The Daily Eastern News

Jenkins, Neal named co-conference POTW

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2015

Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins and Tennessee-Martin quarterback Jarod Neal both earned Ohio Valley Conference offensive players of the week, after both scored four touchdowns in Saturday’s game between the Gamecocks and the Skyhawks. Jenkins scored three passing touchdowns and one rushing...

Offense erupts during home opener

Offense erupts during home opener

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

September 21, 2015

After losing the first two games of the season, the Eastern football team realized that improvement needed to be made, particularly on offense. The Panthers had been kept out of the end zone by Western Illinois and Northwestern for the first time in six years. All that changed during Saturday’s...

Panthers host Redbirds in 104th Mid-America Classic

Panthers host Redbirds in 104th Mid-America Classic

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2015

The time for excuses has passed for the Eastern football team, as the Panthers host Illinois State for the annual Mid-America Classic at 7 p.m. on Saturday at O’Brien Field. After starting the season with two-straight losses followed by a matchup with last year’s national runner-up this weekend,...

Panthers blanked by Wildcats

Panthers blanked by Wildcats

Sean Hastings, Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2015

EVANSTON, Ill ­— The Eastern football team was shut out 41-0 by Northwestern Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston. The shut out was the first time Eastern was held scoreless in a game since Oct. 11, 2003, when the Panthers lost 41-0 to Eastern Kentucky. Eastern coach Kim Dameron was looking for ...

McDonald answers the challenge at linebacker

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2015

During his freshman year, junior linebacker Seth McDonald was given the nickname “Ham” for gaining 20-25 pounds. He was also called “Ham Sandwich” because his hometown is Sandwich, Ill., which lies in northern Illinois. Between the summer of his freshman and sophomore years, he decided...

Panthers aim to control ball better at Northwestern

Panthers aim to control ball better at Northwestern

Blake Nash, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2015

The Eastern football team will face its only Football Bowl Subdivision opponent on Saturday, as the Panthers head north to battle Northwestern. Both teams are coming off different opening weeks, as the Panthers were defeated by Western Illinois, 33-5, while the Wildcats defeated No. 21 ranked Stanford,...

Balanced attack leads to 41-10 win

Balanced attack leads to 41-10 win

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

November 2, 2014

Eastern coach Kim Dameron wanted the Panthers to be more balanced offensively heading into their Saturday game at Tennessee Tech. The Panthers were as balanced as can be, rushing for 301 yards and throwing for 297 yards in their 41-10 win against the Golden Eagles at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, T...

Former SEC player finds home in OVC

Former SEC player finds home in OVC

Anthony Catezone, Managing Editor

September 25, 2014

Name a wide receiver from the Southeastern Conference last season. Chances are Eastern defensive back Anthony Standifer has lined up across from him. “(The Ohio Valley Conference) is slowed down a lot to me,” Standifer said. “I’m not saying the competition isn’t comparable, but there is nothin...

Eastern rushes for a season-high despite Little’s absence

Eastern rushes for a season-high despite Little’s absence

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 15, 2014

The Eastern football team rushed for a season-high 180 yards in its loss against Illinois State despite not having Shepard Little for most of the game. After a three-yard gain on the Panthers’ fifth offensive play of the game, Little came off the ground and headed toward the sideline limping. The...

Dameron pursues a balanced offense heading into ISU

Dameron pursues a balanced offense heading into ISU

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 11, 2014

Heading into Eastern’s second game of the season against Southern Illinois-Carbondale, Panthers’ coach Kim Dameron made it a point to give the ball to the Panthers’ running backs. Now, entering the 103rd Mid-America Classic against Illinois State at noon Saturday in Normal, Dameron still wants...

Eastern loses home opener 38-21

Eastern loses home opener 38-21

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 6, 2014

The Eastern football team took a 21-14 lead into halftime, but Southern Illinois Carbondale rebounded in the last two quarters, outscoring the Panthers 24-0 to win 38-21 Saturday night at O'Brien Field. Senior running back Malcolm Agnew rushed for three touchdowns, and junior quarterback Mark...

Eastern ready to pressure Southern in home opener

Eastern ready to pressure Southern in home opener

Aldo Soto, Sports Editor

September 4, 2014

In 2000, Kim Dameron was the defensive coordinator for the Eastern football team under Bob Spoo, but Southern Illinois-Carbondale was not on the Panthers’ schedule that season. Saturday’s 6 p.m. kickoff against the Salukis at O’Brien Field will be Dameron’s first time coaching against Southern...

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