By Matt Noonan
Since 2001, the Mount Ida College football team has struggled to clinch a victory in Northfield, Vermont.
Last Saturday, Mount Ida’s luck changed as the Mustangs squeaked out a one-point victory (15-14) against Norwich University to secure the program’s first win in Northfield in nine tries.
“We haven’t won up there even before my time, so (my) first victory at Norwich is a milestone,” said Coach Mike Landers.
“(The win) solidified some things, along with the messaging we have discussed with this team (all season). That message is we are on a progression and we are doing the right things, and that led us to take care of some of the big picture stuff (last) Saturday, which provided us an opportunity to come home with a victory.”
Norwich led Mount Ida, 14-7, after three quarters before the Mustangs galloped ahead for good with a late fourth quarter score followed by a successful two-point conversion reception by senior wide receiver Matt Greenman.
Landers said the team practiced the two-point conversion play prior to last Saturday’s contest.
“We worked that play probably 10 to a dozen times (last week),” said Landers. “We felt confident and we always say that we’re not afraid to make calls as coaches because we trust the guys out there are going to execute. We felt like we put (our team) in a good position, they did an outstanding job of executing (the play) and focusing on their jobs.”
With a historic win in the rearview mirror, Landers and his squad have begun preparations for Castleton University – this Saturday’s opponent.
Similar to Mount Ida, Castleton scored its first win of the season, knocking off Anna Maria College, 23-13. Both teams enter this weekend’s affair tied for first with Becker College and Husson University.
Castleton and Mount Ida met last season with the Spartans claiming a 34-14 win, thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns by sophomore tailback Moe Harris.