Greenville College’s 2012 football schedule has been released. Greenville will face three opponents from the state of Illinois, five from Minnesota, and one from Missouri. They will have four away games in the state of Minnesota for the first time in school history. The Greenville Panthers are slated to open the 2012 season at home in a non-conference clash against in-state rival Millikin University. This will be the second consecutive year Greenville has opened the season with Millikin.
Following a bye, the Panthers kick off conference play with defending UMAC champion St. Scholastica. The Panthers will travel up to Duluth, MN on Sept. 15 to face the Saints. The winner of this game has gone on to win the conference championship in the past two years. This game is just one of the many challenges facing the Panthers throughout the season.
The following week, Panthers will travel back to Minnesota to square off against Minnesota-Morris on Sept. 22. This will be only the second meeting between the two teams since Minnesota-Morris made the transition to Division III in 2003. The Panthers will return home for the next two weekends before heading back out to Minnesota. During that two week span, the Panthers will face off against Crown College and in-state conference foe MacMurray College.
Greenville will then head back to the state of Minnesota to challenge Martin Luther on Oct. 13 in New Ulm. The Panthers are looking to knock off their 2009 UMAC Co-Champions for the third straight year. Greenville will close out the home portion of their schedule against Eureka during Homecoming weekend on Oct. 20. The Panthers will also honor its seniors on this day, as it will be their last game played at Francis Field.
The Panthers will travel to Fulton, Mo. on Oct. 27 to square off against the Westminster Blue Jays. This will be the first away trip of the season shorter than 600 miles from Greenville, Illinois. The Panthers will be seeking to walk out of Blue Jay country with a win to avenge a home loss to Westminster last season. With both teams finishing tied for second in conference last year, expect this to be a high intensity game with much at stake.
Greenville will conclude its regular season with one last trip to Minnesota to face former GC head coach Kirk Talley and his Northwestern Eagles. The Eagles have failed to beat the Panthers in the past two contests, losing by average margin of five points. Last year, NWC held a 23-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Panthers roared back to score 27 straight points to pull out the win and send EMAP to the NCCAA Victory Bowl. Expect this to be a highly competitive game between the two teams.
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