Eureka College senior quarterback Sam Durley (Roanoke/Roanoke-Benson H.S.) completed 32 of 57 passes for 416 yards to earn his fourth career 400-yard game, but Greenville sprinted to a big lead in the first half and later held off another furious rally from the Red Devils to earn a 42-35 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference win at Francis Field in Greenville, Ill.
Durley helped Eureka rally from a 35-7 halftime deficit, throwing three touchdown passes in the final 15 minutes of the game. He spread the ball around throughout the contest, as three different Eureka receivers had at least 100 yards on the day.
Senior Jordan Kindred (Chrisman/Chrisman H.S.) had 11 catches for 143 yards, junior Jake Bane (Dana, /Fieldcrest H.S./Monmouth) hauled in eight balls for 109 yards and junior Cody Followell (Forrest/Prairie Central H.S.) collected his first career 100-yard game with nine grabs for 106 yards.
Followell's 28-yard touchdown catch from Durley with 2:28 left in the game capped a 28-point second half and cut the Red Devils' deficit to one possession. Greenville was able to maintain possession for the final 148 seconds and run out the clock to escape with the league victory. Bane and senior tight end Jordan Jefferson (Normal/Normal West H.S.) also caught touchdowns for the Red Devils in the second half.
Eureka also received a big day on the ground, as freshman Zach McCoy (Champaign, Centennial H.S.) carried 25 times for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Eureka compiled 548 yards of total offense for the day, the second-highest total this season.
Eureka will return home next Saturday to host Northwestern (Minn.) at 1 p.m. at McKinzie Field.