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.
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.
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.