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Carthage Football

Coaches put Red Men at the bottom of the CCIW

The Carthage football team was picked to finish last in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin this season according to the preseason coaches poll released on Wednesday.

North Central, which advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs last season, was predicted to capture its ninth straight league title. The Cardinals (13-1, 7-0 CCIW in 2013) received seven first-place votes and 49 total points.

Wheaton (8-2, 5-2) picked up the other first-place vote and was second with 43 points, while Illinois Wesleyan (9-2, 6-1), which also qualified for the NCAA playoffs last year, was third with 36.

FLASHBACK: Carthage’s Jodat recalls his Super Bowl



Thirty-four years ago today Carthage College’s Jim Jodat returned the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XIV. This feature is republished from the Kenosha News’ January 30, 2000, edition

Carthage goes 0-fer the CCIW


The Carthage College football team wrapped up its first winless season in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play in more than 20 years with a 28-21 loss to Millikin on Saturday at Art Keller Field.

Carthage finished 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the eight-team CCIW. The Red Men will carry a 13-game CCIW losing streak into next season.

Millikin vs. Carthage

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Art Keller Field … Carthage is offering free admission to the game

Bradford grad Djurickovic wraps up Carthage career

KENOSHA — A former quarterback turned wide receiver, punter and kickoff returner, Pete Djurickovic wraps up a memorable five-year collegiate career as the Carthage football team’s jack of all trades.

The former Bradford standout makes his third consecutive start at wide receiver — in replace of injured wideout Jamahl Wright — as the Red Men look to snap an eight-game losing streak in their regular-season finale against Millikin 1 p.m. Saturday at Art Keller Field.

Blocked PAT costs Carthage at Elmhurst

The Carthage football team had a game-tying extra point blocked with 4 minutes, 10 seconds remaining and never got the ball back in a 10-9 loss to Elmhurst on Saturday afternoon at blustery Langhorst Field.

It was the 12th consecutive CCIW defeat for the Red Men, who dropped to 0-6 in league play (1-8 overall). Meanwhile, Elmhurst (4-5, 3-3) won its third game in a row.

Carthage vs. Elmhurst

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Langhorst Field

Carthage coaches ride the recruiting trails

Go to the Carthage football website and click on a coach’s name.

Before the biographical information, it lists the position that he coaches, phone number, email address and office location.

Augustana shuts out Carthage


KENOSHA — The Carthage football team lost its seventh straight game in falling to Augustana, 28-0, in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game Saturday at Art Keller Field.

The Red Men (1-7, 0-5 CCIW) gave up a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter and never recovered. Augustana (5-3, 3-2 CCIW) took a 21-0 lead on the first of two touchdown passes and receptions from Nick Krantz to Chris Salazar. The duo connected on a 9-yard TD with nine seconds left in the second quarter and teamed up for a 65-yard TD with 3:49 left in the third quarter.

Carthage vs. Augustana

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Art Keller Field

Freshman to start at QB for Carthage against Augustana

The injuries continue to pile up for the Carthage football team.

North Central steamrolls Carthage

It was a first half to forget for the Carthage football team on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Men fell behind 55-0 after two quarters and ended up losing 72-20 to North Central before a Homecoming crowd of 4,350 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium in Naperville, Ill.

Carthage vs. North Central

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium (Naperville, Ill.)

North Central shows the way

Looking to rebuild the Carthage football program, first-year coach Mike Yeager couldn’t ask for a better model than North Central.

Yeager and the Red Men will get an up-close look at the NCAA Division III powerhouse Saturday when they travel to Naperville, Ill., to take on the Cardinals at 2 p.m. at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

Slow start no problem as Ill. Wesleyan bests Carthage

Leading after one quarter, the Carthage football team surrendered 31 consecutive points in a 31-10 CCIW defeat to Illinois Wesleyan before a crowd of 1,450 on Saturday night at Art Keller Field.

The Titans, ranked No. 22 in the AFCA Division III poll and No. 23 in the poll, improved to 3-0 in the CCIW (6-0 overall).

Carthage vs. Illinois Wesleyan

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Art Keller Field

Red Men aren’t in a rush — and that’s the problem

KENOSHA — The transition from a spread to a pro-style offense remains a work in progress for the Carthage football team.

Through five games, the Red Men rank 219th among 242 NCAA Division III teams (and last in the CCIW) in rushing offense at 87 yards per game. They have averaged only 2.8 yards on their 156 carries.

No. 13 Wheaton whitewashes Carthage

The Carthage football team took to Art Keller Field on Homecoming on Saturday in hopes of upsetting one of the top NCAA Division III teams in the nation.

Despite taking better care of the football, the Red Men still did not have enough firepower to hold off visiting Wheaton, as the Thunder remained unbeaten with a 28-0 victory.

Carthage vs. Wheaton

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Art Keller Field

Carthage gets back to work after loss

KENOSHA — No one feels sorry for you in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

One week after suffering a disappointing 22-20 loss to North Park in the league opener, the Carthage football team will look to bounce back against nationally ranked Wheaton in a 1 p.m. Homecoming game Saturday at Art Keller Field.

North Park beats Carthage to end 89-game CCIW losing streak

For the first time since the Clinton administration, the North Park football team can declare victory in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game.

The Vikings halted an 89-game CCIW losing streak with a 22-20 win over Carthage in the league opener for both teams Saturday at the Holmgren Athletic Complex in Chicago.

Carthage (1-2) vs. North Park (0-3)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Hedstrand Field (Holmgren Athletic Complex)

Carthage up against the streak

When the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin kicks off its 68th football season today, a number of interested followers will be monitoring the game between Carthage and North Park at 2 p.m. at Hedstrand Field in Chicago.

While the matchup doesn’t fall under the “game of the week” category, it is intriguing on a number of levels.

Carthage (1-1) vs. Adrian (2-1)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Art Keller Field

Carthage plays home opener vs. Adrian

KENOSHA — Judging by the first two games, the Carthage football team wants the ball in the hands of Jamahl Wright this season.

The busy 5-foot-11, 170-pound sophomore wide receiver is tied for sixth among NCAA Division III pass catchers with 20 receptions for 213 yards. He has also carried the ball three times, returned five punts and one kickoff.

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    No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

    1 Reggie Miller RB 5-9 174 Sr. Downers Grove (Ill.)

    2 Evan Jackson WR 6-0 175 Jr. Naperville (Ill.)

    3 Tim Pennino WR 5-10 191 Sr. Chicago (Ill.)

    4 Jalen Knox CB 5-9 160 Fr. Chickasaw (Ala.)

    5 Marcus Harnett CB 5-8 165 Jr. Dolton (Ill.)

    6 Richard Motter CB 5-10 195 Fr. Dayton (Ohio)

    7 A.J. Simoncelli QB 5-11 180 So. Downers Grove (Ill.)

    8 Darin Ward RB 6-0 175 Fr. Fond du Lac

    9 Brett Bukari K 5-11 193 Sr. Bloomfield Hills (Mich.)

    10 Pete Djurickovic WR 6-1 190 Sr. Pleasant Prairie

    11 Jonny Brewster QB 6-2 193 Jr. Loveland (Ohio)

    12 Dylen Carter CB 5-9 170 Fr. Sun Prairie

    14 Nick Anzelmo QB 6-1 190 Fr. Schaumburg (Ill.)

    15 Giovanni Anderson DE 6-2 200 So. Fond du Lac

    17 Jamahl Wright WR 5-11 166 So. Brookfield

    18 Andrew Miller CB 5-10 174 Jr. Sherrard (Ill.)

    20 Nick Tognocchi CB 5-9 166 Jr. Lindenhurst (Ill.)

    21 Stewart Cunningham LB 5-11 203 So. Chicago (Ill.)

    22 Zac Pallissard S 6-0 193 Jr. Bourbonnais (Ill.)

    23 Dan Kucharski FB 5-10 182 So. Muskego

    24 Brandon Sullivan FB 5-8 225 So. Rockford (Ill.)

    26 Sam Calderaro RB 5-8 174 So. McHenry (Ill.)

    27 Taurus Griffin S 5-10 189 So. Hazelcrest (Ill.)

    28 Spencer Urban QB 5-11 180 Fr. Johnstown (Colo.)

    29 Markus Sanders RB 6-2 215 Jr. Turlock (Calif.)

    32 Derek Bellamy RB 5-8 200 Jr. Sacramento (Calif.)

    34 Terrance Allen DE 6-4 216 So. Woodridge (Ill.)

    37 Justin Thiele FS 5-10 174 So. Highland (Ind.)

    38 Lucas Miller LB 5-10 175 Fr. Sun Prairie

    40 Greg Money LB 5-10 195 Fr. Palatine (Ill.)

    42 Rocco Zaccaro LB 5-10 160 So. Addison (Ill.)

    44 Mark Clark FB 5-7 219 So. Downers Grove (Ill.)

    45 Thomas Brannen S 6-2 185 So. Indian Head Park (Ill.)

    47 Sean Cleveland LB 5-11 188 So. Wheaton (Ill.)

    49 Seth McDorman DT 6-1 235 Fr. Bourbonnais (Ill.)

    50 Brady Andersen LB 5-9 200 So. Waukesha

    51 Sean Oroni LB 5-8 205 So. Batavia (Ill.)

    54 Mitch Pelish DT 5-8 220 So. Racine

    58 Ryley Harlow DT 5-11 230 Fr. Chesterton (Ind.)

    62 Christopher Fry OL 6-3 275 Fr. Chicago (Ill.)

    63 Seth Storment DT 6-3 270 Sr. East Troy

    64 David Roney OL 6-2 256 So. Bourbonnais (Ill.)

    66 Andrew Rosenberg OL 6-5 278 Sr. Racine

    67 John Parish OL 6-4 253 So. Homewood (Ill.)

    70 Nick Wolf OL 6-3 285 Fr. Maineville (Ohio)

    71 Dan Brown OL 6-4 285 Fr. Okemos (Mich.)

    73 Grant Deal OL 6-5 283 Sr. Grayslake (Ill.)

    75 Alfred Boyd DT 6-3 315 Jr. Albuquerque (N.M.)

    76 Kevin Blank OL 5-11 239 So. Neenah

    77 Jacob Alten OL 5-11 272 So. Loveland (Ohio)

    79 Reno Sanders OL 6-3 232 Jr. Tulare (Calif.)

    80 Marquis Hines Jr. TE 6-1 205 So. Green Bay

    81 Alex Nawrot WR 5-9 175 Fr. Palatine (Ill.)

    87 Robert Anderson TE 6-1 230 Jr. Chicago (Ill.)

    88 Alex Bakker WR 6-2 192 Sr. Holland (Mich.)

    89 Javier Rhoades TE 6-1 230 Fr. Chicago (Ill.)

    90 Jimmy Penzel DE 6-3 220 Fr. Burlington

    92 David Gahgan DE 6-1 222 Jr. Ingleside (Ill.)

    98 Elliott Stahler K-P 6-0 155 So. Santa Monica (Calif.)


    Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

    Tyler Baran RB 5-7 170 Fr. Germantown

    Justin Best LB 6-0 215 Fr. Oswego (Ill.)

    Tony Block Jr. WR 5-10 180 Fr. Willowbrook (Ill.)

    Danny Booth OL 6-1 268 So. Berwyn (Ill.)

    Santo Cardamone WR 5-10 185 Fr. Downers Grove (Ill.)

    Didi Charles RB 5-11 182 Jr. Loveland (Ohio)

    Gabriel Cotton WR 5-10 180 Fr. Vernon Hills (Ill.)

    Troy Crow LB 5-10 190 Fr. Lindenhurst (Ill.)

    Chris Csongradi OL 6-2 260 Sr. Chicago (Ill.)

    Justin Czerwionka CB 5-9 185 Fr. Park Ridge (Ill.)

    Brendan Dix TE 6-2 195 So. Oak Lawn (Ill.)

    Jonnie Evans RB 5-8 165 Fr. Kankakee (Ill.)

    Will Fairchild LB 5-11 201 So. Land O' Lakes (Fla.)

    Mike Fernandez DT 5-10 238 So. Park Ridge (Ill.)

    Johnny Fitch WR 5-7 165 Fr. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)

    Steve Flaherty DE 5-11 206 So. Winfield (Ill.)

    Jon Gomulka TE 6-3 225 Fr. Lake Villa (Ill.)

    Brian Graham WR 6-6 180 So. Downers Grove (Ill.)

    Jackson Grischeau DE 5-11 218 Sr. Lake Villa (Ill.)

    Cody Hahn WR 6-0 155 So. Ashton (Ill.)

    Damon Hayden CB 5-9 170 Fr. Palm Coast (Fla.)

    Mike Hill WR 6-0 180 Fr. Chicago (Ill.)

    Riley Holt WR 5-10 175 Fr. Milton

    Zach James LB 5-7 214 So. Cincinnati (Ohio)

    Dan Kish DT 6-3 255 So. Addison (Ill.)

    Zach Kuipers DE 6-0 195 Fr. Tinley Park (Ill.)

    Quinn Kumfer DE 6-3 205 Fr. Craigville (Ind.)

    Sahr Mahoney DB 5-9 175 Fr. Moosehart (Ill.)

    Fred McCann P 6-1 195 Fr. Caledonia

    Marcus McClain OL 6-0 250 Fr. Adrian (Mich.)

    Eric Miles CB 5-7 160 Fr. Zion (Ill.)

    Rey Morales OL 6-2 290 Fr. Elmwood Park (Ill.)

    Dylan Mueller LB 5-10 185 Fr. Bathalto (Ill.)

    Kyle Muss OL 5-9 290 So. Park Ridge (Ill.)

    Jesse Neely LB 6-3 195 Fr. Las Vegas (Nev.)

    David Nunez RB 5-8 170 Fr. Roswell (N.M.)

    Troy Nutall RB 5-7 185 Fr. Chicago Heights (Ill.)

    Ethan Olles QB 6-1 185 Fr. Palatine (Ill.)

    Austen Parker QB 5-11 180 Fr. El Paso (Texas)

    Nicholas Piraino OL 5-11 240 Fr. Chicago (Ill.)

    Rocco Rasnic OL 6-1 250 Fr. Woodridge (Ill.)

    Dan Riddle S 5-11 185 Fr. Palatine (Ill.)

    Malik Robinson DE 5-11 230 Fr. Skokie (Ill.)

    Ray Ruggerio RB 5-10 185 Fr. Mohawk (N.Y.)

    K.J. Simpson DE 6-1 210 Fr. Blue Island (Ill.)

    Carlos Singleton Jr. WR 5-9 175 Fr. Chicago (Ill.)

    James Sowa S 5-11 155 So. Roselle (Ill.)

    Joe Suareo DE 5-11 240 Jr. West Chicago (Ill.)

    Michael Suareo OL 5-10 230 Fr. West Chicago (Ill.)

    Jake Sutter QB 5-11 185 Fr. Lake Geneva

    Alex Tinkoff P 5-10 175 Fr. Des Plaines (Ill.)

    London Townsend RB 6-0 190 Fr. Milwaukee

    Herbert Triplett WR 5-8 160 Fr. Joliet (Ill.)

    Andres Vargas FB 5-10 200 Fr. Chicago (Ill.)

    Eduardo Vargas OL 5-10 245 Fr. Joliet (Ill.)

    Deandre Wilkerson DT 5-10 235 Fr. Chicago (Ill.)

    Jim Zebold TE 6-1 204 Sr. Darien (Ill.)

    Head coach — Mike Yeager, first season

    Assistant coaches — Mike DuFrane, Jared Elliott, Dustin Hass, Kyle Rooker

    Part-time assistant coaches — Eric Kosterman, Henry Johnson Sr.

    Graduate assistant coaches — Aaron Clough, Marc Gould, Terrance Turner

Carthage schedule and results


    Sept. 6 — St. Norbert, 2 p.m.

    Sept. 13 — at Adrian (Mich)., Noon

    Sept. 27 — Lakeland, 7 p.m.

    Oct. 4 — at Illinois Wesleyan*, 6 p.m.

    Oct. 11 — Elmhurst*, 1 p.m.

    Oct. 18 — at North Central*, 2 p.m.

    Oct. 25 — Augustana*, 1 p.m.

    Nov. 1 — at Millikin*, 1 p.m.

    Nov. 8 — at North Park*, 1 p.m.

    Nov. 15 — Wheaton*, 1 p.m.

    *CCIW game




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