Western Illinois football hosted six different teams on their very own Hanson Field this season. Their last home game of the season ended in a loss against Southern Illinois on Saturday 45-21.
Western started shaky as the Leathernecks fumbled the ball on their first possession, but was quickly given back as their defensive effort made four straight goal-line stops in the first half.
Western seniors LaCale London and Tom Rehfed forced a fumble at Southern Illinois 34 yard line. Senior Colton Folliard also blocked a field goal attempt at the 12-yard line to give the Leathernecks to score with 6:17 remaining in the first half. This was a real defensive game for both teams as the Fighting Leathernecks were not letting up during the last home game of the season. The score was 10-7 at the end of the first half as the Leathernecks trailed by 3.
During the start of the third, the Salukis maintained that same energy on defense holding the Leathernecks to 0 points the whole third quarter. The pressure was so high for Western as senior Nathan Erickson was sent out to attempt a 39-yard field goal at the 4:22-mark of the third quarter when referees decided overturned the previous call - changing it from an incomplete pass a fumble forced and recovered by the Salukis. The visitors earned 21 unanswered points to boost the lead to 31-7 at the end of the third. Tough time for Western’s offense as it looks like it was a lot of miscommunication on the field.
The Leathernecks then made a run in the fourth quarter scoring two more touchdowns to bring their score to 21. But the Salukis high powered offense managed to match Western with two more touchdowns to make the final score of the game 45-21. Western will now head to Northern Iowa next Saturday for the final game of the 2019 season. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
MACOMB – Western Illinois men's basketball loss to UT Martin for the third time in the Leathernecks history on Wednesday (Nov 13). Now UT Martin remains undefeated against Western as the final score of the game was 98-91.
During the opening half, UT Martin came out of the gates strong having Western trail behind 35-24 at the 7:40-mark. That all changed once the Leathernecks went on a 10-2 run to bridge the gap between the score. By the end of the first half Western went up 46-43 to give them the advantage going into the second half.
The Leathernecks came out in the second half prepared as their high powered offense could not be stopped. Western had 70-55 advantage with 13:12 left on the clock but couldn't sustain as the Skyhawks turned their defensive pressure on.
As the Skyhawks turned their pressure up it allowed their offense to embark on a 12-0 run to close the distance. As a result, the Leathernecks lost their lead as the Skyhawks had His run was eight points from Derek Hawthorne to help tie the score at 82-82 with 5:29 remaining. Western could never regain the lead back from the Skyhawks because their momentum was completely shattered.
Freshman Ben Pyle and Senior James Claar recorded career-highs with 18 and 13 points, followed by Zion Young with 15 points. Nice game for Zion Young after coming from a career night against Stetson on Saturday. Three games into the season and the Leathernecks are still looking for their first win of the season. Western will return to Western Hall next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to play Northern Illinois.
The Fighting Leathernecks host UT Martin tonight as they seek their very first win of the season.
This will be the third time both teams meet as UT Martin leads the series 2-0. During their first encounter on November 18, 2003, UT Martin destroyed WIU 96-67. Their most recent encounter on November 21, 2018, was a lot closer match as the final score of the game was 92-90. Playing against UT Martin a third time might give the Leathernecks the confidence they need to beat them.
WIU’S last game against Stetson on Saturday resulted in a 77-75 loss as Zion Young had a career-high of 24 points. After being just short of victory, the Leathernecks are still hungry for their first win of the season. They get to host back to back home games within a 5 game span. The intensity from the crowd and the Fighting Leathernecks drive to win at home should put them over the top for their first win of the season.
Western Illinois will play UT Martin tonight at 7:00 pm in WIU’s very own Western Hall.
The Western Illinois women’s basketball team played host to DII side Illinois-Springfield Tuesday night, in the second of three straight games to be played at Western Hall. Thanks to one of WIU’s more impressive shooting performances, they were able to dominate throughout as they came away with a 91-51 win.
So efficient was the Western shooting performance, that Elizabeth Lutz was the only Leatherneck to take more than 6 shots or miss more than 3. As a team, WIU shot 54% from the field, a performance that included 2 quarters (1st and 3rd) where the Leathernecks shot better than 60%. The three-point performance was arguably even more impressive, as the Leathernecks shot just shy of 60% from deep. The performance included a first quarter where the Leathernecks caught absolute fire to the tune of 9 threes on a scorching 75%. They simply could not be stopped and were rolling on a different level Tuesday night.
Olivia Kaufmann led the way in scoring for WIU, with 17 points as she missed only one shot on a 5-6 (FG), 2-2 (3PT), 5-7 (FT) performance. Grace Gilmore, Annabel Graettinger and the aforementioned Lutz also got into double digits for WIU, while Evan Zars led the rebounding performance with 7 boards. No Leatherneck played more than 24 minutes, as the lopsided nature of the score allowed Head Coach J.D. Gravina to stretch his bench out a little more than usual. This was the first game WIU was able to flex its muscle the way we’ve seen in the past as they showed how entertaining and efficient this team can be.
WIU will be at home one more time this week, as they host Indiana State on Thursday, November 14, with a tipoff set for 5:30 PM. You can hear that game and R.J. Larson’s call live on 104.1 WMQZ, a part of the Leatherneck Sports Network.
All-Illinois Matchup at Western Hall
The Western Illinois women’s basketball team has gotten off to a 1-1 start in 2019, with an extremely exciting overtime loss to Missouri and a tight, 7-point win over NAIA Culver-Stockton on their record. Tuesday, November 12, they will play host to Division II side, University of Illinois-Springfield.
The Prairie Stars come in with a 2-0 record, with wins coming over Purdue-Northwest and Tiffin College. They, much like the Prairie Stars, have a strong guard corps with sophomore star Lauren Ladowski averaging 14.5 points per game and senior stud Tehya Fortune averaging 14. They also come in with one particularly strong rebounder in 6’2” senior center Katelyn Rosner. The battle between Rosner and WIU center Evan Zars should be a fun one to watch down low.
WIU will counter with strong guard play of their own, as Olivia Kaufmann comes in leading the Leathernecks in scoring with 21.5 points per game. She has also shot an amazing 44% from 3-point range this season, so be on the look out for her from beyond the arch. Danni Nichols has continued her ascension into being one of WIU’s most reliable players as well, as she is averaging 11.5 points per game and put up a very respectable 14 points against a tough Missouri team. Annabel Graettinger continues to be an excellent compliment to Kaufmann, as her hard driving and efficient play have led to her averaging 17.5 points per game. The aforementioned Zars comes in averaging 14.5 rebounds and as stated, will be a load for UIS’ Rosner to deal with.
This should be a sneaky competitive game, though the Leathernecks will be expected to win. Don’t be shocked if the Prairie-Stars take WIU to the brink, as J.D. Gravina has always done a great job of scheduling top-level DII, DIII and NAIA schools to test the Leathernecks when they’re not playing D1 non-conference or Summit League opponents. The game is set for a 5:30 PM tipoff from Western Hall and RJ Larson’s call of the game can be heard live on 104.1 WMQZ, part of the Leatherneck Sports Network.
MACOMB – The Western Illinois women's basketball team hosted the Culver-Stockton Wildcats in its home opener Friday night (Nov. 8), which resulted in an 82-76 Leatherneck win.
Culver-Stockton hit Western hard early with a 7-0 lead. But it wasn’t a problem for the Fighting Leathernecks as they tied the game with a jumper from Freshman Mackenzie Rogers to make the score 11-11. The Wildcats were able to sustain the Leathernecks run and ended the first quarter up 17-14.
The game was really intense until Freshman Elizabeth Lutz hit a three-pointer for Western to put them up 27-26 with 5:26 remaining in the quarter. The three-pointer from Lutz sparked the team as that was the first lead for the Leathernecks all game.
During the third quarter is when the Leathernecks began to capitalize on the number of Wildcat turnovers. Junior Annabel Graettinger started a 15 point run to expand their lead exponentially. The Leathernecks ended up outscoring the Wildcats 32-19 in the third quarter alone. To open up the fourth quarter, Western went on another 10 point run to secure the win.
Players of the game from Western are Olivia Kaufman as she led the team with 20 points, Annabel Graettinger added 17 points, and Evan Zars led the team with eight rebounds. Western Illinois will continue their home stretch against Illinois-SpringfieldTuesday (Nov. 12).
MACOMB – Zion Young had a career-night performance as the Western Illinois men's basketball team came up short in home opener against Stetson 77-75 on Saturday (Nov. 9).
WIU came out the gates strong as they went on a 9-1 run at the start of the half. Sophomore Kobe Webster ignited the charge for the leathernecks in the beginning by hitting a three-pointer. Then Senior James Claar kept the momentum going by throwing down back-to-back dunks to give the Leathernecks an 18-12 lead. After a long half of both teams going back and forth, the Leathernecks maintained the lead ending the half up 31-26.
During the start of the second half, the Hatters went on a 10-5 run to tie the game at 36-36. WIU let Stetson outscore them 51-44 during the second half. C.J Duff drilled a clutch three-pointer to make it 74-72 with 10 seconds remaining. Leathernecks needed a quick foul to send Stetson players to the foul line. With just seconds left on the clock, Young hit a half-court buzzer-beater to finalize the score 77-75, Stetson. Young led the team with a career-high 24 points and Claar led the team with 8 rebounds.
The Leathernecks will continue their home stretch as they face Tennessee-Martin Wednesday (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m.
The Leathernecks fall to Omaha in just three sets (25-16, 25-19, 25-21) on Monday.
During the first set, Omaha came out aggressively as their high powered offense took over the game. Omaha overwhelmed the Leathernecks and held them to just 16 points. Sophomore Mariah Mitchell earned half of the Leatherneck points during the first set but it wasn’t enough to put them over the top.
The Leathernecks took their first lead of the match at 3-2 during the second set. Omaha fought their way back into the game by scoring six straight points to tie the Leatherneck with an early score of 8-8. The Leathernecks worked hard to keep Omaha from extending their lead, but the Mavericks offense overpowered the Leathernecks towards the end of the second set.
The Leathernecks went into the third set down 2-0 to Omaha. Junior Makenzie Steckler started the third set with a service ace to put WIU on top. With the third set being intense, the Leathernecks stood their ground and went on a four-point run to tie the game 18-18. Unfortunately, the Leathernecks couldn’t keep the lead, as Omaha’s high powered defense sealed the deal by keeping the Leathernecks at 21 points.
Areas the Leathernecks went wrong was as a team, they put up a total of 28 kills compared to Omaha who put up 48 total kills. Also, WIU only had 28 total assists against Omaha Mavericks who had a total of 48 assists. The leathernecks need to move the ball around more and get more aggressive on the scoring tip. Highlighted players from Western are Mitchell as led the team with ten kills, followed by Senior JoJo Kruize with seven kills.
The Leathernecks will return home to host South Dakota on Friday (Nov. 15).
The Western Illinois women's basketball team will look for their first win of the season as they take on Culver-Stockton at home tonight at 5:30 pm.
Their season opener against Missouri was the game to see as they pushed the Tiger into overtime Tuesday, November 5. At the end of the 4th quarter, the game was tied at 81-81. Unfourtanely, during overtime the Tigers took advantage of the Leathernecks fatigue and caused an 8-0 run. The final score was 97-89 as the Leathernecks went home with their first loss of the season. Senior Olivia Kaufmann led the Leathernecks with a double-double scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds.
The Leathernecks now have another chance as they play the Wildcats in their home opener tonight. The Leathernecks are prepared and will have the advantage as the crowd will help boost their momentum on their home court.
Following tonight’s game, the Leathernecks will host three consecutive home games during next week. They will go on to play Illinois-Springfield Tuesday (Nov. 12) and then Indiana State on Thursday (Nov. 14).
WIU Looks to Keep Pace in Race for Summit Tourney
The Western Illinois women’s volleyball team has begun to slide a bit in the Summit League standings, having lost its last two games and five of its last six. WIU comes into its next match, in Oklahoma against Oral Roberts, needing a win to keep pace with North Dakota for the honor of the 6th seed and a spot in the Summit League Tournament.
By virtue of head-to-head, North Dakota owns that 6th spot currently, so this will be an uphill climb for WIU to get back into contention. However, with 4 games remaining, the claim could be made that the Leathernecks will have every opportunity to secure themselves a spot in the tournament. In order to do so, they will first have to overcome the bottom-ranked Oral Roberts.
One way the Leathernecks can see this matchup, set for Friday, November 8 at 5 PM, through is by keying the defense in on the Golden Eagles’ senior leader, CeCe Madison. Madison comes in with a whopping 407 kills in 2019, averaging just shy of 4 kills per set. Top setter Sylvia Lawson will be one for WIU to watch out for as well, as she comes in averaging 8.86 assists per set and will look to consistently provide excellent service for Madison all game. WIU’s defense will have to be excellent to combat the Golden Eagles and come away with the win.
One aspect of the Leatherneck defense that has legitimately been outstanding is the blocking ability. With redshirt junior Mackenzie Steckler leading the way, the Leathernecks have only been out-blocked 5 times in 2019 and will make things extremely tough for Madison and the Eagles to get things going at the net. On an individual note, Steckler has risen up to become not only one of the premier blockers in the only Summit League, but the entire nation. She ranks #1 on the team in every blocking category, while she has moved up to #1 in the Summit League in blocks per set, total blocks and solo blocks. She now as well ranks 10th in total blocks and 13th in blocks per set in all of NCAA.
If Steckler can continue rising to the occasion and inspire the rest of this young Leatherneck squad to step up on defense, the Leathernecks should have success in this matchup with Oral Roberts. As stated earlier, the match from Tulsa, Oklahoma is set for a 5 PM first serve on Friday, November 8th. You can follow along with the match on goleathernecks.com.
*All stats courtesy of goleathernecks.com and WIU Athletic Communications*
Big Ten Size, Athleticism Too Much for WIU
MACOMB - The Western Illinois men's basketball team made a huge appearance on Tuesday as they played Indiana in front of 17,222 Hoosiers fans for their season opener.
The Indiana Hoosiers are a Big 10 school and they gave the fighting Leathernecks a difficult time as they beat them 98-65. It was a difficult loss for the Leathernecks as they had poor turnovers down the stretch and bad shot selection. The Leathernecks committed 12 turnovers along with shooting 34% from the field and 29% from 3 point range. The Hoosiers overpowered the Leathernecks as they a total of 47 rebounds compared to WIU’s 28. The Hoosiers simply had more firepower than the Leathernecks as they had bigger and more athletic players to increase their chances of winning.
The Hoosiers closed the first half shooting 62.5 percent from the field, with 44.4 percent behind the arc to hold a 46-25 advantage. They also continued to beat on Western on the offensive side of the ball into the second half, answering each Leatherneck basket. The Hoosiers used their dominant size and inside presence to rack up a large number of second-chance baskets to continue their run.
Kobe Webster returned to his home state and gave the fans a show. Webster hit a spectacular shot off the backboard before the first half ended. He also was the leading scorer for the Leathernecks with 18 points, followed by Zion Young with 12 points. Production was needed from plenty of other sources for WIU to have a chance, but a tough IU defense created a lot of poor shot selection for the Leathernecks.
Western Illinois are now 0-4 against Indiana and are 5-33 all-time against the Big 10, with their last such win coming against Wisconsin in the 2015-16 season opener. The Leathernecks will returns to their own hall for the home opener against Stetson on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 7 p.m
Wild Game Sees Leathernecks Take Tigers to OT
The Western Illinois women’s basketball team got its 2019 regular season campaign kicked off on Tuesday in a road matchup with Missouri. They competed for 4 quarters, seeing regulation end with an 81-81 score, before falling 97-89 in overtime. The grit, determination and toughness shown by WIU led to an encouraging result that suggests a bright season is ahead.
Perhaps most encouraging from this game was the performance of sophomore transfer Evan Zars. Coming in from St. Louis University, Zars was expected to provide the Leathernecks with a big boost on the iside and did just that. She racked up an astounding 20 rebounds while blocking 3 shots as she provided head coach J.D. Gravina with a weapon he has not, truth be told, had in his time at WIU. Should she keep up the impressive pace she established in Tuesday’s game, she will be one of WIU’s top performers in 2019.
WIU also saw a big time performance from senior guard Olivia Kauffman on Tuesday, as she poured in 23 points while racking up an impressive 11 boards from the guard position. Hers and the Leathernecks’ shooting ability was on display throughout this one, as she managed to shoot 2-5 from 3, while the team as a whole shot a respectable 37% from deep with 12 makes.
Ultimately, it seemed that Missouri’s athleticism and conditioning proved too much for WIU, as the Tigers made a real push at the end of the second half and through overtime to pick up the win. WIU is always fighting an uphill battle in these kinds of matchups and appeared to physically get more and more tired the more they fought to stay in this one. This, however, is still an incredibly encouraging result for WIU, who was up against a Missouri side featuring 2 5-star recruits in Haley Frank and Aijha Blackwell, as well as a superstar senior who has drawn player-of-the-year consideration in Amber Smith.
WIU will get its next chance to pick up its first win when it returns home on Friday, November 8, to take on Culver-Stockton. Tip off is set for 5:30 PM for the home opener from Western Hall and you can hear the action live on 104.1 WMQZ, a member of the Leatherneck Sports Network.
Bombers Close out 2019
The Macomb girls volleyball team played in its first sectional semi-final game in more than 20 years on Monday night, looking for a trip to the sectional title game. Unfortunately, the Bombers fell just short of that goal, losing in two sets to Downs (Tri-Valley) 25-19, 25-13.
This will sting a bit for the Bombers, but there were still performances to be proud of. Tatumn Lantz came on very strong over the last two playoff games, as she played a role in both set-winning points in the Regional final and racked up 8 kills to lead the Bomber attack in Monday’s loss. A bit of an unfamiliar name played a key role as well in this one for Macomb, Victoria Wing chipped in with 2 blocks and 2 kills to further the depth along Macomb’s dangerous front-line.
That front-line is among the reasons why there should be a lot of optimism going forward for the Bombers. Though they will lose Autumn Kindhart to graduation this season, Macomb brings back a talented pairing of the aforementioned Lantz and stud freshman Kennedy Adair up front, while Avery Rexroat returns for her junior season as one of the more talented setters in the area. Some rebuilding will be needed in defense and in service, as the Bombers will lose their leading digger in Maggie Vallillo and one of their more skilled servers in Grace Stufflebeam, but with the pipeline of talent Macomb has going all the way through 4th-grade-aged camps, they should have no problem sliding new players into those roles.
This was a season to be proud of for Macomb, and it wraps up what was a largely very exciting and competitive fall season for the Bombers. Essentially every team had at least a competitive regular season and looked capable of making playoff runs. There is plenty of reason for optimism in Bomber athletics and we can’t wait to see how volleyball and the rest of the fall athletic squads follow this 2019 up.
MACOMB - - The Western Illinois football team made history on Saturday as they made a comeback to be remembered. After trailing South Dakota by as many as 13 points, the Leathernecks still came on top in a wild game that produced 1,070 yards of total offense on 188 total plays. The final score of the game was 38-34 as the Leathernecks earned their first win of the season.
The game required a complete team effort to succeed led by quarterback Connor Sampson. Sampson threw for a career-high 368 passing yards along with 3 touchdowns. He was also acknowledged by the Missouri Valley after his first win as a quarterback, being named the Offensive Player of the week for his efforts. Sampson’s performance put him 14th on WIU’s single-game passing yardage list.
South Dakota had 303 total yards of offense during the first half and entered the 2nd half with a 17-7 lead. The Coyotes made it to Western’s 17 but were denied as the Leathernecks were able to stop them at the goal line and force a field goal. The Coyotes put the Mason Lorber field goal through for a 20-7 lead. The Leathernecks went on quite the run from there, scoring on 5 of their next 6 possessions to gain the lead back from USD at 38-34. Eric Carrera completed the comeback from WIU with his game-sealing interception with 4 seconds on the clock, in a play he and the rest of Leatherneck Nation will remember for a long time to come.
From the beginning of the game, it looked like it could be another blow out for the Leathernecks. But they maintained their spirit still and battled it out to the very end. The Leathernecks now have a meeting with North Dakota State, next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
2019 Season Comes to an End
The Western Illinois women’s soccer team started the 2019 campaign with some serious momentum, as they began 6-5-1 with a 3-match Summit League winning streak and sat in first in the Summit through that run. The momentum gradually slipped, unfortunately, and WIU went on a run of difficult results that would see them eventually eliminated from the Summit League Tournament.
That run culminated on Sunday, as the women headed to Vermillion to take on the South Dakota Coyotes. Despite a tightly contested shot battle and another impressive performance from goalie Ines Palmiero-Herrera, the Leathernecks were unable to overcome USD, falling 2-0. The loss marks WIU’s 5th in a row in Summit League play.
The result may have been a bit disappointing, as will the losing skid to end the year, but there were plenty of things for the Leathernecks to build on from 2019. The Leathernecks got a ton of production out of a mostly young attack, with sophomore English recruits Zoe Clarke and Amy Andrews showing real promise for their final two years in the Purple and Gold. Jenna Lundgren had a positive performance in 2019, with her ability to consistently find herself on the ball or in position to win it back on full display.
The youth extended throughout the team, as the Leathernecks will bring back the bulk of their defensive line and wings. Freshman Lynette Hawkins and sophomore Cassidy Grunewald provided WIU with excellent wide service all season long, while Lauryn Peters had a stellar season as the Leathernecks’ captain centre-back and Bridget Schuler provided excellent defense as well. There will be a new Leatherneck in net next season, with Madison McKay and Lilly Doneghue representing returning freshman options and Megan Rasmussen coming back for her senior season.
The Leathernecks will be hoping to build on what has been an exciting season filled with accomplishments and those of us who call ourselves Leatherneck fans cannot wait to see what the future holds. The excitement is real as it looks like Director of Soccer, Eric Johnson, has this team ready for its next successful run.
It has been a long time coming for the Bomber as they triumph over the great Illini West Chargers Thursday at the Regional Finals. According to the IHSA records, the Bombers have not won a regional title since the year 1996. The Bombers this year broke a barrier in their Volleyball program as they beat the Chargers in 2 games: 27-25, 25-20 in the class 2A Rushville Regional Final.
During the first set, the game was quite intense as it went back in forth between which team wanted it more. At the end of the set, the Bombers ended up coming on top by just two points. In the second set, the Bombers were more composed as they had the Chargers shook with them being up a game. The Bombers defense helped Macomb as the Chargers offense started to struggle for points. Macomb’s back row played a huge part in keeping points alive by their tenacious digging.
As a team, the bombers did fantastic to seal the deal but there were some highlighted players with major roles. Sophomore Avery Rexroat had 25 assists and three aces. Freshman Kennedy Adair made her impact by adding 12 kills. Senior’s Autumn Kindhart and Victoria Wing each had three digs. Lastly, Senior Maggie Vallillo led the back row with 12 digs.
The Bombers will now proceed to the Pleasant Plains Sectional and take on Downs Tri-Valley (34-2), in the finals of the Clinton Regional. Downs and Macomb will face off at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, meeting after Quincy Notre Dame plays Decatur St. Teresa. But for Macomb, already breaking barriers, they will carry this momentum with them in the Pleasent Plane Sectionals. The original story can be found at mcdonoughvoice.com
West Prairie’s varsity volleyball team played its 1A regional quarter-final game in a heated environment against Bushnell-Prairie City, in Bushnell, on Tuesday night. They managed to blow all expectations out of the water, allowing only 8 points to BPC en route to a 2-set win with matching 25-4 set scores.
Bailey Rouch led the offensive charge for the Cyclones in this one with an impressive 11 kills, while she was also a defensive force with three blocks. McLain Engnell was the leading provider to the attack with 8 assists as her solid service allowed the offense to work quickly. Gwen Kahlke’s serving skills were on full display in this one as well as she was able to rack up 3 aces on the night.
The #4 seeded Cyclones will have their hands full when they take on the #6 seed Biggsville in the regional semi-final on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 PM. The game that will decide who goes to the Regional Championship will take place at Bushnell-Prairie City High School.
Tuesday night saw a regional semi-final game in Rushville between Macomb and Beardstown for the right to go to the Regional Final and a chance to further hopes of a state championship. The Bombers were able to come away with a win in dominant fashion, taking the match 25-4, 25-15.
Macomb came in with big expectations following a 28-7 regular season and more than lived up to it. Stellar freshman Kennedy Adair put in 10 kills to lead the team in what has been a common theme in 2019. Avery Rexroat provided the service for the offense with what, for her, was a ho-hum 27-assist night. The Bombers were led defensively by Lael McKee with 2 blocks and Maggie Vallillo with her 16 digs and continued defensive excellence.
As has been the case for Macomb seemingly game in and game out, it was a total team effort with the depth of the squad shining through when it mattered most. The Bombers will now have a chance to win a Regional Championship when they take on Illini West on Thursday, October 31. That game will begin at 6 PM and will occur at Rushville-Industry High School.
After winning their first exhibition game against the Maryville Saints Thursday 78-61, The Leathernecks will look forward to winning their final exhibition game as they host Quincy University Today before the start of their regular season. Their exhibition game starts at 5:30 pm here in Macomb.
This gives the Leathernecks another chance to get their bodies conditioned/prepared for ready intense season to come. The leathernecks did fairly well last year as they finished their 2018-19 season 12-18 and 8-8 in their conference. The Leathernecks made push in the Summit League as they lost to Oral Roberts 64-68. They will look forward to making an even stronger push to extend their postseason.
The Leathernecks will head to Columbia, Mo. on Tuesday (Nov. 5) to take on Missouri State for their regular-season opener at 7 pm before returning home to taking on Culver-Stockton Friday, Nov. 8.
The Leathernecks fall to Youngtown State on Saturday 59-14. Big plays troubled Western in the first quarter, as the Penguins held them to a 28-7 lead.
The game was tied at 7-all with 10:29 remaining on the clock after captains Connor Sampson and Clint Ratkovich hooked up a 33-yard scoring reception. Both players accounted for the only leatherneck touchdowns, as a four-yard pass capped a nine-play which led to a 73-yard drive with 12:43 minutes remaining.
The Leathernecks received another chance of redemption when sophomore Colton Folliard forced a fumble recovery in the fourth. Colton recovered the ball at Western's 47-yard line, as his team was able to drive to the red zone, but couldn’t capitalize scoring against Youngtown’s defense. As a team, WIU had a total of 260 yards while YSU had a total of 524 yards during the game. The Leathernecks remained scoreless in the second & third quarter while YSU scored in every quarter.
After losing to Youngtown, the Leathernecks are now 0-8 and 0-4 in their conference. Now The Fighting Leathernecks will face off against South Dakota at Hanson field Saturday at 1 pm sharp. The original story can be found on goleathernecks.com