The Castleton football team is fresh off of two tough losses to RPI and Endicott. The offense has struggled to put points on the board. In their latest game against RPI, the Spartans had a total of just 77 yards going into the final quarter. RPI’s defense capitalized on almost every Spartan mistake.
Castleton had little choice on how to generate some offense because they could not go anywhere on the ground. RPI’s defense pummeled them to -45 yards rushing going into the fourth quarter.
The Spartan offense struggled to get anything going until they finally sparked in the final 15 minutes, gaining almost 200 yards. In the final minutes of the game, Castleton managed to put together a solid 70-yard drive topped off with a one-yard run into the end zone by Michael Toczko. The Spartans opted for the two point conversion. Freshman quarterback Tyler Higley hit Soren Pelz-Walsh in the back of the end zone for the conversion. The Spartans’ offense still came up short, losing 23-8.
Walsh is one of several promising freshmen on the roster and was named the ECFC Rookie of the Week for his performance in the game. The week before, the Spartans faced Endicott at Spartan Stadium. Castleton struck first and had the lead for the first 15 minutes of the game, but was unable to score again.
Junior Kevin Alberque was Tyler Higley’s favorite receiver on the day. Alberque had eight catches for 152 yards. The junior tallied 148 special team yards for a total of 300 all-purpose yards, setting the third highest total in the team’s history.
Endicott was too much and Castleton fell 43-7. The Spartans will face Husson on Oct. 5 for the first ECFC match of the season.