New England D3 Football: Framingham State Looks To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive Against Bridgewater State
By Matt Noonan
Following a dramatic setback to UMass Dartmouth last month, the Framingham State football team rebounded, rattling off three consecutive wins, including a pair of road victories at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Plymouth State to bump their overall record to 6-2.
The Rams, who are currently second in the MASCAS with a 5-1 ledger, know their momentum will be tested this Saturday, November 5th when they host the first place Bridgewater State Bears in a must-win game.
“Bridgewater always has a lot of talent … this year for sure,” said Framingham State head coach Tom Kelley. “I think they’re the most talented team in the conference … they have a lot of upperclassmen and they have a lot of experience, too.”
Similar to the Rams, the Bears enter Saturday’s clash riding a six-game winning streak, which dates back to their third game of the season against Worcester State. After their win over the Lancers, Bridgewater State rattled off five more wins, including a Friday evening victory against UMass Dartmouth and a dramatic double-overtime win over Plymouth State.
A win for the Bears would provide the squad with their first conference crown in eight seasons, while a win for the Rams would keep their postseason hopes alive.
“(Bridgewater State) can do so many things (on both sides of the ball), so we will see what happens,” said Kelley, “that’s why we play the games.”
Unlike Bridgewater State, Framingham State is young, but their first and second year players have stepped-up this season, especially on defense. Sophomore Brian Donahue, and freshmen Joshua Onujiogu, Jean Gelin, Brandon Bryant and Akeem Smith have contributed to the unit’s success, especially over the past two weeks – the Rams held their last two opponents to seven and three points, respectively.
On offense, first-year quarterback Adam Wojenski has been impressive – he has tossed seven touchdowns in seven games this season, while rushing for a pair of scores. In addition to Wojenski, sophomore tailback Quron Wright leads the rushing attack in touchdowns (seven) and yards (454).
“I am real proud of the players,” said Kelley. “This team works hard.”
Working hard will be the main priority this week for a Rams squad that would like to extend its current winning streak to four games.