12.06.2013

Josh Frewin








Recnetly kicker Josh Frewin was named UMAC
Special Teams Player of the Year.  We had an
opportunity to speak with Josh.  As you would guess
he was one of the most humble individuals ever!


Q: When you first heard that you were Special Teams Player of the Year, what were some of your thoughts?
Josh: Well to be honest I was really shocked!  Coach Lira and Coach Schomaker told me we were going to do a video for underclassman.  The next thing I know they told me I won the award.  I feel super honored, and even more blessed to have won.

Q: What do you think are some things that have helped you reach this success?
Josh:  Well growing up I went to many camps, so I want to thank my parents for sending me to them.  An I also want to thank the players and coaches for always believing in me. The team bond we have from players to coaches is unlike anything I've seen, and it really makes it a little easier at times.

Q: So for the spring semester you were studying aboard, what were some things you had to do to get ready for the season?
Josh:  We it was difficult, because I was not able to do the off season workout that I was use to.  There were times I would manage a workout, or was able to kick the "futbol" around.  It was difficult though, I had to put a lot of time aside to get ready for this season.  I just happy everything worked out in the end.

Q: What would you say to the recruits out there that are ready this post?
Josh: Greenville is a special place that gives you a chance to grow tremendously!  I was the second string kicker my entire Freshman year, and even as a senior didn't even start the first game. I was patient an knew the coaches knew what they were doing, and everything ended up working itself out.  Super blessed to have played in the program, and am going to miss the guys on the team very much!

Q: Tell us something about yourself that some people wouldn't know?
Josh:  I love to play Mario Kart on N64.  I can remember me and guys on the team playing for hours and hours.  That is something people may or may not know, but the thing people will get a kick out of is I have the be the girl driver Peach.  I don't know why, but for some reason she is the fastest in my opinion.

 We are super proud of you Josh, and we are super excited to see what you are going to do in the future!











12.02.2013

National Bowl Selection

100 of the best Non-FBS college football players have been selected for this game, and our very own Brendan Chambers has been selected.  The game will be held in Miami, FL on December 6th. The National Bowl is the only elite Non-FBS post-season all-star game that sees scouts from several NFL teams along with the CFL, and arena leagues.  The bowl rosters are unique in that they give the NFL, CFL, and additional scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools many college football fans may not have even heard of.  We are all super proud of you Brendan, and know you will represent EMAP Nation proud. 


11.20.2013

11 Panthers Named All Conference

1st Team Quarterback- Brendan Chambers

1st Team Offensive Lineman- Joe Schoepf


1st Team Offensive Lineman-Jesse Tyrrell
1st Team Cornerback-Anthony Moore
      
Kicker- 2nd Team Josh Frewin       
2nd Team Running Back-Shawn Mcknight
2nd Team Running Back-Jacob Stull


2nd Team Offensive Lineman-Hunter Rone


2nd Team Defensive Lineman-Isaac Barber
         
2nd Team Linebacker-Cody Lopez

2nd Team Defensive Back- Bryce Wright

11.11.2013

Greenville vs. St. Scholastica Recap

With less than 2 minutes left of play, the Panthers looked down the barrel of adversity as the scoreboard reflected a 6-point deficit. Greenville was in a battle all game long with the visiting College of St. Scholastica Saints. Both teams were striving to claim the UMAC Conference title, as both teams were undefeated in conference play. Drive after drive, play after play, the game went back and forth all the way up until the final play.

           The Panthers came into the game against St. Scholastica with hopes of becoming the first team in the program’s history to finish the regular season undefeated.  As Greenville’s seniors were recognized on the last home game of their career, the Panther’s remembered how their season had been filled with great memories that will last them a lifetime. From games that were decided by anywhere from 1 to 30 points, to road trips visiting the Mall of America and staying up late bonding with each other, the Greenville College Panthers had built themselves a season to take pride in. Greenville had thought they had seen it all; down to a blocked field goal, games where they were down by 3 touchdowns and games where they traveled 12 hours away to play.  Yet, “adversity never goes away” and this Saturday, senior day, Greenville squared off against St. Scholastica.  St. Scholastica came into Greenville picked by pundits to win the UMAC Conference for the 3rd time this year. This game would be the biggest test of the season thus far for the Panthers. 

Electing to kick the ball after winning the coin toss, the Greenville College Panthers started on defensive against the Saints. The Panther defense stepped up early and on Scholastica’s first 4 consecutive drives caused the Saints to give the ball back to the Panthers. The Saints were forced to punt the ball 3 times and turned the ball over on downs one time as a result of a sack by Sophomore linebacker Jonathan Uperesa. In the first quarter, the Panther Defense shutout the Saints, led by seniors Cody Lopez and Isaac Barber, the Panthers had 57 total tackles, 2 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss, and 1 interception, as well as a blocked extra point. With the defense stepping up early, the Panther Offense looked to capitalize and put points on the scoreboard.
With 7:44 left in the first quarter, the Panther Offense took the field and drove the ball down to score the first touchdown of the game. Transfer Running Back Zibeon Washington had 4 carries on the Panthers’ first scoring drive for 21 yards and senior Quarterback Brendan Chambers finished things off with a touchdown pass to freshman Wide Receiver John Dudley for 29 yards. This was Dudley first touchdown grab of the season.  The Panthers were up 7-0 after the PAT from senior kicker Josh Frewin was good.
In the start of the second quarter, the game took a momentum turn in favor of the visiting Saints. The Saints put up 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and ended the half up 21-7. 



Greenville huddled together at halftime and contemplated what to do.  Led by Head Coach Robbie Shomaker, the Panthers were reminded of the adversity that they had gone through all year. The Panthers “had been here before” and they had seen what the face of adversity looks like.  The Panthers knew that by being assignment sound and competing their brains out that they could close the gap of their potential. The start of the second half began and the Panthers took the field with the mindset that they were not to be denied.

In the 3rd quarter, the Panthers battled with the Saints and neither team would break. The score remained the same, 21-7 in favor of the Saints, in the start of the 4th quarter. Refusing to quit and refusing to let adversity shape the way they played the game, the Greenville College Panthers came out firing.  With the Panther Defense up against their own goal line, giving it their all to stop the Saints, Freshman Cornerback Richard Wilburn came up with a huge interception in the end-zone that gave the ball back the to Panther Offense. After the Panther Offense drove the ball down the field, they faced a roadblock, as it was 4th down with 3 yards to go. Greenville’s Punt team took the field.
The Saints sent out their Punt Return unit and on the snap of the ball, it was a fake! Freshman Linebacker Nicholas Morrow ran the ball past the unsuspecting Saints for a Panther first down! With the ball still in their hands, the Panthers’ Offense continued to drive the ball down the field.  Transfer Running Back Zibeon Washington pounded in a 5-yard Panther touchdown!  The score was now 21-14 with Scholastica still in front.
Scholastica used some trickery of their own as they scored a touchdown on a reverse that put the Panthers back down by two scores.  Hopes were still high as a blocked PAT left the door open with the score 27-14.
Greenville scored quickly in just under 1 minute as Senior Quarterback Brendan Chambers ran in the Panthers’ touchdown from 9 yards out. The score was now 27-21 in favor of Scholastica, but the Panthers were not backing down.  After Greenville kicked an onside kick that was recovered by the Saints, all hope should have been lost.  Yet chants of, “We believe!” permeated the stadium.  With only 1:37 on the clock and the Saints in possession of the ball, the Panthers could have easily given up all hope. Yet, giving up is not in the Panther’s mentality as this season has shaped them all year for a moment like this.  After a stout defensive series, St. Scholastica was forced to punt!  With 1:05 left in the game and no timeouts, the Greenville College Panthers took the field on their own 30-yard line, down by 6.  A touchdown and PAT would put the Panthers up by 1. The Panthers first pass, complete for 10 yards, now put the ball on the GC 40. Could the Panthers do it? The second pass, incomplete. There is now under a minute left to play.  Third pass, complete for 15 yards! The ball was now in St. Scholastica territory!  Could it be!?  Another pass fell incomplete.  The next play, holding on the Offense, the Panthers were moved back 10 yards. The Panthers had 3 passes left and in the next 3 plays threw 3 incomplete passes. The game ended and the Panthers lost 27-21.
 
Greenville showed in the Afterglow that they were a team built around the teachings of Jesus Christ and the cornerstone of Love.  They are a team that refused to quit all year long and a team that has built a brotherhood with one another that will last a lifetime.  The final score may have reflected a loss but after the game the Greenville College Panthers huddled together, some with laughter, some with tears, and began to reflect on the season’s memories and the way each and everyone has grown through this 2013 football season.
Thank you fans for your support this regular season and lets hope and pray that the Panthers will get to play one more game this year in the Victory Bowl.

GO PANTHERS!!!!!!

                     

11.06.2013

NCCAA Defenisive Player of the Week


NCCAA Defenisive Player of the Week:Jonathan Uperesa 

Sophomore linebacker from Greenville College, was a defensive force in the 28-7 win against Westminster (MO). In the game Uperesa had a total of 8 tackles (4 solo, 2 assisted), 2 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

11.04.2013

Can the Panthers Finish This Heroic Season?

For the first time in Greenville College history, the Greenville football program is undefeated with 9 wins and 0 losses! With one game left, the Panthers will face the reigning UMAC champions, to finish the season.  But this past Saturday was a battle, with the Westminster Blue Jays traveling to Greenville with intentions to “derail” this historic season that the Panthers are having. The Blue Jays play with an incredibly physical defense and a mindset to dominate their opponents. It would be yet another challenge for this Greenville Panther Football Team. Ending the first quarter down 7-0 Greenville had their backs once again up against the wall.

Playoffs are just two games away and are in reach for the Greenville College Panthers. As the season comes closer to an end, the temptation of reaching for the playoffs becomes harder and harder each week. With a team like Westminster who plays physically and plays the Panthers tough every year, a playoff berth could easily slip away if the level of focus is lost. Head Coach Robbie Schomaker led his Panther team into week 9 against the Blue Jays and made known the importance of keeping the focus on the “process” of becoming a great team. The season has been a great success according to the win-loss columns thus far, but the Panthers strive to base their success on the everyday process of getting better. The goal is not yet reached and the time has not yet come for the Panthers to celebrate the season’s success.  A lack of focus on the “process” could have very easily distracted the Panthers.

A 57-yard punt from Westminster soared through the air early in the 1st quarter as the Panthers Specials Teams unit took their place to execute their blocks in hope of an explosive return. The ball carried in the air and was mishandled by Greenville’s returner. The Blue Jays rushed down the field as the football rolled around on the ground and Greenville tried to recover it. Players from Westminster dove on the ball and under the pile, the Blue Jays came up with the recovery. The fumble gave Westminster possession just 25 yards away from the end zone.  Two players later, the Blue Jays would be the first team on the board as they took the early lead with a score of 7-0.

A brotherhood based on the cornerstone of 1 Corinthians 13 description of love, Greenville huddle together and “flushed” all the mistakes that had been happening. Picking players up, encouraging, and seeking to keep a level head against the hard-hitting physicality of the Westminster Blue Jays, Greenville re-took the field with a look of determination in their eyes. The Panther Defense refused to back down and forced Westminster to punt again on their next series of play. Greenville took the ball on their own 24-yard line and came together in the start of the 2nd quarter looking to “close the gap.” Rush, after rush, after rush, the Panthers drove the field setting up an 11-yard pass to Senior Running Back Shawn McKnight for a Greenville Panther touchdown. Sticking to the core of their offense, Greenville responded to Westminster’s hard-hitting defense by “pounding the rock” 13 times on their scoring drive. Josh Frewin kicked in the extra point and Greenville had now tied the game up at 7-7.

With the score now even, the Panther Defense smelled a familiar sense of fear in their opponents. Anthony Moore for Greenville read the ball coming from Westminster quarterback Justin Billiot and stepped up to pick the ball off late in the 2nd quarter on Westminster’s 7th drive! Greenville ended the half tied with Westminster 7-7 and a sense of momentum change was occurring for Greenville.  

This Panther team added another memory to this epic year, as the start of the 3rd quarter began with Greenville kicking the ball to a Westminster Blue Jay returner. The ball soared from the foot of kicker Josh Frewin and the Blue Jay returners fumbled around frantically trying to pick up the ball. Greenville flew down the field and making a huge start to the 2nd half, recovered the football! The Panthers hustle meant the offense would begin the 2nd half with the ball only 5 yards away from the end zone. Running Back Jacob Stull punched in the touchdown for Greenville and the Panthers were now up 14-7. With the Terminator mentality the Panthers have strived to posses all year, the Defense forced Westminster to punt the ball right back to the Offense. Greenville now took the field and in just one play scored another touchdown! Transfer Running Back, Zibeon Washington rushed 89-yards down the far sideline for the score! In less than 5 minutes of play in the 2nd half, Westminster was now down 21-7!

The Panthers made a statement forcing another punt from Westminster on their next drive. Pounding the ball down the field, Greenville scored another touchdown as Quarterback Brendan Chambers threw a 20 yard pass to receiver Nick Newton. For the third consecutive time in the second half, Greenville had scored a touchdown and was now up 28-7.

The 4th and final quarter began and the Greenville College Panther Defense stayed alert and kept the Blue Jays from scoring any more points since the 1st Quarter. Westminster ended their last drive of play as safety Bryce Wright for Greenville intercepted another pass from quarterback Justin Billiot. The Panthers finished the game with two 100+ yard rushers.  Running Back Zibeon Washington was the back with the hot hand this week, closing the day with 202 yards on the ground, while fellow Running Back Jacob Stull tallied up 102 yards of his own.  As the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read Greenville 28, Westminster 7! Now 9-0, Greenville stepped one game closer to finishing a regular season with a perfect record.

Is the season over yet? Can the Panthers now focus on playoffs and making school history? Next week, the Greenville College Panthers will host the College of St. Scholastica that has a record of 8-1 and is also undefeated in the UMAC Conference. The preparation for this game is already at hand as Greenville will face their hardest opponents thus far. Can Greenville do it? Can the Panthers pull off an undefeated season and finish this year with a victory of the St. Scholastica Saints?

GO PANTHERS!!!!

10.30.2013

D3 Team of the Week

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Congratulations to Issac Barber for being part of the "D3 Team of the Week".  This is a huge honor, and we would like to congratulate him.  Barber had eight tackles, seven of them solo, including four sacks as Greenville defeated Iowa Wesleyan in a battle from start to finish.

10.29.2013

NCCAA Players of the Week

Summary for offensive player of the week: Brendan Chambers, senior quarterback from Greenville College, offensively led his team to a 46-26 victory over Iowa Wesleyan with 4 touchdowns in the game. Chambers threw for 10 completions and rushed for 231 yards on 27 attempts. 3 of his 4 touchdowns were rushing.





Summary for defensive player of the week: Isaac Barber, senior defensive lineman from Greenville College, defensively led his team to a 46-26 victory over Iowa Wesleyan with 8 total tackles, 7 solo and 1 assisted. Barber had an impressive 4 sacks and 4 tackles for loss in the game.

10.28.2013

Recap of the Iowa Wesleyan Game

Terminator Mentality
Head Coach Robbie Schomaker challenged his team to have the mindset of a “Terminator.”  Many of us are familiar with the Terminator movies and we understand that a Terminator “stops at nothing to reach its goal.” Coach Schomaker challenged the Panthers to stop at nothing to reach their goals this week against the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers. With a perfect 7-0 record and many people already talking about playoffs, Greenville could have lost their focus on the game and let this season slip away. Yet, the Panther’s embraced this mindset of being a “Terminator” and stopped at nothing to get the job done.
Down early in the game 3-0 after two costly turnovers, Greenville refocused their minds and set out to capture the lead. It was a back and forth battle, drive after drive early in the first half as Greenville was forced to punt, then Iowa Wesleyan was forced to punt, until the Panthers finally found themselves on the scoreboard taking the lead 7-3. After a Josh Frewin field goal from the Panthers, followed by a touchdown by the Tigers, the score was knotted up at 10-10 when the clock hit zero in the 2nd quarter. The first half ended on a very windy, chilly day in Iowa and Greenville knew this would be another battle in the UMAC Conference. But remember: Terminators refuse to quit and Terminators stop at nothing to reach their goals.

The second half started and the Greenville College Panthers took the field ready for the fight at hand. Iowa Wesleyan scored quickly in the 3rd with a 51-yard reverse that went for a touchdown! Greenville returned the favor with a touchdown of their own. Iowa Wesleyan again lit up the scoreboard with their second field goal of the day, following a 57-yard drive.  Not to be outdone, the Panthers once again rallied with another touchdown. The score was now 24-20 in favor of Greenville. Like a “Terminator”, Greenville kept pounding away at Iowa Wesleyan until they finally broke. The Panthers forced Iowa Wesleyan to punt in their next series. Greenville now had the ball and for the 3rd consecutive time, scored a touchdown. The score was now 31-20 in favor of Greenville. Iowa Wesleyan gave their last efforts and scored one last touchdown early in the 4th quarter. The score was 31-26 in favor of Greenville, but the “Terminators” had the ball. Greenville drove 47 yards after an impressive kickoff-return and scored their fourth consecutive touchdown of the 2nd half. The Panthers then forced Iowa Wesleyan to punt the ball and by scoring their 5th consecutive touchdown of the 2nd half, Greenville put the game out of reach. Hoping to make the best of their situation Iowa Wesleyan took to the air with what became their last possession of the ball, ending the series with an Anthony Moore interception.  With the ball back in their hands, Greenville went on to kneel the ball to run out the remainder of the clock.

Iowa Wesleyan came out swinging and gave a good fight for the Panthers, but with the mentality of a “Terminator,” Greenville could not be stopped. Scoring on every drive of the 2nd half, except to run the clock out, the Panthers showed their “Terminator” mentality and got the job done. Greenville consistently chipped away at Iowa Wesleyan and a game that was tied at half ended in a 19-point victory. The Panthers now have an 8-0 record with two games left. Next week, they will face off against a very tough Westminster team that will surely be ready to play.

Be sure to tune in to the live game cast as Greenville plays Westminster and cheer on your PANTHERS!!!


10.26.2013

NCCAA Offensive Player of the Week

Jacob Stull, Greenville College

Summary for offensive recipient: Jacob Stull, sophomore running back form Greenville College, had 105 rushing yards leading to 3 touchdowns in the 37-23 win against the University of Northwestern St Paul. Stull also had 1 reception for 10 yards in the game.

10.21.2013

A DAY OF DISTRACTIONS


Homecoming is a phenomenal event for both fans and players alike.  Re-uniting of friends, past teammates, and meeting the alums whose shoulders the Greenville College Football team was built on is an exciting time.  Coach Robbie Schomaker was fully aware of how these things can also become distractions for Saturday afternoon’s game.  With the University of Northwestern Eagles coming to town, the opponent was enough of a challenge without any distractions.  Add in a parade and the annual Championship Play, Championship Lives bowl and the Panthers had very full plates.

Greenville started the game with the ball with hopes to please their fans and continue the process of becoming a great football team this year. Yet, on their very first drive, the Panthers fumbled the ball and Northwestern recovered! As Northwestern capitalized and punched in a touchdown, Greenville was quickly down 7-0. The Panthers then took possession on their own 25-yard line but before they knew it, faced a 4th and 1 in their own territory that caused them to punt the ball to Northwestern. Once again, Northwestern took the ball and found the end zone, which put Greenville down 14-0.  Were the Panthers, who had battled all year through adversity, going to get blown out on their homecoming game, when so many fans and alumni came out to support their undefeated season?  It continued to look like that would be the case when Greenville came out the next 3 drives and punted the ball 2 more times as well as throwing an interception.  Stack those failures to convert with Northwestern adding on 6 more points and the Panthers looked to be in dire straights.   Didn’t the team get the memo about focus?!

“NO DISTRACTIONS, NO EXCUSES!”  The Panthers refocused with a look of nastiness in their eyes and came out ROARING! Refusing to back down from adversity, refusing to give up hope when all hope “should” be lost, and refusing to deny their greatness as a team, the Panthers forgot what was behind them and strained towards what was ahead of them. Strapping up, buckling down, and ready to get after it, the Greenville College Panthers sparked a fuse in their hearts and refused to give in!  Senior Running Back Shawn McKnight would supply the first spark to get the Panthers back into gear with a 46-yard run up the far sideline.   Senior Quarterback Brendan Chambers would finish the drive by connecting with Freshman Wide Receiver Michael Green for a 9-yard touchdown pass and the Panthers were finally on the scoreboard. As the Panther Defense united and made big hits and big plays, Northwestern was forced to punt.  Taking the field once again, this time with under 2 minutes to play in the half, the Panther Offense once again found pay dirt on yet another passing touchdown.  This time, Quarterback Brendan Chambers connected with tight-end Nathan Butler for a 1 yard receiving touchdown that put the Panthers within 7 as the half ended.  Smelling fear in the Eagles and regaining momentum (with the help of the support from the Panther fans) Greenville forced and recovered a fumble to start the 3rd quarter.  In just 4 plays, the Panthers punched in a 1-yard touchdown run from Running Back Jacob Stull and the lead was now 21-20 in favor of the Panthers! Down 20 to start the game and now up 21-20, the Panthers refused to let the score dictate how they played the rest of the game and the Panthers focused on the “process” of finishing.   Northwestern would not go down easily.  Driving the field, the Eagles booted a field goal to again take the lead, this time 23-21.  Greenville began to “pound the rock” as Zibeon Washington, Jacob Stull and Brendan Chambers all took turns running the ball until the Panthers finished off another drive with a 2-yard rush for a touchdown. The score was now 28-23 in favor of Greenville. A rush for a loss of 1, a loss of 10, a false start, and incomplete pass was the result of Northwestern’s next series following Greenville’s touchdown as the Panther Defense, continued to step up and make big stops.  Backed up in their end zone, Northwestern chose to punt the ball facing a long 4th down and the Panther’s Special Teams came up with a HUGE PLAY!  Blocking Northwestern’s put for a safety, the Panthers were now up by 7 and got the ball back!  Taking advantage of the situation, the Panthers proceeded to march down the field.  After entering into Northwestern’s red zone, the Panthers drive finally stalled.  Facing a 4th and 2 from the 17, Coach Schomaker decided to keep the field goal unit on the sideline.  As the crowd noise and sidelines intensified, you could feel that Northwestern was in a make-or-break position.  Sophomore Running Back Jacob Stull came through in the clutch, not needing to pick up the first down but instead taking the ball to the house for his 3rd touchdown of the day.  Greenville was now up by 14 and as Northwestern made their last efforts to keep the game alive, Freshman Defensive Back Richard Wilburn for the Panthers intercepted Jacob Fletcher’s pass from Northwestern and gave the ball back to Greenville. The game
clock hit 0 as the Panthers pulled out an epic victory against the always-tough Northwestern Eagles!  WHAT A GAME!  

Greenville is now 7-0 on the season and 6-0 in the UMAC Conference! Next week, Greenville plays on the road against Iowa Wesleyan in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Be sure to stay connected and continue to support your Greenville College Panthers this season!  We need you fans! GO PANTHERS!


10.16.2013

Prayers and Support For Luke Moore

Hello to all of our wonderful parents, supporters and fans!!! So thankful for each and every one of you! It's been a great year so far and we are loving every minute!!! God has been moving and working in incredible ways! 

This next week at Homecoming, we are going to join as a team to raise money for Luke Moore, one of our wonderful sophomore quarterbacks. He was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma and is battling hard but needs our prayers and support. You can see his updates and story at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/luke-moore-family-fundraiser-/67151/update/75972

So the plan is to make an announcement at the game and be available at the game to receive cash and check donations. For those of you at a distance, you can donate online on that website so please share this with anyone who is interested in supporting! I was also told that gift cards are helpful as well (Wal-Mart, restaurants, gas cards and itunes for Luke are a nice way to bless the family as well). The family travels a lot back and forth to the hospital in Kansas City so there is a lot of time on the road and eating out that adds up. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways and our prayer is that we can share that with Luke and his family. 

Luke also surprised the team at the first game and there were a lot of tears! Luke is a big part of the team and has been dearly missed this season. He is described by coaches and players as responsible, a loyal friend, hard worker, dedicated and a genuine man after God's heart. 

Thanks to each of you for prayers and support!!

10.14.2013

Post Game Thought on MacMurray

Panther’s Striving for Perfection!
A team focused on the process of becoming great football players and even greater men, the Greenville College Panthers have found themselves undefeated thus far. Giving all the Glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Panthers have found this season to be one for the record books. In a season where overcoming adversity and stepping up to the challenge is prominent, the Greenville College Panthers continue to build their team chemistry and character by never quitting, never giving up hope and never ceasing to “find a way or make one” to get the job done.

Traveling to MacMurray and facing the Highlanders, the Panthers came out of the gates “Roaring” on Offense and making big plays on Defense. The Panthers were fired up early and throughout the game, taking every rep and every snap of the ball as an opportunity to “close the gap” of becoming a great football program. With the sideline cheering, the ball was kicked to start the game, and the brotherhood on this Greenville College Panther team locked in and focused on getting better as a unit Saturday against the Highlanders.

Rushing the ball for a net total of 414 yards, the Panther Offense found themselves in the end zone often throughout the game. In fact, the Panther’s scored a Touchdown 7 out of their first 8 drives. Greenville started the game with a 12-play 77-yard touchdown drive as sophomore running back Jacob Stull rushed in a 6 yard score. From there, the Panther’s never looked back. Veteran QB Brendan Chambers rushed in a 27-yard score as well as a 10-yard score, Zibeon Washington rushed in a 4 yard score and Shawn McKnight had a 23-yard TD reception thrown by Chambers. Overall, the Panthers put up an impressive 55 points on the scoreboard!

As a total, Brendan Chambers threw for 75 yards and rushed for 116 yards with 4 Touchdowns. Running back Jacob Stull had a total of 135 yards and one TD, Running-back Zibeon Washington had a total of 65 yards and one TD, and freshman Running-back Carson Guzman had a total of 56 yards with one TD.
Shawn McKnight had a total of 64 yards with one TD, 43 of which yards came through receptions. Nicholas Newton had 2 receptions for an average of 8.5 yards per catch and freshman John Dudley had one reception for 15 yards. Other contributors to the Panther Offense included QB Greg Schimke and freshman RB Jonathan Stark.

As the Panther Offense was rolling, executing plays, and scoring points, the Panther Defense came ready to play and once again made big time stops. Greenville College Panther Defensive Back Anthony Everett scored a Touchdown for the Panthers as he returned a 50-yard interception for a Touchdown early in the second half against the Highlanders. The Panthers also forced and recovered a fumble as well sacked MacMurray twice. MacMurray was also forced to turn the ball over on downs twice and forced punt 3 times due to Greenville’s Defense. MacMurray was also stopped to only 95 yards of                                                                                         rushing for the game.

 Together, the Panthers put on an impressive performance against the Highlanders winning 55 to 30 and improving their record to 6-0. Next week, the Panthers will play their homecoming game as the opponents of last year’s Victory Bowl, the Northwestern Eagles. Be sure to come and cheer on the Panthers as they prepare and will play yet another game in the UMAC Conference this 2013 season.

GO PANTHERS!!!




Alumni Game Information

As some of you know, we are having our Alumni game this Friday. Some info on what is going on, equipment pick up for the Alumni Game will begin at 1:00PM at the Fitness Center on Friday October 18th and the game begins at 4:30PM. If you are interested in playing email Coach Bell at Lamar.Bell@greenville.edu ASAP! There is still time to get you on the team.

10.07.2013

NO EXCUSES!

NO EXCUSES!
With over 10 hours on a bus ride, a night away in a hotel, targets on their backs being undefeated, and an opposing crowd that was intense all game, the Greenville College Panthers had a choice to make; either step up to the challenge o

r waver at hardship. Head Coach Robbie Shomaker challenged the Panthers earlier this week to make “No Excuses!”
The Panthers traveled to Minnesota to play their 4th UMAC game against the Crown College Storm. Excuses could have easily been made, but in the midst of adversity the Panthers decided to stick together as a unit, push through a difficult game and overcome all obstacles that lay before them. The crowd was against them and penalties kept pushing them back, yet, the Panthers stuck to their motto of “Find a way or make one.” to get the job done!
With a positive sideline, fans in support of the Panthers, and a team that cherishes the brotherhood of the program, the Panthers went into the half down 7-0 but never gave up hope. They game planned together in the locker room and came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, stopping Crown on the first drive of the 3rd quarter and responding with the offense by putting the ball in the end-zone. The Panthers regained momentum!
Shawn McKnight scored the Panthers’ first touchdown on a 3-yard run that capped off a 6-play 73-yard touchdown drive in just 2 minutes and 19 seconds.
The Storm, however, responded with a long drive of their own as the Panthers struggled again with penalties. This time, the penalties came on defense as the Panther D gave up 30 yards on the Storm’s second scoring drive.  The only other Crown touchdown came late in the 4th on a Kickoff Return for a score. Overall, the Panther defense statistically had its best game holding Crown to 106 yards passing and 103 yards rushing. The hard-hitting Panther defense also sacked Crown College 3 times and forced the Crown offense to either turn the ball over on downs or punt 8 times throughout the game. Sophomore linebackers Robert Deering, Joey Silva and Jonathan Uperesa had a combined 30 tackles and freshman defensive tackle Johnathan Roa also had 7 tackles of his own. Lopez, Wilburn, Regalado and Barber each had 6 tackles and the team also forced a fumble from Crown College that was recovered by the Storm.


Panther defense made plays, the Panther offense moved the ball and scored 21 points in the second half, 14 of which came in the 4th quarter. Brendan Chambers had an explosive 22-yard touchdown run followed up by a touchdown pass to freshman running back Carson Guzman from 5 yards out. As a team, the Panthers had a total of 477 yards offensively, moving the ball with an average of 8.9 yards per pass play and 5.8 yards per rush play. As Crown College missed their PAT on their last score of the game, the Panthers sealed the deal with a 21-20 victory over the home Crown College Storm.

Next week the Panthers travel to Jacksonville, Illinois to take on the MacMurray Highlanders. Be sure to support your Greenville College Panthers as they continue this journey through the 2013 season!

10.01.2013

Special Teams Player of the Week



FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
K Joshua Frewin, Greenville College
Frewin averaged 44.3 yards per punt and was eight for eight on extra points attempts on Saturday.


9.30.2013

Greenville Wins Again!

The Greenville College Panthers played a great game this week when they faced off against the Martin Luther Knights from Minnesota. The Panthers hosted the Knights on the College’s “family day” (a day on campus where parents and siblings come to visit their children). With the largest crowd at Greenville this year, the Panthers did not disappoint. Scoring in every quarter and limiting the opposing team to only 6 points, the Panthers won with an impressive 50-point spread!
The ball went to the Greenville College Panthers in the opening kickoff and the Panthers marched right down the field on the first drive. In 9 plays, the Panthers found themselves in the end zone when Senior QB Brendan Chambers connected with Junior Tight-End Nathan Butler for a 32-yard touchdown pass. The scoring threat did not stop there as the Panther defense forced Martin Luther to punt, which gave the ball right back to the Panther Offense. Rushing the ball 10 times in their 2nd drive, the Panthers scored yet another touchdown and were up 14-0. Running Back Shawn McKnight was credited with the touchdown as he had a 3-yard run into Martin Luther’s end zone. As the first quarter ended in favor of the Panthers 14-0, the hard hitting and playmaking defense of the Panthers stepped up once again and caused a turnover on downs from Martin Luther in the 2nd quarter. On the Panther’s 3rd drive of the game, Sophomore Running Back Jacob Stull punched in the Panther’s 3rd touchdown when he rumbled in a bruising 2-yard touchdown.
 Martin Luther scored their only points of the game with 6:30 left to play in the half and shortened the deficit to 21-6. Yet, the ferocious Panthers answered right back as Senior Quarter Back Brendan Chambers accurately completed a 23-yard pass to Shawn McKnight resulting in a touchdown.  The final score of the second quarter gave the Panthers a 28-6 lead heading into half time.
Halftime ended as the fans got to watch Greenville 2nd half.   Freshman Running Back Carson Guzman had an impressive performance as he picked up the team’s biggest gain of the day, caught a touchdown, and ran for another touchdown.  The Panthers were up 56-6 but the defense did not let up. The Panther defense forced a fumble after Guzman’s 11- yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter and gave the ball right back to the offense. The Panther defense came through all day as they smelled fear from Martin Luther early in the 1st quarter and never eased up forcing the Knights to fumble twice. Both forced fumbles came in the 2nd half and were recovered by Seniors Bryce Wright and Josh Enloe.

Greenville's band and dance team perform during “family day” and the Panthers once again took the field and picked up right where they left off. Quarter Back Brendan Chambers ran for 2 more touchdowns and the Panther’s defense shutout the Knights in the 2
 The Panthers finished their “family day” home game against the Martin Luther Knights with a final score of 56-6 and are now 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. The Panthers were rolling Saturday and showed once again how dynamic of a unit they are!  Next week they travel to Minnesota to face off against the Crown College Storm.  
Be sure to tune into the live game-cast offered by Greenville College by going to emapnation.com and finding the live game-cast link.


Go Panthers! 

9.25.2013

Player of the Week

Congratulations to Josh Frewin for being named UMAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Kicker Josh Frewin made all four extra points attempts, including the game winner with 30 seconds left. He also had four punts averaging 43 yards per punt.


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9.23.2013

WHAT A GAME!

If you missed the matchup between previously unbeaten UMAC Conference opponents Greenville and Eureka, then you missed yet another dramatic finish for the Panthers.  A hard fought game with an active 4th quarter will go down in everybody’s memory.



The Greenville College Panthers came into Eureka expecting a hard-hitting game, as Eureka has always been a tough opponent while this year also having home field advantage. The Panthers started the game down 13-0 but never gave in. Setting up their offense and finding their groove on defense, the Panthers went up 14-13. Transfer running back Zibeon Washington scored twice with a bruising 29-yard touchdown run and another 26-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter. As the Panthers scored, the Red Devils were shutout for two consecutive quarters by the Panther defense. Brendan Chambers, senior quarterback for the Panthers, opened the 2nd half up with an explosive 63 yard touchdown run and the Panthers were up 21-13. The Red Devils battled backed and scored two of their own touchdowns but their missed extra point from the 1st quarter only put them up by 6. With 5:36 left in the game, the Panthers looked to be floundering in their own mistakes with a personal foul that set up 2nd and 23 deep in their own territory.  After an incomplete pass, quarterback Brendan Chambers had to scramble out of the pocket on 3rd down to connect with running back Shawn McKnight for a 29-yard catch that moved the chains for a 1st down! The drive continued as the clock slowly counted down the last few minutes of the 4th quarter. The Panthers needed a score to “close the gap” on Eureka’s 6-point lead. Faced with a 4th and 1 on the 50 yard line, the Panthers once again overcame adversity on this “must score” drive and converted the 4th down with a 5-yard run by sophomore running back Jacob Stull. The very next play tested the Panthers once again as an illegal motion penalty was charged against Greenville and pushed them back 5yards.  After an unsuccessful run on 1st down, the Panthers faced a 2nd and 17, but once again, with the will to never quit, the Panthers captured the first down with an 11yard run on 2nd down and a 15 yard pass on 3rd down. With 42 seconds left on the clock, the Panthers found themselves in Eureka’s end zone from a 1-yard touchdown rush by Jacob Stull. This heroic 4th quarter drive put the Panthers up 28-27 with 30 seconds left on the clock but Eureka was not going down without a fight. With the home crowd on their side and a quarterback who threw for 329 yards on the day, the Eureka Red Devils had hopes to win this game. Completing 3 quick passes to get the ball to the Greenville 42, the Red Devils had 1 second left on the clock to launch a Hail Mary pass into the end zone. The ball floated through the air toward both Panther and Red Devil players and was picked off by the Greenville College Panthers Defense! But wait … a pass interference penalty on the Panthers would keep the game going.  The referees moved the ball up 15 yards, putting Eureka on Greenville’s 28.  With their untimed down, the Red Devils decided to send kicker Tyler Winders onto the field to win the game.  Following suit of their sideline chant: “So what!” the Panthers prepared to pin their ears back and rush the kick.  Finding a hole in Eureka’s field goal unit, Ralph Regalado blew through and blocked the 45-yard attempt.  Recovering the loose ball, the Panthers secured their third win of the season.


Next week, the Panthers face Martin Luther College here in Greenville Illinois. Be sure to come watch these Greenville College Panthers play at 1 o’clock on Saturday, September 28th.  GO PANTHERS!

9.18.2013

UMAC Players of the Week


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
QB Brendan Chambers, Greenville College
Chambers rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for two touchdowns and over 180 passing yards leading the offense to a 56 point outburst.


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DB Richard Wilburn, Greenville College
Richard had two interceptions on Saturday including a pick six which sealed the game for Greenville in the fourth quarter. 

9.16.2013

Greenville College vs. Minnesota Morris Recap

GREENVILLE COLLEGE WINS AGAIN!

The Greenville College Panthers played their home opener today against the Minnesota Morris Cougars and won with a final score of 56-27! The Panther Offense was once again clicking and the Panther defense was making momentum-swinging plays.  Yet, the Panthers, at times, were seemingly fighting against themselves racking up 7 penalties for 116 yards.  GC had to look to their motto of  “find a way or make one,” to get the job done!
RUSHING
ATT
YDS
AVG
LG
TD
17
132
7.8
23
2
20
82
4.1
14
1
5
68
13.6
46
2
10
50
5.0
25
0
4
33
8.2
20
0

PASSING
C-A
YDS
TD
INT
11-22
183
2
0
1-1
2
0
0

RECEIVING
NO
YDS
AVG
LG
TD
2
76
38.0
45
1
4
68
17.0
27
1
2
16
8.0
19
0
2
9
4.5
7
0
1
8
8.0
8
0
1
8
8.0
8
0
An impressive 550 yards of offense and 251 yards on special teams combined to total 801 yards gained against the Minnesota Morris Cougars. Not only did the offense and special teams shine, but when the Panther Defense took the field, they picked up where they left off last week and continued to attack the ball.  Morris was forced to punt the ball 4 times, along with giving up three interceptions. Inside the box, the Panther Defense was also getting work done, playing ferociously only allowing 95 yards on the ground.  Within the first two games, the Panthers have shown that on all cylinders, they are a force to be reckoned with in the UMAC.
KICKOFF RETURNS
NO
YDS
AVG
LG
TD
5
122
24.4
34
0

PUNT RETURNS
NO
YDS
AVG
LG
TD
1
0
0.0
0
0

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
NO
YDS
AVG
LG
TD
2
90
45.0
60
1
1
39
39.0
39
0
After a fast start that began with a Chambers to Butler 18 yard touchdown connection on the opening series of the game, the Panthers sputtered and soon found themselves down 12-7.  Fearlessly, Greenville responded by reeling off 3 unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter.  Following quite a showing against Millikin catching the ball, senior Running Back Shawn McKnight did his part to pick up the team as he scampered down the away team sideline for a 46-yard touchdown to put the Panthers back ahead 14-12.  Sophomore Running Back Jacob Stull followed suit as he found pay dirt with an 11 yard run.  Quarterback Brendan Chambers repeatedly stepped up to the plate in tough situations, scrambling to his right to find Wide Receiver Nick Newton deep in the back of the end zone for an amazing 45-yard completion.  Up 28-12 with 1:00 minute left in the first half, Greenville was rolling until Minnesota Morris shocked the crowd and ran the ensuing kickoff return back for a 95-yard score.  Morris successfully gained more momentum by converting their 2-point attempt.
Yet, the Panthers “accepted the challenge” and responded to the kickoff return from Minnesota Morris by intercepting the Cougar’s first two drives in the second half. The Panther Offense did their part in answering the call with two touchdowns, both of which, not surprisingly were on the ground.  The first of these came when Chambers kept it in his hands and ran in from 23 yards out, while the second score was a product of McKnight from 6-yards out.
In the fourth quarter, the Greenville College Panthers, “closed the gap” by only allowing Minnesota Morris 7 points, the only points Morris had in the second half.  The defense matched Morris’ scoring in the second half as freshman Defensive Back Richard Wilburn ran back an interception 60-yards for another Panther touchdown! 

Next week, the Panthers travel to play the Red Devils of Eureka College!  If you can’t make it out to the game, be sure to support EMAP Nation by tuning in for the live game cast to catch all the action by your Greenville College Panthers!

Pictures Credited to: Avery Marie Photography

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