By Matt Noonan
Plymouth State highlighted the final day of the first week of the New England Division III football season with a thrilling 20-7 win over Castleton.
The win was the Panthers’ first victory in Vermont since September 2010.
Plymouth State sophomore quarterback Zach Edwards tossed one touchdown, while completing 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards. First-year halfback David Hamilton rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries and recorded his first collegiate touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers’ defense concluded the contest by forcing five turnovers, including three interceptions. Senior RJ Ramsden led the unit with nine total tackles, including four solo stops, while first-year Matt Shea tallied four individual tackles.
Castleton led once in the contest when they capped a 10-play, 67 yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Nick Boles to senior wide-out Soren Pelz-Walsh.
The Spartans led at the break, 7-6, before the Panthers erased the one-point deficit with an Edwards touchdown pass to junior wide-out Chris Kelly.
Both teams are back in action next week with Plymouth State hosting Mount Ida, while Castleton travels to Fitchburg State.