The Panthers have been feeling the effects of a long season as they started backup quarterback Brendan Chambers (San Clemente, Calif.) for the injured Joel Lira (Lubbock, Texas). Chambers took what the defense gave him going 8-for-9 passing with 74 yards and eight rushes for 27 yards with two touchdowns. After only nine rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown, running back Anthony Ambers (Apple Valley, Calif.) was sidelined with a shoulder injury in the first quarter. Freshman Justin Honeycutt picked up the slack and had an Ambers-like performance finishing with 22 rushes for 108 yards.
The Panthers also lost their second linebacker in three weeks when David Maurer (Greenville, Ill.) sat out the second half with a concussion. What they missed in Maurer, the Panthers gained in Randy Mixson (Jacksonville, Fla.). He led the team with 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a late forced fumble that sealed the Panther victory.
The Blue Jays were led by their two top tacklers Tashan Fultz and Clark Roberts who combined for 22 tackles and one sack. On offense, Westminster used the quarterback duo of Scott Rodgers and Tyson Kankolenski to throw for 168 yards and a touchdown.
Greenville's freshman kicker Luis Diaz had another stellar day going 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts and recording two touchbacks. Diaz connected on attempts of 27, 25 and 25 yards to help finish stalled Panther drives.
It is a short week for the Panthers who can clinch their second consecutive conference championship with a win on Friday if they defeat Crown (5-2, 3-1 UMAC). The Panthers will play in the annual UMAC Dome Day in Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the HHH Metrodome.