ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. - Crown College hadn't won a football game since 2016, but certainly winning combination in running backs Avory Caruthers and Ameer Lee Saturday afternoon against Beloit College.
The duo combined for over 300 yards rushing as Crown dumped Beloit College, 23-6, to snap a 24-game losing streak. The Storm's defense held the Bucs to just 122 yards in total offense and intercepted freshman quarterback Alex Alvarez four times.
On of those picks, by senior Sebastian Alvarado, was returned 46 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter as Crown wiped out a 6-3 Beloit lead.
The Storm tacked on a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Caruthers and Less were twin workhorses. Caruthers, a sophomore, had 24 carries for 162 yards and a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Lee had 25 carries for 147 yards. The Storm amassed 301 yards rushing on 55 carries in the contest.
Beloit was held to 24 carries for 48 yards. Ethan Hansen led the Bucs in rushing with 20 carries for 36 yards and a score. Alvarez had a tough day in his first starting assignment as he completed 11-of-28 passes for 98 yards.
Crown opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter and led 3-0 at the intermission.
Beloit was able to take the lead in the third quarter, benefitting from a personal foul penalty on Crown that moved the Bucs to the Storm's 24-yard line. Facing a fourth-and-two, Beloit went for it and Hansen powered his way into the end zone to make it 6-3 Beloit with 8:48 to go in the third. The point-after was off the mark.
The Bucs' defense forced a punt on Crown's next possession, but on a third down play for the Bucs, Alvarado picked off an Alvarez pass and returned it for a touchdown.
• NOTES: Juan Reyes caught five passes for 55 yards. Prikhodko led the defense with 15 tackles including seven solos. He had four tackles for losses. Michael Lafayette had 10 tackles.
• UP NEXT: The Bucs will take a week off before heading to Knox College for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 28.
• BOXSCORE: CROWN COLLEGE 23, BELOIT 6
Beloit College....0 0 6 0 - 6
Crown College..3 0 7 13 - 23
CC -- Huard, 23, field goal
BC -- Hansen, 2, run (kick failed)
CC -- Alvarado, 46, interception return (Huard kick)
CC -- Caruthers, 3, run (pass failed)
CC -- Smith, 26, pass from GIlmore (Huard kick)
TEAM STATS: First downs: BC 10, CC 23. Rushing: BC 24-35, CC 55-301. Passing: BC 98, CC 73. Passes: BC 28-11-4, CC 18-6-0. Punts: BC 5-29.8, CC 4-34.0. Fumbles: BC 0-0, CC 0-0. Penalties: BC 2-23, CC 14-154.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Rushing: BC, Hansen 20-44, N. Reyes 1-1, Alvarez 3-3. CC, Caruthers 24-162, Lee 25-147. Passing: BC, Alvarez 28-11-4 98. CC, Gilmore 18-6-0, 73. Receiving: BC, J. Reyes 5-55, Korous 4-22, Hansen 1-13, Assiff 1-8. CC, Mistretta 3-25, McIntosh 2-22, Smith 1-29.