CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton University looks to get back on the winning track and extend its home winning streak to three games as it faces Dean College for the first time ever in an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) matchup Saturday night, Oct. 21, starting at 6 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton, 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the ECFC, fell into a four-way tie for second place in the league with a 49-0 loss to Husson last Saturday afternoon in Bangor, Maine. Matthew Hesford came off the bench and led the Spartans in rushing with 60 yards on 15 carries, while Pat Powers produced Castleton's longest run of the season with a 52-yard carry in the fourth quarter.
The Spartan defense held the Eagles to just seven points in the second half, including a goal line stand late in the fourth quarter after Husson advanced all the way to the Castleton one-yard line. Jakob Trautwein and Chris Rice tied for the team lead with six tackles apiece, with the Spartan defense combining for nine tackles for a loss.
In three conference games, Castleton is averaging 20.7 points, 145.0 rushing yards, and 135.7 passing yards per game. Moe Harris is still second in the ECFC with 105.5 rushing yards per game and eight rushing touchdowns. Mitchell Caron is fifth in the league with 119.5 passing yards per game. Adnane Adossama is the team's leading receiver with 15 catches for 251 yards so far this season.
Trautwein remains at the top of the ECFC leaderboard and is now eighth in the country in tackles per game at 12.8, including 6.5 solo tackles per game, 17th in Division III. Of Bubba Collins's 34 total tackles, nine of them have been for a loss. In the defensive backfield, Owen Tretter and Ethan Sherwood lead the Spartans with four pass breakups apiece.
Dean College is also 3-3 overall, but 1-2 within the ECFC after losing to Mount Ida last weekend, 14-7, despite dominating most of the statistical categories. Through the first three conference games, the Bulldogs are averaging 15.7 points, 159.7 rushing yards, and 83.0 passing yards per game. Richard Harris is the team's top running threat, carrying the ball 101 times of 417 yards so far this season. Quarterback Matt Bethel has run for 298 yards and thrown for 210 yards through the first six games.
Ricco Aaron is second in the ECFC with 10.2 tackles per game, including a 20-tackle performance against Nichols on Sept. 30. Trent Waters is third in the league with 9.5 tackles per game, plus he has six pass breakups. Of Justice Taylor's 36 total tackles, 11 of them have gone for a combined loss of 40 yards. Defensive back Marquez Walls leads the Bulldogs with three interceptions and seven pass breakups.
The Castleton coaching staff will be wearing Coach to Cure MD shoulder patches to raise awareness about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Nathan Cosgrove, a young boy battling Duchenne, will once again lead the Spartans onto the field before the game.