The McNeese Cowboys traveled out to Charleston, Illinois earlier Saturday afternoon to take on an Eastern Illinois that they beat last season 29-15 at home. This year though things went very different as the Panthers mounted a second-half comeback that saw them beat the Cowboys 31-28 in the final seconds of the game.
The St. Louis Catholic Saints suffered their first loss of the season last week falling to the Vidor Pirates 21-17, and this week they face another challenging opponent in the Kinder Yellow Jackets who remain undefeated, but the Saints are looking to get back in the win column and are ready for the challenge.
McNeese quarterback Nate Glantz is using his name, image, and likeness (NIL) to give back to his community as he partnered with Athletes 4 Children to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
The Iowa Yellowjackets entered the 2023 season following a 2022 season in which they made the State Semi-Finals for the first time in school history and went 9-1 in the regular season. That being said, they entered the new year with high expectations, expectations of making it to the Superdome for the first time in school history, but they didn’t exactly get out to a great start as they lost in week one, but now they enter week three with a 1-1 record looking for revenge vs. Leesville.
The Tiger Island Fire has burnt down thousands of acres and destroyed many homes in the area, and like so many in the area, the Merryville football team was impacted, but they were able to overcome the adversity thrown at them for a week one win.
As the McNeese football team gets ready for their week two showdown with the Florida Gators in Gainesville, they do so hoping to put their week one woes behind them. McNeese struggled against Tarleton State in week one as they lost 52-34 thanks to 35 unanswered points by the Texans in the second half, and despite leading at halftime, the Cowboys would go on to fall in week one for the third consecutive season.
The Cowboys are set to host the Tarleton State University Texans tonight at Cowboy Stadium, as McNeese looks to start a season 1-0 for the first time since the spring season of 2021, when they beat Tarleton State in double overtime.
The Leesville Wampus Cats are heading into their week one match-up against the Jennings Bulldogs with big expectations on their shoulders following an impressive 2022 season in which they made the State Playoff quarterfinals, and finished with an overall record of 10-3, but if they want to repeat that success in 2023, and potentially make a run at the Superdome, they’ll have to take it day-by-day, and it all starts on Friday vs. Jennings.
On Tuesday it was announced that the Southland Conference will hold the Men’s and Women’s Basketball conference tournaments at McNeese’s Legacy Center through 2029, extending the contract that originally expired following the 2026 tournaments. On Wednesday, Southland Conference Commissioner Chris Grant, as well as McNeese State University President Dr. Daryl Burckel, Director of Athletics Heath Schroyer, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Will Wade, and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Lynn Kennedy met with the media inside the Legacy Center to discuss the decision.