GAFFNEY, S.C. – Junior quarterback Matthew Harkness (Moncks Corner, S.C.) gave the Limestone College football team a much needed boost after entering the game late in the second quarter, leading the team to three scoring drives as the Blue and Gold picked up its first home win with a 28-17 decision over Brevard College on Saturday, October 15.
Score: Limestone 28, Brevard 17
Records: Limestone (5-2), Brevard (1-6)
Location: The Reservation at Gaffney High School
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
– A week after being limited to 48 yards, the Saints finished with 461 yards of total offense
– Limestone racked up 266 yards on the ground
– Harkness finished 16-of-24 for 170 yards and a touchdown passing and added a rushing TD
– Redshirt-sophomore Ga’Quan Maize (Florence, S.C.) rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown
– Redshirt-junior D’Anta Fleming (Greer, S.C.) hauled in nine catches for 100 yards
– Redshirt-junior Jumill Hornsby (North Charleston, S.C.) added 34 receiving yards and a TD
– Freshman QB Ivan Corbin (Warner Robins, Ga.) recorded a 59-yard touchdown run
– Redshirt-sophomore Raymond Hall (Columbia, S.C.) led the defense with eight tackles
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Saints forced their 25th turnover of the season on Brevard’s opening possession, and the Blue and Gold capitalized with its first offensive touchdown in the first quarter this season. Facing a 3rd-and-11 from the LC 41, Corbin took off on a delayed draw and raced 59 yards to give Limestone a quick 7-0 lead.
Brevard turned the ball over on the ensuing kickoff, but Limestone would give the rock right back after going four-and-out. The Tornados then answered with a 14-play, 63-yard drive to trim the margin to 7-3 behind a 34-yard field goal by Dayton Rogers.
Limestone was unable to get much going on the offensive side after its scoring drive to start the game, playing with its back to its own goal line for most of the second quarter. A strip sack in the end zone would give Brevard its only lead of the game, 10-7, after Tylek Wilson recovered the fumble for a touchdown.
Following a change behind center, the Saints responded with a 10-play, 71-yard drive to retake the lead, 14-7, with 14 ticks left on the clock. Limestone converted a 4th-and-9 during scoring drive when Harkness connected with Hornsby, and then the duo hooked up once again for a 10-yard TD a few plays later.
A 3-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper by Harkness capped a 75-yard drive to open the second half. Fleming (Greer, S.C.) caught a pair of passes for 26 yards on the march as the Saints pulled ahead 21-10 with 11:25 left in the frame.
The Blue and Gold followed up with a 15-play, 79-yard drive, highlighted by a 30-yard catch and run by Fleming, but it would eventually stall inside the red zone. Senior Logan Ard (Rock Hill, S.C.) then missed wide left on a 30-yard field goal attempt, but Limestone maintained its lead at the end of three.
Brevard cut the margin to 21-17 early in the fourth quarter as a 4-yard touchdown reception by Alex Dresser capped an 80-yard drive. Jarkevius Hopkins set up the score after taking a pitch off right tackle and racing for 56 yards down the visiting sideline.
The Saints would put the game out of reach, however, on the ensuing drive as Maize took a handoff from six yards out to make it a 28-17 ballgame. Redshirt-junior Daitwain Commodore (Charleston, S.C.) ripped off an 11-yard run while Harkness and Maize each recorded a 10-yard gain to power the decisive drive.
Late in the second quarter with the Saints trailing 10-7, Harkness came in and immediately directed a 10-play, 71-yard scoring drive to put Limestone back on top right before the half.
– Limestone collected 26 first downs while limiting Brevard to just nine
– The Saints held Brevard’s triple-option offense to 186 yards on the day
– The 461 yard of offense by the Saints is the third highest mark in team history
– Corbin went 4-of-8 for 25 yards and was sacked twice
– Redshirt-sophomore Andrew Hutto (Charleston, S.C.) added three catches for 26 yards
– Junior Joshua Simmons (Moncks Corner, S.C.) and redshirt-junior Logan Stoodley (Salisbury, N.C.) each chipped in six tackles
Limestone closes out its 2016 road schedule with two straight trips to Tennessee. The Saints travel to face Tusculum College on Saturday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m.