On Oct. 15 the Castleton football team travelled to Leicester Mass. and won its second Eastern Collegiate Football Conference game of the season against Becker improving its record to 2-2 in conference play and 2-4 overall. The final score was 56-28.
The Spartans got off to a rocky start, allowing Becker’s Kyle Gregg to run the opening kickoff back 87 yards for a touchdown.
Castleton, though, would not be behind for the rest of the game.
“At the start they ran it all the way back, but we kept our heads up and pushed through it. We’ve been there before,” said Castleton tight end Anthony Simms.
Quarterback Shane Brozowski connected with Adam Farmer and then with running back Tyler Carpenter in the first quarter to take the lead from Becker.
Carpenter scored four rushing touchdowns, a new career high, and caught a pass in the end zone to make it a total of five touchdowns for the game. Three of the scores were in the second half, and they went unanswered by Becker.
“We knew it was a big game for us,” Carpenter said. “It was close at halftime, and we ran away with it.”
Castleton’s offense totaled 245 rushing yards and 244 passing yards.
Brozowski went 18-for-36 in the pocket, and Zack Waitkus led receivers with six catches for 80 yards.
It was the defense, though, that really came through for Castleton.
Becker’s Luis Sanchez scored with 4:08 left in the third quarter, and it was the last time Castleton’s defense allowed them to score for the rest of the game.
Brandon Bergeron intercepted a pass thrown by Gregg in the fourth quarter, leading to yet another Castleton touchdown.
“Our defense had some good fourth down stops and a fumble recovery that got every one pumped.” Simms said. “It was close in the first half, but we played well, we executed well, and it came through for us in the end.”
The Spartans next take on their rivals the AMCATS at Anna Maria College on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.