Panthers Get Dome Day Victory

 The Greenville Panthers (5-2 3-0) won 26-20 Friday night against conference opponent Northwestern College (5-4 3-2) in the Minnenapolis Metrodome.

The Panthers played by far their most complete game of the season, with all sides of the ball executing very well.

The Panthers came out firing, with the denfense forcing a fumble in the first series, setting up the offense with a quick strike to SR TE Zach Friedrich. The rest of the 1st half was back and forth, with both sides finding the endzone again in the 2nd quarter. The Panther's defense forced another fumble with :40 left in the half, setting up a last second touchdown strike again to SR TE Zach Friedrich.

In the second half, the Eagles marched down the field and were able to put up more points, as the Panthers scoring attack stalled. Late in the 4th quarter, with the score at 26-20, the Panthers were stopped on their own goal line, giving the Eagles the ball back with the chance to get the winning score. The Eagles managed to drive down to their own 30 yard line until SR LB Derrick Earl Jr. put a great hit on the Northwestern runningback forcing the ball out and it was recovered by SR DE Cory Bierdman. The Panthers got a few key first downs, and then ran out the clock to seal the victory.

Offensvily the Panthers were led by JR RB Anthony Ambers who had 108 yards rushing on 18 attempts. This is Amber's 3rd game rushing for more than 100 yards. JR RB Esteban Camarillo and SR RB Mark Mitchell both had rushing scores for the Panthers.

JR QB Joel Lira had his best passing game of the season, going 11-13 with 169 yards and a TD. FR QB Marcus Harris shared time with Lira, and finished the game going 2-3 for 49 yards and a TD. The majority of their passes went to the TE's. All-American SR TE Zach Friedrich had 6 catches for 129 yards and 2 TDs. SO TE Rendell Flood had 4 catches for 59 yards.

The Panthers defense was once again led by outstanding SR MLB Garrett Young, who had 14 tackles and 2 sacks in his best performance of the season. SR DE Cory Bierdman had a career game also, finishing with 9 tackles, .5 sacks and .5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

After the game, both teams came together on the 50 yard line. It was an incredible sight to see, but after such a hard fought game, both teams were hugging and congradulating each other on such a great game. Then the teams gave "put-ups" to each other. A put-up is when someone puts up another player on a great performance, then leads the whole team in a cheer for that player. After this game, both teams did this a little differently. Greenville players only gave put ups for Northwestern, then Northwestern gave put ups for Greenville. It was an amazing thing to witness, and at the end of each cheer, the voices would echo around the dome. Then the teams prayed for each other and wished each other good luck.

This was the perfect example of Biblical Football. Where you love your opponent, and you are not competing against your opponent you are competing against yourself. And you could see that exemplafied in both teams.

Next week the Panthers host the Westminster Bluejays for the conference championship. Greenville and Westminster are the only remaining undefeated teams in the conference. Come out and cheer your Panthers on to their first ever UMAC Championship!


Panthers Ready For Dome Day

The Greenville Panthers are in Minnienapolis, MN for the UMAC Dome Day.

Dome Day is a day full of football, where all the UMAC teams participate in a game in one day in the Metrodome, the home of the Minnesota Vikings. Greenville plays in the headline game at 8pm against Northwestern College.

Prior to the game, the Panthers did something very out of the ordinary. They had dinner with their opponent. On Thursday night, Greenville and Northwestern enjoyed dinner and fellowship together on the Northwestern campus. After dinner, both teams shared a worship service, and then several members of both teams shared testimonies. It was an incredible night, and it was a true representation of EMAP, biblical football. In EMAP, we love our opponents, and this was very evident Thursday night.

On Friday morning, the Panthers visited the Mall of America. It was a great time for the guys on the team to fellowship and make memories.

Kickoff for the Dome Day game is 8pm Friday night. For more Dome Day info, click HERE
Watch the game live HERE

Go Panthers!


Panthers Fall to Huntingdon

The Greenville Panthers (4-2 2-0) fall to non-conference opponent Huntingdon College (6-1) in a physical game 40-14. The game was not as on sided as the score seems, as the Panthers only trailed 26-14 at halftime, but failed to find the endzone in the second half.

The first score for the Panthers came from a trick play by the Panthers. The Panthers ran a reverse with the ball ending up in FR QB Marcus Harris' hands. Harris found All-American SR TE Zach Friedrich for a 60 yard bomb.

The second score came from JR QB Joel Lira to JR WR Keytrone on a 10 yard TD strike. The Panthers D played strong, making it difficult for the Hawks to get anywhere on the ground, allowing very few rushing yard. SR DE Cory Bierdeman recored the Panthers only sack on the day. SO SS John Smith had 10 tackles for the Panther's defense in his first career start.

This week is a short week for the Panthers, as they head to Minnesota on Thursday to play Northwestern College in the Dome Day matchup in the Minnesota Vikings Metrodome. Check back later this week for more Dome Day info.


Panthers Arrive in Alabama

The Panthers left from Greenville at 5am on Friday morning to head to Montgomery, AL for their matchup against Huntingdon College on Saturday.

Along the way, the Panthers stopped in Birmingham, AL to visit the Civil Rights Museum. It was a great visit and a great learning experience for the players and coaches.

Here is what some of the Panthers had to say about their experience:

Joel Deayon JR LB
Los Angeles, CA

"The civil rights exhibit just opened my eyes and made me want to strive to better myself as a student, and as a man! How could I waste the opportunities that I have now when people died for me to get here? I'm just very appreciative for what I am able to accomplish as an African American male.

Alex Holmes SR DE
Huntsville, AL

"Being from Alabama and going to the civil rights museum in I saw how much change has occurred through the short years, and how blacks and whites have been able to overcome the unbearable taste of segregation. There is still a lot as a society that we have to do, but through Christ anything and everything is possible."

Scott Schneider SR FS
Centralia, IL

"I was glad that we were able to go to the museum as a team. I think it was a good experience to see what people really went through to gain equality. If people had not had gone through what they did, we could not have this team today. It was against the law to even play with someone of the opposite race, and it seems so ignorant today, but it also shows how much the culture dictates what we believe."

Ordell Walker
Defensive Coordinator
"The non-violent movement of the civil rights struggle illustrated the power of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus taught us to turn the other cheek to violence, to love your enemy and pray for those you persecuted you. Those people lived Jesus message and I benefit from their obedience. I wonder what would happen in this country if followers of Christ would actually do what He says by praying for our enemies in 2009?"

On Saturday, the Panthers (4-1) take on the Hawks (5-1) at 12pm Central and the game can be heard live HERE

Check out the Panther's pre-game motivational video


UMAC Player of the Week: Alex Holmes

SR DE Alex Holmes has been selected as the UMAC Defensive player of the week. This is the second time this season Alex has been selected as player of the week, and the 5th player of the week in 5 games for the Panthers.

In the Panthers homecoming game on Saturday, Alex had 2 sacks, and 4.5 tackles for loss in a win vs. MacMurray.

Congratulations Alex!

Also, check out our new HIGHLIGHT VIDEO from our game vs. Eurkea---------------------->


Panthers Win Homecoming Game in Shootout

The GC Panthers (4-1 2-0) won again in thrilling fashion against conference foe MacMurray on Saturday. The victory came before a standing room only Homecoming crowd, with a final score of 38-30.

The game was a high scoring affair for both sides, with the Panthers being led in rushing by JR RB Anthony Ambers. Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) had 101 yards rushing on 14 carries and 2 TDs. Freshman QB Marcus Harris (Jackson, MO) made his debut, and split time with dual-threat JR QB Joel Lira (Lubbock, TX). The two QBs combined for 102 yards through the air. The majority of their passes went to All-American SR TE Zach Friedrich (Selah, WA), who finished with 5 catches for 46 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers were led yet again by outstanding SR LB Garrett Young (Hillsboro, IL). Young finished with 6.5 tackles, including 1.5 sacks. SR DE Alex Holmes (Huntsville, AL) was relentless on the MacMurray backfield, totaling 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss.

Also on Saturday, nearly 50 recruits were in attendance and got a taste of what Greenville Football is all about. Thanks to all the recruits and their families for coming out!

The Panthers are hoping to ride the momentum they have built into their next game against the always tough Huntingdon Hawks. The Panthers leave for Huntsville, AL on Friday morning for their 12:00pm game on Saturday.

Check back to the Panther Blog for a Road Trip blog to keep up on what the Panthers are doing to prepare for the big game.

Pictured: Top Left-Marcus Harris Top Right-Anthony Ambers Bottom Left-Alex Holmes Bottom Right-Garrett Young


Panthers Gear Up For Homecoming Weekend

The 3-1 Panthers enjoyed a bye week this week and begin preparation Monday for their homecoming match up against conference opponent MacMurray (0-5). Last year's match up was dominated by the Panthers with a final score of 45-29.

This years game will be no walk in the park though. MacMurray has a high powered offense boasting play-makers at the quarterback and wide receiver position, but the Greenville defense, led by SR LB Garrett Young, will be ready for the challenge and are already focused on this game.

The Panthers offense welcomes back SO OG Andrew Story. Story suffered a severe knee injury during preseason camp, and will be back in action this week. Story started as a freshman for the GC o-line, and will be a major boost to an already stout line.

Come out and cheer on the Panthers when they take on the Highlanders. Game begins at 1pm.


SR MLB Garrett Young Is UMAC Player of the Week

Panther's SR MLB Garrett Young was voted the UMAC Defensive Player of the week for week 5.

Garrett Young posted 10 tackles, including a half-tackle for a loss, and an interception in Greenville's 20-13 win over Eureka.

This is Greenville's 4th player of the week in 4 games! Way to go Panthers and congrats Garrett!


Panthers Win First Conference Game

SR DT Cory Beirdeman and SR DE Alex Holmes prepare for the first play of the game

The Greenville College Panthers are now 1-0 in conference and 3-1 overall after a 20-13 win over the Eureka College Red Devils.

The weather for the game was not ideal, and the Panthers had to fight through rain, cold weather, and strong winds. The Panthers scored early with a rushing touchdown by JR RB Anthony Ambers. The defense held strong and only allowed 7 points in the first half, only allowing 1 TD.

The second half was much of the same, with both defenses making it tough for an offense to find the endzone. In the end, the Panthers ground game was too much for the Red Devils to handle, as Panther runningbacks found the endzone 2 more times in the second half.

The Panthers go into another bye week next week and are looking forward to Homecoming vs. MacMurray on Oct. 17th.

Great job Panthers!

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