When Evan Cassidy (South Burlington, VT) ran the opening kick-off 70 yards to the Anna Maria 12-yard line he set the pace for what was going to be a wide open contest between the hometown Spartans and the visiting Anna Maria Amcats. Five plays later Tyler Carpenter ran it in from one yard out t give the Spartans their first touchdown in program history, and their first lead, 7 - 0 just 2:18 into the opening period.
The Spartans, behind the running of Carpenter, wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the way, outlasting the visiting Amcats to pull out a 42-28 win. Carpenter carried the ball 21 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running back Randy Babineau (Milton) added another 39 yards on 14 carries. Castleton's offense was just as effective through the air. Freshman quarterback Shane Brozowski completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 202 yards and 2 a pair of touchdowns. He connected with freshman wide receiver Cassidy for a thirty-yard scoring strike, and he found sophomore tight end Justin Leombruno (South Burlington) for a thirteen yard touchdown pass. Brozowski's favorite target proved to be junior wide out Thomas Cole (Florence) who had four receptions for 115 yards, including a 52-yard completion.
Anna Maria got a solid game from their running back Nate Adames who rushed the ball 24 times for a game high 131 yards. Amcats quarterback Santino Simone completed 8 of his 20 pass attempts for 90 yards and an interception in the losing effort.
The Spartans play their first road game ever this weekend when they face Utica College at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Then after an off week they will return home to face Gallaudet College on Saturday, Sept., 26.
Raiders Squeak Past Rebels 9-6 in Season Opener
A young Rutland Raiders football team dominated the South Burlington Rebels on both sides of the football last Friday night in Rutland in both teams season opener. However an inability to finish off successful drives with points plagued the Raiders all night. But their defense did the rest, completely shutting down the Rebels offense, allowing the Raiders to escape week one with a huge 9-6 win. Rutland's defense held the visiting Rebels to just 160 yards of total offense, while the Raiders managed 350 yards.