GC "youthful" in All-Conference Selections

GREENVILLE – The Panthers had another strong showing this season finishing with a 7-3 record overall and a 7-2 mark in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.  After losing twenty-one seniors to graduation following the 2014 season, a host of young Panthers along with a handful of veterans led the way in the UMAC All-Conference voting.  Under the direction of head coach Robbie Schomaker, the Panthers pulled in a total of nine UMAC All-Conference awards.

Greenville had six First Team athletes in junior linebacker Joey Silva, freshman running back Nathan Callaway (Biggs HS, CA), sophomore offensive lineman Justin Moore (South Anchorage HS, AK), senior offensive lineman Hunter Rone (Benton HS, IL), sophomore defensive lineman Lincoln Johnson (Nikiski HS, AK), and sophomore defensive back Cory Snyder (Jerseyville HS, IL).

Named to the Second Team were senior offensive lineman Joe Schoepf (River Ridge HS, FL), senior kicker Josh Morgan (Greenville HS, IL), sophomore outside linebacker Nick Morrow (Huntsville HS, AL), and freshman punt returner Sam Northey (Birdville HS, TX). 

Senior wide receiver Nathan Butler (West Frankfort HS, IL) was the sole Greenville recipient of the UMAC Sportsmanship Award.

This marks Nathan Callaway’s first of what may be many appearances on the UMAC All-Conference list.  He was the leading rusher in the UMAC with 117ypg and finished second in touchdowns with fourteen. 

Hunter Rone, Joe Schoepf and Justin Moore paved the way on the offensive line to bolster a potent rushing attack that finished first in the UMAC and third in the nation averaging 330.9 yards per game.  The trio makes up three fifths of a total offensive attack that ranked first in the UMAC and 25th in the nation averaging  467 yards per game.  Rone boasts his second UMAC all conference award while amassing fifty-five knockdowns on the season.  Schoepf is also receiving his second UMAC All Conference award after totaling thirty-two knockdowns.  This award was the first of hopefully many for Justin Moore who totaled the highest number of knockdowns for the entire Panther offense putting an impressive eighty-one defenders on their backs against their will.

Joey Silva led the conference in tackles for loss with 18, and sacks with 6.5 and is receiving his first All-Conference award.

Lincoln Johnson had 25 total tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries.  He is receiving his first All-Conference award.

Cory Snyder was the second leading tackler for the Panthers.  His 55 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception and 5 pass breakups provided a lot of consistency in the defensive backfield.  This is his first UMAC award.

Nick Morrow led the team in tackles with 65.  That included 2 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 2 touchdowns.  This is his first award.
Josh Morgan was 5/6 on field goals and was accurate on extra points 87% of the time.  He is receiving his first UMAC award.

Sam Northey was amassing yards and points quickly throughout the season before a knee injury sidelined him for the last third of the season.  His early season performance was still strong enough to earn him a special teams return specialist UMAC All-Conference award.  Northey had 108 yards per game of all-purpose yards and found his way into the end zone 8 times this season.  This was the first UMAC award he has received.


Greenville Panthers vs. St. Scholastica Saints Recap

       In a game where the conference championship and a birth in the DIII playoffs was on the line, the Panthers came up short against the St. Scholastica Saints 42-14. The Panther offense got the ball first but were forced into a three and out. St. Scholastica waisted little time getting on the board by scoring in less than 2 and a half minutes to make the score 7-0 with 10:02 left on the clock. The Greenville offense responded with a touchdown drive of their own by going on a 16 play, 72 yard drive chewing up 6:32 off the clock. The drive was finished off by Panther running back Nathan Callaway on a 1 yard score. The Panthers defense rose to the occasion forcing the Saints to kick a field goal but it was wide left to keep the score at 7-7 with 49 seconds left in the quarter. The Panther offense could not use that momentum as they were forced into a three and out. St. Scholastica's offense then proceeded to go on a 79 yard drive to make the score 14-7. The ensuing kickoff was an onside kick recovered by the Saints and they rolled with that momentum scoring again to go up 21-7 with 8:49 left in the half. The Greenville offense was forced into another three and out. Scoreless drives by both teams gave the Saints offense the ball at their own 39. The potent Saints offense only took 2 plays to hit pay dirt this time to go up 28-7 with 1:30 left in the half. Both teams finished the half with scoreless drives to make the halftime score 28-7 in favor of the Saints.
      The Saints offense kept the firepower going by scoring again in less than 3 minutes to go up 35-7. A three and out by the Panther offense gave the ball back to the Saints offense. But, this time the Panther defense had a big turnover with an interception by cornerback Kevin Tran. This lit a fire in the Panther offense as Cory Moore scored on a 18 yard touchdown run to make the score 35-14 with 8:14 left in the third quarter. A three and out forced by the Panther defense led to a drive into the Saints' red zone but it was stopped on a fourth and one by the Saints defense. Two scoreless drive by both teams led to the Saints' final score of the game to make the score 42-14. Another fourth down stop by the Saints' defense gave them the ball with 7:35 left in the game. On the next play linebacker Nicholas Morrow came up with an interception to give the Panther offense great field position. The Panther were once again stopped on a fourth down attempt. The Panther defense then forced their third turnover of the game with a Nathan Propst forced fumble and recovery. The Greenville offense once again could do nothing with it and were stopped on fourth down attempt. The Saints offense took a knee to give St. Scholastica the 42-14 win and conference title.
    The Panthers were led in rushing by running back Jacob Stull with 62 yards on 9 carries. Senior Jacob Bronars led the team in tackles with 8 total. Nicholas Morrow had two tackles for loss and 6 solo tackles. Lincoln Johnson and TK Mattress each had half of a sack. The loss puts Greenville's regular season record to 7-3 and 7-2 in the UMAC.


Greenville College JV vs. Midwest Prep Academy

Greenville College JV finished off a great season with an impressive 18-12 double overtime win versus Midwest Prep. Impressive defensive play by both teams ruled most of the game but Midwest Prep was able to crack the scoreboard first to go ahead 6-0 in the second quarter. The Greenville offense responded quickly on a trick play pass from Jordan Mixon to Derek Greifzu. This touchdown put the score at 6-6 going into the half. The second half once again was dominated by both defenses including multiple fourth down stops for the Panther defense. The fourth quarter ended with the score tied at 6-6. Overtime started with the Midwest offense getting the score and missing the ensuing extra point. This open the door for the Panther offense who scored on a Mixon touchdown run. The two point conversion was no good forcing a second overtime. In the second overtime the Panther defense rose to the occasion once again with a huge fourth down stop. The Panther offense then had the ball on the 25 yard line going in to win the game. Juan Carbajal scored the winning touchdown with a powerful 4 yard run to give the Panthers the 18-12 win. Congrats to the JV team on their first win of the season!


Greenville College Panthers vs. Westminster College Blue Jays Recap

           The Panthers had a dominating performance today, winning by a score of 42-14. The Panther offense got off the bat quickly with a 11 play, 78 yard drive in 4:32. The drive was capped off by a 1 yard Nathan Callaway touchdown run giving Greenville the 6-0 lead. After three and outs by both teams the Westminster offense were forced into a fourth down punting situation but a bad snap by the center forced the Blue Jay punter to fall on the ball in the end zone for a safety. The safety gave Greenville an 8-0 lead. Greenville fumbled the ensuing kickoff but the Westminster quarterback gave it right back to the Panthers after a fumble forced by Joey Silva. The fumble gave the potent Panther offense the ball on the Westminster 47. They wasted little time by scoring on 2 plays with Callaway, once again, finishing the drive off from 3 yards out. The Westminster offense then proceeded to go on a 12 play drive only to have it thwarted on a fourth and nine by Panther linebacker Johnny Uperesa. The Panther offense gave it back quickly thought with a fumble on the next drive. The Blue Jay offense didn't waist any time by scoring in 1 play to make the score 14-7 in favor of the Panthers. Three and outs by both teams gave the Panthers the ball with good field position. A quick first down run by Jacob Battaglia could not spakr the offense as they were forced to punt again. Two more unsuccessful drive by both teams and a three and out by Westminster gave the Panthers the ball with 7:26 left in the half. The Panther offense went on an explosive 7 play, 64 yard drive the was finished off by an impressive run by Jacob Stull. The score put the Panthers up 21-7. The Panther defense rose the occasion again by locking down the Westminster offense on fourth down yet again. Greenville's offense took the ball down to the 3 yard line but was unsuccessful on a field goal attempt leaving the score at 21-7 at the half.
         Westminster received the ball to start the half and the Panther defense forced a three and out. Greenville's offense went on a 6 play, 67 yard drive that took just under 2 minutes. The touch down was scored by receiver Andre Underwood from quarterback EA Northey from 35 yards out. Westminster responded with a 8 play drive of their own to put the score at 28-14 with 9 minutes left in the third quarter. Three and outs by both teams and a huge fourth down stop by the Panther defense once again gave the Panther offense the ball with 5 minutes left in the quarter. The offense went on a 15 play drive but was stopped on a fourth down inside the goal line. The defense once again forced a three and out giving the Panther offense the ball on the Westminster 33 yard line. Nathan Callaway scored the on the drive from 19 yards out to make the score 35-14 with 12:11 left in the game. The game then went in a lull as Westminster had 3 unsuccessful drives and Greenville had 2 unsuccessful drives. The game got back to the scoring when the Panther offense went on a 7 play, 69 yard drive  to make the score 42-14. The next 2 drives were unsuccessful for both teams make the final score 42-14.
        Greenville was led in rushing by Callaway with 159 yards on 32 carries. Stull also broke the century mark with 126 yards on 20 carries. EA Northey was 9 of 12 for 191 yards in the passing game and Battaglia led the team with 83 yards receiving on 4 catches. Nick Morrow had a tremendous game on the defensive side of the ball with 7 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and a sack. Uperesa had a sack and 2 tackles for loss as well. Silva and Robert Deering each had a sack too. The win puts the Panthers record to 7-2 on the year and 7-1 in the UMAC. Next week, Greenville takes on the St. Scholastica Saints in a game for the conference championship and a birth in the DIII playoffs. The game in is Duluth, Minnesota. Hope to see you there!

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