BANGOR, Maine – Husson University showed that it deserved to be picked as the preseason favorite in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, defeating Castleton University, 49-0, Saturday afternoon in an ECFC football contest at the Winkin Sports Complex.
The Eagles earned 18 first downs and 360 yards of total offense while holding the Spartans to eight first downs and 150 yards of total offense. Castleton was led offensively by Matthew Hesford, who carried the ball 15 times for 60 yards, and Pat Powers, who gained 51 yards on six carries late in the game.
Husson (5-1, 3-0 ECFC) took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field, capped by a five-yard touchdown pass from Cory Brandon to Kyree Calli just over three minutes into the game. After Quan Soyini intercepted a tipped pass near midfield, the Eagles put together another scoring drive, with Brandon finding Calli for an 18-yard touchdown pass to increase the Husson lead to 14-0.
Husson's Jean Gabriel sacked Mitchell Caron to force a Castleton three-and-out, and then he blocked a punt to give the Eagles possession on the Spartan 24-yard line. After a 14-yard pass from Brandon to Aidan Hogan, John Smith ate up the rest of the yardage, capping it with a two-yard touchdown run to give Husson a 21-0 advantage late in the first quarter.
The Spartans threatened to score on the ensuing drive thanks to a 43-yard kickoff return by Moe Harris and a 23-yard completion from Caron to Ryan Barry, but the Eagles forced a fumble, recovered it, and returned it inside the Castleton 10-yard line. After a loss on first down, Brandon found Kyle Gaudet for an 11-yard touchdown pass, extending the Eagle lead to 28-0 nine seconds into the second quarter.
The Eagles continued to dominate the action, preventing Castleton from putting together any more scoring opportunities. Brandon threw his fourth touchdown pass of the first half, a 13-yard completion to Aidan Hogan, and Smith picked up his second touchdown of the day, a five-yard scoring run, to give Husson a 42-0 lead at halftime.
Smith completed the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, finishing with 95 yards on 16 carries. Brandon completed 15-of-17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns before handing over the quarterback duties to David Morrison, who completed 2-of-3 passes for 23 yards.
Defensively, Chris Rice led the Spartans with six tackles, including five solo tackles, while Jakob Trautwein finished with five tackles, the first time since Nov. 7, 2015 that he finished with less than 10 tackles in a game. Elvin Suazo Jr. and Antonio Rocha led the Eagle defense with eight tackles apiece.
Castleton (3-3, 2-1 ECFC) returns to Spartan Stadium for its third and final night game of the season, hosting Dean College next Saturday, Oct. 21, for a 6 p.m. kickoff.