This years Alumni Game was loaded with lots of action as the Alumni came out on top with an 18-6 win. About 30 former players participated in this years game. The game started off quickly with the Alumni offense doing a double reverse and gaining 70 yards. The drive was capped off by former quarterback Brendan Chambers. The rest of the quarter was very back and forth but the JV Panthers got on the board late in the 2nd quarter with a Dylan Massey interception returned for a touchdown. Quarterbacking the alumni team was our very own Coach Joel Lira, a 2010 graduate of Greenville College. The score was tied at half 6-6. The alumni bounced back quickly in the third quarter with a long touchdown drive. Coach Lira found tight end Zach Fredrich. Fredirich is the only All-American Greenville football has ever had. Early in the 4th quarter the Alumni forced an interception and they capitalized on it with a short touchdown run by Chambers once again. The game ended with the margin of 18-6 in favor of the alumni. We really appreciate all of the alumni coming out and playing and we hope to see you all next year. We also want to thank you for having a part in putting the program to where it is today. We are built on your shoulders!
The Greenville Panthers lost a tough one today by a score of 35-28. Greenville got off to a great start by scoring in less than 45 seconds. Jacob Battaglia scored his first touchdown as a starting running back by taking a pitch 70 yards for the score. A quick three and out was forced by the Panther defense and the offense of the Panthers went on a long 15 play drive only to be stopped on a 4th and 1. The defense make another great stop for Greenville and the ensuing punt was blocked by Rafael Morales and recovered in the end zone by Nick Morrow to put the Panthers up 14-0. The Northwestern offense then went on a 10 play, 64 yard scoring drive to make the score 14-7. The Greenville offense was stopped on a 4th down after another drive into Northwestern territory. Greenville’s defense responded with a fourth down stop of their own to give the Panthers the ball deep in their own territory. This did not phase the Panther offense as they turned the fields quickly with a 3 play 78 yard scoring drive capped of by a 67-yard touchdown catch by John Dudley from quarterback Eric Northey. The score put the Panthers up 21-7 with 9 minutes left in the half. The Eagles responded with a touchdown drive of their own to make the score 21-14. Greenville’s offense then went on a 14 play scoring drive covering 76 yards in 5 and a-half minutes. The drive was finished off with an impressive catch by running back Jordan Mixon from new quarterback Jacob Battaglia, who was replacing an injured Eric Northey. This score put the deficit to 28-14 in favor of the Panthers and the Eagles took a knee to end the first half.
The Panther offense could not convert a 4th and 7 in Northwestern territory and gave the ball back to the Eagle offense with 14:18 left to go in the game. The Eagles were forced to punt and after another drive by Greenville’s offense in Eagle territory resulted in a failed fourth down conversion. 2 quick unsuccessful drives by both teams left Northwestern with the ball at there own 47 with 1:28 left. This time proved enough for the Eagle offense as they scored in just over a minute to go up 35-28. This left the Panther offense with only 26 seconds left to drive 75 yards. The hope of the Panthers was quickly thwarted by an interception thrown by Greenville’s quarterback. The Eagle offense just took a couple knees to end the game and give the Northwestern Eagles the victory.
Joey Silva had a sack and two tackles for loss as well. The Panthers move to 5-2 on the year and 5-1 in the conference. They will host Iowa Wesleyan for Homecoming this Saturday October 25th. This Friday the 24th will also be the annual Alumni game at 3:00 in the afternoon. Hope to see all you alumni there this upcoming week!
The Greenville College Panthers pulled out a dog fight win in their game today versus the Crown College Storm, 35-17. The Panthers got on the board quickly with a six play, sixty yard drive in less than three minutes. The drive was capped off by an EA Northey touchdown pass to brother Sam Northey. The Crown College offense then proceeded to knock off six and a half minutes of the clock only to have the Panther defense stiffen them on a fourth and four on the Greenville twenty-eight. After quick drives by both teams the Crown College defense forced a fumble that resulted in a Storm touchdown drive. The Storm drive was finished off by a thirty-five yard touchdown pass. Yet another fumble by the Panther offense put the defense in a tough spot but the Storm were stopped was again on a fourth down by the resilient Panther defense. The Panther offense seemed to feed off of the life of the defense as they went on a twelve play, sixty-five yard touchdown drive. The drive was topped off by an EA Northey five yard touchdown run. A quick three and out was forced by the Greenville defense and after a poor punt by the Storm the Panther offense had great field position. The potent Panther offense did not need much time to score as they put the drive away in only two plays and less than forty-five seconds off the clock. Sam Northey was once again on the opposite end of a dynamite brother to brother combo with EA Northey, this time for thirty-seven yards. Jarrid Williams made a big interception which seemed to give the Greenville College Panthers momentum but that was quickly dampened by an interception thrown by the Panthers. The Storm proceeded to run out the clock to finish the first half. The half-time score was in the Panthers favor 21-7.Greenville College kicked off to start the second half. The Storm offense then went on a thirteen play sixty yard drive all the way down to the Greenville goal line where the defense of the Panthers rose up once again to force a field goal to make the score 21-10. Another quick three and out by the Panther offense led to one more long scoring drive by the Storm offense. This drive took up just under six and a half minutes of the third quarter. The Storm scoring drive was finished by a touchdown throw by the Crown quarterback. The Panther offense received the ball to start the fourth quarter and had a quick drive that resulted in a punt, once again. The Panther defense then had their second turnover of the day which was a forced fumble by La’Roy Ruffin. La’Roy’s forced fumble led to an eight play forty yard drive by the Panther offense. The drive was finished off by the UMAC’s leading touchdown runner, Nathan Callaway, to give him his tenth touchdown of the season. The finest play of the day was made by Panther outside linebacker Nicholas Morrow. Nicholas knocked down a pitch by the Crown quarterback then picked the fumble up and returned it thirty yards to the endzone to give the Panthers a commanding 35-17 lead. Another big fourth down stop by the Greenville defense let the Panther offense run out the clock to give the Panthers their fifth win of the year. The win gives the Panthers a 5-1 record on the year and 5-0 in the conference. The Panther offense was led in rushing and receiving by Sam Northey, with eighty-four and fifty-one yards respectively. The passing game was led by EA Northey who was eleven of nineteen for one-hundred and thirty-eight yards. The defense was led in tackles by safety Ralph Regalado with seven. Three Panther defenders, La’Roy Ruffin, Nicholas Morrow, and Johnny Uperesa, each had one sack on the day. The Greenville College football team will take on Northwestern (MN) Eagles next week in Minnesota. The Eagles are 5-1 and 4-1 in the UMAC.