BUENA VISTA, Va. The Southern Virginia football team faced off against a rushing juggernaut in Brevard, and could not slow the run game, as the Tornadoes ran to a 69-7 win. BC ran for 519-yards, and never let the Knights really get in to the game. The Tornadoes scored at least two touchdowns in each quarter, and started brightly as they marched 68-yards in 10-plays to get the early score within the first five minutes of the game.
SVU could not get anything going on the offensive end, and was forced to punt. A Matt Mellor punt pinned the visitors deep in their end, and SVU caught a break on the Tornadoes' drive. A dropped pitch fell in to the hands of Robert Williams who streaked in for 16-yard fumble return touchdown. The 7-7 score line gave the hosts hope, and they looked to shut down a rushing attack that was finding its way on the Parry McCluer High School field.
A BC 53-yard rush sliced through the Knights' defense, and had them on their heels. Brevard quickly moved the ball after the big gain, and had a four-yard touchdown to go up on the Knights. Dylan Dikes blocked the PAT, and it looked like the Knights would take momentum from the special teams play.
SVU was able to avoid a quick three-and-out, when Zach Garner hit Derek Chapman for an 11-yard pass. The Knights bogged down on the following four plays, and handed the ball to the visitors on downs. The 13-7 score line would represent the closest SVU would get in the game, as Brevard would march 45-yards for another touchdown.
Things did not get better for the hosts, as all of their drives would end with punts or turnovers on downs. SVU was able to get a stop in the second quarter, but Brevard's ground attack was proving to be too potent to stop. All but one score for the Tornadoes came from the ground attack. The visitors used the clock to their advantage, as all but one scoring drive encompassed over 45-yards.
Garner had a solid outing, with a 12-for-21 afternoon for 126-yards. Steven Scott led the Knights with 9-rushes for 45-yards. Ryan McGinn pulled in 4-catches for 50-yards, and a long of 20. SVU had 202-yards of offense, and led both teams with 149-yards through the air.
Brett Kassel led the Knights on the defensive end, as he recorded 7-total tackles. Williams' fumble recovery for a touchdown was one of the highlights for the Knights on the defensive side of the ball. Pres Crawford also put in a solid effort, with 6-total tackles, and a half tackle for loss.
SVU will look to regroup as they look to NCAA D.III foe Bridgewater. The game, scheduled for Sep. 30 will take place at a neutral venue in Salem, VA. The 7:30 start time will be the first meeting between the Knights, and the perennial ODAC power Golden Eagles. The game will also be a charity match, as all gate receipts will go to the Feed America Southwest Virginia chapter charity.