By Matt Noonan
Ah, the seventh week of the New England Division III Football season has arrived. And earlier this evening, we released our poll for the week, which featured some movement, along with one newcomer, too.
Western New England earned the top spot again – the Golden Bears sat idle this past weekend, but return to the gridiron this Saturday, October 15th when they host MIT with kickoff slated for 1:00 p.m.
Quarterback Anthony Service has been one of many players to watch this season– through five games; he has tossed 16 touchdowns, while completing 79 of 116 pass attempts for 1,194 yards. The Golden Bears’ signal-caller currently leads the NEFC in yards per game (238.8) and touchdowns (16).
In addition to Service, wide-out Mark Dietrich – the team’s leading receiver with 24 receptions – has been a go-to target, hauling in six touchdown receptions, while registering 382 receiving yard.
On defense, the Golden Bears are led by defensive back Sam Olsson, who leads the Gold and Blue with 32 total tackles – he has also tallied 17 solo stops this season, along with one interception. Isaiah Berrios Smith leads the unit with a pair of interceptions and four pass-break-ups.
Below WNE is Middlebury College – moving up a few spots to the second position following an important win last weekend against Amherst College. The Panthers edged the Purple and White, 27-26. Amherst entered the contest riding a 21-game winning streak.
Carter Massengill – this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Special Teams Player of the Week – helped Middlebury secure the win by booting his second field goal in the fourth quarter. Massengill connected on a trio of extra points, along with a pair of field goals.
Through three games, Massengill has tallied 14 points on eight extra points (8-for-8) and two field goals (2-for-2).
Next up for the Panthers: a trip to Williamstown, Massachusetts to face the Ephs of Williams College.
Below Middlebury is Salve Regina, appearing in the third position for the first time this season.
Similar to the Golden Bears, the Seahawks were idle this past weekend, but return to action Saturday when they entertain Nichols College at 12 p.m.
The Seahawks have been a great story this season, winning four-straight contests, along with an exhibition game against Dean College last month.
In their last outing against Curry College, halfback Sam Pascale led all rushers with 225 yards on 13 carries, along with a pair of scores. Tailback James Dawson also had a big day, registering 112 yards on 12 carries for three scores.
Through four games, Pascale has recorded 667 yards on 82 carries and nine touchdowns. He has also hauled in a trio of receptions for 38 yards and one score.
Pascale’s nine touchdowns are a career-best – his 667 yards and 166.8 yards per carry are both career-highs. Additionally, he is averaging 8.1 yards per carry – pretty impressive, eh?
Finally, let’s welcome Wesleyan University to the poll – the Cardinals check-in at number 10. This is the first time this season Wesleyan has cracked our poll.
Wesleyan is current 2-1 overall and has featured a high-powered offense this season, which has gained over 500 yards of total offense in back-to-back weeks.
This past weekend, the Cardinals soared past Colby College, defeating the Mules, 37-6. Devon Carrillo highlighted his team’s outing with three touchdowns, including a third quarter passing touchdown.
The Cardinals return to Maine this weekend to visit Bates on Saturday – kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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