Lastra hauls in pair of TD's in Falcons non-conference victory
Castleton, Vt. – The Fitchburg State University football team returned to action this evening, defeating the Spartans of Castleton University, 31-10 in non-conference action at Spartan Stadium.
Score: Fitchburg State 31 | Castleton 10
Records: Fitchburg State (1-1) | Castleton (0-2)
How It Happened
Fitchburg State opened the scoring with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter as freshman kicker Geoffrey Reichert (Northbridge, Mass./Northbridge) connected on a 21 yard field goal for the 3-0 lead. The Falcons upped its lead late in the second frame when junior wide out Herbert Acosta (Los Angles, Calif./Los Palisades) hauled in a 26 yard pass from sophomore quarterback Nelson Valerio (Lawrence, Mass./Lawrence) to make the score 10-0 going into the half.
Castleton cut the lead to 10-7 midway through the third quarter as freshman tailback Matthew Hesford (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) rumbled in from 14 yards out for his first collegiate TD, before the Spartans knotted the score (10-10) early in the fourth on a 24 yard field goal from senior kicker Ryan Payne (Andover, Mass./Andover).
The Falcons regained the lead with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation as Valerio found junior receiver Jesse Lastra (Fort Myers, Fla./Lehigh) with a five yard strike for the 17-10 margin. Fitchburg State quickly made it a two score game minutes later when Valerio and Lastra hooked up again, this time from three yards out (24-7).
The Green and Gold capped the scoring with just over one minute left in the contest as senior wide receiver Jonathan Charles (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) pulled down an 11 yard touchdown reception from Valerio for his first collegiate TD, resulting in the 31-10 final.
Inside the Numbers
This is the just the second meeting between the two teams, Falcons improve to 2-0 against the Spartans.
First collegiate touchdown reception for Jonathan Charles.
Fitchburg State's passing attack was led by Nelson Valerio, who finished 19-for-26 passes for 289 yards and four TD's.
Senior Jevon Brown-Simpson (Lynn, Mass./Lynn English) paced the Falcons ground game, rushing for 49 yards on 16 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Dylan Woods (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) finished with a team-best six tackles on two solo stops and four assisted tackles.
The Falcons travel to Worcester State to take on the Lancers next Saturday at 12:00pm to open up conference play.