Score: Dean College 19, Castleton University 17
Records: Dean College (4-5, 3-2 ECFC), Castleton University (1-8, 0-5 ECFC)
Location: Lippert Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
When they needed it the most, the Dean College defense stood tall, thwarting a potential game-winning score on the game's final play and the Bulldogs held on to knock off Castleton University, 19-17, in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) action on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In a game that was played in periods of heavy rain and strong winds, the hosts fell behind 10-0 before rallying to score 19 straight points to seize control of the contest and eventually secure a heart stopping victory.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Spartans got on the board when Andy Kenosh booted a 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
The game stayed that way until late in the half when Castleton embarked on a ten-play, 72-yard drive that was capped by Moe Harris, who barreled his way into the endzone with 48 seconds left to send Castleton into intermission ahead, 10-0.
Dean's offense finally seemed to get going when Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) connected with Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) on an incredible diving catch for 44 yards that put the Bulldogs at the Spartan four-yard line. On the next play, DeAndre Grange (Teaneck, N.J.) powered his way in to bring Dean to within four at 10-6.
The next time the Bulldogs had the ball, they marched 70 yards on 11 plays, which featured two catches from Quintus Reid (New Haven, Conn.) and several strong runs from Grange. On the 11th play, Grange found the endzone again, this time from three yards out, putting Dean ahead for the first time, 12-10.
Midway through the fourth, Castleton looked as if they might be in position to secure the go ahead score, but Mitchell Caron had his pass intercepted by Shannon Moxey (Marietta, Ga.), who returned it 56 yards to the Spartan 26-yard line. Two plays later, Watts hit Breaux from 30 yards out to give Dean a 19-10 lead with 6:50 left in the game.
The Bulldogs looked as if they might seal the contest when Caron was intercepted again – this time by David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.) after getting into Dean territory. Castleton, however, got the ball right back after a mishandled exchange between Watts and Grange gave the Spartans the ball on the Dean 21.
Harris immediately ripped off a 20-yard run and then Caron burrowed his way into the endzone to make the score 19-17 with 2:32 left.
After Breaux recovered the ensuing onside kick, the Dean offense couldn't get a first down and were forced to punt, giving the Spartans the ball at the 200-yard line with 1:33 to go.
Caron methodically moved Castleton down the field highlighted by completions of 12 and 23 yards to Anthony Martinez and when he slipped a pass to Harris for a first down on third down, suddenly the Spartans were on the 25-yard line.
13 seconds remained when Caron dropped back and searched for a receiver but couldn't find one. He decided to run and was stopped inbounds by Travis Byars (Atlanta, Ga.) at the 17-yardline and the Spartans were unable to get another play off.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Watts was efficient under center for the Bulldogs, going 17-for-29 for 273 yards and a score, while Breaux continued his monster season with five catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Reid ended with six grabs for 75 yards and Grange ran hard for 77 yards and a pair of scores.
Moxey was the star on defense with five tackles, two interceptions, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Byars ended with a team-best ten tackles – all solo, while Gene Baisden (Tampa, Fla.) had six stops, two sacks and another tackle for loss.
Dean is back in action in its season finale when they host ECFC league opponent, Anna Maria, next Saturday at 12:00 PM.