Quick Start Not Enough for Macomb
Macomb was looking for a rebound in week two, following a stunning loss to Charleston, when they headed to Fahnestock Field to take on the Canton LittleGiants. Macomb got out to a great start with a 37-yard touchdown pass on their first drive, but struggled the rest of the way and were ultimately defeated 57-14.
The Canton run-game was the story here, as they managed to run for an eye-popping 402 yards. Cally Stein and Jake Smith were in a game-long battle for Player of the Game, as Stein ran for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Smith racked up 295 yards of total offense and 3 total touchdowns. Smith was in complete control of his line of scrimmage all game, as he was able to draw the Macomb defensive line offsides a number of times and was able to execute clever passing plays when he needed to. Having a weapon like Lukas Goforth as the team’s only true wide receiver was certainly a plus for Smith, as the junior receiver piled on 4 catches for 93 yards and hauled in the LittleGiants’ lone passing touchdown. It was an utterly dominant game in all aspects for Canton.
On the Macomb side of things, they could not have asked for a better start to the game. After one incompletion, the Bombers went right down the field on 3 first down completions from QB VJ Lane and scored the opening touchdown. The Bombers would add another score just before the end of the first quarter and were only down 2 heading into the second. However, much like week one, a series of untimely penalties and killer turnovers wrecked the Bombers’ comeback attempt, the prime example of which being a lost fumble right at the end of the first half that allowed Canton to score literally as the halftime whistle blew.
Statistically, not much went right for the Bombers. Lane was 9-24 for 138 yards and followed up that masterful first drive with 2 interceptions. The running game was again a problem as the Bombers were only able to notch 33 yards on the ground between a chorus of rushers. One of the offensive bright spots was Max Swedeen, who was able to run for an average of 5.4 yards per carry, though he only touched the ball 7 times. Defensively, the play of senior captain Dalton Deener continues to impress, as he himself knocked Canton back on two straight plays following a Lane interception in the third quarter and was able to get consistent pressure in throwing situations.
Macomb will look to regroup and rebound in week three when they head to Galesburg for a neutral site game with Chicago-based Harvard. That game will take place on Saturday, September 14th and is scheduled for a 3 PM kickoff. The game as always can be heard live on 100.1 K100.