Twelve members of the 2017 Carthage College football team were named to the All-College Conference of Wisconsin and Illinois team, including four players on the first team.
The Red Men went 7-3 overall and were fourth in the CCIW with a 5-3 mark. Carthage had the third most players on the CCIW team, behind CCIW co-champion North Central with 14 and CCIW co-champion Illinois Wesleyan with 13.
Named to the first team on offense for the second straight season was senior offensive lineman Isaiah Trussell of Racine. Trussell, who graduated from The Real School and played on the Case football team, started all 10 games at left tackle. Trussell also earned second-team all-CCIW honors in 2015.
Other first-team selections for the Red Men were junior defensive back Connor Calvert, senior defensive end Pete Laughlin and junior return specialist Tommy Bazarek. Laughlin led the team with 14.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Calvert led the Red Men and the CCIW with give interceptions. Bazarek was second in the CCIW with 11.9 yards per return, including a 57-yard return for a touchdown against Carroll.
Carthage players named to the second team were junior defensive back Amani Dennis, senior linebacker Shawntrel Garner, junior defensive lineman Cedrick Fry, junior linebacker Emmet Trost, sophomore running back Jamel Davis, junior wide receiver Manny Jones, junior tight end Sean Wells and senior offensive lineman Camden Cotter.
CARTHAGE: Four Carthage players earned first-team honors on the All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team.
Jamie Tausend, Ivan Esquiel, Adrian Herrera and Jerry Patino earned first-team honors after the Red Men went 13-7-2 overall and 5-2-1 in the CCIW before losing in the conference tournament championship.
Tausend had a pair of goals and six assists to tie for fourth on the team with 10 points. A senior defender, Tausend is the Red Men’s career leader in matches started (79).
Herrera, a junior midfielder, scored five goals and had two assists for 10 points. Esquivel, a sophomore midfielder, scored two goals and had five assists and Patino, a junior, scored a team-high five goals and had an assist for 11 points, second best on the team.