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Football succumbs to St. Scholastica

Football succumbs to St. Scholastica

Box Score

DULUTH, Minn. – The football team made the long journey to Duluth and returned home with a 42-14 loss to St. Scholastica Saturday to wrap up a second place season standing in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Greenville won the opening toss and elected to receive. The Saints would hold the Panthers to a three-and-out on their first possession. On St. Scholastica's first possession, quarterback Nick Harper found Nick Murphy in the back of the end zone for a 24-yard reception to make it 7-0 Saints.

Greenville responded on the next possession, going 72 yards on 15 plays.  The drive ended when Nathan Callaway scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge to tie the game.

After a St. Scholastica missed field goal and Greenville punt, the Saints regained the lead on a Preston Robinson 3-yard option touchdown to make it 14-7. The Saints then surprised the Panthers with onside kick that was recovered by the kicker Theismann. Three plays later, Harper found Andrew Smith for a 37-yard touchdown to extend the margin to 21-7.

St. Scholastica added another score late in the half as Harper found Smith for a 37-yard touchdown on a two-play drive to make it 28-7 at the half.

On the opening possession of the second half, Harper and Smith connected on a 23-yard fade pattern to the corner as the Saints led 35-7.

After a St. Scholastica turnover, the Panthers got their second touchdown of the day on a Cory Moore 18-yard touchdown run. Greenville then held the Saints to a quick punt and the Panthers were driving again, but would be stopped on fourth-and-one at the St. Scholastica 17-yard-line.

The Saints added a Harper 13-yard touchdown run to make the final score 42-14.

Running back Jacob Stull led Greenville's offense as he picked up 62 yards on nine carries.  Callaway, another running back, gained 51 yards on 15 rush attempts.

Three Panthers picked up passing yardage, led by Eric Northey's 38 yards on 3-of-10 completions.  Jacob Tibbetts added 25 yards passing on 2-of-7 completions, and Jacob Battaglia was 1-of-1 for 21 yards.

The Panther receiving corps was led by Corbin Quinonez with two receptions for 28 yards.

The Greenville defense was paced by Jacob Bronars with eight tackles, including half a tackle for a loss of yards.  Lincoln Johnson and T.K. Mattress joined together for quarterback sack.

Nicholas Morrow and La'Roy Ruffin produced two tackles for a loss of yards.  Morrow joined Kevin Tran with interceptions.  Nathan Propst forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.

Greenville (7-3, 7-2 UMAC) closed their regular season with seven or more wins for the sixth straight season.  They will await word on a potential NCCAA Victory Bowl berth.  An announcement regarding the Victory Bowl will be made on November 17.

This story was published on November 08, 2014

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