By Adam Cavalier
No. 21 Carson-Newman (2-1. 1-0 South Atlantic Conference) rolled up 496 yards of total offense in a 55-42 road win over Brevard (0-3, 0-1 SAC) Saturday afternoon at Brevard Memorial Stadium.
With the win, Ken Sparks moves past Pop Warner and into sixth place by himself on the all-time wins list. Sparks has 320 career wins. He’s three away from legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant and his 323 career victories.
The Eagles had five different players score touchdowns. Carson-Newman didn’t score on a drive until it turned it over on downs on its sixth possession.
Brevard rolled up 419 yards on the ground and 480 yards of total offense. However, the Eagles turned up the heat in the second half defensively with six sacks of Brevard quarterback Tanner Wright.
The Eagles got a spark right out of the gate when Lonnie Williams brought back the opening kickoff 100 yards along the right sideline for a touchdown 15 seconds into the game.
Carson-Newman and Brevard traded punches for their first five drives. An Eric Cain interception proved to be the difference early on. The pick led to Jamal Jones recovering a botched snap in the end zone to put the Eagles up 21-7 with 2:28 left in the first quarter.
Brevard countered with a Jordan Ollis’ two-yard dive over the right guard 1:11 into the second quarter.
The Eagles moved ahead by three scores on their next two possessions. TraShaun Ward was on the receiving end of a 68-yard out and up route from De’Andre Thomas. Carson-Newman then picked up a short field off a shanked Brevard punt and personal foul penalty. Thomas took the next play 17 yards around right tackle to push the Eagles lead to 34-14.
The Eagles and Tornados traded touchdowns the rest of the way, with Brevard getting the last TD on a Wright 12-yard scoring scamper with 1:39 left in the game to set the final margin at 55-42 Eagles.
Andy Hibbett collected his first career back-to-back 100-yard rushing games after touting105 yards on 13 carries to go along with his two touchdowns. Hibbett has 26 career touchdowns, moving him into a tie for 11th on the all time career scoring list.
Randall Freeman had a career high 92 yards on 12 carries. Thomas found the end zone twice on the ground after carrying eight times for 70 yards.
Thomas completed eight of 13 passes for 164 yards and a pair of scores through the air. Aaron Seward snared his first career touchdown pass on a 24-yard slant over the left hashes.
Brevard was led by Kelvin Jeter’s 162 yards rushing. Jordan Ollis had 133 yards on the ground.
Jerry Miclisse had a career best 15-tackle day. Sean Rawson followed with 12 tackles. Deon Meadows picked up two sacks.
The Eagles play their third straight road game next Saturday at Catawba. Kickoff from Shuford Stadium is set for 1:30 p.m.