CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton University football program announced its official 2019 schedule Wednesday afternoon, a slate that features nine contests with four home dates.
The season opens at home against Plymouth State with a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, September 7. It marks the 10th consecutive season the two teams face off in the season-opening contest. The Spartans are 4-5 all-time against the Panthers, with Plymouth State winning each of the last three head-to-head matchups.
Castleton then hits the road for back-to-back games at Fitchburg State on September 14 and University of New England on September 21. It will be the fourth matchup against Fitchburg State, while it will be the first battle against the Nor'easters of UNE. Kick-off for the game at Fitchburg State is slated for 2 p.m. and the game against UNE 3 p.m.
The Spartans return to Dave Wolk Stadium on September 28 for the Maple Sap Bucket Game against Norwich at 3 p.m. The host team has won each of the previous four head-to-head battles for the bucket following a string of four years in which the visiting team lifted the trophy. Castleton is 4-6 all-time against the Cadets.
The home slate continues with Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, October 12, against Gallaudet at noon. The duel with the Bison also marks the opening of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference schedule. The all-time series is deadlocked at 5-5 between the two teams, with Castleton holding a 2-3 mark against the Bison at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton then hits the road for two more away competitions—both ECFC contests—with SUNY Maritime on October 19 at 2 p.m. and Alfred State on October 26 at noon. The Spartans are 4-6 all-time against SUNY Maritime and are a perfect 4-0 in four contests against Alfred State.
The final home date of the season is on November 2 against ECFC foe Anna Maria. The Spartans will host a Senior Day ceremony prior to the 2 p.m. kick-off to honor their graduating class. The Spartans are 10-2 all-time against the AMCATS, including a 4-1 mark at home with the only loss coming a season ago in a one-score game in which Castleton threatened late.
The Spartans wrap up the regular season on November 9 at Dean with a noon kick-off in an ECFC contest against the Bulldogs. Castleton is 1-1 all-time against Dean, with the Bulldogs claiming last year's win in a 19-17 contest in stormy conditions at Lippert Field.
Castleton finished the 2018 season with a 2-8 record overall and a 1-5 mark in ECFC play, recording wins over Fitchburg State and Alfred State. To stay up-to-date on scores, schedules, news and more, visit CastletonSports.com.