Matt DeSomer, an Andrean graduate and The Times' 2013 Offensive Player of the Year, finally got his chance to start at quarterback for Southern Illinois, and he made the most of it.
First the senior quarterback helped lead a rally that came up just short in a 24-21 loss to Indiana State Oct. 20. Southern Illinois put up 14 points in the final nine minutes of the game. DeSomer passed for 165 yards (16 for 21) and rushed for 135 yards in just his third career start at quarterback.
“I felt like Matt deserved a shot to play, to give him the keys to the team," Southern Illinois coach Nick Hill was quoted as saying on SIUSalukis.com. "He’s a leader on this team, people rally behind Matt.”
A week later, DeSomer helped the Salukis score three straight touchdowns midway through the game in a 49-35 road win over Missouri State. He improved on his stats from the week before, recording a career-high 206 passing yards (19 for 24) with three passing touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 14 times for 92 yards.
DeSomer was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 28 for his efforts.
During his time at Southern Illinois, DeSomer has jumped around, playing wide receiver, safety, return man and now quarterback again.
Graham finds the end zone for Hillsdale
Andrean graduate David Graham has racked up 13 rushing touchdowns in 10 games for the Hillsdale College (Michigan) football team, a program ranked No. 25 in Division II in the coaches' poll.
A junior tailback, Graham has 739 rushing yards to his name in 2018.
Graham finished with a game-high 73 yards on 17 carries in a 34-0 shutout victory over Kentucky Wesleyan on Oct. 27. He scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half.
Hammond grad paces Warriors defense
Linebacker Devon Moore helped his Winona State football team to a 38-26 victory in the fourth annual “Battle for the Sledge” game against Southwest Minnesota State.
Moore, a sophomore who graduated from Hammond High School, led the defense with a season-high nine solo tackles, tied his season-high with 10 total tackles and set another season-high with 1.5 sacks in the Division II game on Oct. 27 in Minnesota.
The win was the fourth in the past five games for Winona State, which improved to 6-3. The sledgehammer trophy also remained with Winona State for a third straight year in the rivalry game.
Two locals on highly-ranked JUCO team
The Ancilla College men’s basketball team is ranked No. 10 in the preseason National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball poll. Tyreese Walker, a Westville grad, and Jerron Tatum, an Andrean grad, will both look to contribute to the squad this season.
Walker arrives at the Plymouth school as a 6-1 freshman shooting guard. Tatum appeared in 19 games for Ancilla last season, playing 1.4 minutes per game. Ancilla finished last season 29-3, going 15-0 at home, and won its first Michigan Community College Athletic Association Championship.