ALBION, Mich. -- In their first road game of the year, the Greenville football team (1-2) fell 35-10 to Albion. Albion (1-2) was led by their sophomore running back Clinton Orr who finished the day with 168 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, the Britons kept relentless pressure on the Panthers, and linebacker C.J. Carroll led Albion with 11.5 tackles.
For the Panthers, Rendell Flood had his biggest game of the season with two receptions for 91 yards. Running back Anthony Ambers scored the lone touchdown to go along with his 94 rushing yards. Freshman kicker Luis Diaz made his only field goal try on the day, nailing a 42 yard attempt. Safety Andy Lozano's nine tackles led the Panther defense.
After Greenville went three and out in their first possession, the Britons wasted no time scoring. A three- play 59 yard touchdown drive gave Albion a lead they would not relinquish. After a Diaz field goal, the Britions ended the first quarter with another touchdown drive. The Panthers immediately responded with a touchdown of their own, cutting the lead to 14-10 with eight minutes left in the half.
On their next possession, Albion kicker Mychal Galla missed a 42 yard field goal attempt. The Panthers took over and found themselves on fourth down. The fourth down play was the turning point of this contest. Out of the Wildcat formation, Anthony Ambers ran for the first down but fumbled, and the Albion defense recovered. Three plays later, the Britons were up 21-10 going into halftime.
The third quarter was the best the Panther defense has played all season. They forced Albion to punt twice and had two huge fourth down stops. The Panther offense struggled in that same quarter, failing to record a first down.
In the fourth quarter, a tired Panther defense gave up two more touchdowns, and the offense failed to seize any opportunities.
"They are a good football team," said head football coach Ordell Walker. "They came out and really brought it to us. We didn't make enough plays, and we made too many mistakes."
However, he was encouraged by the Panther attitude and effort.
"The sideline energy was tremendous, even when the score got out of hand. It really showed our character."
Next week, Greenville travels to Decatur, Ill., to take on the Big Blue of Millikin. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Frank M. Lindsey Stadium.