2019 Brevard Football News

  • Tornados Engineer Game-Winning Drive in Final Minutes to Defeat Cougars on Senior Night
    November 09, 2019
    With its back against the wall, down six and in the final minutes of regulation, the Brevard College football team (6-2, 4-2 USAS) strung together an eight-play, 58-yard drive that was capped off with a 36-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Dalton Cole to fellow sophomore wide receiver Blake Taylor. Stamati Damalos’ extra point followed by a game-sealing interception from junior defensive back Wesley Ross locked up Brevard’s sixth victory of 2019, as the Tornados dropped preseason USA South Conference favorite Averett University (6-3, 4-2 USAS), 10-9, on Senior Night at Brevard Memorial Stadium. With the victory, the Brevard College Tornados improve to a 6-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in USA South play. BC’s six victories thus far in 2019 are the second-most in the school’s NCAA-era history, trailing only the 2009 squad who tallied seven regular-season victories. With one more game left in its regular season, Brevard College could tie the best win total in program history. The Tornados’ four wins in conference play set the program’s new record for single-season conference victories. Dating back to 2018, Brevard has won nine of its last 12 games. “That was exactly the type of game that I expected it to be – an all-out slugfest between two stout teams,” commented Head Coach Bill Khayat following his team’s 10-9 victory over Averett. “I am absolutely thrilled for our four seniors that they were able to achieve a win in their final home game.”
  • Brevard to Honor Four Seniors in Conference Tilt Against Averett
    November 07, 2019
    The Brevard College football team (5-2, 3-2 USAS) returns home to Brevard Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 9, when the Tornados face off against the Averett University Cougars (6-2, 4-1 USAS) in a key USA South Conference matchup. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. Four Brevard College senior student-athletes - defensive lineman Brandon Crawford, defensive back Quentin Jackson, wide receiver Ralph Roman III, and defensive lineman Josh Romero - will be honored approximately 25 minutes before kickoff on Saturday for their contributions to Brevard College football.  Brevard will look to continue its winning ways following back-to-back USA South victories on the road. The Tornados scored 26 unanswered points and held off a late rally to defeat NC Wesleyan College, 26-20 on October 26 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, before shutting down LaGrange College, 21-3, on November 2 in LaGrange, Georgia. 
  • Brevard Shuts Down LaGrange for 21-3 Victory
    November 02, 2019
    The Brevard College football team (5-2, 3-2 USAS) held the LaGrange College Panthers to just a field goal as the Tornados claimed a 21-3 victory in a shutdown defensive effort on Saturday afternoon in LaGrange, Georgia. The victory marked the team’s fifth win of the 2019 campaign, guaranteeing Brevard’s first winning season since 2009. The five wins are also the most by the Tornados in the last ten seasons. Brevard’s defense stifled the Panthers’ offense throughout the contest, stopping LaGrange on four fourth-down attempts in the game. BC’s offense rushed for a season-high 223 yards, led by sophomore running back Damon Rouse. The Charlotte, North Carolina native set his new career-high with 113 yards, averaging 7.1 yards-per-carry.
  • Tornados Visit LaGrange for USA South Matchup with Panthers
    November 01, 2019
    The Brevard College football team (4-2, 2-2 USAS) returns to action this Saturday, November 2 when the Tornados head to LaGrange, Georgia for a USA South Conference test against the LaGrange Panthers (3-4, 1-3 USAS). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Callaway Stadium. The Tornados are coming off a big conference road victory, 26-20, over N.C. Wesleyan College last Saturday in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The victory ended a two-game slide for the Tornados, who currently sit tied-for-third in the USA South standings. Sophomore quarterback Dalton Cole ran for two touchdowns in the victory, while Louis Williams III enjoyed a big day on the defensive side of the ball with two sacks and a forced fumble. Freshman defensive back Rook Tate returned an interception 82 yards for a touchdown that proved a pivotal score for Brevard. Tate was named USA South Conference Football Defensive Rookie of the Week following his efforts last weekend.
  • Rook Tate Secures USA South Football Defensive Rookie of the Week Award
    October 28, 2019
    Following a big week that included a crucial 82-yard interception return touchdown that helped Brevard College defeat N.C. Wesleyan, freshman defensive back Rook Tate has been chosen as the USA South Conference Football Defensive Rookie of the Week. Tate, who has already been awarded national honors from D3football.com’s Team of the Week thanks to a fumble recovery touchdown in a victory over Maryville on October 5, becomes the fourth BC football student-athlete to claim conference weekly honors this season.  The Gaffney, South Carolina native also becomes the third Tornado to earn the Defensive Rookie of the Week award in 2019. Fellow freshman defensive backs Joc Pledger and Tae Sullivan have each been awarded the honor this season.  Overall, a grand total of 11 Tornado student-athletes have received recognition from the conference during the 2019-20 academic season. 
  • Big First Half Lifts Tornados over Battling Bishops, 26-20
    October 26, 2019
    The Brevard College football team (4-2, 2-2 USAS) scored 26 unanswered points to lift itself over USA South Conference opponent N.C. Wesleyan (3-4, 2-3 USAS), 26-20 on Saturday afternoon at Rocky Mount Stadium in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  The Tornados resisted a late comeback attempt by the Battling Bishops, who outscored Brevard 20-0 in the fourth quarter. However, N.C. Wesleyan’s comeback bid fell just short as Brevard was able to escape with the hard-fought road victory.  The victory marked Brevard’s fourth victory of the 2019 campaign, matching the program’s win total in each of the last two seasons, where the Tornados went 4-6 in both 2017 and 2018. One more win will give Brevard its highest single-season win total since the Tornado football program won seven games in the 2009 season. 
  • Football Heads Back on the Road for Clash vs. N.C. Wesleyan 
    October 24, 2019
    The Brevard College football team (3-2, 1-2 USAS) will look to get back to its winning ways when the Tornados take on N.C. Wesleyan College (3-3, 2-1 USAS) on Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Saturday’s contest will mark the third time that the Tornados and Battling Bishops have faced off in program history since Brevard began playing an NCAA DIII schedule in 2017. The two sides are 1-1 against each other, with the Tornados taking a high-scoring 58-42 victory in Rocky Mount on October 28, 2017, before the Battling Bishops escaped a late Brevard comeback at Brevard Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018, by a final of 29-21. Brevard will look to bounce back from consecutive narrow USA South setbacks after opening the season with a 3-0 record for the first time since 2009. After the Tornados opened conference play with a 22-10 victory over defending conference champion Maryville College, Brevard dropped a road contest at Methodist University in the final seconds,  24-23, before returning home to face perennial conference power Huntingdon College. The Hawks pulled away late to take the defensive slugfest from Brevard, 21-10.
  • #NCAAInclusion Day 2: “Broadening Our Horizons” - Featuring SAAC VP/Football’s Josh Romero
    October 23, 2019
    Throughout the NCAA’s Annual Diversity & Inclusion Week, several Brevard College student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff will be featured on bctornados.com.  The second day of the four-day week (October 22-25) is titled “Broadening Our Horizons” - a day that is focused on identifying diverse connections across campus and highlighting diverse friendships, mentors, and role models.  #NCAAInclusion Week, sponsored by the NCAA’s Office of Inclusion, helps bring awareness and spotlight to diversity and inclusion on college campuses by giving student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and staff an outlet to share their stories through social media.  Below highlights Brevard College football senior defensive lineman Josh Romero, who serves as the BC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Vice President, as Brevard’s second feature of #NCAAInclusion Week.
  • Joc Pledger Secures USA South Football Defensive Rookie of the Week Award
    October 21, 2019
    Following a breakout game that included two interceptions, three pass breakups, and five tackles, freshman defensive back/running back Joc Pledger has been named the USA South Conference Football Defensive Rookie of the Week award for the ending on October 21.  The nod marks the third conference award that BC Football has earned in the 2019 season.  Pledger, a freshman from Monroe, Georgia, grabbed his first two career interceptions and broke up three passes in a 21-10 loss to USA South foe Huntingdon last week. Both of his interceptions came inside Brevard territory while his second was in the endzone at the end of the first half to prevent a score.
  • Tornado Defense Shines Before Huntingdon Pulls Away Late
    October 19, 2019
    The Brevard College football team (3-2, 1-2 USAS) hung around all afternoon with the visiting Huntingdon Hawks (4-2, 3-0 USAS), forcing three turnovers on defense in the first half before a late 83-yard rushing touchdown sealed victory for the Hawks, 21-10, on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon game at Brevard Memorial Stadium.  The Tornado defense, pitted against one of the most high-powered offensive attacks in the USA South Conference and Huntingdon quarterback Michael Lambert - who leads the conference in passing yards and touchdowns -  held the Hawks in check for a majority of the contest.  Brevard battled all afternoon with Huntingdon, who is now just one of two teams left who are undefeated in USA South play.
  • Football Hosts Conference Power Huntingdon for Crucial Catch Game on Saturday
    October 17, 2019
    The Brevard College football team (3-1, 1-1 USAS) is looking to bounce back from their first loss of the 2019 season when the Tornados host three-time USA South Conference champion Huntingdon College (3-2, 2-0 USAS) on Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. at a Brevard Memorial Stadium. The game serves as Brevard’s “Crucial Catch” game, which follows in line with the National Football League’s month-long efforts to raise awareness for cancer during the month of October. For more information on the NFL’s Crucial Catch, please click here.  The Tornados - who are off to their best start to a season since 2009 - will look to bounce back from a heartbreaking 24-23 defeat last weekend at the hands of in-state opponent Methodist. In last Saturday’s game, Brevard watched a six-point, 23-17 lead slip away in the final seconds when the Monarchs completed a 49-yard touchdown pass with just 27 seconds remaining to tie the game. Methodist sealed its victory with an extra point and a defensive stand on Brevard’s final drive.  Huntingdon is coming off back-to-back conference victories over Methodist (48-7) and Maryville College (45-35) in consecutive weekends.   The Hawks’ high-powered offense, led by 15th-year Head Coach Mike Turk and a veteran offense, has posted 46.5 points-per-game in their two conference contests - averaging 457.5 offensive yards-per-game in those two affairs. Huntingdon’s offense ranks second in the USA South in total offensive yards-per-game (398.6 ypg).
  • Heartbreaking Last-Minute Touchdown Lifts Methodist over Brevard, 24-23
    October 12, 2019
    The Brevard College Tornados football team (3-1, 1-1 USAS) battled back from a 10-0 halftime deficit, taking a 23-17 lead late in the fourth quarter before the Methodist Monarchs (2-3, 1-2 USAS) completed a 49-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 27 seconds left to break the Tornados’ hearts 24-23, in an in-state USA South Conference showdown at Monarch Stadium in Fayetteville, N.C.  The defeat halts Brevard’s three-game win streak to open the 2019 season and the Tornados’ five-game streak dating back to last season. Sophomore quarterback Dalton Cole and the Tornado offense overcame a slow first half offensively, rebounding with three second-half touchdowns through the air. Cole finished with 267 passing yards and three touchdowns, while BC was led in receiving by Jamerial Parks, who caught two passes for career-best totals in yards (108) and touchdowns (two). Sophomore Brandon Norris caught his first touchdown pass of the season in a three-catch, 90-yard effort that included a big 79-yard touchdown catch.
  • Football Heads to Fayetteville, N.C. for In-State Conference Showdown with Methodist 
    October 10, 2019
    Following three consecutive victories to open the 2019 season for the first time since 2000, the Brevard College Tornados football team (3-0, 1-0 USAS) sets its sights on a conference matchup on the road vs. Methodist University (1-2, 0-1 USAS) this Saturday, October 12 at 1 p.m.  Brevard enters the Methodist contest on a five-game win streak dating back to Nov. 10, 2018.  Over the win streak, the Tornados have outscored opponents 163-42 with the BC defense holding opponents to 8.4 points-per-game. Brevard holds a 2-0 all-time record vs. Methodist that includes a thrilling 41-36 victory last season at Brevard Memorial Stadium, where a late Methodist rally was thwarted by the BC defense. 
  • Tate’s Key Fumble Recovery Leads to National Honor
    October 08, 2019
    Brevard College football freshman defensive back Rook Tate was selected to D3football.com’s Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware, following a two-tackle performance on Saturday that included a fumble recovery on a Maryville punt attempt that helped the Brevard College Tornados defeat the defending USA South Conference champs, 22-10 last Saturday. A native of Gaffney, S.C., Tate becomes the third BC football player to earn national plaudits thus far in the 2019 season, and the third-straight selection for the Tornados in consecutive weeks. Following Brevard’s season-opening victory at home over Christopher Newport, senior defensive back Quentin Jackson became the first Tornado since 2017 to be honored by D3football.com. After last week’s 40-9 victory on the road against Allen, freshman punter Jaxon Youngblood was named to D3football.com’s Team of the Week, making it back-to-back selections for the Tornados. 
  • Brevard Knocks off Defending Conference Champion Maryville, 22-10; Improves Record to 3-0
    October 05, 2019
    The Brevard College Tornados Football team (3-0, 1-0 USAS) upended the 2018 USA South Conference Football champion Maryville College Scots (0-4, 0-1 USAS) by a final score of 22-10 at Brevard Memorial Stadium, halting a seven-game USA South win streak for the Scots who had gone an unbeaten 7-0 in USA South play in the 2018 season. Saturday’s defeat was Maryville’s first in conference action since former USA South member institution Ferrum College defeated the Scots, 31-24 on November 11, 2017. “For a Homecoming game, we hosted the undefeated reigning champs of the USA South in Maryville - a team that hasn’t lost a conference game since 2017,” commented Head Coach Bill Khayat following his team’s big win. “We knew that it would take a monumental effort to get the victory today.” That monumental effort was shown with an opportune offense that capitalized on its opportunities, stingy defense that forced two turnovers, and a special teams that made big plays when called upon - including a fumble recovery touchdown and eight total points from the kicking unit.
  • Football Welcomes Home Alumni, Opens Conference Play vs. Maryville on Saturday
    October 03, 2019
    Homecoming festivities are set to commence on the campus of Brevard College this weekend surrounding a big conference-opening matchup for the Brevard College Tornados football team (2-0), who welcome defending USA South Conference champion Maryville College (0-3) to Brevard Memorial Stadium this Saturday at 3 p.m. The Tornados and Scots will square off for only the second time in school history, as Maryville claimed a 29-3 decision last season in Maryville, Tenn.  This year's clash will mark the USA South Conference opener for each team. Brevard is off to the second-best start in the program’s NCAA history following resounding victories at home to Christopher Newport University (Sept. 21, 27-6) and on the road at Allen University (Sept 28, 40-9). Head Coach Bill Khayat’s team joins the 2009 Tornado squad as the only other team to start the season with an undefeated record through its first two contests. 
  • Brevard’s Jaxon Youngblood Selected to D3football.com Team of the Week
    October 01, 2019
    Brevard College Tornados Football freshman punter Jaxon Youngblood has been selected to D3football.com’s “Team of the Week,” presented by Scoutware. The honor coincides with Youngblood also earning this week’s USA South Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week award. Youngblood becomes the second Brevard player this season to be chosen to D3football.com’s Team of the Week, as the freshman joins teammate Quentin Jackson, who was selected to the honor last week.
  • Football’s Sullivan, Youngblood Awarded USA South Weekly Honors
    September 30, 2019
    Brevard College Tornados football student-athletes Tae Sullivan (Fr., Defensive Back) and Jaxon Youngblood (Fr., Punter) claimed USA South Conference weekly accolades following BC’s impressive 40-9 win over Allen University last Saturday in Columbia, S.C. Sullivan, a freshman from Gaffney, S.C., made a big impact in Saturday’s historically significant defensive performance for the Tornados. He totaled six tackles and grabbed his first career interception – one of a record-breaking five picks for the Tornados’ defense – in Saturday’s contest. Sullivan’s interception stopped a third-quarter Allen drive inside the Brevard 20-yard line. Youngblood, a freshman from Greer, S.C., launched a new career-best 56-yard punt to round out an impressive showing vs. Allen. He kicked five punts for 228 yards – good enough for a 45.6 yard-per-punt average – while pinning the Yellow Jackets inside the 20-yard line three times in the victory.
  • Brevard Dominates Allen En Route to 40-9 Road Victory 
    September 28, 2019
    The Brevard College Tornados football team (2-0) claimed a big 40-9 victory on the road against Allen University (1-2) on Saturday evening at the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Benedict College in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.  The Tornados impressed in all three phases of the game to take the impressive win, as Brevard’s offense, defense, and special teams all made a significant impact on the final outcome.  Brevard improves to a 2-0 record to start the 2019 season for just the second time in the school’s NCAA-era history, as the 2019 Tornados squad joins the 2009 team as the only groups to start undefeated in their first two contests (2009 Tornados started their season 5-0). The Brevard defense, led by Defensive Coordinator Luke Jaicks, set a new school record for single-game interceptions, as five different Tornados snagged picks in Saturday’s game. 
  • Quentin Jackson Selected to D3football.com’s Team of the Week
    September 24, 2019
    Following an impressive 27-6 win over Christopher Newport last Saturday and a shutdown defensive performance which held the CNU Captains to just six points, senior defensive back Quentin Jackson has been selected to D3football.com’s Team of the Week for the cornerback position. Jackson tallied an interception, six tackles (five solo, one assist) and a tackle-for-loss in Brevard’s victory over Christopher Newport.
  • Tornados Ready to Face Yellow Jackets Saturday on the Road
    September 24, 2019
    In a rematch of last year's season-finale in which the Brevard College Tornados football team claimed a 46-10 victory, Brevard (1-0) heads on the road for the first time this season with a matchup at the Allen University Yellow Jackets (1-1) on Saturday evening in Columba, S.C. Kickoff time is scheduled for 5 p.m. Live statistics will be available on www.bctornados.com on the road courtesy of the Brevard College Sports Information office, while live updates will be posted at @BCTornados on Twitter. Brevard College football will also be featured as the USA South Conference's "Instagram Takeover" over the weekend. The USA South's Instagram Takeover initiative allows certain teams the opportunity to share their experiences, through pictures and videos, while competing away from their respective campuses. To experience this special behind-the-scenes look at BC football, give the USA South a follow on Instagram at @usa_south.
  • Stingy Defense, 27 Unanswered Second-Half Points Surges Brevard Past Christopher Newport
    September 21, 2019
    On a night where points were hard to come by early on, the Brevard College Tornados football team (1-0) used stout defense and a rejuvenated offense to score 27 unanswered points and shut out the visiting Christopher Newport Captains (0-3) in the second half en route to an emphatic 27-6 season-opening victory under-the-lights at Brevard Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. Led by a stingy defense and a big second half from the offense that was helmed by sophomore quarterback Dalton Cole, the Tornados were able to upend the Captains in the non-conference matchup that pitted the USA South’s newest member – Brevard College – against one of the conference’s former members in the CNU Captains.
  • Brevard Set to “White Out” Stadium in Primetime Showdown vs. Christopher Newport
    September 16, 2019
    Following a season-opening cancellation last Saturday versus Apprentice due to severe lightning, the Brevard College football team returns to action this Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m. when the Tornados welcome perennial NCAA DIII power Christopher Newport University (0-2) to Brevard Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for a 7 p.m. under-the-lights start time. Fans are encouraged to wear white as Brevard College “whites out” the stands in support of Tornados Football. The first 500 fans through the gates on Saturday evening will receive a free Brevard Tornados Football white shirt as part of the promotion. 
  • Inclement Weather Halts Football Home-Opener
    September 14, 2019
    Due to continuous inclement weather and player safety concerns, play in the game between Brevard College and Apprentice School has been stopped and will not be made up. The final outcome of the contest will be determined by Conference officials.
  • Brevard vs. Apprentice Declared No Contest due to Inclement Weather
    September 14, 2019
    Following a lengthy lightning delay in Brevard College’s season-opening contest against the Apprentice School Builders at Brevard Memorial Stadium, the game was declared no contest early Sunday morning. The announcement comes after an agreement between both Athletics Directors and USA South Conference officials in accordance with NCAA rules to declare the game no contest, with player safety at the forefront of the decision. Play was halted around 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon due to numerous lightning strikes in the area and play was officially halted around 6 p.m.
  • Tornados Football Kicks Off 2019, Hosts Hometown Heroes Versus Apprentice
    September 09, 2019
    The Brevard College Tornados Football team is set to open up its 2019 campaign on Saturday, September 14 at 1 p.m., as the Tornados take on the Apprentice School Builders (1-0) at Brevard Memorial Stadium. The contest will be live-streamed and simulcast through the Brevard College Tornados YouTube and BoxCast channels, with play-by-play commentary provided by Chuck Sebastian. Live statistics will be available on www.bctornados.com, and live updates will be posted on the Brevard College Tornados social media channels as they become available.  The contest will serve as BC’s annual Hometown Heroes game, where anyone who serves as a First Responder will be admitted into Saturday’s game free of charge. The game will also celebrate Family Weekend at Brevard College.
  • Season Preview:  Brevard College Football Placed Sixth in USA South Preseason Poll
    August 30, 2019
    The Brevard College Tornados Football team has been slotted sixth in the USA South Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll, announced the conference on Friday morning. The Tornados, who finished the 2018 season with a 3-4 in-conference record received 18 total points in this year’s edition of the annual poll. Averett University was picked as favorites in the competitive eight-team football conference standings. The Cougars earned a total of 46 points and four first-place votes to narrowly edge defending USA South Football champion Maryville College, who racked up 43 points and three first-place votes. Receiving the lone remaining first-place vote was Huntington College. The Hawks garnered 38 points to place third in the tabulation. Two North Carolina schools - N.C. Wesleyan College (4th, 30 points), and Methodist University (5th, 25 points) - were slotted just ahead of the 2019 Tornados. LaGrange College (7th, 17 points) and Greensboro College (8th, 7 points) rounded out the poll.
  • Grand Opening of Brevard College Tornados Official Online Store
    August 23, 2019
    The Brevard College Department of Athletics and BSN Sports have launched the Brevard Tornados official online team store, offering fans the latest in branded Tornados gear including many NIKE products.
  • 91 Brevard College Student-Athletes Named USA South Academic All-Conference
    June 14, 2019
    The USA South Conference on Friday morning released its annual USA South Academic All-Conference list, selecting 91 Brevard College student-athletes as Academic All-Conference selections. Additionally, 18 student-athletes collected “With Distinction” Academic All-Conference honors, accruing at least a 3.9 grade point average in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Gregory, Jordan Named to National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society
    April 10, 2019
    Seniors Tyler Gregory and Ryan Jordan - have been named members of the 2019 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.