Massachusetts College Football – Halftime News, Notes and Statistics

Harvard's Colton Chapple has tossed 17 touchdowns this season and has been a major part of the Crimson's success! (Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s hard to believe, but seven weeks of college football are officially in the books.

There have been some interesting matchups, surprises and outcomes, but now, it’s time to break down a few things that we’ve learned from the first half of the season, as well as dish out some statistics too.

Here’s our “halftime” edition of our Massachusetts College Football Coverage, enjoy.

* Endicott College scooped up their seventh win of the season last Saturday, as well as their fourth New England Football Conference (NEFC) victory against Fitchburg State, 49-0. The Gulls have averaged 45 points per game this season, and have outscored their opponents, 315-82. Senior quarterback Phil Konopka in on pace to shatter his touchdowns and passing yards from last season, especially since he’s registered 19 passes to the end zone and 1,626 yards through the air this year. Overall, the Gulls offense has been a machine, and has recorded 1,658 rushing yards, 3,376 total offensive yards and 36 touchdowns. Expect their offense, and prolific defense to continue their success for the remainder of the season.

* Harvard’s football team hasn’t lost a game since dropping their season opener against Holy Cross, 30-22. Backup quarterback Colton Chapple has been quite impressive, especially this past weekend against Bucknell, as he tied a school record with five touchdowns in a game, and became the first Crimson quarterback to throw four touchdowns in back-to-back contests. The Crimson defense has also played quite well this year too, as well as smothered opposing quarterbacks with 18 sacks and eight interceptions. Finally, sophomore tight end Cameron Brate has been a nightmare for opposing defense and currently leads his receive core with five touchdowns.

* According to D3Football.com – Endicott College is the only school receiving “other votes,” while Trinity College (CT) is also in the same category.

* Merrimack College’s senior linebacker Shawn Loiseau, who leads the Warriors defense with 96 tackles, (46 solo) is currently the top defensive tackler in the Northeast-10 Conference and averages 12.8 tackles per game. Last year, Loiseau finished the season with 133 tackles, five sacks, one fumble recover and three forced fumbles.

* Framingham State running back Melikke Van Alstyne currently leads the NECF with 15 touchdowns and 1135 yards. Against Maine Maritime this past weekend, Van Alstyne rushed for season high five touchdowns, as well as 251 yards on 31 carries. The Rams currently remain in first place in the Bogan Division.

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