By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
For the fourth-straight week, the Springfield College Pride remained atop the Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings after securing their seventh consecutive victory this past Saturday with a 35-13 win over Merchant Marine.
Trinity College and Plymouth State slid into the second and third positions, respectively – the Panthers, who were tied for the sixth position a week ago, secured an exciting 16-13 win over Framingham State to move up three spots.
Framingham State and Salve Regina rounded out the top five – the Seahawks improved to 4-1 and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play with a 45-10 victory against Nichols College. This week, the Seahawks host Endicott College for a 12 p.m. kick-off.
Curry College, Husson University and Western Connecticut checked-in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while MIT (ninth) and Williams College (10th) secured the final two spots on this week’s poll.
Middlebury College, Amherst College, Western New England, Wesleyan and WPI are all receiving votes.
Against Merchant Marine, Springfield quarterback Jake Eglintine recorded four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – while Jordan Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries and one score.
The Pride’s defense collaborated for 10 tackles for a loss of 45 yards, including a quartet of sacks for a loss of 20 yards.
Springfield hosts Catholic University this weekend before heading into a bye week. The Pride will then end their season with a visit to Maine Maritime (11/4) followed by a home date with MIT on Saturday, November 11th.
Trinity continues to be the team to beat in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as the Bantams managed to pick-up their fifth-straight win by defeating Tufts University, 23-16. Max Chipouras highlighted the Bantams offensive attack by rushing for a game-high 165 yards 29 carries and one score, while the defense registered five tackles for a loss of 24 yards, including a pair of sacks (17 yards).
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