D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (Oct. 13th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The seventh week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Six, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Six): We went 8-2 for the second-straight week last week, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 41-19 (can we make it three-straight weeks of 8-2?)

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All Games taking place on Saturday, Oct. 13th 

Plymouth State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): It wasn’t pretty, but Tom Kelley‘s Rams found a way past Fitchburg State last week. Expect another grind-it-out effort from the Black and Gold this week against the Panthers of Plymouth State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 26, Plymouth State 14 

Nichols College at Becker College (12 p.m.): Nichols looks to bounce back after falling to Endicott last week and they should be able to against the Hawks of Becker. PREDICTION: Nichols 21, Becker 7 

Wesleyan University at Bates College (1 p.m.): At 2-2, every game is a must-win for these Cardinals, especially if they would like to secure a share of NESCAC crown. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 28, Bates 21 

Curry College at Western New England (1 p.m.): The Golden Bears return from the bye and should begin their second half of the season with an important conference win against the Colonels of Curry College. PREDICTION: Western New England 35, Curry 20

Maine Maritime at Coast Guard (1:30 p.m.): After falling short to the Pride last week, the Bears look to bounce back and return to the win column on Homecoming Weekend. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 27, Maine Maritime 8 

Tufts University at Trinity College (1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are currently in the drivers seat with Amherst and Williams, so this is a must-win for the Powder Blue and White, especially if they want to keep pace with the Mammoths and Ephs for a NESCAC title. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Trinity 27 

Middlebury College at Williams College (2 p.m.): The Ephs picked-up their fourth win of the season last week at Bates and should find a way past the Panthers on their home turf. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Middlebury 10 

Merchant Marine at Springfield College (2 p.m.): Its another big week for the Pride, who will once again need everyone to step-up, especially against a former Liberty League (LL) rival. Expect this one to be close with the Pride pulling out yet another hard-fought win at home. PREDICTION: Springfield 26, Merchant Marine 21 

Endicott College at Univ. of New England (2 p.m.): Endicott has not lost since falling to MIT last month and should continue their winning ways on Saturday against an up and coming Nor’easters squad. PREDICTION: Endicott 28, UNE 14 

UMass Dartmouth at Bridgewater State (4 p.m.): The Bears are still in contention for a conference crown, but must find a way to defeat a Corsairs squad, which has won two of three contests this season on the road. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 20, UMass Dartmouth 14 

D3 Football Fan Vote: Anna Maria Tabbed Team of The Week

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After earning an exciting 31-24 victory over Castleton University last Saturday, the Anna Maria College football team picked up an additional win on Monday when they were selected as this week’s Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.

The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen on Sunday and Monday through @NoontimeSports.

Anna Maria was one of four teams nominated for this week’s honor, along with Amherst College, University of New England and Westfield State. The AMCATs edged the Nor’easters by four points as they collected 38 percent of the vote, while UNE earned 34 percent. Amherst earned (24 percent), while Westfield State (four percent) finished last. 361 people voted in this week’s poll.

Following a disappointing setback one week earlier to Gallaudet University, the AMCATs rebounded by erasing a 17-0 deficit in the opening frame, thanks to four touchdowns from first-year quarterback Alex Cohen. Cohen tossed three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:24 remaining in the final session.

Castleton attempted to answer on the ensuing possession, but saw their drive conclude at the Anna Maria 38-yard line. Cohen and the offense would return to the field to take a knee before celebrating their initial victory of the season.

Cohen concluded the game with a career and season-best 26 completions, 314 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Additionally, he also rushed for a career-best 32 yards on 12 carries, while recording his first rushing touchdown, as well.

In addition to Cohen, Anna Maria received contributions from sophomore defensive back Swavaugh Smalls (eight total tackles, including six solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards) and classmate Marcelino Da Veiga, a wide receiver, that finished the game with a team-high six grabs for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Anna Maria is off this week, but returns to action next Saturday, October 20th when they visit Husson University for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.


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Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Oct. 8th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week six!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


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Travon Holder enjoyed a successful day on the ground, rushing a season-high 203 yards and three touchdowns against Mass. Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Westfield State Athletics)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Hunter Belzo (Springfield College): Against Coast Guard Academy, Belzo scored three touchdowns, including two on the ground. Belzo rushed for 207 yards on 31 carries, while tossing two passes (five attempts) for 39 yards and one touchdown.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Breaux turned in an impressive performance against Husson University last Friday evening by leading all receivers with 229 yards on six catches (38. 2 yards per reception), while hauling in a pair of touchdown receptions.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s conference clash against Western Connecticut by completing 28 of 47 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns.

Alex Cohen (Anna Maria College): Cohen helped Anna Maria erase a 17-0 deficit by completing 26-of-38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 32 yards on 12 carries and one score as the AMCATs topped Castleton University on the road.

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 23-of-52 passes for a career-high 407 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns during his team’s contest against Merchant Marine.

Ryan Gaboury (University of New England): Gaboury hauled in a game-high 10 grabs for 192 yards and three touchdowns with his longest reception being a 41-yard touchdown in the first half.

Moe Harris (Castleton University): Harris reached the end zone three times, including two times on the ground as he finished last Saturday’s contest against Anna Maria with 204 yards on 31 carries. His lone catch was a 44-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, which evened the score at 24-24.

Matt Hersch (Colby College): Hersch had his hand in all three scores for the Mules as he finished the contest 23-of-40 for 277 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes against Wesleyan University.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Juvelier recorded five touchdowns last week against University of New England, including four through the air. He finished 35-of-49 for 369 yards, while rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Travon Holder (Westfield State): Holder rushed for a season-best 203 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Owls past Massachusetts Maritime Academy on the road.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters helped the Nor’easters win their first-ever game in program history by completing 25-of-33 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against Curry College.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a season-best 10 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday during the Cadets’ conference setback to Merchant Marine.


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Andrew Yamin and the Amherst College defense registered six sacks last week in a shutout win over Middlebury College. (PHOTO COURTESY:

Defensive Stars of the Week

Taj Gooden (Wesleyan University): Gooden turned in an impressive showing against Colby College, registering nine total stops, including five solo tackles, four tackles for a loss of 13 yards and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

Blayne Merchant (WPI): Against Catholic University, Merchant tallied a team-high seven solo stops and eight total tackles – he matched Nick Ostrowski with the same number of total tackles. Additionally, he recorded two tackles for a loss of 14 yards, one sack for a loss of 11 yards and one quarterback hurry.

Chris Rice (Castleton University): Rice stuffed the stat sheet with eight total stops, including five solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards against Anna Maria.

Keegan Stanton-Meas (University of New England):  Stanton-Meas helped the Nor’easters claim their first-ever win in program history against Curry College by finishing the game with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of three yards and one sack. He also registered a pair of pass break-ups, too.

Andrew Yamin (Amherst College): Yamin registered a season-high 3.5 sacks for a loss 22 yards, while leading the Amherst College defense with 11 total tackles (four solo stops) as the Mammoths shutout Middlebury College last Saturday.


Special Team Stars of the Week

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano registered nine points on seven kicks, including six extra points in the Gulls’ fourth win of the season last Saturday.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington connected on all four kicks, including a 26-yard field gaol for six points, while recording six punts with three of them landing inside the Catholic University’s 20-yard yard line. One of his boots resulted in a touchback.

Robert Inniss, Jr. (University of New England): Inniss Jr.’s game-winning field goal (38 yards) with five seconds remaining helped the Nor’easters claim their first-ever win in program history against Curry College last Saturday. Inniss Jr. concluded the game with eight points (one field goals and five extra points).

Jeremy Martin (Plymouth State): Martin connected on a trio of kicks last Friday evening against Bridgewater State, including two field goals with his longest boot coming from 44-yards out. He also recorded four punts for 150 yards with one kick landing inside the Bears’ 20-yard line. Additionally, he booted four kickoffs for 258 yards with three resulting in touchbacks.


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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Seven (Oct. 8th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

THE SEVENTH 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.’

Once again, we had some movement this past week following an exciting sixth week of the 2018 season.

Amherst College and Williams College remained the top two teams in New England, while Western Connecticut shot up two spots to the third position following another convincing conference win. The Colonials have scored 40 points or more in their last three outings, which bumps their season average up to 37.8 points per game.

MIT moved into the top five after winning their six-straight, while Tufts University and Trinity College also moved up, checking-in sixth and seventh, respectively. Both teams meet this week in an important conference clash.

Finally, Framingham State and Endicott College appeared in the final two positions – yes, the Rams were higher last week, but needed a grind-it-out effort to get past Fitchburg State this past weekend.

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 Seven Poll | Monday, October 8th, 2018 

1. Amherst College 

4-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 1Week Seven: Colby

2. Williams College

4-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 2

Week Seven: Middlebury

3. Western Conn. 

5-0 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 5

Week Seven: Mass. Maritime

4. Springfield College   

 5-1 (3-0) | Last Week No. 3

Week Seven: Merchant Marine

5. MIT 6-0 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 6

Week Seven: Bye

  6. Tufts Univ. 

4-0 (4-0) | Last Week: No. 8

Week Seven: Trinity

7. Trinity College 

3-1 (3-1) | Last Week: No. 9

Week Seven: Tufts

8. Western New Eng. 

4-1 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 7

Week Seven: Curry

9. Framingham State 

4-1 (3-0) | Last Week: No. 4

Week Seven: Plymouth St.

10. Endicott College 

4-2 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 10Week Seven: UNE

ON THE RISE: Coast Guard Academy (4-2, 2-1), Husson University (3-2, 2-0) and WPI (4-2, 2-1) 


2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll | Week Five | Week Six


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Six (Oct. 5-6)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The sixth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Six, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Five): We went 8-2 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 33-17 (BIG bounce back week last week, so let’s see if we can keep it rolling this week!)

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Friday Night Lights | Oct. 5th, 2018 

Dean College at Husson Univ. (7 p.m.): The Eagles scored an important win last week against SUNY Maritime, but must find a way to stop an up and coming Bulldogs team that appears to be a contender in the ECFC. PREDICTION: Husson 35, Dean 32 

Plymouth State at Bridgewater State (7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, who have rebounded since falling to Framingham State in its initial MASCAC clash of the season. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Plymouth State 16 


Saturday Games | Oct. 6th, 2018 

Coast Guard Academy at Springfield College (12 p.m.): The last time the Bears beat the Pride was in 1999. The win was coach Bill George‘s initial victory with Coast Guard Academy. Perhaps he scores his second win against Springfield this week on the road? PREDICTION: Coast Guard 24, Springfield 20 

Fitchburg State at Framingham State (12 p.m.): Framingham State remains the front-runner in the MASCAC, but this is a game they must-win, especially if they want to keep pace with Western Connecticut. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Fitchburg State 20 

Catholic Univ. at WPI (12 p.m.): The Engineers returned to the win column last week with a conference victory over Maine Maritime and should find a way past these Cardinals this week in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 28, Catholic 17 

MIT at Maine Maritime (12 p.m.): Its homecoming for coach Brian Bubna, who began his coaching career with the Mariners. MIT scored an impressive win last week and should keep its momentum going this week in Maine. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Maine Maritime 10

Williams College at Bates College (1 p.m.): A friend of our site thinks this could be a trap game for the Ephs, but we think the Purple and Gold will continue their early season momentum. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Bates 14

Trinity College at Hamilton College (1 p.m.): The Continentals scored their first win of the season last week against Wesleyan, thanks Christian Snell‘s blocked punt late in the fourth quarter. Snell pounced on the loose ball in the end zone to record the go-ahead touchdown. Perhaps Snell blocks another punt this week and reaches the end zone against Trinity? PREDICTION: Hamilton 26, Trinity 20 

Amherst College at Middlebury College (1:30 p.m.): The Panthers have rebounded from their week one setback to Wesleyan with back-to-back wins over Bowdoin and Colby, but this is a must-win for the Blue and White against a talented Amherst squad, which has won three-straight. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Middlebury 21 

Tufts University at Bowdoin College (1:30 p.m.): Ryan McDonald should once again find a way to get the job done, both through the air and on the ground. PREDICTION: Tufts 35, Bowdoin 17