INSIDE OUR 2019 SCHEDULE
At Clutch Sports Media, we know that putting together a strong schedule is integral to serving our listeners and the communities that we cover.
As we get set to kick off our inaugural season, our schedule is poised to deliver in numerous ways. Our schedule is as deep rich with storylines as it is with diversity - we’ll broadcast live from nine different campuses in our nine weeks of coverage!
August 30: Right off the bat, our first broadcast of the season highlights a compelling matchup between Stark County and Farmington. The host Farmers roll into the 2019 campaign on the heels of a 9-1 record the year prior. They know that there’s work to be done, however, as their title aspirations were dashed by Greenville in the first round of the 2018 IHSA playoffs. Meanwhile, Stark County looks to return to the postseason after finishing with a 3-6 mark in 2018.
September 6: The second week of the season sees a Heart of Illinois Conference tussle between El Paso-Gridley and Deer Creek-Mackinaw. Several storylines have the potential to come into play during this one - both teams look to rebound from 3-6 seasons in 2018, and the arrival of first-year coach Luke Drone has brought optimism to the Titans' fanbase.
September 13: East Peoria @ Metamora
September 20: As Limestone looks to piece together its first five-win season since 2015, they’ll face a tall order in this fourth-week tilt with Metamora. The Redbirds open their season with Champaign Central, Rock Island and East Peoria - all three of whom they vanquished last season en route to an 8-2 record. Limestone, who clocked out with a 2-7 mark last season, will enter this game following clashes with Lincoln, LaSalle-Peru and Washington.
September 27: Washington hosts Limestone in a Mid-Illini Conference clash. The Panthers, who stand at 2-2, will look to use the matchup as a chance to make a statement on homecoming night.
October 4: Tremont hosts Ridgeview/Lexington in our week six Game of the Week. Both teams endured painful ends to the 2018 seaon - Tremont became a rare five-win team to miss the IHSA playoffs, while Ridgeview/Lexington fell just short of a winning record and ended with a 4-5 mark. Look for both teams to be in the mix for playoff spots once the calendar changes to October.
October 11: Historic McKinley Field in Urbana, Illinois plays host to a Big 12 battle in week seven, as the Urbana Tigers host the Richwoods Knights. The Knights made an IHSA playoff run in 2017 but stumbled to a 2-7 mark last season. It’s also been tough sledding for host Urbana, who hasn’t found a win since defeating Manual Academy in the last game of the 2017 season. Who will prevail in this one?
October 18: Our penultimate game of the 2019 regular season takes place at Dunlap High School, where we see both host Dunlap and Canton for the second time. It should be an entertaining late-season battle between two Mid-Illini Conference foes.
October 25: Our final broadcast of the regular season sees Knoxville (8-0) hosting Farmington (7-1) with an undefeated regular season on the line. Who will prevail? Tune in on ClutchSportsIL.com to find out...