LEICESTER, Mass.- Castleton State defeated Becker College 24-0 in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference action Saturday afternoon at rain soaked Alumni Field. The win lifts the Spartans record to 3-1 (1-0 ECFC), while the Hawks remain winless at 0-4 (0-1 ECFC).
The shutout by the Spartan defense was the first in program history. Castleton also complied seven sacks which is also a school record.
Castleton got on the board with 8:21 remaining in the first quarter when Matt Fafus (Hartland, Vt.) scored on a one yard rush. The play was setup when the Spartans took over on the one yard-line on a muffed punt by the Hawks.
Castleton increased their lead to 10-0 on a 20 yard field from Bobby Lineberger (Warwick, R.I.). With 36 seconds remaining in the first half, Castleton defensive lineman Jeremy Stevens (Cambridge, N.Y.) strip sacked Becker quarterback Nasir Sinkfield-Shelton (New Rochelle, N.Y.) on the Hawks own 19 yard line.
On the very next play, Castleton running back Kevin Alberque (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) tip-toed his way down the sideline and into the end zone to put the Spartans in from 17-0 at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Castleton State put the game out of reach with 12:43 remaining in regulation when Corey Brimmer (Niantic, Conn.) took a handoff through the right side of the Spartan line to make the score 24-0.
Brimmer led the Spartan rushing attack with 120 yards on 20 carries. Kevin Alberque finished 88 yards of total offense, while quarterback Tyler Higley (Vernon, Vt.) threw for 116 yards.