Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Three (Sept. 10th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

The third week of the New England D3 Football season has arrived, which means it is time to unveil our newest Top 10 poll of the season, as well as our ‘teams are on the rise.’

Springfield College secured the top spot for the third-straight week, while a trio of NESCAC teams checked-in second, third and fourth, respectively – the NESCAC football season officially begins this weekend, so we will be keeping our eyes on Trinity CollegeAmherst College and Wesleyan University.

Additionally, we will also be watching Middlebury College, which some believe could be a team to watch this fall.

Husson University returned to the poll following a bounce back win over University of New England – they face Western New England this week, which moved up one spot.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week Three Poll | Monday, September 10th, 2018 

1. Springfield College 

2-0 | Last Week No. 1Week Three: Union (9/15)

2.  Trinity College

0-0 | Last Week No. 3

Week Three: Colby (9/15)

3. Amherst College 

0-0 | Last Week: No. 5

Week Three: Bates (9/15)

4.  Wesleyan University 

0-0 | Last Week: NR

Week Three: Middlebury (9/15)

5. Framingham State 

1-1 | Last Week: No. 2

Week Three: Bridgewater State (9/15)

 6. WPI 

1-1 | Last Week: No. 4

Week Three: Becker (9/15)

7. Plymouth State 

1-0 | Last Week: No. 6

Week Three: West Conn. (9/15)

8. MIT 

2-0 | Last Week: No. 8

Week Three: Endicott (9/15)

 9. Western New England 

1-1 | Last Week: No. 10

Week Three: Husson (9/15)

10. Husson Univ. 

1-1 | Last Week: NR

Week Three: WNE (9/15)

ON THE RISE: Bridgewater State (1-1), Castleton (1-1), Endicott (1-1), Middlebury (0-0), Salve Regina (1-1), Western Conn. (1-0), Williams College (0-0) and Worcester State (1-1) 


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Two (Sept. 7th-8th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The second week of the New England D3 football season is upon us – let’s go!

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for week two, as well as our predicted winners for each contest.

Last week, we went 6-4 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week (fingers crossed for a perfect 10)!

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Bridgwater State at Endicott College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): The Bears fended off a late rally by Buffalo State to secure an opening day win last weekend, as well as some momentum heading into Endicott’s first-ever Friday Night Lights home contest. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Endicott 14

Mass. Maritime at SUNY Maritime (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Who wants some chowder? Perhaps the Privateers? SUNY Maritime captured the Chowder Bowl last year and should win it again this evening. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 37, Mass. Maritime 35 

MIT at Curry College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna earned his first win on the sidelines as a head coach last Friday evening. Can he win his second game against a Curry squad, which produced 44 points in its opener last week? PREDICTION: MIT 28, Curry 21 

Salve Regina University at Montclair State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Seahawks soared back to beat Worcester State last Saturday, so can they do it again on against a team they topped last year by a touchdown? PREDICTION: Salve Regina 24, Montclair State 20 

Western Conn. at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs put up 41 points last week – is this a sign of things to come? Maybe, but can they do it against a solid West Conn. team? PREDICTION: Dean 35, West Conn. 31 

WPI at No. 25 RPI (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is almost a ‘must-win’ for the Engineers of Worcester, who have aspirations of winning its first-ever NEWMAC crown this fall. As usual, RPI-WPI is a must-see, must-watch game, so this is a big early season test for coach Chris Robertson‘s squad. PREDICTION: RPI 28, WPI 20 

Framingham State at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is a big test for coach Tom Kelley and the Rams, who will look to slow down a Red Dragons squad, which rolled past Fitchburg State last Saturday. Framingham State has the offense to keep-up with the Red Dragons, but can their defense make the big stop when needed? PREDICTION: SUNY Cortland 38, Framingham State 28 

Springfield College at Kean University (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): Junior quarterback Chad Shade stole the show last week, rushing for a career-best six scores in his team’s first-ever win at home against Western New England. He’ll probably have another big game this week against a solid Kean squad. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Kean 21 

Westfield State at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears will attempt to provide first-year coach Jason Lebeau with his first win on the sideline when they host Westfield State, which captured its first game of the season last Friday over Nichols. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Westfield State 21 

Castleton University at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 2 p.m.): Both teams will look to bounce back after week one setbacks. Our thought is Castleton will find a way to beat the Falcons on the road. PREDICTION: Castleton 24, Fitchburg State 17 

Football Friday Notebook: Duxbury’s Roberts Stars In Season-Opener

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to Football FridayNoontime Sports Fans and Friends!

Today, we kick-off a brand new season of high school football here in Massachusetts – sure, it may have started last night, but today marks the official start of Friday Night Lights 2018.

In addition to the return of Friday Night Lights, the New England Patriots will officially begin their season on Sunday when they host the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.

So, with a jam-packed weekend ahead, let’s get this Football Friday started with some news and links from around the New England football world!


High School Football Links


10 Massachusetts High School Game Predictions

Every week, we will dish out a few games we will be following from the high school football world, as well as our picks, too! 

Milton over Belmont
Somerville over Peabody
Arlington over Cambridge
Lynn Classical over Medford
Bedford over Burlington
Everett over Xaverian Bros.
Melrose over Malden
Lynn English over Beverly
Matignon/St. Joseph’s over Minuteman
Catholic Memorial over St. Joh’s (Shrewsbury)


New England D3 Football: Friday Night Lights Schedule

Mass. Maritime Academy at SUNY Maritime, 7 p.m.
Bridgewater State at Endicott College, 7 p.m.
Anna Maria at Nichols College, 7 p.m.
MIT at Curry College, 7 p.m. 


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Springfield’s Shade Honored By New England Football Writers (NEFW) as D2/D3 Gold Helmet Recipient

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Springfield College junior quarterback Chad Shade was honored by the New England Football Writers (NEFW) on Wednesday as this week’s D2/D3 Golden Helmet Recipient. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

It has been an exciting few days for Springfield College‘s Chad Shade, who has earned multiple awards for his six-touchdown performance last Friday evening in his team’s season-opening 42-21 win over Western New England.

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts native was tabbed this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive of Player of the Week, while being selected to the D3Football.com National Team.

Additionally, he earned our initial Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Week honor before collecting the first New England Football Writers (NEFW) D2/D3 Gold Helmet award of the season this afternoon at Harvard University.

Shade shattered multiple career-bests last Friday, including a career-high six rushing touchdowns and 247 yards on the ground. He accounted for 32 of his team’s 42 points – also a career-high, too – while ripping off a career-best 75 yard burst in the third quarter, which helped the Pride push ahead for good.

Springfield (1-0) will look to continue its week one momentum this Saturday, September 8th when they visit Kean for a 1 p.m. kick-off. The Cougars were idle this past weekend, but lost to the Pride last season, 28-8, in Springfield.


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New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 4th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the first week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today!

Shade WebOffensive Player of the Week: Chad Shade (Springfield College | Pittsfield, Mass.) The junior signal-caller enjoyed a successful debut last Friday, rushing for a career-best six touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Western New England, which helped Springfield defeat the Golden Bears at home for the first time in school history. Shade led all rushers with 247 yards on 22 carries, which was an average of 11.2 yards per carry. Both the 22 carries and 247 yards were career-best for the Pittsfield native. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics) 
William Rivera WebDefensive Player of the Week: William Rivera (Endicott College | Orangeburg, N.Y.) The senior linebacker led the Gulls defense last Saturday in their season-opener against Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a team-best seven solo stops. Rivera also recorded three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, including one sack for a loss of six yards. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10, Endicott College Athletics) 
Jake Wood WebSpecial Teamer of the Week: Jake Wood (Nichols College |Whitinsville, Mass.) Wood set a program-record with a pair of kickoff returns last Friday evening against Westfield State, beginning with an 84-yard return in the second quarter followed by a 90-yard sprint in the final session. Wood’s 90-yard return is the fourth-longest scamper in program history. The junior concluded his team’s contest with 174 total return yards. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics)