2010 has been one of the most memorable years in the history of Greenville College Football. On this the last day of 2010 we wanted to look back and rank our top 5 EMAP memories.
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5. Coach Walker is named Head Coach
The first memory on our list came in late January 2010. This is when Greenville College selected their sixth head football coach in the program's history. Coach Walker, who served as assistant head coach since 2004, has been a member of Greenville's coaching staff since 2003. This was a top 5 memory because of the influence Coach Walker has had on the program, players and fans.
4. Shock & Awe (Spring and Fall)
The next memory on this list happened twice in 2010. The first was the start of spring practices in April. It was a great introduction to the current players to the intensity and effort the staff was going to demand from them. This introduction was given again in August during the first practice. A combination of P90X and grinders set the tone for a championship season.
3. Millikin JV Game
The third and most exciting JV game of the season is the next memory on the list. With only 1:29 left in the game Millikin had just scored to go up by 3. This was when freshman Immanuel Gamble returned the kickoff for a touchdown. Game, Panthers! This helped the JV team to a 3-1 record in 2010.
2. Dome Day/ UMAC Championship
Earning the second spot on this list was the game that clinched the Panthers 2010 UMAC championship. Playing in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota Greenville took on the talented Crown College Storm. It was freshman Ty Williams who stole the show with his 192 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. Greenville won the game 51-20 and repeated as champions in 2010.
1. Panthers Sweep UMAC Awards
The final memory for 2010 for the Panthers came in November after the last games were played and the equipment was shelved for the year. When the all-conference award winners were named it was clear that everyone had seen what a great season the Panthers had in 2010. Greenville College won the UMAC Coach of the Year, Offensive, Defensive, Special Teams Player of the Year and Lineman of the year. It was a great honor for the entire team and college.
2010 was a great year for Greenville College Football. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for our players and coaches for 2011.
Happy New Year!
2010 has been one of the most memorable years in the history of Greenville College Football. On this the last day of 2010 we wanted to look back and rank our top 5 EMAP memories.
Three seniors from the two-time UMAC Championship Greenville College Football team will play in the 2010 All American Bowl this Saturday in Minneapolis, MN.
RB Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) OL Tim Burroughs (Stanton, CA) and OL David Butler (West Frankfort, IL) will suit up in the last college game of their careers.
Players from every level of college football will compete and show off for next level scouts. There will be three games played on Saturday. The games will take place this Saturday December 18th. There will games at 11AM, 2PM and 5PM.
When asked about playing in the game Butler responded, “It is an awesome honor and a big step for Greenville to get on the national stage.”
This is the first time a Panther has played in the All American Bowl. For more information visit their website here.
Two seniors for the Greenville College Panthers were named to the D3football.com 2010 All-North Region Team. Running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) and offensive tackle David Butler (West Frankfort, IL) were both members of the All-North Region third team.
This is yet another award for a pair of seniors who shined in their final football season. Ambers was named UMAC Offensive Player of the Year to go along with his 1st Team All-UMAC spot.
Butler was also recognized as the best lineman in the UMAC in 2010. Receiving the coveted UMAC Lineman of the Year Award in addition to his spot on the 1st Team All-UMAC team.
Offensive coordinator Robbie Schomaker talked about both of the seniors, "Anthony Ambers was a workhorse for us this year as he accounted for 40% of our total offense from the Running back position. He was as good as any back in the nation this year and earned this award because of all the hard work he put in last off season. He was the best player on the field in almost every game he competed in for us. He is one of the best players to ever come through Greenville College."
"David Butler was the most dominant Offensive Lineman I have been around. The amount of improvement we saw in him from his Freshman year to now is a tribute to his work ethic. O-lineman usually do not stand out when you grade out other positions but I found myself watching him dominate his competition while grading out the skill position. He was a big reason we had the 8th most rushing yards in the nation this year."
This is the second consecutive year a member of the Greenville College Panthers has made a D3Football.com All-Region Team. In 2009 TE Zach Friedrich was named to the North Region Second Team.
Fresh off of winning the 2010 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) football championship, Greenville College swarmed the league’s postseason awards, claiming 10 of the 32 all-conference first team spots and all five of the UMAC’s individual awards. In his first season at the helm of the Panthers squad, head coach and 2010 UMAC Coach of the Year Ordell Walker led his team to a perfect 6-0 mark in league play and 15 all-conference accolades between the first and second teams.
Walker’s top running back in Anthony Ambers was named the UMAC’s Offensive Player of the Year, while Joel Deayon, a linebacker, was chosen as the league’s top defensive player. Ambers was the UMAC’s leading rusher, averaging 173.5 yards per game on the ground in six conference affairs. Averaging 12.0 points per game to earn the league’s individual scoring title, Ambers finished the season ranked second in the nation in yards per contest. Deayon had 30 tackles in the same six UMAC games, 14 of which were solo for an average of 5.0 per game. The senior had nine tackles for a loss and four sacks throughout the 2010 campaign.
Keeping with the black and orange theme, Greenville’s Luis Diaz (Santa Anna, CA) and David Butler (West Frankfort, IL) were honored with Special Teams Player and Lineman of the Year awards. Diaz, a five-time UMAC Player of the Week award winner, was easily the league’s top scoring kicker, averaging 8.3 points per game with his leg. The freshman, who both punted and kicked for the Panthers, finished fifth in the nation in field goals made.
Senior Tim Burroughs (Stanton, CA) and junior Andrew Story (Moreno Valley, CA) joined Butler on the UMAC All Confrence 1st team offensive line. Sophomore Jeremy Burrows (Salem, OR) received 2nd team honors. This offensive line was ranked first in the conference in scoring offense, rushing offense and total offense and eighth in all of NCAA Division III for rushing offense.
Junior tight ends Rendell Flood (Flora, IL) and Demontrez Simington (Atlanta, GA) were also named to the All-UMAC 2nd team.
Along with Diaz freshman kick returner Immanuel Gamble (St. Louis, MO) was 1st team All UMAC.
Joining Deayon on the 1st team All-UMAC team is junior safety Andy Lozano (Desert Hot Springs, CA), senior linebacker David Maurer (Greenville, IL) and senior corner back James Binder (Stockton, CA).
Sophomore linebacker Kiso Faletufuga (San Diego, CA)and junior safety John Smith (Aurora, IL) add to the defensive recognition receiving 2nd team honors.
To see the complete list of the 2010 UMAC All Conference Team click here
Senior running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) and Freshman returner Immanuel Gamble (St. Louis, MO) received UMAC Player of the Week Awards for their performances in the Panthers 62-27 win over Eureka College.
Ambers saved his best performance for last, as he ran wild against Eureka College, claiming another Upper Midwest Athletic Conference offensive player of the week award, his third of the season.
Ambers, in what was Greenville’s senior day, rushed for a season high 385 yards on 30 attempts, averaging 12.8 yards per carry. Ambers longest rush of the day was a 67-yard scamper that helped him tally four rushing touchdowns Saturday, in a 62-27 win over the Devils of Eureka.
Gamble made his presence felt as a kick return specialist Saturday, Nov. 6, and was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference special teams player of the week for his efforts.
Gamble started Saturday's game against Eureka with a bang, returning the opening kick-off 79 yards for a touchdown. The freshman collected 133 return yards on four return attempts on the day.
The Panthers finished the season 7-3 (6-0 UMAC)and won their second consecutive UMAC Championship. The All UMAC awards will be announced later this week.
The following article was published in The Daytona Beach News-Journal and was written by Jordan Kahn.
Nineteen-year-old Doug Wilmot from South Daytona is a safety at Greenville College in Illinois, and he has faced one of the biggest fears every athlete confronts in football's bone-crunching war of inches.
"As soon as it happened, I knew exactly what had happened," Wilmot said. "I tried going back on the field, but my trainer wouldn't let me.
"I was crushed. I had this thought going through my head that I would never step on the field again and that I wouldn't be a part of any of this again."
In the first game of the 2010 season, Wilmot tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee. The reason he knew what happened the instant it occurred is that the year before, in the third game of the season, he sustained the same injury to the same knee.
Despite all that, Panthers defensive backs coach, T.J. Gaylord, said, "We can only take so many players when we travel, but he's a guy I have to have just because of what he does for the team on the sideline and in the locker room."
It's certainly unusual when a player's worth as a teammate remains such an asset, despite two season-ending knee injuries in a row, two operations on the same knee in one calendar year.
Wilmot's support helped Greenville (7-3) finish the regular season with a six-game win streak.
"We've seen guys get injured and they vanish," Gaylord said. "Doug's a guy who's been at every meeting, every practice, every film session."
Wilmot only wishes he could add every snap to that list.
If it was a matter of playing through pain, he'd do it.
As a linebacker at Spruce Creek High School, he broke several fingers during a game, taped them up and got back on the field.
He grew up little-brother tough, thanks to the roughhousing of his brother, Andrew, who is two years older.
"We were always testing each other, seeing who's better at everything, wrestling and playing around," Wilmot said. "There was one time he threw me through the closet door because I beat him in a video game."
Wilmot remembers that as just good fun. And it's not just positive support for his teammates, competitive spirit and a love for physical contact that Wilmot has going for him.
When Wilmot arrived in camp at Greenville, he was the fourth-string safety, but that didn't last.
"All through camp, I worked hard and tried my best and eventually it came around to being the first game and they put me in as the starter," he said.
Before re-injuring his knee in his comeback season this year, he started off as second string, but again won the starting role.
"Doug is not a guy that you look at without pads and say, 'Man, this guy looks like a player!' " defensive coordinator Jake Schenk said. "But once everyone is padded up, Doug is one of our best playmakers. He just has a knack for making plays and is a very intelligent football player."
Wilmot is still a redshirt freshman this year. He missed most of his first year of school after coming home for knee surgery. And he says he wants to play again.
"Greenville College football," Wilmot said, before pausing, "to me, it means everything."
The 2010 senior class played in their final regular season game Saturday afternoon and finished with a scoring explosion. The Greenville College Panthers (7-3, 6-0 UMAC) scored eight touchdowns and kicked two field goals to record a season high 62 points. Greenville defeated the Eureka College Red Devils (1-8, 1-5 UMAC) 62-27. This was the Panthers sixth consecutive win and tenth straight UMAC win going back to 2009.
Senior running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) saved his best game for last rushing for 385 yards on 30 attempts and scoring 4 touchdowns. Quarterback Brendan Chambers (San Clemente, CA) played one half and went 7 for 10 with two touchdown passes and 185 yards. Junior tight ends Demontrez Simington (Atlanta, GA) and Rendell Flood (Flora, IL) were the recipients of Chambers touchdown passes.
The Panther defense was led by senior linebackers Joel Deayon (Los Angeles, CA) and Bryce Stevens (Bakersfield, CA) who led the team with 7 and 6 tackles respectively. Senior David Maurer (Greenville, IL) had the Panthers only interception of the day in the first quarter.
Eureka was down early and had to rely on their passing attack to close the deficit. Quarterback Sam Durley threw for 358 yards. The UMAC leading receiver Wes Schmidgall had a big day pulling down six receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers freshman kicker Luis Diaz was 2 for 3 on the day striking on a 31 and 35 yard attempts.
The UMAC Champion Panthers are still in the running for both the NCAA playoffs and the NCAAA Victory Bowl.
The Greenville College Football senior class will be recognized this Saturday before the Panthers' final regular season game against the Eureka College Red Devils. The Panthers (6-3, 5-0 UMAC) look to end their championship season on a high note and stay undefeated in conference play.
The Red Devils (1-7, 1-4) would love nothing more than to beat the UMAC champions on Saturday. With a win Greenville's post season chances are still alive although they will need help from a multitude of teams. A loss will assure the Panthers season would end Saturday.
With a win, this senior class will clinch the one of the best four year runs by any Panther football team. The senior class includes Ketrone Blanks (Saint Robert, Mo.), Joel Lira (Lubbock, Texas), Jordan Fred (Corvallis, Ore.), James Binder (Stockton, Calif.), Joel Deayon (Los Angeles, Calif.), Bryce Stevens (Bakersfield, Calif.), Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, Calif.), Mark Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.), Reuben Gay (Indianapolis, Ind.), Reid Ackerman (Newton, Ill.), Jumaane Bey (Victorville, Calif.), David Maurer (Greenville, Ill.), David Butler (West Frankfort, Ill.), Tim Burroughs (Stanton, Calif.), Steven Schultz (Sacramento, Calif.), and Ray Toliver (Carbondale, Ill.).
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. You can watch the game HERE or listen on WGRN 89.5 FM.
Freshman running back Tahir Williams (Sacramento, CA) has been named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Dome on Friday, Oct 29.
Williams was explosive for the Panthers during the 2010 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Dome Day. In only 7 carries Williams rushed for 192 yards in a 51-20 win over Crown College. Williams scored a game high four touchdowns including a 81 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Williams was part of a Grenville offense that totaled 534 rushing yards on the day.
This is Williams first UMAC award of the season.
The Starting Offensvie line for the Greenville College Panthers was spotlighted on D3Football.com for their Dome Day performance. In their weekly "Statistical Spotlight" article the good people at D3Football.com pointed out to their national audience the mind blowing numbers the Panther offense put on against Crown College.
"The Greenville offensive line (with starters David Butler (West Frankfort, IL) , Andrew Story (Moreno Valley, CA) , Tim Burroughs (Stanton, CA), Steven Schultz (Sacramento, CA), and Jeremy Burrows (Salem, OR)) blocked for six running backs who had carries of more than 20 yards, including runs of 64, 65 and 81 yards in a 51-20 win against Crown. Greenville ran for 534 yards on 46 carries, an 11.6-yard average." -D3Football.com
You can watch these Panthers in their final home game of the year on Saturday November 6th at 1PM CST.
The year-long goal of becoming UMAC champion for the second consecutive season became a reality for the Greenville College Panthers as they defeated the Crown College Storm 51-20 in dominating fashion Friday night. Greenville (6-3, 5-0 UMAC) accumulated 607 yards of offense, including 534 rushing yards to knock off the second place Storm (6-3, 4-2 UMAC) and wrap up the 2010 UMAC Championship.
Greenville's offense was led by freshman running back Tahir Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) and quarterback Brendan Chambers (San Clemente, Calif.), who combined for all seven of Greenville's touchdowns. Williams rushed the ball seven times for 192 yards and four touchdowns, while Chambers racked up 89 rushing yards on eight carries and three touchdowns. Chambers was also 7-for-11 passing with 73 yards and one interception.
Greenville jumped out to a 21-0 lead after three touchdown runs by Chambers, and entered halftime with a 28-7 lead after Williams added a late first half touchdown. The Panthers posted 22 points in the second half on two touchdowns by Williams and a Luis Diaz (Santa Anna, Calif.) field goal.
Greenville's defensive efforts were led by junior Andy Lozano (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.) and senior David Maurer (Greenville, Ill.) who were each involved in 13 tackles. Lozano added an interception, and Maurer posted a sack.
Dillon Martinez (El Paso, Texas) and James Binder (Stockton, Calif.) forced fumbles with Martinez and Jordan Cernek (Clinton, Wis.) gaining the recoveries.
The Panthers continue their season on Saturday, Nov. 6, against the Eureka College Red Devils (1-6, 1-3 UMAC) in Greenville. The game begins at 1 p.m. and will feature a pregame ceremony honoring the Greenville seniors.
This Friday night Greenville College Panthers (5-3, 4-0 UMAC) will travel to Minneapolis to participate in Dome Day 2010. The Panthers will take on the Crown College Storm (6-2, 3-1 UMAC). Kickoff is set for 7PM CST and pre game will start 15 minutes before kickoff.
If Greenville wins they will secure their second consecutive conference championship. Crown is playing to keep their championship hopes alive making this the de facto UMAC championship game.
The game will be played in the HHH Metrodome on the Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the home field of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. In their Dome Day game last season the Panthers defeated Northwestern College 26-20.
The UMAC is providing live video and play by play for all of the Dome Day games HERE or you can listen to the game on WGRN 89.5FM.
Freshman Luis Diaz collects yet another Upper Midwest Athletic Conference special teams player of the week award in what has been an unprecedented season for the young kicker.
Diaz nailed three field goals in Greenville's 30-21 win over Westminster Saturday, Oct. 23. His long of the day was a 35-yard blast to push the contest to a two-possession game late in the fourth quarter. Diaz also made three extra point attempts.
This is Diaz’s fifth UMAC Special Teams Player of the Week Award on the season.
The Panthers have been feeling the effects of a long season as they started backup quarterback Brendan Chambers (San Clemente, CA) for the injured Joel Lira (Lubbock, TX). Chambers took what the defense gave him going 8-9 passing for 74 yards and 8 rushes for 27 yards with 2 touchdowns. After only 9 rushes for 61 yards and a TD running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) was sidelined with a shoulder injury in the 1st quarter. Freshman Justin Honeycutt picked up the slack and had an Ambers-like performance finishing with 22 rushes for 108 yards.
The Panthers also lost their second linebacker in three weeks when David Maurer (Greenville, IL) sat out the second half with a concussion. What they missed in Maurer the Panthers gained in Randy Mixson (Jacksonville, FL). He led the team with 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a late forced fumble that sealed the Panther victory.
The Blue Jays were led by their two top tacklers Tashan Fultz and Clark Roberts who combined for 22 tackles and one sack. On offensive Westminster used the quarterback duo of Scott Rodgers and Tyson Kankolenski to throw for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Greenville’s freshman kicker Luis Diaz had another stellar day going 3-3 on his field goal attempts and recording two touchbacks. Diaz connected on attempts of 27, 25 and 25 yards to help finish stalled Panther drives.
It is a short week for the Panthers who with a win can clinch their second consecutive conference championship. On Friday October 29th at 7PM they will play in the annual UMAC Dome Day in Minneapolis, MN. Greenville will take on Crown College (5-2, 3-1 UMAC) at the HHH Metrodome.
On Friday October 15th the Greenville College Lady Panthers hosted their Homecoming, Senior Night and Dig Pink night. The Greenville College Football team was there to support the Lady Panthers who are in the mists of their best season in the history of the program.
Each member of the team wore pink shirts to promote breast health education in the community.
The night was a big success with the Lady Panthers defeating MacMuarry in three games.
You can read more about the event here and see photos here
For their homecoming game the Greenville College Panthers (4-3, 3-0 UMAC ) defeated the MacMurray College Highlanders (0-6, 0-3 UMAC) 50-7. The Panthers came back from a 7-0 deficit in the first quarter to score 50 unanswered in the victory. The Panther offense rushed for 390 yards and 5 touchdowns. Greenville's defense held the Highlanders to 170 total yards while racking up 4 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and a safety.
Senior running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) had another All-American day, 25 rushes for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns. This week Ambers had some company in the end zone with Freshman running backs Justin Honeycutt (Wabash, IN) and Tahir Williams (Sacramento, CA) accounting for 3 touchdowns.
Quarterback Brendan Chambers (San Clemente, CA) stepped in and connected on a 36 yard touchdown strike to tight end Demontrez Simington (Atlanta, GA) in the third quarter.
Freshman kicker Luis Diaz (Santa Anna, CA) was 1-for-2 making a 41 yard field goal in the second quarter. Later his 46 yard attempt was blocked. Senior Reid Ackerman (Newton, IL) stayed perfect for the season connecting on a 26 yard field goal late in the game.
The Panther defense held a conference opponent to one touchdown for the third week in a row. They were led by junior safety Andy Lozano (Desert Hot Springs, CA) who had 7.5 tackles (5 solo) and a momentum swinging interception in the second quarter. Senior linebackers David Maurer (Greenville, IL) and Joel Deayon (Los Angles, CA) combined for 9 tackles, 2 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Rueben Gay (Indianapolis, IN) had the second interception of the day and his first of the season.
The Highlanders were led by their leading tackler linebacker Kelsey Mankins. He had 8 tackles on the day with 1 tackled for loss and a forced fumble. On offense running back Brian Clay had the one score for the Highlanders to go along with his team leading 32 yards rushing.
Next week the Greenville College Panthers travel to Fulton, Missouri to take on the Blue Jays of Westminster College (3-3, 1-2 UMAC). Kickoff is 1PM CST at Priest Field.
GREENVILLE, ILL---Senior running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) and senior cornerback James Binder (Stockton, CA) were both recognized for their stellar play in the Panthers 35-7 win aganist St. Scholastica last Saturday.
Ambers and Binder were named UMAC Offensive Player of the Week and UMAC Defensive Player of the Week respectfully for games played on October 9th, 2010.
Both players were also named to the D3Football.com National Team of the Week, a first for Greenville College.
Ambers rushed for 221 yards on 28 carries and 4 touchdowns.
Binder pulled in 2 interceptions in addition to his 3 tackles. He was also part of the secondary that held the starting quarterback of the Saints to 102 passing yards.
Both players look to build on this success as they host MacMurray College (0-5, 0-2 UMAC). Kickoff is 1PM CST at Francis Field in Greenville, IL.
DULUTH, MN --- In consecutive weeks the Greenville College Panthers (3-3, 2-0) held a conference opponent to one touchdown as they beat the St. Scholastica Saints (3-3, 2-2) 35-7.
This was by far the best all around performance by the Panthers this season. Both sides of the ball were consistently excellent in their handling of the Saints. The Panther defense filled up the box score on Saturday; 2 interceptions, 7 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 7 pass break ups, and 1 fumble recovery. They also held the Saints to 132 total yards allowing only 9 yards rushing.
The two stars on defense were senior cornerback James Binder (Stockton, CA) and freshman defensive lineman Morris Hobson (Cahokia, IL). Binder had two interceptions to go along with his 3 tackles and 1 pass breakup. Hobson led the team with 2 sacks and 4 tackles for loss.
Offensively the Panthers stuck to their games plan which was simply, “Give it to Ambers.” The senior running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, CA) rushed for a eye-popping 221 yards on 28 carries. Ambers also led the way with 4 touchdowns bringing his season total to 11. Freshman running back Justin Honeycutt (Wabash, IN ) had his first touchdown of the year breaking off a 71 yard run.
The Saints were led by sophomore defensive lineman Christopher Doran who led the team with 9 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. The lone score was thrown by backup quarterback freshman Cole Houston. He connected on a 21 yard pass to sophomore receiver Tyler Olson in the final seconds of the game.
Much like the game last week this was an uneventful first quarter. The Saints did not have a first down even though quarter back Alex Thiry was 3-3 passing. The Panther offensive looked good early but mental mistakes killed promising drives.
The second quarter was continued dominance from the Panther defense forcing the Saints to punt from their own end zone early in the quarter. This led to a 26 yard missed field goal by freshman Luis Diaz (Santa Anna, CA). It was only his fourth missed FG this season and his first under 30 yards.
After another three and out by the Saints the Panthers finally broke though. A 43 yard 7 play drive ended with a 2 yard touchdown run by Ambers.
The Panthers could not capitalize on the Binder interception late in the second quarter and at the half Greenville held a 7-0 lead.
The third quarter started with another three and out by the Saints giving the Panthers great field possession. Two plays later Ambers scored his second touchdown of the day and Greenville was up 14-0. Binder’s second interception led to a touchdown drive capped off by a 1 yard touchdown run by Ambers.
After another St. Scholastica punt Greenville began their drive on their own 24 yard line. The third play of the drive had Ambers break loose for a 67 yard touchdown run.
The fourth quarter started with the Panthers firmly in control of the game.
The Saints finally put together a long drive but came up short after 16 plays and 68 yards. The next possession by the Panthers gave fans a look at the future when Honneycutt scored on a 71 yard run making the score 35-0.
The lone mistake by the Greenville defense came with 1:33 left in the game. That’s when a blown coverage allowed the Saints to score on a 21 yard touchdown pass.
The Panthers ended the game in a victory formation taking another step towards a second UMAC Championship.
Next week is homecoming for the Greenville College Panthers as they host MacMurray College (0-5, 0-2 UMAC). Kickoff is 1PM CST at Francis Field in Greenville, IL.
The Panthers look to keep the momentum from last weeks UMAC win against Martin Luther College 10-9. The Saints had an impressive homecoming win vs Crown College 42-21.
The game will kickoff at 3:30 this afternoon and Panther fans can listen to the game live on WGRN 89.5 FM
The webcasting will be provided by St. Scholastica. You can watch by clicking here.
For live scoring updates follow Greenville College Football on Twitter here
GREENVILLE, ILL-----The Greenville College Panthers (2-3, 1-0 UMAC) christened the new sod on Francis Field Saturday with a close win over the Martin Luther College Knights (2-3, 1-2 UMAC) 10-7.
In a tightly contested battle the Panthers found just enough offensive to hold off the stingy Martin Luther Knights Saturday. Once again it was senior running back Anthony Ambers carrying the Greenville offensive with 22 carries for 182 yards and one touchdown. Freshman kicker Luis Diaz accounted for the only other Greenville points making the game winning field goal from 19 yards out.
The Panther defense played with an energy and determination that held the Knights to only 7 offensive points. The unit was led by junior linebacker Kiso Faletufuga with 6 tackles, 1 sack and 3 tackles for loss. Senior Jumaane Bey helped keep the explosive Knight offensive at bay with his 7 tackles for loss. The safety combination of juniors Andy Lozano and John Smith combined for 10 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.
Offensively the Knights were led by senior quarterback Greg Holzhueter and his 137 yards of total offense. On the defense senior linebacker Matthew Rothe led the Knights with 8 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.
Martin Luther controlled the ball the majority of the first quarter with two drives over ten plays long. The Panther defense made the Knights work for every yard and pounced on the opportunities they were given. A fumble on the 7 yard line recovered by freshman defensive lineman Justin Coleman ended Martin Luther’s second drive.
The fumble recovery set up the Knights for the first score of the day early in the second quarter. On 3rd and 9 on their own 8 yard line quarter back Joel Lira was sacked in the end zone for a safety. The second half ended with Diaz missing a 38 yard field goal keeping the score 2-0 Martin Luther.
The third quarter was just as uneventful for the panther offensive as the first two. Martin Luther on the other hand started to roll. With their third drive of the quarter the Knights put together a 7 play 84 yard touchdown drive that was finished off with a 7 yard run by sophomore tight end Mike Voss.
The fourth quarter began with the Panther offense looking at a 3rd and 5 from the Martin Luther 19 yard line. Ambers lined up at quarterback and scored the first Greenville touchdown of the day.
After stopping the Knight offense on a crucial 4th and 2 Greenville looked to take the lead. 10 plays and 59 yards later Greenville was facing a 4th down on the Martin Luther 2 yard line with 5:47 left in the game. Head Coach Ordell Walker didn’t hesitate to bring in the freshman Diaz to seal the win. After the make Greenville had their first lead of the day 10-9.
The Greenville defense stopped the Knights desperation pass attempts and held on for their first UMAC victory of the season.
After the game Offensive coordinator Robbie Schomaker said, “It was a great game by the defensive today and hopefully next week we can help them out a little more.”
Next week the Panthers continue UMAC play by traveling to the College of St. Scholastica (3-2, 2-1 UMAC) in Duluth, MN at 3:30PM CST.