Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados will look for their first road win of the season on Saturday afternoon, as the Tornados are 0-1 away from Brevard in 2008. BC will also be looking for their first ever South Atlantic Conference win, having dropped their first two SAC games this season to Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate.
The Tornados are currently riding a three-game losing streak and will look to snap it this Saturday afternoon at Tusculum. The Tornados are 1-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in the very tough South Atlantic Conference.
The Tornados continue to search for offense as injuries continue to plague the very young BC squad. BC is averaging only 13.4 points per game, as points have been hard to come by as of late. The Tornados are again going to be looking for the running game to break through this week, as BC has only rushed for 497 yards on the year. Time of possession will also be a factor as the Tornados would like to give their defense a rest and keep the high-powered spread offense of Tusculum off the field as much as possible.
Senior running back John Taylor, who has missed the last two games due to an injury, still leads the Tornados in rushing yards with 202 on 46 rushing attempts and two touchdowns. For the third straight game, however, the carries will be done by a committee as juniors Tyrone Arrington (24 carries, 83 yards, 1 TD), Desmond Wilson (26 carries, 70 yards) and John Compton (16 carries, 38 yards) will all line in the offensive backfield behind quarterback Matthew Gaines. Gaines, in his first true action of the season last week against the No. 18 Wingate Bulldogs, has 25 yards on 16 carries and is 5-of-11 through the air for 48 yards on the year. The junior will be asked to control the clock and run the BC offense, which will show multiple looks throughout the game.
Receivers Donald Hudson, Shaton Pratt, Cory Pertz and Hasan Carriel will again look to stretch the field and look for the big play in the passing game.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Tornados lined up for 80 plays against the Bulldogs a week ago and will look to get more three-in-outs this week. Linebacker Stanley Jones, who had 11 tackles, one sack and an interception last week, leads the Tornados with 54 total tackles. Linebackers Zac McAlister, Brandon Rawls and freshman Andrew Barrentine will all see significant snaps and will be asked to make plays throughout the game. The secondary, which will be challenged by the Tusculum passing attack, will look to make plays and force TC into some errant passes and turnovers.
The Pioneers are coming off a 48-19 road victory over Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, N.C. last week and will return home for their first home SAC game on the year.
Tusculum is 4-2 on the year, with their two losses coming to NCAA Division I Subdivision Gardner-Webb University and the nationally ranked Wingate Bulldogs. For the year, Tusculum has outscored their opponents 186-117, an average of 31.0 points per game from their pass first offense. In their spread offensive scheme, the Pioneers have thrown for 1,974 yards and 15 touchdowns, while only rushing for 820 yards and nine touchdowns.
Quarterback Corey Russell has connected on 61.2 percent of his pass attempts, 147-of-240, while throwing 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Russell’s two main receivers are Ryan Tallent and Jarrell NeSmith. Tallent has collected 38 receptions for 355 yards, an average of 9.3 yards per catch, and three touchdowns, while NeSmith has 37 catches for 323 yards and four touchdowns in six games so far this season. Running back Marucs Foster has 313 yards on 67 rushing attempts with four touchdowns, while Russell is second on the team with 242 rushing yards.
Defensively, the Pioneers allow only 19.5 points per game and have given up only 880 yards on the ground through their first six games. Although the Pioneers have given up 1,060 yards through the air, Tusculum has forced 18 total turnovers on the season, nine interceptions and nine fumbles, an average of three turnovers per game.
Linebacker Jarvis Littlejohn leads the Tusculum defense has he has a team-high 46 total tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles. Fellow linebacker Justin Scott has a team-high 10 tackles for a loss, one interception and one forced fumble.
The defensive line is a huge strength for the Pioneers as they have combined to collect 10 sacks on the year. Terrence Smith leads the way for the D-Line with four sacks for minus 14 yards to go along with his 25 total tackles. Fellow defensive end Brandon Kelley has three sacks for negative 11 yards, 28 total tackles and two forced fumbles, as the front line of defense for TC looks to cause trouble for the Tornados rushing attack.
Place kicker Gareth Rowlands leads the Pioneers in scoring, as he has 40 total points connecting on 7-of-9 field goal attempts and 19 point after attempts.
The Tornados are 0-2 against the Pioneers in the two teams’ only two previous meetings. Both the losses came at Brevard Memorial Stadium, with the last lost coming a little under a year ago, a 30-7 win for the Pioneers. Tusculum defeated the Tornados 33-0 in Brevard in 2006, the Tornados inaugural season.
The kickoff time is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start time at Pioneer Field in Greeneville, Tenn.
You can catch the game via live broadcast brought to you by the “Voice of the Tornados” Rob Walden 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.
Game Notes - Brevard College vs. Tusculum College - Sat., Oct. 11