Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados head to Mossy Creek and Jefferson City, Tenn. this weekend as they take on South Atlantic Conference foe Carson-Newman College at Burke-Tarr Stadium on Saturday, October 29th.
The last time the two teams met was last season in Asheville, N.C. as the Eagles rode a trio of touchdown runs by Doug Belk to defeat the Tornados 35-17 in Asheville Memorial Stadium in a game which featured 645 combined rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
This season, both teams again feature powerful rushing attacks behind the Brevard triumvirate of Aaron Reese, Rodney Donald and Jack Woerner and Carson-Newman’s Nate Inman and Tyron Douglas as the teams come into the game ranked fifth and eighth overall in the NCAA Division II in rushing yards per game.
The Tornados are averaging 273.75 rushing yards per game, while Carson-Newman comes into the contest averaging 254.5 yards on the ground, but the Eagles have had good success against the Brevard defense over the past four years, averaging 374.8 rushing yards per game.
The key to the game on Saturday will be which defense can stop the opposing rushing attack. The South Atlantic Conference’s leading tackler, Prince Simunyu lines up for the Tornados, leading the conference with 10.4 tackles per game, while Richard Ray is among the SAC leaders in tackles for loss, which will help a Brevard defense looking to give the Tornados the edge as Brevard looks to record the program’s first win over Carson-Newman. Meanwhile, Zeke Andrews, the SAC leader in tackles for loss with 11.0 takedowns behind the line of scrimmage, and Carson-Newman’s leading tackler Larry Lumpkin will look to shut down the Brevard offense and stop a two game skid.
Carson-Newman leads the all-time series between the two schools with a 4-0 record against Brevard:
Brevard Players to Watch
Eric Watts - The Brevard College Tornados career leading receiver, Watts has continued his stretch of success this season leading Brevard with 24 receptions for 383 yards, averaging 16.0 yards per catch. Watts is currently second in the South Atlantic Conference and leads the Tornados with six touchdown receptions, and also has been ranked among the conference leaders in receiving yards per game with 47.9 yards per game, 10th in the SAC standings. Watts has also hauled in a season long 63 yard reception and provides the dual-effort of being the Tornados special teams weapon with his powerful right leg, as the 6-4 wide receiver/punter launched a SAC long 71 yard punt last weekend against North Greenville. The length and leg of Watts will be a strong weapon in the Tornados arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
Prince Simunyu - The leader of the Tornados defensive front seven, Simunyu has taken his game to new heights this season as the senior linebacker currently leads the South Atlantic Conference with 83 tackles on the season and is on pace second highest tackles mark in Brevard College history behind Stanley Jones’ 116 tackles mark. Simunyu has recorded five double-digit tackles games on the season and four of the past five contests, including a season high 14 tackles last week against North Greenville. Simunyu is currently 3.0 tackles ahead of Christian Lumbu for the BC all-time career tackles for loss mark with 29.5 tackles for loss and continues to assault the BC record books, sitting second overall in all tackles categories, including solo, assisted and overall. He will look to continue his pace as he looks to stop the C-N veer option rushing attack.
Carson-Newman Players to Watch
Nate Inman - A First Team Preseason All-Conference running back, Nate Inman is currently third in the South Atlantic Conference standings in rushing yards per game, averaging 80.5 yards per contest in leading the NCAA Division II’s eighth leading rushing attack in the 2011 season. Inman has accumulated one 100+ rushing game on the season, racking up 122 yards on 14 carries in the Eagles’ 56-7 victory over Fayetteville State. For the season, Inman has recorded at least 60 rushing yards in every single game, including 90+ in two of the last three contests, and has currently scored rushing touchdowns in each of the past four contests. Last season, Inman was held under 50 yards by the Tornados defense, but the 5-10 senior looks to make amends to guide Carson-Newman to their second conference win on the season.
Larry Lumpkin - Sitting tied for eighth overall in the South Atlantic Conference rankings in tackles per game, Larry Lumpkin leads the Eagles defense on the season with 68 takedowns on the year, averaging 8.5 per contest. Lumpkin is coming off an 11 tackle performance this past weekend against the UNC Pembroke Braves, but had his best performance of the season earlier this year against a team running a similar offense to the Tornados in the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears. Against L-R, Lumpkin recorded 13 solo stops and six assisted tackles, as well as two tackles behind the line of scrimmage for six yards. The 6-0, 240 lb junior will look to achieve that same level of success in stopping the vaunted Brevard rushing game.
Kickoff for the game between the Tornados and the Eagles is set for 1 p.m. at Burke-Tarr Stadium in Jefferson City, Tenn.
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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