 with 5:21 into the game.
On the Tornados next offensive possession, Bryce broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage after a 13-yard run by Justin Fleming, to take it to the house, going 65 yards for the score to put Brevard up over EWC, 13-0 with 7:07 left on the clock in the first quarter.
Bryce piled up over 100 yards in the first quarter alone, recording 102 yards on five carries, making an instant splash in his first game as a Tornado.
After the defense forced a three and out by the Tigers, Church bulled his way ahead for a 14 yard carry, before receiving the next handoff and carried three Tigers on his back the remaining six yards across the goal line to put Brevard up 20-0 before the end of the first quarter.
Richard Ray capped off the first quarter with a sack, chasing down a scrambling Wilborn, to end the first 15 minutes of play with Brevard holding a commanding 20-0 lead.
Michael Crumbaker kept the offense going in the second quarter, going in from four yards out on fourth down as the Tornados offense rolled on in the first half, going up 27-0 with 11:17 left in the half.
Church made his second trip into the end zone before the end of the half, carrying another three Tigers defenders on his back for 12 yards as he put Brevard up by the score of 34-0 with under five minutes in the first half.
Jacquez Stevenson put the Tigers on the board with a 27-yard touchdown reception with 2:14 on the clock, receiving a pass from a scrambing Wilborn and out-racing Austin Williams to the pylon to put the game at 34-6 in favor of the Tornados.
The Tornados dominate the game through the first half, accumulating 297 yards on the ground on 29 rushing attempts for 10.2 yards per carry average. Bryce had 160 yards on eight carries by himself.
Brevard struck first in the second half as Chase Henry put his first field goal of the season right down the middle of the uprights from 31 yards out with 9:52 left in the third quarter.
Justin Fleming increased the lead with a nine-yard scamper to put the score at 44-6 as Bryce carried the load on the drive with five carries for 27 yards as the Tornados went into ball-control mode.
Senior quarterback Matthew Gaines finished the scoring in the game, diving into the end zone from one yard out to put Brevard up 51-6 with 5:50 left in the game.
With Edward Waters attempting one last gasp to get back into the game, freshman quarterback Percey Freeman scrambled for a first down, but lost control of the ball. Salthaniel Hall fell on it for the Tornados and Gaines kneeled down on the next snap, running out the clock and securing the Tornados first victory on the road in two years.
The Tornados make the return trip to Brevard this evening, and will start preparations for next weekend as they travel to Pikeville, Ky. to take on the Pikeville College Bears. Brevard will look to make it two in a row against the Bears, having won the 2008 season match-up back on September 6th at Brevard Memorial Stadium, 20-17.