Augustana takes on sixth-ranked Wheaton

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Former Charger Adam Bohland (77), second from left, leads the way for another Orion graduate, Josh Galliart, during Augustana College’s Homecoming game with Wheaton College on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Rock Island. Although the Vikings ultimately lost 26-14, they dominated the Thunder during the first half. Additional photos of Galliart are on Page 6, and photos of Bohland will be in next week’s Orion Gazette.

Playing sixth-ranked Wheaton, the Augustana Vikings dominated the first half of their Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Rock Island.

Orion graduate Josh Galliart started at running back, and another former Charger, Adam Bohland, saw a lot of time at right guard on offense.

The Vikings scored on their first possession and held a 14-13 lead at halftime on a sunny, warm afternoon.

Unfortunately, the Thunder took control of the game in the second half and went on to win 26-14. Wheaton had been averaging 40 points a game. 

After rolling up 215 yards of total offense in the first half, the Vikings managed only 41 in the second.

Augustana gained only 77 yards on the ground. Galliart accounted for 32 yards on 12 rushes. His longest gain was 12 yards.

For the season, Galliart is Augie’s leading rusher with 274 yards on 74 attempts. He has one touchdown.

He has 305 all-purpose yards, including 31 receiving yards.

Augustana is 3-2 overall, 1-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Wheaton improved to 5-0, 2-0.

Orion graduate Josh Galliart (24), right, now a running back for Augustana College, sets himself to block Wheaton linebacker Mike McKinney on a pass play early in the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Rock Island.