Greenville College Panthers vs. Crown College Storm Recap

The Greenville College Panthers pulled out a dog fight win in their game today versus the Crown College Storm, 35-17. The Panthers got on the board quickly with a six play, sixty yard drive in less than three minutes. The drive was capped off by an EA Northey touchdown pass to brother Sam Northey. The Crown College offense then proceeded to knock off six and a half minutes of the clock only to have the Panther defense stiffen them on a fourth and four on the Greenville twenty-eight. After quick drives by both teams the Crown College defense forced a fumble that resulted in a Storm touchdown drive. The Storm drive was finished off by a thirty-five yard touchdown pass. Yet another fumble by the Panther offense put the defense in a tough spot but the Storm were stopped was again on a fourth down by the resilient Panther defense. The Panther offense seemed to feed off of the life of the defense as they went on a twelve play, sixty-five yard touchdown drive. The drive was topped off by an EA Northey five yard touchdown run. A quick three and out was forced by the Greenville defense and after a poor punt by the Storm the Panther offense had great field position. The potent Panther offense did not need much time to score as they put the drive away in only two plays and less than forty-five seconds off the clock. Sam Northey was once again on the opposite end of a dynamite brother to brother combo with EA Northey, this time for thirty-seven yards. Jarrid Williams made a big interception which seemed to give the Greenville College Panthers momentum but that was quickly dampened by an interception thrown by the Panthers. The Storm proceeded to run out the clock to finish the first half. The half-time score was in the Panthers favor 21-7.
Greenville College kicked off to start the second half. The Storm offense then went on a thirteen play sixty yard drive all the way down to the Greenville goal line where the defense of the Panthers rose up once again to force a field goal to make the score 21-10. Another quick three and out by the Panther offense led to one more long scoring drive by the Storm offense. This drive took up just under six and a half minutes of the third quarter. The Storm scoring drive was finished by a touchdown throw by the Crown quarterback. The Panther offense received the ball to start the fourth quarter and had a quick drive that resulted in a punt, once again. The Panther defense then had their second turnover of the day which was a forced fumble by La’Roy Ruffin. La’Roy’s forced fumble led to an eight play forty yard drive by the Panther offense. The drive was finished off by the UMAC’s leading touchdown runner, Nathan Callaway, to give him his tenth touchdown of the season. The finest play of the day was made by Panther outside linebacker Nicholas Morrow. Nicholas knocked down a pitch by the Crown quarterback then picked the fumble up and returned it thirty yards to the endzone to give the Panthers a commanding 35-17 lead. Another big fourth down stop by the Greenville defense let the Panther offense run out the clock to give the Panthers their fifth win of the year. The win gives the Panthers a 5-1 record on the year and 5-0 in the conference. The Panther offense was led in rushing and receiving by Sam Northey, with eighty-four and fifty-one yards respectively. The passing game was led by EA Northey who was eleven of nineteen for one-hundred and thirty-eight yards. The defense was led in tackles by safety Ralph Regalado with seven. Three Panther defenders, La’Roy Ruffin, Nicholas Morrow, and Johnny Uperesa, each had one sack on the day. The Greenville College football team will take on Northwestern (MN) Eagles next week in Minnesota. The Eagles are  5-1 and 4-1 in the UMAC.

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