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!

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