KENOSHA – The Carthage College football made a some history Saturday afternoon.
When the Red Men opened their home schedule with a 31-0 victory over Bethel at Art Keller Field, they posted their second straight shutout for the first time since 1969. More impressively, Carthage opened a season with back-to-back shutouts for the first time since since the 1921 season.
“A great win today and all-around a much improved I think,” head coach Mike Yeager was quoted as saying on Carthage’s website. “Offensively, defensively and special teams we played well. Bethel is not a good team. They are a real good team. Unfortunately, I think they have some injuries that hurt them but we knew we would have to play very well in all three phases and I thought we did that.”
Carthage’s defense was especially dominant in the first half. The Red Men held the Royalsto just 34 total yards of offense in the first half. Bethel managed just 20 rushing yards on 21 carries in the first half.
Carthage, which had interceptions by Amani Dennis in the third quarter and by Shawntrel Garner in the fourth (which was returned 84 yards for a touchdown), outgained Bethel 395-162 in the game
Garner finished as the game’s leading tackler, with five of his eight tackles coming for loss with one sack.
“Obviously this is the best game he has played since he has come to Carthage,” Yeager said of Garner. “He has embraced this position. It has taken him a while since it is different than safety but he gets better and better each week and that showed with an incredible game today.”
Kyle Friberg passed for a career-high 298 yards and threw touchdown passes to Manny Jones, Tommy Bazarek and Dominic Lucito. Friberg completed 14 of 23 passes with no interceptions.
Jones caught three passes for 86 yards, including his 54-yard TD reception. Bazarek’s scoring reception covered 65 yards and Lucito caught a 17-yard TD reception.