Football Makes Greenville Feel Even
Greener; Pound Panthers 63-13
Nov. 1, 2003
The Lakeland College Football Team must have had green eggs and ham for breakfast Saturday morning. But apparently they didn't get enough as they had Greenville for lunch with a 63-13 pounding over the Panthers Saturday afternoon in Greenville.
The win moves the Muskies to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the Illini-Badger Football Conference, while Greenville dropped to 3-6 and 2-4. With another win Lakeland would finish 8-2, their best record since they finished 10-0 in 1997. Unfortunately, the Muskies appear to be out of the conference race as it would take two losses (today and next week) from Concordia (WI) for Lakeland to win the title.
But the Muskies took care of business on their end by completely controlling the entire game and taking advantage of a whopping six Greenville fumbles. Lakeland ran for 381 yards on 61 attempts and passed for 207 more yards to amass 588 total yards on the day. The Muskies defense held the Panthers to 262 yards of total offense behind 166 in the air and 96 on the ground via 26 attempts.
Lakeland also racked up a whopping 31 first downs compared to Greenville's 13 and controlled the ball for 37:11 compared to the Panther's 22:49.
The Blue and Gold jumped out to an early 28-0 lead after one period of play. Marcus Denham, who led all Lakeland rushers with 100 yards, ran it in from 9 yards out at the 13:14 mark to complete a quick, five-play, 69 yard drive.
Travis Gervais did the same from three yards out a few minutes later at the 8:34 mark to move it to 14-0 following an eight-play, 56 yard drive.
Jeff Taff completed the first quarter scoring by finding the end zone twice within 41 seconds. First, he caught a 39 yard pass from quarterback Brent Luebke (18 of 26 for 207 yards and 3 TD's) to make it 21-0. This completed another solid drive of seven plays and 65 yards and came at the 2:52 mark.
Then, following a Greenville fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Taff caught another pass from Luebke to make it 28-0 with 2:11 to go in the quarter. This time Taff hauled in a short, six yard pass to complete a two-play, 18 yard drive.
Before Greenville could even catch their breath Gerald Starner knocked in a 20 yard field goal to make it 31-0 with 13:32 to play in the half.
Following another improbable fumble on the kickoff, Taff and Luebke connected for the third time at the 11:52 mark to make it 37-0 (Starner's kick was blocked). This time it was for 40 yards and it completed a quick, four-play, 35 yard drive (Lakeland had a five yard loss on one play).
The Panthers finally got on the board midway through the second quarter on a 58 yard pass with 10:31 to go to complete a four-play, 73 yard scoring drive. This is where the scoring ended in an exciting and truly dominating performance by the Muskies.
Lakeland controlled both the third and fourth quarters as well. Denham scored his second touchdown on a two yard run with 10:16 to go in the third to make it 44-7. This finished off an eight-play, 39 yard drive.
Greenville kept plugging away and managed to score at the 7:39 mark on a 13 yard pass to make it 44-13. The seven-play, 74 yard drive was the Panthers longest drive of the game.
With 49 seconds to go in the quarter the Muskies scored on a fumble recovery credited to the team (based on stats provided by Greenville as of this story Saturday evening) to make it 50-13.
Lakeland added two more scores in the fourth period for the final margin. First, Kenneth Grundy ran it in from three yards out to make it 56-13 (kick failed). This capped a 10-play, 51 yard effort that concluded with 11:12 to go in the game.
Finally, the Muskies completed their scoring when kicker Matt Cook (details were not provided in the stats) ran it in from 19 yards out to make it 63-13. This completed a six-play, 59 yard drive and came at the 2:01 mark.
Aside from Denahm, Grundy had a big game with 8 rushes for 81 yards while Ryan Maiuri added 50 yards on 6 carries. Taff had a huge day for the receivers finishing with 8 catches for 125 yard and the three touchdowns. Shaun Behrend added four receptions for 40 yards. The defense turned in a team effort with Sam Scharinger leading the way with 7 tackles, including the lone sack.
Barring any Concordia upsets, Lakeland will finish their season next week verses Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Kickoff is slated for 12p.m.