/seasons/2011/contrib/20111015gkwc1i

Spartans Run Past Becker, 56-28

More news about: Castleton

LEICESTER, Mass. - Castleton scored the final 28 points of the game, including three touchdowns from Tyler Carpenter (Fort Edward, N.Y.),  to turn a 28-28 contest midway through the third quarter into a 56-28 blowout victory over Becker at Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.

Carpenter ran around and through the Hawks' defense, finishing with 171 rushing yards on 26 carries and a career-high four rushing touchdowns. The junior also caught a touchdown pass as the Spartans tied their highest scoring output of the season and improved to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.

Becker dropped to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the ECFC after being victimized by a Castleton offense which ran for 245 yards, passed for 244 and an opportunistic defense that forced three turnovers.

Junior Shane Brozowski (Rensselaer, N.Y.) was poised in the pocket for Castleton, going 18-for-36 for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Zach Waitkus led the receiving corps with six catches for 80 yards and was one of five players to haul in at least two passes.

The game actually got off to a rocky start for the Spartans as Becker's Kyle Gregg (Charlotte, N.C.) took the opening kickoff at the 13-yard line and weaved his way through the Castleton defense for the 87-yard kickoff return for the touchdown and the early 7-0 lead.

Following a short kickoff return, the Spartans started their first drive at the 36. They promptly marched 64 yards in just 2:04 for the game-tying touchdown, with the final 23 yards coming through the air on a pass from Brozowski to senior tight end Adam Farmer (So. Burlington, Vt.).

On the Hawks next drive, the Castleton defense forced a three and out and fair-caught the punt on their 47-yard line. The Spartans gained 23 yards on their first two plays of the drive and only needed seven plays total to get into the endzone as Carpenter caught an 18-yard pass from Brozowski for the score.

Trailing 14-7, Becker received the ball on the 20 after a touchback. Their offense grinded out a 12-play, 80-yard drive that spanned 7:28 and culminated in a 29-yard pass from William Ramirez (Bethel, Conn.) to Asante Harris (Charlotte, N.C.) to tie up the contest.

The Spartans went back on offense with two minutes remaining in the first quarter and made quick work of the Hawks defense. Castleton drove 64 yards in just three plays, helped by a 15-yard Becker penalty, to bring the team within two yards of the endzone. Carpenter took the handoff on the next play and burst through the line for the score. The extra point put visitors in front 21-14 with 31 seconds remaining in the first.

The Hawks and Spartans were each forced to punt on their next drives and Becker ended up with the ball on its own 47 with 11:09 remaining in the first half. The Hawks fumbled on first down and the ball was recovered by defensive end Cameron Laundry (Hartland, Vt.).

Castleton appeared ready to capitalize on the turnover as the offense drove the ball to the two-yard line on four rushes by Carpenter and a pass by Brozowski. However, the Spartans turned the ball over four plays later as Carpenter was stuffed on fourth down attempt from the two-yard line.

Becker's next drive took the remaining 8:21 of the first half and culminated in a missed 25-yard field goal to give Castleton the 21-14 lead heading into the break.

The Spartans stalled on their first drive of the second half but Stew Quinn's (Newton, N.J.) punt pinned the Hawks back at their own one-yard line. On first down, Robert Baker (Monroe, Conn.) hit Corinthian Bostic (Jacksonville, Fla.) for a 99-yard touchdown reception to tie the score up at 21 just 1:23 into the third quarter.

Castleton opened its next drive at the 50 following a 32-yard kickoff return by Kevin Alberque (Ridgefield Park, N.J.). Four plays later Mick Wong (Hartford, Vt.) ran in his first touchdown of the year from five yards out to give the Spartans the lead, 28-21.

Following a pair of failed drives for both teams, Becker orchestrated a seven-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, culminating in a five-yard pass from Baker to Luis Sanchez (Springfield, Mass.) to tie the score at 28 with 4:08 remaining in the quarter.

Carpenter put Castleton back in front less than two minutes later as he rumbled in for his second rushing touchdown from the one, at the 2:13 mark in the third. His rush capped a 10-play 64-yard drive for the offense.

The Spartans got the ball back at their own 39-yard line after a Becker three-and-out and mixed the rush with the pass until Carpenter once again found paydirt, scoring from two yards out this time to finish the eight-play drive. The score and extra point put the visitors up 42-28 with 14:09 remain in the game.

Castleton's defense got in on the action in the Hawks' next series, forcing a fumble on fourth down inside their own territory. The Becker offense recovered the ball at the 11, but the turnover on downs gave the Spartans a short field on which to operate. Two rushes later Carpenter was in the endzone for his fourth touchdown of the afternoon and a convincing 49-28 lead.

Looking to cut into the lead, the Hawks got the ball on their own 49 with just over 11 minutes left. However, junior Brandon Bergeron (Hartford, Vt.) picked off the first-down pass at the Spartan 30 and returned it 30 yards to the Becker 40. Four plays later Brozowski tossed a 12-yard scoring strike to sophomore Brandon Boyle (Springfield, Vt.) and the extra point made it 56-28 with 10:08 remaining in the contest.

Neither team was able to score the rest of the way as Castleton held on for the victory.

Safety Cody TanCreti (Hartland, Vt.)  and linebacker Dustin Young (Dunnellon, Fla.) led the defense with seven tackles apiece and TanCreti added a late fourth-quarter interception as well.

The Spartans return to the field on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they take on the AMCATS of Anna Maria at 5 p.m.

Oct. 20: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
Video Video Live stats Live stats
Oct. 21: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Westfield State at Framingham State
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Moravian at Juniata
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Endicott at Salve Regina
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
St. Vincent at Thomas More
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at Union
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Colby at Hamilton
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Christopher Newport
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Ithaca
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Allegheny
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Mount Ida
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Middlebury at Bates
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Catholic at Springfield
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesleyan at Amherst
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bowdoin at Trinity (Conn.)
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Husson at Gallaudet
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wabash at Oberlin
Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Utica
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Muskingum
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Frostburg State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Rowan at Wesley
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Albright at Stevenson
Video Preview Live stats Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at DePauw
Video Preview Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Alma at Albion
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Shenandoah at Guilford
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Massachusetts Maritime
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at Hiram
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Hampden-Sydney
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Anna Maria
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Bridgewater at Emory and Henry
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Wilkes at FDU-Florham
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Misericordia
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Rochester at St. Lawrence
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
RPI at Alfred
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Nichols at Curry
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Salisbury
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Ferrum at Brevard
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Apprentice
Audio
1:00 PM
Ursinus at Susquehanna
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Cortland at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Hope at Trine
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at UW-River Falls
Video
1:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Sewanee
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wartburg at Luther
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Dickinson at Franklin and Marshall
Video Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Tufts at Williams
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Wilmington
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
MIT at Coast Guard
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Maine Maritime at Norwich
Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Marietta
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Franklin at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
John Carroll at Capital
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Bluffton at Manchester
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Anderson
2:00 PM
Kean at TCNJ
Live stats
2:00 PM
Greensboro at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Worcester State
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Muhlenberg at McDaniel
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Western New England at Becker
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Methodist at Maryville (Tenn.)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Adrian at Kalamazoo
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Denison at Ohio Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Olivet at Benedictine
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Birmingham-Southern at Austin
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Stout
Audio
2:00 PM
Eureka at MacMurray
Preview Video
2:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Nebraska Wesleyan at Buena Vista
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Rockford at Aurora
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. Olaf
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Concordia-Moorhead
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Thomas at Hamline
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at Greenville
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Coe at Loras
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Cornell
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
Live stats
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Lake Forest
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Carroll at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Ripon at Macalester
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Lawrence at St. Norbert
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Crown
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Iowa Wesleyan
2:10 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:30 PM
Merchant Marine at WPI
Video Live stats
2:30 PM
Rhodes at Centre
Video Preview Live stats
2:30 PM
Hanover at Earlham
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:30 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Video Preview Live stats
3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Simpson at Dubuque
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Live stats
4:00 PM
Hartwick at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Chapman at La Verne
Video Preview Live stats
4:00 PM
Pacific at Lewis and Clark
Video Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
4:00 PM
Pacific Lutheran at Willamette
Video Preview Live stats
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Whitworth
Video Preview Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Video Audio
4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
Video Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Howard Payne
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Dean at Castleton
Video Preview Live stats Tickets
6:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Averett
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Otterbein
Video Preview Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Knox at Illinois College
Video Live stats
10:00 PM
Whittier at Cal Lutheran
Video Live stats
Cancelled
Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Gettysburg at Johns Hopkins
Video Video Live stats Live stats
Oct. 21: All times Eastern
1:00 PM
Rowan at Wesley
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Montclair State at Frostburg State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wittenberg at DePauw
Video Preview Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Catholic at Springfield
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wartburg at Luther
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Wilmington
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Marietta
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Thomas at Hamline
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Concordia-Moorhead
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Eau Claire
Video Preview Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Hartwick at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
Video Preview Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats