By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
An early edition of pick-six … why not?
It is a BIG weekend here in New England, so let’s kickoff Week 10 with some early predictions.
We won’t unveil every ‘pick-six’ prediction – so make sure to tune in tomorrow on Twitter (@NoontimeSports & @MattNoonan11), but in the meantime, here are four predictions on four very, very important games.
Norwich at Husson (Saturday, 12 p.m.): This is a critical game for both teams, especially with the Cadets of Norwich still in contention to snatch the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Norwich will be challenged on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. Slowing down junior tailback John Smith and sophomore quarterback Cory Brandon won’t be easy. Brandon has tossed 17 touchdowns this season, including 13 in ECFC play. Smith has rumbled for 12 touchdowns – he registered a trio of scores last week in his team’s big win over Becker College.
Expect Norwich to lean its senior leadership, especially kicker Wesley Medeiros, wide receiver Pierre Noel, inside linebacker Benjamin Hummer, outside linebacker Derek Lotito and inside linebacker Cody Lindell. Prediction: Husson 28, Norwich 21
Maritime (N.Y.) at Mount Ida College (Saturday, 12 p.m.): Winners of three-straight, the Mustangs of Mount Ida need a win to keep their ECFC title hopes alive. And to do that, they will need to defeat a solid Privateers squad, which sent last weekend’s contest against Norwich into overtime (the Cadets won that game by a score of 17-14). Despite a big win over Anna Maria, the Mustangs have had to grind out wins this season, including a pair of back-to-back wins over Gallaudet and Becker. Prediction: Mount Ida 19, Maritime (N.Y.) 14.
Western New England at Salve Regina (Saturday, 12 p.m.): People – well, fans to be exact – have been counting down the days, weeks and months for this game, but the good news is it is finally here!
A couple match-ups to watch/keep an eye on include Salve Regina’s running game – led by senior tailback Sam Pascale – against a stout Western New England defense and the Golden Bears’ signal caller – junior Anthony Service – against a solid Seahawks secondary. Something tells me this game could be high scoring affair, but I expect it to be somewhere in the 20’s for both teams. Prediction: Salve Regina 27, Western New England 23
Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, 12 p.m.): This is always a must-see, must-watch and must-follow game. And the best part is this game usually determines the winner of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).
Both teams enter the contest on winning streaks – Framingham State has won three-in-a-row, while Bridgewater State has won six-in-a-row.
Don’t expect a blowout, but how about a late third or fourth quarter touchdown by the Rams, which helps the Black and Gold preserve their postseason hopes. Prediction: Framingham State 20, Bridgewater State 14.