The Castleton Football team continued its impressive winning ways with a 55-51 win over Husson on Oct. 23 in Bangor, Maine. In only their second season, the Spartans are 4-1 in the conference with a last-second field goal-win over the famous Gallaudet on the road, and a beautifully called two-minute drill with no timeouts to beat a powerful Mount Ida program on homecoming.
Castleton is one win out and a SUNY Maritime loss of a share at first place in the conference. The success has taken head coach Rich Alercio slightly by surprise.
“We thought we’d be in the running for the conference next year,” laughed Alercio. “We’re a full year ahead of what we thought.”
Sophomore quarterback Shane Brozowski continued his stellar season and went 34-52 for 458 with three touchdowns and an interception in the win over the Eagles. The Husson game, at times, seemed like a shootout with each team combining for a game total of 1363 yards. The score was 41-29 Spartans going into halftime.
Husson scored twice to open the half to gain just its second lead of the contest 43-41. Castleton running back Tyler Carpenter scored to open up the fourth quarter and reclaim the Spartan lead but the Eagles countered right away with a score to stay ahead 51-48. Castleton retook the lead for good on a two-yard Carpenter push.
With football’s success and Brozowski and company’s incredible numbers, the Castleton community has come alive with Spartan fever.
“People actually consider themselves part of the program,” said Alercio. “We hear things like ‘WE got Becker’. It’s good to hear ‘we’.”
Castleton returns home against Becker on Saturday Oct. 30 at 12:00 pm.