MINNEAPOLIS -- The year-long goal of becoming UMAC champion for the second consecutive season became a reality for the Greenville College football team as they defeated Crown 51-20 in dominating fashion Friday night. Greenville (6-3, 5-0 UMAC) accumulated 607 yards of offense, including 534 rushing yards to knock off the second place Storm (6-3, 4-2) and wrap up Greenville's conference championship.
Greenville's offense was led by freshman Tahir Williams (Sacramento, Calif.) and junior Brendan Chambers (San Clemente, Calif.), who combined for all seven of Greenville's touchdowns. Williams rushed the ball seven times for 192 yards and four touchdowns, while Chambers accumulated 89 rushing yards on eight carries and three touchdowns. Chambers was also 7-for-11 passing with 73 yards and one interception.
Greenville jumped out to a 21-0 lead after three touchdown runs by Chambers, and entered halftime with a 28-7 lead after Williams added a late first half touchdown. The Panthers posted 23 points in the second half on three touchdowns by Williams and a Luis Diaz (Santa Anna, Calif.) field goal.
Greenville's defensive efforts were led by junior Andy Lozano (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.) and senior David Maurer (Greenville, Ill.) who were each involved in 13 tackles. Lozano added an interception returned for six yards, and Maurer posted a quarterback sack.
Dillon Martinez (El Paso, Texas) and James Binder (Stockton, Calif.) forced fumbles with Martinez and Jordan Cernek (Clinton, Wis.) gaining the recoveries.
The Panthers conclude their regular season on Saturday, Nov. 6, against Eureka in Greenville. The game begins at 1 p.m. and will feature a pregame ceremony at 12:40 p.m. honoring the Greenville seniors.