Brevard, N.C. - When the Brevard Tornados and the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears take the field, two things are for certain: both sides will run the ball, and quarterback play will make the difference in the game.
The script has stayed true for the last two seasons as the Tornados defeated Lenoir-Rhyne in Moretz Stadium in the 2009 season, where Michael Crumbaker found a streaking Lawrence Martin for the first score of the game, setting the tone for Brevard’s first South Atlantic Conference victory in program history. Major Herron flipped the switch last season in Asheville, N.C., rushing for 108 yards and two touchdowns and passing for another 99 as the Bears dominated both sides of the ball in the 24-8 contest.
The modus operandi for both team’s offenses runs through the quarterback as the Tornados and Bears both run variations of the triple option offense.
Brevard College quarterback Aaron Reese is coming off a five rushing touchdown performance as he was crowned the South Atlantic Conference Week 5 Offensive Player of the Week in the Tornados’ 41-24 victory over the Tusculum Pioneers as the Tornados improved to 2-3, 1-2 in conference action, while Herron’s Bears fell to North Greenville this past weekend on the road, 35-27, in Tigerville, S.C.
Brevard enters the game leading the SAC and is currently sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 265.2 yards per game on the ground, with Reese leading the way with 76.2 yards per contest, while L-R is 27th in the nation with 211.2 yards per contest, with Herron leading the rushing efforts with 55.2 yards per game.
Lenoir-Rhyne holds the 4-1 all-time advantage over Brevard.
Brevard Players to Watch
Aaron Reese - Reese became the second BC offensive player to be named the South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after his performance this past week against Tusculum where the quarterback set a Brevard College single game record with five rushing touchdowns. For the season, Reese leads the team in rushing with 381 yards and has given the Tornados a heightened passing attack this season as he moves up the Brevard record books as he is completing 50.0% of his passes for 373 yards and six passing touchdowns. Reese will look to continue his recent success both on the ground and in the air as the Tornados challenge a familiar foe in the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears this weekend.
Prince Simunyu - The Tornados leading tackler on the 2011 season is rapidly moving up the record books as he currently sits second all time in total tackles, solo tackles and assisted tackles. So far this season, Simunyu is second overall in the SAC in tackles per game, averaging 9.4 stops per game, and has also added 6.5 tackles for loss on the season as he broke the careeer record for tackles behind the line of scrimmage and is currently 3.5 tackles ahead of a hard-pressing Christian Lumbu with 27.5 tackles for loss. Simunyu has recorded double-digit tackles in each of the last three games and will look to stop the potent L-R rushing game led by Major Herron as the Tornados look to avenge last season’s 24-8 defeat.
Lenoir-Rhyne Players to Watch
Nick Stutts - In a primary rushing offense, rarely does a wide receiver stand out, and even rarer still does that wide receiver lead the conference in receiving yards per game. However, this rarity came in the form of the Bears senior wide receiver Nick Stutts as he leads L-R with 24 catches and the SAC with 86.8 receiving yards per game. He is coming off a game in which he hauled in 10 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, single-handedly keeping the Bears in the contest against the Crusaders and has 1,329 yards receiving in his career. The Tornados will have to keep the receiver in check if they want the chance to spoil the L-R Bears Homecoming Game.
Demetrius Green - A 2010 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree. Finished second on the squad last season in tackles with 75 and currently leads the team with 29 stops on the season as a junior linebacker. Last season against the Tornados, Green had four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack in Asheville, N.C. and has continued to show a nose for the football as he is tied for second on the team with 3.0 tackles for loss, while leading the pass rushing efforts with 2.0 sacks and a quarterback hurry. Green will have the task of helping shadow Brevard’s Aaron Reese in attempt to stop the NCAA’s sixth-leading rushing attack.
Kickoff for the South Atlantic Conference game between the Tornados and the Bears is set for 2 p.m. at Moretz Stadium in Hickory, N.C.
Fans who are unable to attend the game, can listen live through the broadcast brought to you by the "Voice of the Tornados" Dwayne Summers over the radio at WSQL Radio 1240 AM, or over the internet at www.wsqlradio.com.
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