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Football emerges with 20 point win

Football emerges with 20 point win

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GREENVILLE, Ill. -- The football team erased a 14 point first quarter deficit and took a 24-20 halftime lead before outscoring Iowa Wesleyan 28-12 in the second half for a 52-32 victory.  Jacob Battaglia completed six-of-11 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown while rushing 17 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

The Panthers allowed Iowa Wesleyan to jump out in front early as the Tigers took the opening kickoff for a 88 yard touchdown return.  Approximately five minutes later, Iowa Wesleyan completed an 8-play, 80-yard drive to go up 14-0.

With 5:55 remaining in the first quarter, Jacob Stull ran the ball for a five yard touchdown to give Greenville it's first points of the day.  The Tigers responded early in the second quarter with another touchdown to give them a 20-7 lead.

Before the end of the half, Greenville scored 17 unanswered points as Battaglia ran the ball for a 20 yard touchdown, Stull took the ball in from four yards out, and Josh Morgan kicked a 20 yard field goal as time expired.

The third quarter saw the Panthers outscore the Tigers 28-6 with a 10-yard rushing touchdown from Jordan Mixon and an 18-yard touchdown from Battaglia giving Greenville a 38-20 lead.  After an Iowa Wesleyan touchdown, John Dudley hauled in a 44-yard touchdown reception from Battaglia, and Hamid Camara ran the ball 33 yards for a touchdown as Greenville pushed its lead to 52-26.

Iowa Wesleyan closed the game's scoring with a passing touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

In addition to Battaglia's heroics, Nathan Callaway rushed the ball 18 times for 106 yards.  Andre Underwood caught two passes for 56 yards.

Kicker Josh Morgan was perfect, hitting 7-of-7 PAT's and a field goal to give Greenville 10 points.

On the defensive side of the ball, Greenville was led by Joey Silva who tallied five tackles, including a quarterback sack and two other tackles that caught Tigers behind the line of scrimmage.  Silva also forced a fumble and returned an interception for 80 yards.

Nicholas Morrow paced Greenville's tackling efforts with seven in the contest.

The Panthers (6-2, 6-1 UMAC) travel to Westminster on Saturday in a game between the UMAC's second place teams.  Greenville's final regular season game will be played at St. Scholastica on Nov. 8.

(Photo courtesy of Bill Walker, The Advocate)

This story was published on October 25, 2014

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