Game: Millikin University (0-1) at Greenville College (0-0) Date: Saturday September 10, 2011 Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. CDT at Francis Field (Greenville, Illinois) Broadcasts: WGRN 89.5 FM, wgrn.net Twitter: @EMAPfootball Live Video: www.PanthersTV.com
Series: Millikin won the only meeting between these two teams in 2010. The final score was 27-17.
Coaches: Greenville – Ordell Walker is entering his second year as head coach. Coach Walker, who served as assistant head coach from 2004-09, has been a member of Greenville's coaching staff since 2003. In Walker’s first year as head coach Greenville posted a record of 7-3, won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference and was named UMAC Coach of the Year.
Millikin – Patrick Etherton is in his first season as the Big Blue Head Football Coach after being named to the position in April 2011. Etherton has been on the Millikin football staff since 2004 and has coached on both sides of thefootball. He has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience. In addition to Millikin, Etherton has beenon the football staffs at Washington & Jefferson College, the University of Puget Sound and Allegheny College.
Greenville Notes – The Panthers come into the 2011 season with many new faces on offense. The team returns 5 starters from an offense that averaged over 30 points and 300 yards rushing per game in 2010. The Panthers must replace 3 UMAC Players of the Year. The Greenville College defense has high expectations after a successful 2010 season. They will have to fill the shoes for the 2010 UMAC Defensive Player of the Year, Joel Deayon, and two other 1st Team All-Conference players, David Maurer and James Binder. All three of these seniors left big shoes to fill.
Millikin Notes – The Big Blue looks to rebound after a heartbreaking loss to open the season last week. Millikin took a 28-20 lead with 43 seconds left to play when quarterback Matt Holmes converted on fourth and goal with a touchdown pass from eight yards out to Erik Tobey. With under a minute left the Blue Boys of Illinois College scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion. Knotted up at 28 the game went to overtime. After a touchdown the Big Blue blocked the PAT attempt and converted the two point conversation. Only down 4 the Big Blue looked to win the game on their first play of overtime. A Holmes pass was tipped and intercepted by a IC defender.