Buena Vista, Va. - Brevard College set several single game team records on the afternoon as the Tornados picked up 519 yards on the ground and nine rushing touchdowns in defeating host Southern Virginia on Saturday afternoon, 69-7.
The Tornados (3-1) finished the game averaging 8.4 yards per carry as eight BC ball carriers had more than 10 yards rushing in the game. Kelvin Jeter led the way with 177 yards on 14 carries, including a 95-yard sprint for a touchdown, while Thadus Benton finished the game with 142 yards on 16 carries, picking up four touchdowns on the ground and one in the air as the Tornados eclipsed the 500 yard mark on the ground for the first time in program history. Robert Freeman added 68 yards on the ground, while Aaron Reese had 44 yards and touchdown scamper of his own in the contest.
Through the air, Michael Crumbaker was five of 11 for 104 yards and a passing touchdown, finding Benton in the left flat for a seven-yard score. Reese was one for one from the pocket for 15 yards as Brevard passed for 119 in the air. Justin Fleming and Eric Watts was the main targets for the Tornados quarterbacks, with both receiving two catches in the game, Fleming for 66 yards and Watts for 25.
Defensively, Trey Jenkins and Rufus Jenkins were around the ball for the Tornados with Trey Jenkins recording six total tackles and a sack on the afternoon, while Rufus Jenkins had five tackles and a tackle for loss. Rommie Fairchild added two tackles for loss and a sack, while Charles Chambers had a sack late in the game to give Brevard three for the afternoon.
Steven Scott led the effort for the Knights (2-3) on the ground, picking up 45 yards on nine carries, while Zach Garner directed the Southern Virginia air attack, throwing for 126 yards, going 12 of 21 through the air, with Ryan McGinn the recipient of four of those passes for 50 yards.
Brett Kassel led the Knights with seven total tackles on the afternoon, while Pres Crawford and Tommy Davidson each had six tackles. Robert Williams also recorded six tackles on the game and scored for SVU, taking a fumble back 16 yards in the first quarter to even the game up at seven.
Brevard opened the game with possession and march down the field on the first drive of the game, using a third down conversion by Benton on third and seven at the SVU 27-yard line. Three plays later, Xavier Johnson found pay dirt, going in from 14 yards out to put the score at 7-0, with 11:04 left on the clock in the first quarter.
Southern Virginia moved the ball into BC territory on their first possession of the game before an incompletion forced a punt, which was downed at the Brevard 15-yard line. The Tornados fumbled the first snap, but it was recovered by Crumbaker, however, a miscommunication on the next play put the ball on the ground again and this time it was recovered by Williams and the sophomore defensive back carried it into the end zone to even the score at 7-7.
Brevard came storming back on their next possession as Jeter carried the ball around the end for a nine-yard carry, before Benton broke through a hole up the middle, rumbling 54 yards all the way to the SVU 13-yard line, before punching it into the end zone on the next play. The BC extra point attempt was blocked, to put the score at 13-7.
Southern Virginia drove the ball to their own 45 yard line on their next drive, before turning the ball over on downs, and Brevard again turned to the running game, running seven times before Benton again found a gap up the middle and carried it in from 18 yards out to put the score at 20-7 with 52 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Two possessions later, Brevard again found the end zone after starting off with excellent field position courtesy of a strong wind gusting through Bobby Williams Field as Matt Mellor’s punt was downed at the SVU 45 yard line. Jeter carried the ball three times for 23 yards and Benton made up the remainder of the yards, finding the end zone for the third time in the afternoon, this time from 10 yards out to go up 27-7.
A 51 yard pass from Crumbaker to Fleming set up Benton’s fourth rushing touchdown of the game, as the freshman from Stanley, N.C. carried it in from six yards out and on the next possession, Crumbaker rolled out in the flat and found Benton and the fullback went in from seven yards out for his fifth touchdown of the game to put the score at 41-7 going into halftime.
Derek Church found the end zone from one yard out in Brevard’s first possession of the second half to put the score at 48-7.
Southern Virginia was forced to punt in the next possession and the ball was downed at the BC five yard line, bringing the Tornados offense onto the field. A handoff to Jeter around the left end and some great blocks upfield by the BC offensive line led to the longest play in BC history as the freshman from Gastonia, N.C. went 95 yards for the score to put Brevard up 55-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Reese and Devon Holmes each recorded their first collegiate rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Tornados closed out the game with the 69-7 victory.
Brevard returns home next weekend to host Carson-Newman College at Asheville High School Memorial Stadium for the Tornados 2010 SAC Home Opener. Kickoff on Family Weekend for the Tornados and the Eagles is set for 2 p.m.