MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Two members of the Castleton University football team have been recognized by the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) after helping the Spartans defeat Mount Ida College Saturday, as junior quarterback Mitchell Caron received ECFC Offensive Player of the Week honors and freshman kicker/punter Mike Morgan earned ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week recognition, announced Monday by the league office.
Caron enjoyed his best game of the season, completing 12-of-16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, his best completion percentage (75%), passing yardage total, and passing touchdown total of the year. In fact, it was the best completion percentage of his collegiate career, thanks in part to nine straight completed passes to start the game before throwing his first incomplete pass midway through the third quarter.
He successfully executed a flea flicker at the start of the second half, finding Adnane Adossama for a 61- yard TD pass. In addition, right after Mount Ida took a 25-21 lead, Caron completed passes of 28 yards to Adossama and 12 yards to Tyler Hall to set up the go-ahead touchdown run. Besides the two touchdown passes, Caron also ran for a touchdown from five yards out on third-and-goal early in the second quarter to give the Spartans a 14-7 lead.
Morgan continues to make an impact for the Spartans in the kicking game. He achieved his best punting average of the season at 40.3 yards per punt, including a season-long effort of 44 yards. He pinned Mount Ida inside the 20 on the 44-yard punt, helping turn field possession towards Castleton's advantage and eventually leading to the Spartans' first touchdown of the game.
In addition, Morgan averaged 44.7 yards per kick on three kickoffs during the game, the first time this season he has been used for kickoffs. Morgan has moved up to fourth in the ECFC in punting at 33.6 yards per punt and is second in the league with nine punts inside the 20-yard line.
This is the first career weekly conference award for both Caron and Morgan, and the first ECFC weekly honor for a Castleton player since Jakob Trautwein was named Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11.
Castleton (3-2, 2-0 ECFC) heads to Bangor, Maine, to face Husson University in a battle for first place in the conference Saturday, Oct. 14 starting at 1 p.m. The Spartans return home the following week to welcome league newcomer Dean College to Spartan Stadium Saturday, Oct. 21, for a 6 p.m. kickoff.