Castleton, Vt. – The Spartans look to snap a six-game losing streak when they travel to face Anna Maria at 1:30 pm on Saturday. Castleton is 1-6 on the year and 0-4 in the Eastern Collegiate Conference while the AMCATS are also 1-6 and 0-4 within conference play.
Last Time Out: Castleton
The Spartans fell to SUNY Maritime 38-6 last weekend, giving up 550 yards and 31 second-half points. Castleton trailed just 7-6 at the half, but the Privateers rushing attack wore down the Spartans on their way to a new school record. For Castleton, freshman Doug Saffo had a career-high 74 rushing yards on 18 carries and scored the lone touchdown. Tyler Higley completed 15 passes for 97 yards but was picked off twice. Kevin Alberque caught seven passes for 33 yards and also had 137 kickoff return yards.
Last Time Out: Anna Maria
The AMCATs found themselves in an early hole against Norwich, trailing 28-0 at the half. They held the Cadets to 10 second-half points and scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter for the 38-6 final. Anna Maria turned the ball over five times and allowed 259 rushing yards and 109 passing yards, while totaling 293 yards of offense. Gregory McGoldrick went 18-for-36 for 156 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Christopher Bettano added 157 yards on 19 carries. Bettano led the receiving corps with six catches for 81 yards, a touchdown, and added 65 kickoff return yards.
Castleton has never lost to Anna Maria, owning a perfect 6-0 record, though three of those victories were by five points or less. Two years ago the Spartans beat the AMCATS 56-52 at home and then 39-34 on the road later in the season. Last year Castleton won 54-33, jumping out to a 33-3 lead at the half. Anna Maria scored 20 points over the final ten minutes to make the final score closer. In that game the Spartans threw for 403 yards, ran for 129 and received an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Kevin Alberque.
Scouting the Spartans
Offense: This year Castleton is averaging 238 passing yards and 48 rushing yards per game, though the team has rushed for at least 73 yards in each of the last three games. The Spartans are scoring 12.9 points per game and Tyler Higley has thrown for 1,110 yards, two touchdowns and ten interceptions. Kevin Alberque leads the team and the conference with 40 receptions for 506 yards and one touchdown while Tyler Combs and Soren Pelz Walsh each have 23 receptions. Doug Saffo has rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown over the past three games on 32 carries.
Defense: The Spartans are giving up 461 yards and 34.9 points per game. Much of the damage has been done in the second half as they are allowing 311 rushing yards per game. Mick Wong leads the defense with 87 total tackles, as well as 50 solo stops. Todd Carr is second on the team with 78 tackles while Nick Romeo and Mick Wong lead the team with 4.5 tackles for a loss.
Scouting the AMCATS
Offense: Anna Maria is averaging 19.9 points per game this year, displaying a balanced offense with 180 passing and 156 rushing yards per game. Gregory McGoldrick has thrown for 970 yards this year with seven touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes. Robert Small leads the ECFC with 775 rushing yards, averaging 130 per game on the ground to go with his ten rushing touchdowns. William Ricard has a team-high 40 receptions for 447 yards and Josha Sunquist is second with 29 catches and 240 yards. Both have three touchdowns.
Defense: The AMCATS have struggled on the defense this year, allowing 42 points per game and 319 rushing yards per contest. They are giving up 170 passing yards per game and have four interceptions on the year. Jordan Koehler leads the team with 80 tackles this year, along with 1.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. Tony Valente is second on the team with 50 tackles, including 34 solo stops.