Panthers Smash Martin Luther, Extend Win Streak to Four
Written by Andrew Perkett. Media by Ryan St. Hill.
This past weekend, the Greenville College Panthers defeated Martin Luther 56-6, extending their perfect record to 4-0. It was the first time since the Panthers’ inaugural season in 1987 that a Greenville football team has gone undefeated in their first four games. On Saturday, the 2013 Panthers showed why they think they will dethrone the original team as the best in school history.
Greenville started the game out strong in the first quarter with a 32 yard touchdown pass from Brendan Chambers to Nathan Butler. After a 3 yard rushing touchdown by Shawn McKnight, Martin Luther answered with a 49 yard touchdown pass by quarterback Luke Rothe. The bust in the Panthers defense closed the gap, making the score 14-6 in Greenville’s favor going into halftime. Martin Luther would not visit the end zone again in the game. The second half was dominated by a Panthers offense that gathered a total of 581 yards. Their triple option scheme on the ground gathered 368 total yards and was lead by Jacob Stull who rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown. Running back Carson Guzman also contributed to the ground game with 99 rushing yards and one touchdown, and Zibeon Washington pounded his way through Martin Luther’s flustered defense for another 89 rushing yards. All this offensive success was made possible through their shut down defense that kept getting the ball back to the offense. The Panthers’ defense took away all options from Martin Luther in the second half. The defense was lead by Jacob Bronars with 7 tackles, Robert Deering with 6 tackles, and Cody Lopez with 5 tackles and one interception. This upcoming weekend, the Panthers will be traveling to Crown College in Minnesota, looking to continue their perfect season. They will need another week of shut down defense and explosive offense to come home with another victory. So far this team looks unbeatable, and do I see… a playoff berth on the horizon? It’s still early, but if their dominant running game continues like this, and their defense plays with the same dominance, the UMAC may have a new champion.