September 27, 2016
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James Cobbs, center, of Carthage tries to get away from Travon Aldridge of Augustana during a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game at Art Keller Field on Saturday afternoon. Carthage won, 27-24. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Carthage rallies to beat Augustana


With the offense sputtering and time running out, the Carthage football team gave backup Kyle Friberg his first chance as quarterback.

Despite never taking a snap at the collegiate level, the sophomore did not disappoint in leading the Red Men to a come-from-behind 27-24 Homecoming victory over Augustana at Art Keller Field on Saturday afternoon.

Carthage football hosts Augustana

The plan was pretty simple for the Carthage football team following a five-point loss to seventh-ranked Wheaton last Saturday.

“We’ve got to respond to a loss to a good football team and come back to play another good football team, and find a way to win the game,” Red Men coach Mike Yeager said.

Carthage drops league opener to Wheaton


Trailing by five points, the Carthage football team drove to the Wheaton 38-yard line midway through the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon at Art Keller Field.

But the Red Men failed to gain a yard on the next three plays, punted and watched the seventh-ranked Thunder hold on for a 19-14 win in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin opener for both teams.

2-0 Red Men host No. 7 Wheaton in CCIW opener


The way the season is going for the Carthage football team, expect anything to happen when it hosts seventh-ranked Wheaton at 1 p.m. Saturday at Art Keller Field.

The Red Men are 2-0 for the first time under fourth-year coach Mike Yeager after opening with a 40-point win over Aurora, their largest margin of victory in Week 1 since 1915, and then beating Bethel, 40-34, in overtime last week with the help of a shanked point-after attempt late in regulation.

‘Crazy’ victory gives Red Men 2-0 record

What a start to the Carthage football season.

One week after beating Aurora (Ill.) by 40 points — the second-largest Week 1 win in program history — the Red Men defeated Bethel (Minn.), 40-34 in overtime, in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at Royal Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.

Carthage takes on a potent Bethel (Minn.) squad


The Carthage and Bethel (Minn.) offenses combined for 1,146 yards, 150 plays and 81 points in their non-conference season openers last week, with the Red Men routing Aurora (Ill.) 51-11 at Art Keller Field and the Royals losing 70-53 at the University of Dubuque.

So will Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest at Royal Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., resemble another track meet?

Carthage routs Aurora with big second half


A close game turned into a blowout, as the Carthage football team opened its season with a 51-11 victory over Aurora at Art Keller Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Redmen held a 14-11 lead at halftime and then scored 37 points, including consecutive touchdowns on interception returns in the fourth quarter.

Red Men rising?


For the past three weeks, the Carthage football team has been in a battle with itself.

And that is getting old.

Red Men start summer break on working vacation


After two years of planning, the Carthage football team will finally get to experience life overseas for the next week.

Rucks awarded posthumous honor

KENOSHA — Every coach puts all their energy into being successful — that much is a given.

But there are some who strive to do more than that. They want to connect with their athletes and help them in any way possible.

Three Red Men first-team All-CCIW in football

KENOSHA — For the first time since 2010, the Carthage football team had three players named first-team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

The league announced its all-conference selections on Wednesday.

Wheaton drops Red Men in finale

For more than three quarters Saturday afternoon, the Carthage football team was right with the class of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and one of the top NCAA Division III teams in the country.

Then the fourth quarter hit.

Red Men close season at Wheaton

In the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, the top four finishers in the regular-season standings in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball qualify for championship tournaments.

While football does not have a four-team conference tournament, Carthage would have been a qualifier this season if such a thing existed.

Red Men win third in a row


KENOSHA — On a day when the seniors for the Carthage football program were honored, it was a pair of underclassmen who made the biggest plays.

And they didn’t hold back on their future expectations for the team after the Red Men ended their home schedule with a gritty 14-6 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win over North Park on Saturday afternoon at Art Keller Field.

Carthage unveils monument to Rucks

KENOSHA — A sunny day in November and a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football game being played at Art Keller Field.

Those were the days that former Carthage coach Tim Rucks lived for. And Carthage honored him appropriately on Saturday afternoon.

Carthage to honor seniors in final home game

KENOSHA — The Carthage football team will recognize nine seniors when it hosts North Park in the final home game of the season 1 p.m. Saturday at Art Keller Field.

While Terrance Allen, Jacob Alten, Kevin Blank, Sam Calderaro, Mark Clark, Brendan Dix, Marquis Hines Jr., James Sowa and Rocco Zaccaro have lost more games than they have won, they have been instrumental in helping the Carthage program turn the corner.

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