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Five New England D3 Football Teams to Watch In 2022

Alex Cohen and the Anna Maria College football team will be a squad to watch in 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s time to kick off our preseason football coverage – are you ready for some football?

Yes, we know the Boston Celtics are occupying our attention while writing this post, but while we anxiously wait for the fourth game of the NBA Finals to tip off tomorrow evening, let’s highlight five teams New England NCAA Division III football fans should watch this fall.  

Anna Maria College: Quarterback Alex Cohen is back, along with some key members of last year’s squad, which captured its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title.

Cohen will certainly be a player to watch this fall after concluding the 2021 season with career-highs in passing yards (3,087) and touchdown passes (23).

Wide receiver Hayden Braga returns for another season, as well, along with Alvin Martin (linebacker) and Armstrong Antoine (defensive back) – all three student-athletes, along with Cohen, should help the AMCATs contend for their second-straight conference crown.

Anna Maria is scheduled to face some challenging conference foes in September, beginning with their season-opener against UMass Dartmouth.

Colby College: Coach Jack Cosgrove has the Mules heading in the right direction.

Last year, Colby won four games for the first time since finishing 4-4 in 2013. The Mules scored some important early and mid-season wins over Amherst College and Middlebury College while providing some challenges for Hamilton College and Tufts University.

Halfback Keon Smart will be a player to watch on offense – the sophomore tailback finished his initial season with the Mules last fall with 248 rushing yards on 69 carries and three touchdowns.

Colby will commence its 2022 season at home against Williams College.   

Curry College: A new era of Colonels football has begun with the hiring of first-year coach Todd Parsons.

Parsons, who oversaw the Endicott College offense last fall, inherits a squad that finished 3-6 last season, including 1-5 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC).

Michael Sims will be a player to watch on the Colonels after concluding his initial season with the Purple and White with 49 total tackles, including 26 solo stops to go with one fumble recovery, one interception, and one pass break-up.

Sims played high school football in Connecticut and was a two-way player for Griswold High School. He played fullback on offense and linebacker on defense. Maybe we could see him play fullback this fall?

Curry will begin its 2022 season at home against MIT.

Dean College: Like Curry, Dean will have a new leader of its football program with Andrae Murphy returning to his alma mater to coach a Bulldogs squad that won just two games last fall.

Errol Breaux, the team’s leading wide receiver, was a player to watch last fall as he led the receiving core in catches (75), receiving yards (1,215), and touchdowns (eight). Quintus Reid was also a player to watch on offense as the New Haven, Connecticut native concluded his junior season with 52 receptions and six touchdowns.

It’s likely Murphy’s signal-caller will be David Curry, who was spotted under center every game last fall. He completed 196 of 351 passes for 2,585 yards and 18 touchdowns. Curry also led the rushing attack with 627 yards and six touchdowns.

Dean will travel to Fitchburg State for its season-opener.

University of New England: For the second time in program history, the Nor’easters concluded its campaign with four wins (they won a program-record four wins in 2019 after capping their inaugural campaign one year earlier with just two victories).

Last fall, UNE gained our attention by scoring an impressive early-season win against Bridgewater State, which saw the Blue and White outscore the hosts, 14-0, in the second half to set up a game-winning field goal by Ruelas Villasen in overtime.

In addition to their come-from-behind win against the Bears of Bridgewater, they also provided some challenges for Endicott and Western New England down the stretch. They capped their 2021 campaign with a wild victory over Curry.

The team’s late-season win over the Colonels, which was highlighted by five passing touchdowns by Jarrett Henault should provide the Nor’easters with some momentum heading into four this season in program history.

UNE will begin its season on the road at Coast Guard Academy.

Anna Maria Is One Win Away From An ECFC Title

Alex Cohen and the Anna Maria College football team are one win away from winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football (ECFC) title. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By Matt Noonan

One week after seeing their five-game winning streak snapped to Castleton University, Anna Maria College bounced back and scored a much-needed victory on Saturday against Gallaudet University.

The AMCATs erased an eight-point (21-13) deficit at the break to defeat the Bison, 37-21, and position themselves for a chance to win their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown next Saturday, November 13 when they host SUNY-Maritime.

Gallaudet was eliminated from the conference crown mix with its second league setback and so was Castleton, which lost to Alfred State by a score of 35-24. But while Alfred State holds head-to-head wins over Castleton and Gallaudet, they did suffer a 28-17 setback last month to Anna Maria, which needs to beat SUNY-Maritime to win the conference.

Of course, things could change if Anna Maria and Alfred State both lose next week — the Pioneers will be at Dean College next Saturday and beat SUNY-Maritime earlier this season by a score of 35-20 — but we’ll make it easy by saying an AMCATs victory next weekend would allow them to represent the league in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.

Alex Cohen accounted for four touchdowns this afternoon, including three through the air to Justin McMillian, who concluded the contest with 211 receiving yards on eight grabs. Cohen also rushed for 13 yards while Johnathan Gomez led the Anna Maria rushing attack with 46 yards on 10 carries and one score.

Gomez jumpstarted the AMCATs’ second-half rally with a touchdown in the third quarter, which brought the hosts within one point (21-20) of the Bison before Anna Maria tallied 17 unanswered points in the final session off two touchdowns and a 24-yard field goal by Ryan Kent with 8:45 remaining.

Alvin Martin led the Anna Maria defense with eight total tackles while Jude Sampson registered seven total tackles, including three solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Cohen Leads Anna Maria Past Keystone For Third-Straight Win

Alex Cohen recorded six touchdowns on Saturday in his team’s first-ever win against Keystone College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

Quarterback Alex Cohen completed 21 of 24 passes for 285 yards and five touchdowns while adding 46 yards on nine carries and one score as Anna Maria College opened Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play with a 55-35 victory over Keystone College on Saturday afternoon in La Plume, Pennsylvania.

With the win, the AMCATs improve to 3-1 overall while Keystone falls to 0-5.

Anna Maria has won three straight since its first contest this fall when they lost to Nichols College to establish a new single-season victory mark dating back to the team’s initial campaign in 2009.

Saturday’s win provides Dan Mulrooney with his seventh victory as the team’s head coach — he is now the program’s all-time winningest coach, erasing the six-win mark established by Vince Sinagra, who oversaw the AMCATs from 2012 to 2016.

Marc Klaiman, who was the team’s first coach in program history, won just two games during his three seasons (2009-2011) with the AMCATs.

Cohen tallied three touchdowns in the first half, including his only rushing score with 8:03 remaining in the opening session, before tossing three more touchdowns during the second half.

David Robinson led the Anna Maria receiving core with four catches for 78 yards and three touchdowns while Kristian Sapp rushed for a game-high 150 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Sam Jakana and Alvin Martin led the Anna Maria defense by combining for 19 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards.

Saturday’s six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) are the most recorded in a single game by Alex Cohen, who played high school football for Plymouth South.

Anna Maria will be idle next weekend before returning to the field on Saturday, October 16 against Alfred State at 12 p.m.