Tornados fall in season finale, 28-3

Box Score

Newberry, S.C. - The Tornados took to the field for the last time in the 2009 season on Saturday night at Setzler Field as they took on Newberry College. Chase Henry had a 32-yard field goal in the game, but the Tornados were unable to overcome three turnovers in falling 28-3.

Brevard (7-4, 3-4 SAC) was led by quarterback Michael Crumbaker who picked up 56 yard on the ground on 15 carries and 67 yards through the air as the Tornados picked up 216 yard in the game with 149 coming on the ground.

Eric Watts had a 36-yard reception and had three punts for 137 yards, and average of 45.7 yards per attempt with a long of 53.

On the defensive side, seniors Brandon Rawls and Stanley Jones led the team with eight tackles apiece, while Michael Gist had seven tackles to go with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

Newberry (6-4, 4-3 SAC) was led by Brandon Gantt who went 13-23 in the air for 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns and picked up an additional 58 yards on the ground. Gerald Legree provided balance to the offense with 84 yards on 13 carries as the scarlet and gray recorded 391 yards total offense in the game.

Brevard survived two potential Newberry scoring opportunities early in the game as Kelton Tindal dropped a pass in the end zone and Brandon Rawls came up big at the end of the first quarter, stripping the running back and falling on the ball inside the Tornado 1-yard line as the teams ended the first 15 minutes in a 0-0 tie.

Newberry got on the board on the Tornados first drive of the second quarter as Andre Moyd picked up the ball off the turf off a miscommunication between the Tornados quarterback and fullback and returned it 34 yard for a touchdown. Moyd was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for celebration after the touchdown return, but the scarlet and gray were first on the board with 11:37 left in the first half, 7-0.

Brevard came back and scored on their last drive of the second half as Michael Crumbaker completed a 36-yard pass to Eric Watts on third-and-six to give the Tornados the ball on the Newberry 13 yard line. Brevard advanced the ball up to the 11, before having to settle for a 32-yard field goal from junior place kicker Chase Henry to cut the lead to 7-3 with 1:46 remaining in the opening half.

The scarlet and gray offense came back onto the field looking to score and Gantt found David Smith for a 45-yard catch down on the Brevard 10-yard line before hooking up with Smith near the front right pylon in the end zone with 1.2 seconds left on the clock in the half and following the Britt Blackmon extra point, Newberry went into the locker room with the 14-3 lead.

The Tornados offense threatened to score in the third quarter as Brevard moved the ball to the Newberry 16 thanks largely in part to a 31-yard reception by senior wide receiver Cory Pertz, but Crumbaker’s offering to the end zone in the direction of Jamal Hall was picked off by Brian Spencer to end the scoring chance.

The scarlet and gray would go on to add a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 28-3 as Gantt found David Brown in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown and S.J. Worrell added a 16-yard score with 4:05 left in the game to cap the Newberry effort.

The Tornados finish up their record-breaking 2009 season with a 7-4 record, having recorded the first winning season in modern program history, as well as their first SAC wins both on the road and at home. The Tornados also graduated the first four-year senior class in school history and will look to build on this season as Brevard prepares for the 2010 season.

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