Mount Ida sophomore Chris McNally rushed for 247 yards and two scores to lead a Mustang ground attack that piled up 342 total yards on the ground en route to a 52-28 win over Castleton Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Castleton freshman quarterback George Busharis went 19-for-42 with 331 yards and three touchdowns but was also intercepted three times on the afternoon. Senior Greg Vreeland finished the fourth quarter for the Spartans completing five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Boyle and Kevin Alberque each went over the 100-yard receiving mark with the former hauling in 12 catches for 182 yards and a touchdown, and the latter catching five passes for 115 yards and a score. Tyler Carpenter also had a touchdown reception to go along with 53 yards, while Zach Howe hauled in a late Spartan score.
With the win Mount Ida clinches the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Championship and a berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Both teams finish the season at 7-1 in conference play, with the Mustangs earning the title by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Castleton will learn if it has done enough to secure a berth in an ECAC Bowl game on Monday morning. The Spartans honored 19 seniors prior to kick-off, including 14 four-year players which represent the first full recruiting class in the fledgling program's history.
--Castleton Sports Information Press Release--
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