Here is a recap of all of the major moments in local sports over Labor Day Weekend. Going forward I’ll be posting weekly sports recaps on Tuesdays.
So let’s begin now….
Canton 35 (2-0) Macomb (0-2) 0
Macomb hosted the Little Giants of Canton in their home opener. The Bombers played well defensively for the first 22 minutes of the game, as both teams were scoreless until the end of the first half. Canton running back Jace Chamberlain broke free with a 43 yard run that set up the Little Giants first score of the day. Canton punched in another touchdown before the half ended, and picked up where they left off in the second half. The Bombers have been outscored 73-6 in their first two games of the 2016 campaign.
The Bombers play their second of three straight home games Friday when they host Tolono Unity. Pre Game coverage for this one starts up at 6:30 on 100.1 FM, with kickoff set for 7.
Monmouth United (0-2) 22 Bushnell West Prairie (1-1) 29
The Sparclones bounced back from an opening weekend loss to Rushville Industry by taking care of business in the home opener. Tailback Trey Augusta carried BWP with 3 rushing touchdowns and 188 yards on the ground. Both teams scored 16 points each in the final quarter of play, which made for an exciting game all around.
The Sparclones travel to Havana this week. Pre Game coverage starts at 6:30 with kickoff at 7. That can be heard on 104.7 FM.
Rushville-Industry (1-1) 6 Farmington (2-0) 52
The Rockets hit the road and fell hard against the Farmers. After an impressive opening weekend victory over BWP, Rushville-Industry struggled mightily in this non conference matchup. Senior running back Isaac Goodrich pulled off a 65 yard touchdown run in the first quarter to provide the Rockets lone score of the day.
Rockets are back at home to host Knoxville on Friday.
Mercer County (1-1) 48 Illini West (1-1) 6
The Chargers fell in Carthage after a strong showing on the road at Monmouth-United the previous weekend. QB Jackson Porter scored his team’s only touchdown of the day, tossing a pass to Joe Adkisson.
Illini West heads to Farmington to take on that Farmers team that just smoked Rushville-Industry.
Quincy Notre Dame (1-1) 21 St. Joseph Odgen (1-1) 41
The Raiders took a step back in the West Central standings after an opening week win against Hannibal, a team out of Missouri.
QND heads to Morris on Friday for a game against the Redskins.
Monmouth-Roseville (0-2) 12 Tolono Unity (2-1) 48
The Titans lose again, getting routed by the same Tolono team that will travel to Macomb this week to face the Bombers. Monmouth-Roseville sits at the bottom of the West Central standings with Macomb.
Monmouth-Roseville will attempt to bounce back when it hosts St. Joseph Odgen in a Saturday afternoon contest.
Hamilton (2-0) 56 Martinsville (1-1) 0
Hamilton demolished Martinsville in a neutral site Saturday afternoon game held at Springfield Sacred-Heart. Hamilton sits alone atop the West Central standings with a casual 100 points for and 6 against through two games.
Hamilton will host Kahoka, Clark County from Missouri on Friday.
9/1 Western Illinois (1-0) 38 Eastern Illinois (0-1) 21
My game recap can be found here
Next Up: 18th ranked WIU hosts 17th ranked NAU Saturday at 3PM in the home opener. Complete coverage can be heard on 102.7 FM
9/2 Western Illinois (0-2-1) 1 Southern Methodist (2-1) 2
9/4 Western Illinois (0-3-1) 1 Valparaiso (1-1-1) 3
Leathernecks men’s soccer remains winless, having only played on the road. WIU has been outscored 4 goals to 10 thus far. It’s lone tie came against Belmont in the season opener, with a 2-2 draw.
The home opener is Saturday at 1 PM vs. Bowling Green.
9/2 Milwaukee (3-1-1) 4 Western Illinois (1-3-1) 0
9/4 Western Illinos (1-4-0) 0 Western Michigan (4-1) 2
Leathernecks go scoreless and winless over the weekend. The Milwaukee loss marked the home opener for WIU.
Western Illinois takes the field in Macomb Friday with a meeting against North Dakota on tap.
9/2 Western Illinois (0-4) 1 Iowa (4-0) 3
9/2 Western Illinois (0-5) 2 Oakland (4-1) 3
9/2 Western Illinois (0-6) 0 Butler (4-4) 3
Western went 0-3 at its second consecutive weekend tournament. The Leathernecks held a 2-1 lead going into the 4th set of the Oakland match, but could not close it out.
Western Illinois hosts Eastern Illinois tonight (9/6), before hitting the road again for a weekend tournament in Springfield, MO.
FBS College Football Regional Scores:
9/3 Miami OH (0-1) 21 No. 17 Iowa (1-0) 45
The Hawkeyes took care of business at home against a MAC opponent. Iowa scored 21 in the first quarter and simply didn’t look back. The win bumped the team up to 16th in the AP Top 25, while sitting at 10th in the Coaches Poll.
A home tilt with Iowa State is slated for Saturday. The Cyclones come into this one after a 25-20 loss to Northern Iowa of the FCS.
9/3 Murray State (0-1) 3 Illinois (1-0) 52
The Lovie Smith Era began on a very positive note as the Illini crushed the Racers of Murray State. Illinois put up over 500 yards of offense and forced 3 turnovers in a win over a very inferior opponent.
The competition level picks up significantly Saturday when a UNC team coming off an ACC Title Game appearance comes to Champaign Saturday.