The Castleton football team earned its first-ever victory over Norwich and captured the Maple Sap Bucket Trophy with a 35-27 win on Saturday afternoon at Sabine Field.
The Spartans got record breaking performances from senior quarterback Shane Brozowski (Rensselaer, Ny.) and wide receiver Brandon Boyle (Springfield, Vt.) while the Castleton defense came up with three turnovers and three fourth-down stops in the red zone, including one with just 28 seconds remaining in the game.
Brozowski set a Spartan record with 499 passing yards and tossed five touchdown passes to lead the offense. He finished 33-for-47 with one interception while recording his third game this season with at least 400 yards passing and four touchdowns. His most frequent target on the afternoon was the junior Boyle. He caught 15 passes for a school-record 274 yards, highlighted by a program-record 92-yard touchdown strike in the fourth quarter. He finished the day with three receiving touchdowns, giving him eight TD's and 48 receptions through five games.
Norwich senior quarterback Kris Sabourin (Georgia, Vt.) became the all-time rushing leader in Cadets program history as he totaled 97 yards on the ground to set the new record at 3,077 yards. Sabourin also totaled 226 yards in the air for the Norwich offense, completing 22 of 36 passing attempts for three touchdowns. Danny Triplett (Haverhill, Ma.) netted 187 rushing yards for the Cadets on the afternoon, including a long of 34 yards and a two-yard touchdown run. Nate Fortezzo (Branford, Ct.) and Andy Mangin (Concord, Ma.) both totaled seven tackles for Norwich. Ethan Hanks (Hull, Ma.) posted a game-high four breakups on the afternoon.
The Spartans improve to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, while the Cadets drop their second-straight game, falling to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in league play.
Norwich returns to action next weekend, traveling to Washington, D.C. to take on Gallaudet in ECFC action on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 122:00 p.m. Castleton returns home next weekend for the program's first-ever game under the lights as the Spartans face Becker at 6 p.m.
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