It came down to one last play for Carthage. Only that wasn’t the only chance the football team had Saturday at Art Keller Field.
Although the Red Men threw an incomplete pass from the Illinois Wesleyan 13-yard line as time expired, there were plenty of other reasons they suffered a 19-14 loss to the Titans.
“I think we’re frustrated because we had so many penalties and missed opportunities in the game,” Carthage coach Mike Yeager said.
Here’s how well the Carthage football team is playing:
The Red Men are 5-1 for the first time since 2006 and their 3-1 record in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin is their best start since 2004.
Falling behind by 14 points early was only a minor hurdle for the Carthage football team on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Men overcame a 14-0 first-quarter deficit en route to a 37-28 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin victory at Elmhurst, Carthage’s third consecutive win overall.
The bye week last weekend helped the Carthage football team in a number of ways except one: the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin standings.
The three teams ahead of Carthage, Wheaton (4-0), North Central (3-0) and Elmhurst (3-1) all won last week. So the Red Men, 2-1 in the league for the first time since 2006, failed to gain any ground.
The Carthage football team has a bye Saturday, but don’t expect the coaches to be taking mini vacations all over the country.
“It’s a ‘honey-do’ list I’m sure for every coach,” Red Men coach Mike Yeager said. “They’ll get things done around the house. We’ve been going non-stop since Aug. 12, so it’s a nice little break for everybody – players and coaches.”
WAUKESHA — James Cobbs had the best possible answer.
After the Carroll football team recovered a fumble by Carthage, the Pioneers tied the score with a touchdown on the next play.
With the offense sputtering and time running out, the Carthage football team gave backup Kyle Friberg his first chance as quarterback.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
For the past three weeks, the Carthage football team has been in a battle with itself.
And that is getting old.
After two years of planning, the Carthage football team will finally get to experience life overseas for the next week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.