BREVARD, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados football team was recently featured on WLOS News 13's "Game Changers" segment ahead of Brevard's first postseason appearance in program history, a trip to the ECAC's Scotty Whitelaw Bowl in Pittsburgh vs. host Carnegie Mellon University.
The segment highlighted Brevard's record-breaking 2019 season and featured Brevard's meteoric rise through the ranks of the USA South, spotlighting Brevard's second-place conference finish after being picked sixth in the USA South Football preseason coaches poll.
"We all knew we had a better team than sixth," stated sophomore quarterback and former local high school standout at West Henderson Dalton Cole. "Kind of seeing that, not disrespectful, but you don't know what we've got going on around here."
Head Coach Bill Khayat said in his interview that the preseason poll put a chip on his team's shoulders and said, "they played with grit, determination, courage and showed the will to win."
That grit, determination, courage, and will to win led to a historic 2019 regular season campaign that saw several records and milestones shattered.
Brevard won seven games in the regular season to match the school record for most single-season victories in the NCAA-era. School records were also set this regular season with a .778 winning percentage and five league victories in USA South Conference play. Moreover, BC went 4-1 in road games this season, which also set a school record for road wins in the NCAA-era. The Tornados finished second in a USA South Conference that they were predicted to finish sixth in by the league's preseason coaches poll.
The Tornados enter the Scotty Whitelaw Bowl riding a four-game win streak dating back to October 26. Over the winning streak, Brevard has outscored its opponents 99-35, with three of the four wins coming on the road.
The month of November has been a stretch of dominance for the Tornados, especially on the defensive side of the ball. BC has outscored its opponents 73-15 and has not allowed a touchdown in November. The no-touchdowns allowed streak for the Tornado defense is currently at three straight games and spans 12 consecutive quarters.
Brevard's defense far-and-away led its conference throughout the regular season with a school-record 19 interceptions, 23 turnovers, 105 points allowed, and 11.7 points-per-game allowed. Moreover, Brevard allowed the third-least rushing yards-per-game and scored four touchdowns on defense, which was tied for the lead in the USA South.
In addition to these conference-leading numbers, BC's 19 interceptions finished the regular season tied-for-third in all of NCAA DIII Football, trailing just Redlands (23) and Martin Luther (21) while being tied with four other schools.
Justin Parker, another local standout from Enka High School in Candler, North Carolina, and a USA South All-Conference Second Team selection, added " it's nice to know that all your hard work and everything that you've put into this is starting to come together and we are starting to reap the rewards of that. You are starting to see more accolades come our way for the team."
The Tornados will conclude their historic season this Saturday when the Scotty Whitelaw kicks off at Gesling Stadium on the campus of Carnegie Mellon at 1 p.m.
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