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Brady Wins His Sixth Super Bowl As New England Tops L.A. In Super Bowl LIII

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Tom Brady has now won six Super Bowl championships. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patriotswire.USAToday.com)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Tom Brady will be adding an additional ring to his championship collection, thanks to a hard-fought 13-3 win this evening by the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Brady, who became the first-ever NFL quarterback to win six Super Bowls, engineered a key five-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter, which was capped by a two-yard plunge by Sony Michel to provide the Patriots with a 10-3 advantage.

The Rams attempted to answer on the ensuing possession but saw quarterback Jared Goff‘s pass down intercepted by Stephon Gilmore. Nine plays later, the Patriots sealed the win with a 41-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, who concluded the contest with a pair of field goals (his second attempt in the second quarter provided the Patriots with a 3-0 lead).

Los Angles did have a chance to slice the deficit on the game’s final drive, but Greg Zuerlein‘s second field goal sailed wide left.

The win – New England’s sixth Super Bowl since winning its initial crown 17 years earlier – ties the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most championships won in the Super Bowl era. The Patriots captured their first championship 17 years ago on this exact date when they defeated the Rams, 20-17, thanks to a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

Neither team was able to produce points until New England’s fourth drive when Gostkowski capped a seven-play, 39-yard drive with a 42-yard field goal.

Los Angeles had a chance to even the score before halftime, but all three of its final series ended with a punt.

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  • In the Brady-Bill Belichick era, the Patriots are now 3-2 in Super Bowls when leading at the break. The Patriots are 2-0 when tied at the break (won in 2004 and 2014), and 1-1 when trailing (won in 2016, lost in 2017).
  • Los Angeles is now 0-2 in Super Bowl era with their initial loss coming in 1980 against the Steelers.
  • Los Angles hasn’t won a championship in football since defeating the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 NFL Championship.
  • As an organization, the Rams are 1-2 in the Super Bowl with their lone win coming in 1999 when they defeated the Tennesse Titans, 23-16. The win over the Titans occurred in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • As an organization, the Rams are 1-1 when competing in Super Bowls in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • LA was held to a season-low three points – they scored just six points two months ago when they lost to the Chicago Bears, 15-6.
  • The last team to hold the Rams to just three points in a game was the Seattle Seahawks on December 15, 2016.
  • Sony Michel led all rushers with 94 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown, while Todd Gurley was held to just 35 yards on 10 carries (3.5 yards per carry).
  • Julian Edelman hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 141 yards, while Brandin Cooks led the Rams with eight catches for 120 yards.
  • New England’s defense recorded four sacks, while the Rams recorded just one sack.

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New England D3 Football Teams Of 2018

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By NoontimeSports | @NoontimeSports 

Earlier this week, SB Nation posted its college football ‘Teams of 2018 for all 50 states,’ including six teams that represented our New England region.

MIT was tabbed the team of the year from Massachusetts, while Salve Regina represented Rhode Island and Middlebury College secured the nod for Vermont.

This particular post had us thinking who would we pick as our 2018 New England D3 Football Teams of the Year?

Well, we gave it some thought and have provided the answers below!

Let us know what you think by posting a comment or sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_FB. 


Connecticut Team of the Year: Trinity College. Once again, the Bantams captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown with an 8-1 record. They should once again be the team to beat next fall.

Connecticut Honorable Mentions: Coast Guard Academy and Western Connecticut. 

Maine Team of the Year: Husson University. In his final years with the Eagles, coach Gabby Price guided the Green and Gold to an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown, as well as a second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Maine Honorable Mentions: Colby College. 

Massachusetts Team of the Year: MIT. In his first year as head coach, Brian Bubna guided the Engineers to their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title, as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Engineers finished its 2018 campaign 9-1 and 6-1 in league play.

Massachusetts Honorable Mentions: Amherst College, Bridgewater State, Endicott College, Framingham State, Springfield College, Tufts University and Western New England. 

New Hampshire Team of the Year: Plymouth State. The Panthers are the lone New England D3 team in the Granite State, so they automatically receive our special honor. Plymouth State concluded its past campaign 6-4 overall and 5-3 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). Their signature win of the 2018 season came on a rainy day in Framingham last October.

Rhode Island Team of the Year: Salve Regina. Similar to Plymouth State, Salve Regina is the lone D3 team in the Ocean State, so they get the nod from us as well like they did from SB Nation. Coach Kevin Gilmartin‘s unit overcame a 2-3 start to finish the 2018 season with a 7-4 record. They secured a spot in one of the three New England Bowl games following an exciting win in November over Endicott College.

Vermont Team of the Year: Middlebury College. The Panthers secured the nod from SB Nation and now us, too, after for posting the best record among all three teams in the Green Mountain State. Their biggest win from 2018 came last October when Will Jernigan led the Blue and White to a 21-10 win at Williams College.

Vermont Honorable Mention: Norwich University. 


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D3 Football: Trinity Announces Captains For 2019 Season

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Weeks after capturing their third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship, the Trinity College football team announced on Twitter this afternoon their captains for the upcoming 2019 season.

Austin BaiardiDaniel Negron and Koby Schofer were each selected to captain the Bantams this fall – all three student-athletes were members of this year’s squad, which finished 8-1 overall, including 4-0 at home.

Here is some information on the three captains, who will attempt to guide the Bantams this fall to a fourth-straight NESCAC title:

  • Austin Baiardi (Smithtown, N.Y.): All-NESCAC first team in 2017 … All-NESCAC second team in 2016 … majoring in economics with a minor International Studies.
  • Daniel Negron (Hartsdale, N.Y.): Had a breakout junior season, which earned him his first-ever All-NESCAC second team honor last November … Negron led the Bantams this past season with 53 total tackles (31 solo stops), while adding 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss of 41 yards … also recorded two forced fumbles (first time in his career) … majoring in psychology.
  • Koby Schofer (Northbridge, Mass.): 2018 All-NESCAC first team … 2017 All-NESCAC second team … finished third in the NESCAC in 2018 in receptions per game (5.50) while catching a team-high 11 touchdowns … Recorded 44 grabs for 763 last season … majoring in economics.

D3 Football: Price Steps Down At Husson

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Husson University football coach Gabby Price announced he will be stepping down this morning. (PHOTO COURTESY: Michael C. York/Bangor Daily News)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Gabby Price will not be coaching the Husson University football team this fall.

The tenured coach, who has guided the Eagles for 12 seasons, including the past six campaigns, announced his retirement this morning after guiding the Green and Gold to an 8-3 record this past season, as well as the program’s fifth Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) conference title.

“I am honored to have had the job and have appreciated every minute that I have had working with so many outstanding people,” Price said in this morning’s release, which was seen on the Husson athletics website.

“I love coaching because of the players playing and those who have played. I am and have been proud of our players in so many ways. They have won some games and also been great to each other.  Everyone has a story and many of our players have had an incredible journey in so many different directions. The greatest teachers in my life have been our players and for that I love them and will always be indebted to them.”

Price departs the Bangor, Maine campus as the winningest coach in program history. He has compiled a 72-45 mark in 12 seasons (2002-08 and 2013-18), while leading the Eagles to four NCAA Tournaments (2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018) and two ECAC Bowl Games in 2008 and 2015.

In 2017, Price guided the Eagles to a school record 10 wins, along with its first-ever NCAA Tournament win over heavily-favored Springfield College. The win extended the Eagles’ season to end of November 2017 where they faced No. 5/7 Delaware Valley.

2017 was also the final year Price coached halfback John Smith, who ended his time in Maine with 7,205 rushing yards (fourth most rushing yards by a Division III tailback), 81 rushing touchdowns (31 scores in 2017) and 370 receiving yards on 34 receptions.

As noted in today’s release, Price has coached 78 student-athletes that have earned all-conference honors, along with 11 players that collected major end of the year awards.

Price was tabbed the ECFC Coach of the Year three times at Husson, including this past season, while being named New England DII/DIII Coach of the Year in 2017. He has coached 15 All-Americans and 61 student-athletes that earned ECFC All-Academic awards.

Said Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi, “It has been an honor and our privilege to work with Coach Price during these past six football seasons. His commitment to Husson University and to the students in our football program has been outstanding. His priority has consistently been the health and welfare of each of our student-athletes. They are fortunate to have had the opportunity to have been coached by him.”

Harvard Football Unveils 2019 Schedule

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Just weeks after capping its 2018 season with a 45-27 win over Yale University in the 135th playing of The Game, the Harvard University football team unveiled its 2019 slate, which features five home and five road games.

Harvard will entertain Brown UniversityCornell UniversityDartmouth CollegeHoward University and University of Pennsylvania at historic Harvard Stadium, while visiting Columbia UniversityHoly CrossPrinceton UniversitySan Diego and Yale this fall.

The Crimson will commence their 2019 season in San Diego on Saturday, September 21st before hosting Brown one week later on Saturday, September 28th. The Crimson’s home-opener against the Bears will be aired on ESPN+.

Following their home date with Brown, the Crimson will entertain Howard and Cornell in early October before visiting Holy Cross and Princeton.

The Crimson will cap their final month of play with two home games and two road contests, including the 136th playing of The Game against Yale in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday, November 23.

Harvard concluded its 2018 season with a three-game winning streak, while finishing third in the Ivy League. Princeton, which defeated Harvard in October by eight points (29-21), captured the Ancient Eight crown with a perfect 10-0 record, while Dartmouth finished second at 9-1 overall.

The 2019 season will be coach Tim Murphy‘s 26th with the program – the tenured coach currently owns a 174-75 overall record with Harvard, but needs five wins to match Yale’s Carmen Cozza (179) for the most win in conference history.


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