The 2021 NCAA Division III postseason begins Saturday, November 20, 2021, with 32 teams competing in 16 first-round matchups.
This week, Noontime Sports is highlighting four matchups that feature squads from New England, including Anna Maria College visiting Delaware Valley University.
Let’s learn more about this particular matchup that features a pair of teams that captured their respective conference crown this fall.
Anna Maria’s journey to the postseason: The AMCATs secured their first-ever trip to the national postseason last weekend by defeating SUNY-Maritime by a score of 31-7. With the win, Anna Maria captured its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title and concluded the regular season with a program best seven wins in a single-season.
Delaware Valley’s journey to the postseason: The Aggies head into the postseason riding a 10-game winning streak, which includes eight conference wins. They captured the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) crown this past weekend with a 27-0 victory over Widener University.
Anna Maria’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: Saturday’s contest against the Aggies will mark the first time the AMCATs compete in the national postseason.
Delaware Valley’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: After capturing its third-straight conference crown on November 16, 2019, with a 28-21 victory over Widener in the Keystone Cup, the Aggies secured the league’s automatic berth to the postseason where they would win back-to-back matchups against Bridgewater College (30-22) and Wesley College (45-10). Their quest for a national title concluded in the quarterfinals with a 31-14 setback to North Central College, which went onto beat Wisconsin-Whitewater in the national championship.
Anna Maria’s NCAA Tournament history: The 2021 AMCATs are the first team in program history to compete in the national postseason. Anna Maria has been playing football since 2009.
Delaware Valley’s NCAA Tournament history: The Aggies will be making their 10th trip in program history to the postseason with their initial appearance coming in 2004. Delaware Valley last entered the national tournament undefeated in 2017.
Players to Watch on Anna Maria: Alex Cohen(QB), Kristian Sapp (RB), Justin McMillian (WR), Deandre Wallace (WR), Ryan Kent (K), Hayden Braga (P), Armstrong Antoine (DB), Jude Sampson (DL), and Sam Jakana (LB).
Players to Watch on Delaware Valley: DaQuan Bohannan (QB) | Donte Simmons (HB | MAC Offensive Player of the Year), Tahmir Barksdale (WR), Yusuf Aladinov (DL), Anthony Nobile (DL), Anthony Tedesco (LB | Defensive Player of the Year), and Blaine Netterman (DB)