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.