Success: On and Off the Field

Senior Mike Ward (Circled) Giving a Cor 401 Presentation.
What an amazing year it has been for the Panthers, not only on the field … but in the classroom as well!  The team GPA went from a 2.65 to a 2.87, with a new academic game plan in place this year.  If you were a freshman or an incoming transfer, you were required to get at least 8 study table hours each week.  There were no exceptions for anyone. 

The position groups with the highest GPA's on the team were the inside-linebackers with a solid 3.49, the quarterbacks with 3.39, and the kickers with a 3.35.  So as you can see the phrase, "compete your brains out" is not something we just say, it's something we believe in.

Freshman Corbin Quinonez getting help on his studies.
We also had 6 players, that's right 6 with a perfect 4.0!  We asked Head Coach Robbie Schomaker what his thoughts on this were, "My first thought was WOW! I am amazed at what can happen when guys give it their best shot.  I am so proud of the guys buying into our system and striving for perfection both on and off the football field.  Proverbs 27:17 reads, ‘As Iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another.’  This team competes with each other in every aspect of life."  The guys that excelled academically were Lincoln Johnson, Kirk Pearce, Greg Schimke, Jacob Stull, Mike Ward, and Ethan White.  These guys truly went above and beyond to achieve perfection this last semester.  ATTAWAY!!!


Q&A with Demontrez Simington

Demontrez Simmington was a 2 year starter for the Greenville Panthers. In those 2 years he accumulated over 800 yards in receiving, with
more than 10 touchdowns. Demontrez had a break out year in his senior season
were he caught 687 yards in receiving.
During that year he also had 8 touchdowns and an average of 17.2 yards
per reception. Demontrez was willing to give us an interview about the Australian
team he will be playing for next season.

Q: Where are you going to be playing?
A: I will be playing in Australia for the Bendigo Dragons.

Q: What are you looking forward to the most?
A: The experience outside the states, bust most of all continuing my football career.

Q: Have they told you what position you are going to be playing?
A: Yes, I will be playing Wide Receiver and some Tight End.

Q: If you could say one thing to Greenville College players, what would it be?
A: Never give up on your dream.  No matter how much adversity comes with it, fight through it and stay positive.

Q: Has there been anyone who has helped you getting back into the game of football?
A: I really never left the game of football; I just kept working hard and waiting on my opportunity.  If I would have to pick someone in particular it would be the Schomakers.  They have done so much for me, and have helped me become a better person.

Q: Are you nervous about playing football again?
A: Not at all.  I’m actually very excited to get back into it.  I want to show myself and all the doubters that it’s not over by a long shot.

Q: If there was one thing you could say to EMAP Nation, what would it be?
A: Thank you for all your support, and helping me become a better athlete as well as a man.

Q: Last question; tell us something about you, that most people don’t know about you.
A: I still watch the old cartoon episodes of Dragonball Z.

Demontrez will forever be in the family of EMAP Nation, and we wish him the best of luck!


Top 10 Greenville College Football Moments

10) Beating Millikan.

9) Joey Silva punt block against Northwestern.

8) JV win against Rose Hulman, at their place.

7) Richard Wilburn and Anthony Everett interception for touchdowns. (Sorry, we couldn't pick just one!)  

6) Defensive stand against Eureka, on our 3 yard line.

5) Jesse Tyrell with a bone crushing hit against McMurray.

4) Brendan Chambers running over Northwestern's Linebacker.

3) Zibeon Washingtons 89 yard touchdown.

2) 20 Point come back against Northwestern, during homecoming weekend.

1) Game winning blocked field goal against Eureka.

What a great season, looking forward to next years top 10 already!

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