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!!!!

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