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NCAA Football: Plymouth State wins opener

September 03. 2017 1:49AM

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth State football team opened up its season Saturday at home with an impressive 31-7 victory over Castleton University.

The team's first win of the season saw junior quarterback Zach Edwards go 15-for-23 for 226 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Sophomore David Hamilton led Plymouth State on the ground, taking 14 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown.

"This game was a win-win for us," said head coach Paul Castonia. "I'm really happy with the win, but the guys know that there is still a lot to work on."

Castleton quarterback Mitch Caron finished 15-for-33 with 151 yards and an interception.

"Our defense really stood out," said Castonia. "Their only score came on one of our turnovers, so I was really pleased with how well we controlled the game."

Plymouth got breakout performances from junior running back Mitch Banuskevitch, of, Jacob Szulc, of Cincord, and Chris Kelly, who combined for 269 of the 368 total yards. Banuskevitch tallied 49 yards on the ground and 69 through the air, all coming in the first half.

Jeff Madden of Wolfeboro was perfect on the game, knocking through all four extra points and the lone field goal.

The Panthers spend the next two weekends on the road, with their next contest coming at Mount Ida on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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