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.
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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.