In local football action, the Springfield High School football team is officially back in the state title chase after running over Mill River, 46-0, on the road in North Clarendon.
The win puts the Cosmos at 5-1 on the season and right in the hunt as they chase a second consecutive state championship.
The Cosmos scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, a 1-yard
run from Matt Mitchell (including a 2-point conversion to Colin LaPlante) and then a 5-yard Mitchell touchdown run and the never looked back.
The Cosmos would only put the pedal to the metal from there, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Brandon Boyle on a quarterback-keeper, a Boyle 45-yard interception-return for a touchdown and then a 61-yard touchdown pass from Boyle to Bennett Chevalier to make it 33-0 at halftime.
In the second half the Cosmos would add a 61-yard touchdown run from Boyle and a Kodi Andrews pick-off for another touchdown to round out the scoring.
However, the Springfield offense was not the only story of this game, for the Cosmos' defense was just as tough, with five interceptions and allowing only 57 yards of passing offense from Mill River.
With the win, the Cosmos are now 5-2 overall (5-1 in the division) with
just two games left in the regular season, with a season finale against Bellows Falls on the horizon.
Staying in Springfield, the Lady Cosmos field hockey team finished up
their season with a tough, 3-2 loss against Woodstock.
Sarah Trombley scored both Springfield goals, with each coming in the second half. The Cosmos also held an edge in shots and corners despite the loss.
Goalie Brittany Grant made eight saves for Springfield, who ends their regular season with a 5-7-2 record.
In local college football action, the Castleton State Spartan football team recently traveled to Paxton, MA to take on the Anna Maria AmCats, winning 24-21 in a tight Division III match up.
Spartan freshman running back Tyler Carpenter scored touchdowns of five and two yards to give Castleton an early 14-0 lead, before Anna Maria
bounced back with the next three touchdowns to take a lead.
However Castleton bounced right back with a 5-yard touchdown run from Milton's Randy Babineau to get the Spartans within a point at 21-20.
Then set the sage for Castleton's field goal kicker Luis Robitaille, who booted a 28-yard field goal with just 15 seconds left on the clock, lifting his team to the win.
For the Spartans, wide receiver Evan Cassidy (South Burlington) had a big day with eight catches for 147 yards, plus two rushes for 23 yards.
Carpenter led the running attack with 104 yards on 23 carries, while quarterback Shane Brozowski completed 14 of 25 passes for 225 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Thomas
Rehders was everywhere, registering 12 tackles on the day, while Cody TanCreti (Windsor) and Dustin Young each pitched in with 10 tackles. Brandon Bergeron (Hartford) also had eight tackles on the day.
The win improved the Spartans' record to 2-4 on the season, while getting ready to host Husson University on Saturday.
In local college field hockey action and in a rematch of last year's North
Atlantic Conference championship, the Castleton State College field hockey team recently lost a tough home game to St. Joseph's of Maine, 4-3, in overtime at Spartan Stadium.
The overtime loss was a disappointing ending to a game that saw the Lady
Spartans make a miraculous comeback after Molly Fraher scored a game-tying goal with no time left on the clock in regulation.
The loss put Castleton at 4-9 on the season.
As the fall seasons end and winter approaches, the VT Board No. 105 of
the International Organization of Approved Basketball Officials will be
holding classes for anyone interested in becoming an approved basketball official.
Classes will be held on Monday and Thursday nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
beginning Monday, October 26 and concluding with a new applicant exam on November 30.
Classes will held at Rutland High School on Stratton Road. For more
information call Joe Davine at 236-0740.
In the NFL this past weekend, it looks like all Tom Brady needed was to play the Tennessee Titans in order to return to form, as he threw for six touchdowns including a record five in one quarter, in an embarrassing romp over the Titans, 59-0.
Oh, how the mighty fall quickly in the NFL. Last season the Titans finished as the number-one seed in the AFC with an impressive, 14-3 record. And now, with the loss to the Patriots in the snow, Tennessee stands at 0-6, with no end to the misery in sight.