Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados will be on the road for the last time in 2008 this Saturday afternoon, as Coach Hamilton’s squad will travel to Salisbury, N.C. for a showdown with the Catawba College Indians. Both teams are coming off disappointing SAC losses and will look to help salvage their seasons with a big conference win.
Brevard is 0-3 on the road this season, but have played well losing all three games by a combined 30 points, including a three point loss at Chowan University back on September 13.
The Tornados have embraced the new triple option offensive attack over the last three weeks, as the offense has gained 708 yards on the ground and scored 59 points in their last three games. Since taking over the quarterback position three weeks ago at Tusculum, sophomore Trey Wilborn has rushed for 235 yards on 39 carries and for one touchdown, while helping lead the BC offense down the field.
Against Carson-Newman last week, senior running back John Taylor proved he is almost completely back from an injury that sidelined him for two games earlier this season, as Taylor rushed 11 times for 93 yards. In six games this season, Taylor has rushed 79 times for a team-high 383 yards and a team-high four touchdowns. Fullback Desmond Wilson as well as slot back Donald Hudson will also see a number of carries on Saturday afternoon, as the two combined for 63 yards on 16 carries one week ago.
The Tornado defense will again face an offense that can move the ball and score points, as Catawba averages over 26 points per game. Linebacker Stanley Jones, who leads the SAC in tackles with 84, will look to lead the BC defense that will have to try to stop a strong passing attack of Catawba as well as a very fast running back in Jamelle Cutherbertson.
The Tornados, who have only six interceptions on the year, two of which were by freshman safety Michael Gist, will look to make big plays and force the Indians into committing turnovers in order to keep their offense off the field and give the Tornados good field position throughout the contest.
Special teams will play a role in the contest, as last week punter Luke Lovelace had four punts that put the Eagles back on their side of the field and got the BC defense out of their own territory. Place kicker Chase Henry had the lone points of the game last week with a 35 yard field goal.
The Catawba Indians are 4-4 on the year and 2-2 in the SAC with wins over Mars Hill and Tusculum. The Indians are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Wingate Bulldogs, who came back from behind to defeat the Indians, 34-24.
Catawba is averaging 26.2 points per game, with the majority of the yardage and scores coming by way of the air, as the Indians have passed for 15 touchdowns and 1,703 yards. However, the Indians have a balanced attack as Catawba is fourth in the SAC in both passing offense and rushing offense over the first eight games on the year.
Catawba has two quarterbacks in Patrick Dennis and Howard Williamson that have both seen a considerable amount of time and should see snaps on Saturday afternoon. Dennis has completed 54-of-94 passes for 909 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. Williamson has completed 46-of-95 passes for 619 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.
The running game for Catawba, which has rushed for 1,245 yards and 11 scores, is highlighted by running back Jamelle Cuthbertson who has 762 yards on 107 carries, an average of 7.1 yards per carry, and eight touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Catawba is very strong against the rush, as the Indians have allowed only 855 yards on the ground in their first eight games, while teams have thrown the ball well against them, gaining 1,554 yards through the air against the Catawba defense.
Linebackers Charles McAfee, Lakeem Perry and Julian Samolu lead the Catawba defensive unit, as the three are in the top-four in tackles on the team. McAfee leads the team with 64 total tackles, of which 12.5 were tackles for a loss of 30 yards. Perry is second on the team with 58 total stops, while Samolu is fourth with 33 tackles. All have one fumble recovery on the season.
Defensive lineman Marqus Davis and Melquan Fail led the pass-rush attack as Davis has five sacks, while Fair has 5.5 sacks on the season. Cornerback Jasmon Carpenter has a team-high three interceptions on the season, leading the defensive backfield for the Indians.
These two programs have only met once before, as the Catawba Indians defeated the Tornados 56-21 back on November 3, 2007. Last year’s match up was played at Brevard Memorial Stadium in Brevard, N.C.
The game time is slated for a 1:30 p.m. kick-off at Shuford Stadium on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.
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. Catawba College - Saturday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m.