GREENVILLE, Ill. — The Iowa Wesleyan football team looks to play spoiler this weekend at second-place Greenville. The Panthers are 5-1 in conference and one game back from Martin Luther so Iowa Wesleyan could end the UMAC race this weekend if they can pick up their first win.
The Tiger offense will have another tough matchup. IW is scoring just 7.5 points per game this year and the Greenville defense is fifth in the league in scoring defense, giving up 25.5 points per game.
The IW defense will have to step up big against the third-best scoring offense in the league. IW gives up 38.5 points per game,a nd Greenville averages 32.1.
The Panthers are well-balanced, coming in the top three in rushing offense and passing offense. Running back Paul Garrett averages 116 rushing yards per game, second in the league, to lead the squad. He has ran for nine touchdowns, which is tied for the league lead.
Greenville quarterback George Harris is fourth in the league in passing, averaging 173 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Leading receiver Kyler Henson averages 83.3 yards per game with seven touchdowns catches.
IW has lost their last two games against Greenville, falling 30-20 at home last season and 48-41 in a shootout at Mt. Pleasant in 2017. The last time the two teams played in Greenville, the Tigers pulled out a 40-37 victory, scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter including the game-winning touchdown run with 39 seconds left.
IW will have two more chances to get a win this season. One week after Saturday’s game against Greenville, the Tigers will play their senior day game at home against the University of Northwestern.