The Spartans football team got back to its winning ways Saturday, beating SUNY Maritime 30-27 after dropping the last two to Husson and Mount Ida.
It was also senior day as the Spartans took the field on a wet and cold day at Spartan Stadium. Castleton honored eight members of the football and cheerleading teams with their families and loved ones by their sides before the game. All got one final standing ovation at Spartan Stadium.
“This game was for the seniors. They fought hard all year, the team has had a lot of ups and downs, so this one was for the seniors,” said coach Tony Volpone after the game.
Maritime hit the scoreboard early with a 31-yard field goal to take the lead 3-0.
Castleton answered with a 12-play, 75-yard drive, finalized by a two-yard touchdown run by running back Corey Brimmer to make it 7-3 Castleton.
Going into the second quarter the Spartans would keep the momentum going with 40-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Alberque from George Busharis.
The Privateers would add a rushing touchdown late to make it 14-10 at the half.
They came out a little sluggish in the second half, giving up a big 14-play drive to Maritime, resulting in a touchdown, making it 17-14.
The Spartans quickly responded with a score of their own, a seven-yard touchdown run by Corey Brimmer, making it 21-17. Brimmer finished the day with 85 yards on 27 attempts and two touchdowns.
“Our offensive line played great and with great tempo,” running back Brimmer said. “We kept to our game plan and we got the win.”
Castleton kept the ball rolling, this time with Soren Pelz-Walsh joining the party with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Busharis making it 27-17.
Busharis finished the day going 21-33 for 261 yards, two touchdowns and only one interception.
Kicker Bobby Lineberger added a 21-yard field goal late to make it 30-24.
It got a little scary at the end of the game when the Privateers were driving, but Derek McAdoo said no to that, with an interception, cementing the Spartans win.
Rewind two weeks prior and the Spartans were in the midst of a slump, losing two big games to Mount Ida 26-21 and to Husson big, 47-26.
“Tough loss, but everybody left it all on the field and no one gave up,” Busharis said after the Husson loss. “Big week next week and it needs to be all business.”
The Spartans travel to Maryland next weekend to face off against conference opponent Gallaudet.