Saturday Nov. 12 the Spartans lost to the Mount Ida Mustangs 34-54, marking the end of the Spartans third season.
Many Castleton players were at the top of Eastern Collegiate Football Conference statistics. Junior quarterback Shane Brozowski completed 233 passes for 2682 yards for the season. His go-to receiver was sophomore Brandon Boyle, who averaged over 104 yards per game. Junior running back Tyler Carpenter scored the most points of any player in the ECFC with 96 points this season.
Head Coach Mark Klatt said that he would rather be celebrating a conference championship, but that he still considers it a successful season.
“I’m proud of these guys,” said Klatt. “I cannot thank the seniors we celebrated last week enough. We have guys leaving that have been with us since the program started.”
A week earlier, the Spartans won their final home game of the season against Husson University 40-20. Seniors Derek Lay, Dennis Furman, Phil Hall, Mike McIsaac, Justin Leombruno, Matt Bijas, Anthony Simms and Chris Kiernan were honored for Castleton’s first-ever senior day.
Family members were present with flowers, and a bio was read about each senior as they celebrated their final home game at midfield.
“I had my mom and girlfriend,” Simms said. “Its weird, it flew by really quick.”
Bijas said that the gratitude from his fellow teammates was important to him.
“They had all the underclassmen come up and wish you well. It meant a lot,” Bijas said.
Each week its tradition for a player who inspires the team to carry out the Green Mountain flag at the beginning of the game. Seniors lead out the team with the flag for senior day.
“It was an incomparable experience.” McIsaac said.
Castleton went 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the ECFC. Klatt said that the best is still to come for the Spartan football program, and he wanted to thank the Castleton fans and community for their tremendous support.
“At the end of the season, you always look and see what things you want to do better. It’s an evaluation time,” Klatt said. “I just want to thank [the players] for all the commitment and hard work they put into our program.”