NEFC Championship: Getting To Know Framingham State

The Rams will host Salve Regina on Saturday to determine the winner of the New England Football Conference! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for


The New England Football Conference championship is two days away, and while we continue to count down the hours, minutes and seconds until kickoff, here are a few tidbits and notes about the Framingham State Rams.

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* Similar to Salve Regina, Framingham State is 9-1 overall. The Rams haven’t lost a game since losing to Endicott College on Labor Day Weekend.

* In their division (Bogan) they posted a perfect 7-0 record.

* Framingham State’s biggest win this season came against Maine Maritime, as the Rams defeated the Mariners, 56-0.

* The Rams blanked Bridgewater State, Maine Maritime and UMass Dartmouth, while Salve Regina held two of their opponents off the scoreboard (Plymouth State and Western New England College).

* Framingham State is ranked second in scoring offense (351 points), first in scoring defense (117 points allowed), second in rushing offense (2,391 yards and 26 touchdowns), first in rushing defense (three touchdowns allowed), third in total offense (4,283 yards) and first in total defense (2,027 yards allowed and 11 touchdowns).

* Junior running back Melikke Van Alstyne has been a focal point of head coach Tom Kelley’s offense. The Salem native has tallied 1,467 yards on 259 carries and 14 touchdowns in 10 games.

* Freshman quarterback Matthew Silva has completed 121-of-191 passes for 1,569 yards and 18 touchdowns.

* Senior Alex Avery is the team’s leading receiver with 38 receptions for 431 yards and six touchdowns.

* Senior Tyrone Figueroa is the second leading receiver with 22 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns.

* Junior Brian Castellanos leads the team with six interceptions, while senior Tyrone Notice finished the regular season with five.

* Senior James Muirhead leads the defense with 69 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, and four forced fumbles.

SERIES HISTORY: The Rams are 1-1 against the Seahawks. They defeated Salve Regina in 2010 on their home turf, but lost on the road in 2011.

Last Championship Visit: Last season, the Rams overcame numerous injuries to earn a spot in the title match against Western New England. The Golden Bears defeated the Rams, 20-13 in overtime.

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