Tailgaters and fans sported blankets and sipped on hot chocolate this past Saturday when Castleton hosted the Gallaudet Bison at Spartan Stadium at noon. Castleton’s defense buckled under the pressure of Gallaudet’s quick option offense that accumulated 674 total offensive yards breaking the team’s previous record. The final score was 59-40.
“Gallaudet is a tough team. They are very athletic and demanding on the defense with their flex run offense,” said head coach Marc Klatt. “We didn’t execute our game plan as well as we could have.”
Quarterback Shane Brozowski who amassed 290 yards and scored three touchdowns led the Spartan offense, which totaled 432 yards. Brandon Boyle was the top receiver with 13 catches for 129 yards, while Tyler Carpenter led Castleton’s ground game with 50 rushing yards.
“This year it’s unfortunate that we didn’t put it all together. I’m confident the guys will get em’ next year,” Said senior tight end Anthony Simms.
Gallaudet’s Quarterback Quentin Williams scored on the team’s first drive on an 86-yard run with 12:05 on the clock. They also kicked a field goal before Brozowski connected with Mike Patterson in the end zone ending the first quarter of play with the score at 10-7.
Brozowski scored on a five yard run and Patterson scored on a 26 yard reception from Brozowski but the PAT was blocked making the score 31-20 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Carpenter scored on a two yard run, but Gallaudet rushed for almost 300 yards and scored three touchdowns making the score 52-27 at the end of the third quarter.
It looked like Castleton was rallying for a fourth quarter comeback when Zack Waitkus scored thanks to a well-timed block by Patterson. Castleton got the ball back on the onside kick, but couldn’t do anything with it.
“We had a good game plan but defensively we struggled. Little breakdowns lead to big plays. Our Offense did every thing they could,” junior defensive back Brandon Bergeron said. “I give a lot of credit to our offensive line opening up holes for the runners and giving Shane time to throw. “
The Spartans are now 2-3 in the NCFC and will Host the Husson Eagles at Spartan stadium this Saturday at noon.
“We weren’t as sharp as we were in the past few weeks,” said Klatt. “I’m proud of our guys regardless of the situation they have a great attitude.”