THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – The SUNY Maritime Privateers defeated the Castleton University Spartans, 61-7, Saturday afternoon in an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference contest at Reinhart Field.
Junior running back Moe Harris ran for 72 yards on 26 carries and scored Castleton's lone touchdown of the day. Freshman Jared Brockway collected a season-high 64 receiving yards, while fellow first-year player Calvin James earned 109 yards on four kickoff returns, including a season-best 41-yard return.
SUNY Maritime (7-1, 4-1 ECFC) took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, capped by a Thomas Wright touchdown pass to Curtis Smith for 20 yards. After a Castleton fumble, the Privateers scored on the next play, as Wright found Andrew Geni for a 25-yard touchdown completion.
After a Spartan interception, the Privateers again took advantage, with Wright punching it in from five yards out to give the home team a 21-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. Castleton went three-and-out, and Wright threw his third touchdown pass of the quarter, a 63-yard completion to Smith.
On the ensuing drive, Castleton was forced to punt, but Karl Riek blocked the kick, and Michael Maringelli corralled the ball and returned it 40 yards for another Privateer touchdown. Holding a 35-0 lead after the opening quarter, the Privateers added a field goal in the second quarter as they went into the locker room at halftime ahead, 38-0.
Another Riek punt block in the third quarter resulted in a safety, and Wright found Smith for the third time in the game for a touchdown, this time a 14-yard completion. Devin Kenny put his name on the scoresheet with a 14-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Will Mossop recovered a Privateer fumble at the SUNY Maritime five-yard line, and Harris took it into the end zone to break the Spartan scoring drought. One more Castleton turnover led to a three-yard touchdown run by Christian Schiavone in the final minute of the game.
Castleton did earn 15 first downs, but five of them were on Privateer penalties, as SUNY Maritime was penalized 13 times for 143 yards. The Spartans actually won the time of possession battle (32:41 to 27:19) even though they gained only 211 net yards of total offense.
The Privateers finished with 526 yards of total offense, including 381 net passing yards as Wright and Joseph Butterworth combined to complete 21-of-40 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns (all by Wright).
Castleton (4-4, 3-2 ECFC) returns to Spartan Stadium next Saturday, Nov. 4, for the Senior Day game against Gallaudet. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon.