MT. PLEASANT, Iowa-- The Panthers captured the 45-26 victory over Iowa Wesleyan with a third quarter offensive surge led by quarterback, Brendan Chambers. The win marks GC's 16th straight victory which is the second longest current win-streak in DIII.
The first quarter of the game went by with neither team getting on the scoreboard. In the second quarter, Iowa Wesleyan's Brandon Baker kicked a 34 yard field goal to bring the Tigers up 3-0. Just under four minutes later, GC answered with a touchdown by Jacob Stull. The Panthers went on to score a field goal of their own when Josh Frewin cleared the uprights from 25 yards out. Iowa Wesleyan ended the quarter with a touchdown catch by Ridge Hobbs. The score was 10-10 heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Panthers surged ahead of the Tigers. Iowa Wesleyan opened the second half with a 51 yard by Raul Becerril run for a touchdown. GC answered that with a 10 yard touchdown run from Chambers. The Tigers then kicked a 28 yard field goal, which brought the home team up 20-17. Fortunately, Greenville was determined to keep their win-streak alive. Nathan Butler caught a 26 yard pass from Chambers to pull his team ahead. In the last play of the quarter, Chambers added another GC touchdown when he ran 9 yards to bring GC up 31-20.
The final quarter of the game opened with another Iowa Wesleyan touchdown, this time a 1 yard pass completed to Hobbs. In true Greenville fashion, the Panthers would demand the last word. With 9 minutes left in the game, Chambers ran the football 27 yards for his third touchdown of the game. In the last scoring play of the day, Zibeon Washington recorded a 14 yard touchdown run and brought the game to its final score of 45-26.
Greenville finished the game with an impressive 523 total rushing yards. Chambers tallied 231 of those yards for three Panther touchdowns. He also passed for 149 yards. Stull recorded 168 rushing yards and scored one touchdown. Nathan Butler tallied 58 receiving yards and had one touchdown.
Defensively, GC was led by Isaac Barber who recorded 7.5 tackles and a noteworthy 4 quarterback sacks. Anthony Moore had 5 tackles and an interception in which he gained 27 yards. Anthony Everett also had 5 tackles in the game.
The Panthers have a current undefeated record of 8-0 (7-0 UMAC). This win is their 8th of this season, which ties the school record for the most wins in a season. The team hopes to break that GC record at home on Saturday, November 2 when they take on Westminster (MO) at 1:00pm.
Photo credit to Avery Marie Photography.