The Daily Eastern News

Panthers preparing for proper sendoff

Redshirt senior Devin Church breaks away 27-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday against UT-Martin. Church carried the ball 13 times for 101 yards in the 17-33 OVC loss.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

November 7, 2016

There will be two things on the Eastern football team’s mind in two weeks when the Panthers take on Eastern Kentucky to wrap up the season: What kind of team do they want to be? A team with a winning record, or a losing record? And how does Eastern want its seniors to remember their final game? After...

Homecoming loss drops Panthers to No. 22 in FCS Poll

Redshirt senior running back Devin Church waits on a block from sophomore offensive lineman Grant Branch Saturday at O'Brien Field.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

October 24, 2016

After a loss to 1-5 Murray State, the once No. 15-ranked Panthers have almost slipped all the way out of the top 25 in the FCS. The start Eastern had Saturday was arguably the best it has had all season, but that went down the drain fairly quickly as the 21 points Eastern scored in the first quarter...

Panthers lose Kimble, game against Murray State

Redshirt senior Shawn Mitchell Jr. scores the games first touchdown Saturday on a 28-yard pass from quarterback Mitch Kimble. Mitchell had two receptions for 49 yards in the 40-38 loss to Murray State.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

October 23, 2016

Saturday’s game was a game Eastern needed to win and should have won, but from losing its starting quarterback in the first half and turning the ball over six times, a win was almost impossible. Somehow Eastern was able to stay in the game despite turning the ball over to Murray State six times,...

OVC teams still in tight battle to be crowned champion

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

October 17, 2016

Another week is in the books for the Ohio Valley Conference, but not much has changed. The teams that were winning before Saturday, continued to win, and the teams that were losing, continued to lose. Eastern was able to slip by Tennessee Tech to keep its hopes of the OVC Championship much alive....

Panthers taking on much improved Tennessee Tech team

Redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Kimble carries a Tennessee State defender with him into the endzone Saturday at O'Brien Field. The touchdown put the Panthers up 6-0 early in the first quarter.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

October 12, 2016

The Panthers game last week against Tennessee State was a must win, and nothing has changed for this week’s matchup with Tennessee Tech. Eastern’s defense and offense stepped up when it needed to just sneak by the Tigers with a 35-34 win at home Saturday night. The Panthers were lucky to get...

Panthers back in hunt with win; a look around OVC

Redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Kimble prepares for a snap Saturday agaisnt Tennessee State at O'Brien Field. Kimble completed 19-of-31 attempts for 180-yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

October 10, 2016

The Panthers needed a win Saturday to keep a realistic hope of winning the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. The one loss to Southeast Missouri may hurt them in the end, but every team in the OVC has at least one loss besides Jacksonville State. Gamecocks won their first OVC game of the season...

Panthers and Redbirds square off in Mid-America Classic

Redshirt senior Devin Church avoids Western tackles Thursday, Sept. 1 at O’Brien Field. Church rushed for 42 yards on 12 attempts in the 38-21 loss.

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

September 15, 2016

One year ago Illinois State came into O’Brien Field, with a few things going their way late were able to steal a win from the Panthers on their own field. Now, for redshirt senior running back Devin Church, it is the Panthers turn to go into Hancock Stadium and do the same to them. One of the bad...

Column: Panthers find small improvements in first win

Maher Kawash, Staff Reporter

September 12, 2016

After rushing for 102 yards and allowing 38 points to Western Illinois, the Eastern football team answered back in a special way defeating Miami of Ohio 21-17 on Saturday. Not only did the Panthers knock off a FBS opponent for the sixth time in program history, but the team also saw both sides of...

Jacksonville State the team to beat in 2016

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

August 21, 2016

When it came to scoring in 2015, Jacksonville State had no problem putting up points and shutting down other teams’ offenses. The Gamecocks were the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Champs and are picked to repeat in 2016. Jacksonville State has been the preseason favorite to win the OVC in five ...

Eastern football has hot start

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

November 2, 2015

The Eastern football team has had many players contribute to the team’s 5-0 Ohio Valley Conference play start making them one of two undefeated teams in the OVC. Eastern will look to continue their win streak when they host the other undefeated team in the OVC, Jacksonville State on Saturday. The...

Church brought into football by father

Maria Baldwin, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2015

Eastern red-shirt junior running back Devin Church had an early start to the game of football thanks to a special role model in his life. “My father got me started playing football. He played football and was my role model. He got me involved in sports at age eight when I played tackle footb...

Devin Church given blessing for weekly honor

Red-shirt junior running back Devin Church makes his way into the endzone during the Panthers' 33-28 Family Weekend win on Oct. 10 at O'Brien Field. Church ran for 75 yards completing one touchdown during the game.

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

October 19, 2015

Devin Church just keeps adding one good performance after the other this season. The red-shirt junior running back caught the Ohio Valley Conference’s attention on Saturday, rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 overtime victory at Tennessee State. He was named the OVC Newcomer of...

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