The Castleton Stage College Spartans defeated the Anna Maria Amcats 24-21 last Saturday for their first ever road win. Castleton began their inaugural with a 42-28 home win over Anna Maria, who is also playing their first season of varsity football. The Spartans then dropped their next four before nipping the Amcats to improve to 2-4 on the year.
The game was one of scoring streaks. Castleton jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a pair of rushing touchdowns by freshman running back Tyler Carpenter. Carpenter would end the day leading the Castleton rushing attack by carrying the ball 23 times for 104 yards and the two Tds.
But the Spartans didn't hold the lead for long. The Amcats responded with three unanswered touchdowns over the next one and a half quarters and led 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter. The Cats first score came on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sean Quinlivan to Dominique Concepcion ( 4 receptions for 56 yards.)
Concepcion was Anna Maria's second leading receiver on the day with 4 receptions for 56 yards. Devon Nixon led the Amcats receivers with 8 receptions for 56 yards. Quinlivan ended the game completing 13 of 19 pass attempts for 176 yards.
The Spartans battled back in the fourth quarter to claim the win. With 9:28 left to play in the game senior running back Randy Babineau ( 8 carries for 52 yards.) from Milton, VT capped off a 68-yard Spartan game tying drive with a five yard touchdown run. Then with just 1:22 left to play Castleton took over after a punt with the ball in enemy territory, at the Amcats 49-yard line. It was excellent field position and the Spartans took advantage of it to eek out the win. Castleton's offense drove the ball 36-yards in just five plays, setting up Luis Robitaille 28-yard field goal with just 15 seconds left, securing a 24-21 Spartan win.
Spartan quarterback Shane Brozowski did attack through the air as well, to help set up that deadly Spartan rushing attack. Brozowski completed 14 of his 25 pass attempts for 226 yards including a 44 yard strike to his leading receiver Evan Cassidy. Cassidy, who was the game's only 100 yard receiver had 8 catches for 147 yards. On defense Cameron Laundry recorded a pair of sacks for the Spartans, who take on Husson at home this Saturday.
Blue Devils and Slaters Fall On Friday
In high school football both the Fair Haven Slaters and Poultney Blue Devils were in action last Friday night, but neither could come up with a win.
In Winooski the Spartans outscored the Blue Devils 20-0 in the second half, turning a 14-14 game at halftime to convincing 34-14 Spartan win over the visiting Poultney, Blue Devils. Gary Grant rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Spartans offense.
Cyle Chaplin had a10-yard touchdown run with 6:03 to go in the third quarter to break the 14-14 tie. Grant and Chaplin added touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Poultney's Skylar Staples rushed for two touchdowns in the first half, to account for the Blue Devil's scoring. Poultney fell to 1-6, while the Spartans improved to 4-2.
In Fair Haven the same night the hometown Slaters were driving in the game's final moments. Trailing the Union-32 Raiders 34-26, Fair Haven was looking to tie the game but that is when John Helme intercepted Jessie Maynard's pass at the goal line to secure the win for the visiting Raiders.
Jesse Burke led a deadly U-32 rushing attack carrying the ball 18 times for 185 yards and a pair of touchdown runs. Elias LaCount added another 118 rushing yards on 18 carries, including an 18-yard TD run Dacota Carrier and Logan Farrell chipped in with short touchdown runs to round out the Raiders scoring.
Maynard had touchdown passes to Isiaih Jackson, Mac Stannard and Levi Ellis. Running back David Atkins ran for 102 yards and a touchdown in defeat for the Slaters.
The Otter Valley Otters on the other hand refused to be denied, winning their second game in a row last Saturday, defeating Rice 40-22 in South Burlington. Junior running back Peter Bautista led the Otters offense rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Fellow junior quarterback Zakk Williams completed three touchdown passes. Senior wide out Joe Massores caught two of them and senior receiver Casey Babcock caught the other.
Evan Healey had 110 receiving yards and caught two touchdowns for Rice, who dropped to 2-5 with the loss. The Otters improved to 3-4 with the win and are right back in the playoff picture after a slow 1-4 start.