Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College football team will look to snap its three-game losing streak this weekend as they welcome home all BC Alumni for Homecoming, as well as induct two former Brevard College Coaches into the BC Hall of Fame as they host Wingate University on Saturday, October 23rd, at Asheville High School Memorial Stadium..
Brevard (3-4, 0-3 SAC) remains at home after suffering a 24-8 defeat this past weekend against Lenoir-Rhyne University, where the Tornados were held to a season low 48 yards of total offense on the afternoon. Brevard’s defense and special teams put points on the board early for the Tornados in the game as Chris Spencer blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety, while Prince Simunyu returned an L-R fumble 37 yards for a touchdown. Lenoir-Rhyne came back behind quarterback Major Herron’s 38 carry, 108 yard, two touchdown rushing day to take the victory and hand Brevard their third defeat in conference play this season.
Wingate (4-2, 2-1 SAC) scored the first 20 points of the game against Tusculum College this past weekend, as running back Nelson Woods and placekicker RP Lopez both set school and personal records for the Bulldogs in their 33-27 victory. Woods rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown in the game, while Lopez scored 15 points on four field goals and three extra points for Wingate, as they offset a 400 yard passing day by Tusculum quarterback Bo Cordell in the victory.
This will be the ninth meeting all-time between the teams and fourth since the Tornados football program was reinstated in 2006, with Wingate holding the 3-0 advantage. The Bulldogs won the first game back in 2007, 51-7 and in 2008, 44-13. Last season, Brevard fell in Wingate, N.C., as Cody Haffly through three touchdown passes and Vince Jordan carried the ball in from two yards out to give the Bulldogs the 28-12 victory.
Brevard comes into the game this weekend, possessing the fourth-best rushing attack in the NCAA, averaging 279.7 yards per game on the ground, led by freshman slot Kelvin Jeter. Jeter has accumulated 687 yards on the ground this season, sitting third in the SAC with 98.1 rushing yards per game and averaging 8.9 yards per carry. Derek Church has come on strong for the Tornados in recent weeks and is averaging 33.0 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone five times, while Michael Crumbaker has scored six times from under center for Brevard on the season.
Eric Watts and Justin Fleming lead the Brevard aerial attack, with Watts catching 12 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns on the season, while Fleming has three receptions on the year for 73 yards. When Crumbaker drops back, he is 22 of 54 on the season with three touchdown passes, averaging 57.1 yards per game, while targeting nine different receivers on the season.
Defensively, Trey Jenkins leads Brevard with 52 total tackles on the season, with 2.5 tackles for loss. Salonik Amos leads the BC secondary with 44 tackles and an interception, and also is among the conference leaders in pass breakups with nine on the year. Linebacker C.J. Wilson is coming off a 15 tackle performance against Catawba, while Simunyu is among the team leaders in tackles for loss and sacks, as well as recording 36 tackles overall on the season.
Woods leads the Bulldogs rushing attack with 473 yards gained on the ground this season and has four rushing touchdowns on the year. Haffly also has returned for the Bulldogs this season and has recorded a rushing touchdown to go with his accomplishments through the air.
When he drops back to pass, Haffly is second in the SAC, averaging 314.5 yards per game, completing 146 of 239, for 1887 yards and 14 touchdowns. Perry Floyd and Dedric Ellington are Haffly’s primary targets as Floyd is averaging 110 yards per game through the air after six games, having caught 42 passes for 660 yards and six touchdowns on the season. Ellington has caught 36 passes for 423 yards and three scores in averaging 70.5 yards per contest, while Chris Bowden has caught four touchdown passes to go with 384 yards on 23 catches.
Robert Fletcher and Terrence Stephens lead the Wingate defense, with Fletcher leading the way with 51 tackles and two interceptions, while Stephens has 49 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, as well as seven passes defensed. Greg Harmon has 45 tackles on the season to lead the Bulldogs linebacking corps, while Jack Taylor leads the team with four sacks on the season.
Kickoff for the game between the Tornados and the Bulldogs at Asheville High School Memorial Stadium is set for Saturday, October 23rd, at 1 p.m.
A fan bus will be provided for all BC fans wishing to catch a ride to the Tornados game and will leave Boshamer Gymnasium at 11 a.m.
The Brevard Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also be selling Homecoming T-Shirts all throughout the week for $10 apiece, with a limited supply available. Those wishing to pre-order and purchase the Homecoming T-shirts should contact Bethany Stevenson, Candice Fritz or Elise Labus.
You can catch the game via live broadcast brought to you by the "Voice of the Tornados" Dwayne Summers over the radio at WSQL 1240 AM or over the Internet at www.wsqlradio.com. You may also visit the Brevard College Athletics website at www.BCTornados.com.
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