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.