Panthers Win Season Opener

St. Louis, MO- The Greenville College Panthers got their season off to a great start Saturday with a 17-7 victory over the Washington University Bears. This was the first win over the Bears in school history.

Washington University’s defense spent almost the entire first quarter on the field as Greenville had a 12:27-2:40 advantage in time of possession. GC's defense, which had allowed just 48 yards in the first quarter, continued to control the game and allowed just 10 yards on six plays in the second quarter. Washington U. was limited to 58 yards of total offense in the first half.

Greenville (1-0) got on the scoreboard for the lone score of the first half as Rendell Flood caught a 19-yard pass from Austin Teer with four seconds left to make it 7-0. GC gained 159 yards of offense in the first half, and spent 23:37 on the field in the opening 30 minutes of play.

The Panthers made it 14-0 as Jumanne Bey intercepted WU junior quarterback Stephen Sherman and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown midway through the third quarter. The interception for Greenville was its third of the game.

Late in the 4th quarter, a 29-yard field goal by Greenville’s Reid Ackerman with 1:26 left secured the victory and pushed the score to 17-7. The Panthers held the Bears once more on defense, and then ran the clock down by kneeling.

10 different Panthers carried the ball on offense. QB Joel Lira (Lubbock, TX) led the Panthers in rushing with 49 yards. QB Austin Teer (Abbotsford, BC) led the Panthers in passing, completing 4 passes for 77 yards and 1 TD. All-American TE Zach Friedrich (Selah, WA) had 3 catches for 58 yards.

On defense, LB Randy Mixon (Jacksonville, FL) had a team high 7 tackles. Senior defensive end Kenyon Klousia (St. Louis, MO) had 2 sacks.

Greenville College travels next week to Rock Island, IL to face the Augustana College Vikings (0-1).

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