D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Three (Sept 14-15th)

10 Games To Watch Week 3 091418

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The third 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 Three, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Two): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions: Through two weeks, our prediction record stands at 13-7.

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Coast Guard Academy at Nichols College (Friday, Sept. 14th at 7 p.m.): The Bears put up a fight against Union last week and should carry that momentum (despite losing to the Dutchmen) into this week’s tilt against the Bison. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 28, Nichols 21 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): This one will come down to the final drive. We think quarterback Adam Wojenski will win it for the Rams on a QB-keeper. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Bridgewater State 17 

MIT at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): The Brian Bubna era is off to a great start and we certainly believe it will continue on Saturday in Beverly. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Endicott 10 

Middlebury at Wesleyan (Saturday, Sept. 15th at1 p.m.): There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both teams entering the initial week of NESCAC football, but we expect the home team (Wesleyan) to win this important match-up. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 33, Middlebury 24 

Western Conn. at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of winning the MASCAC this fall. We’ll give the edge to the Panthers (home field advantage). PREDICTION: Plymouth State 30, Western Conn. 28 

Amherst College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): A new era of Bates football will begin on Saturday under the direction of first-year coach Malik Hall. This is a tough opening day match-up for the Bobcats, but they should certainly keep it close with their new offense. PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Bates 24 

Trinity College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams open their season against a new-look Colby squad, which will be led by the former UMaine sideline boss Jack Cosgrove. Similar to Bates, this is a tough season-opener for the Mules, who will need to find a way to slow down Trinity halfback Max ChipourasPREDICTION: Trinity 28, Colby 10 

Tufts University at Hamilton College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald highlighted his team’s opening day win last year, so can he do it again this year on the road? PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

Western New England at Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Husson will lean on first-year running back Soloman Hassen, who was tabbed this week’s ECFC Rookie of the Week. The California native has rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 21 

Union College at No. 25 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2 p.m.): Chad Shade did not rush for six scores last week, but did help his team score an important road win over Kean. This week, Shade and the defense will be tested, but we expect them to find a way past the Dutchmen. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Union 21 

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

NS Week Three Poll

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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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Two (Sept. 4th, 2018)

Week Two Poll

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

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

Springfield College secured the top spot for the second week with a convincing 42-21 win over Western New England, while Framingham StateWPIAmherst CollegePlymouth State and MIT all moved up. Salve Regina and Bridgewater State became the newest members of this week’s poll after securing opening day wins over Worcester State and Buffalo State, respectively.

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 Two Poll | Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 

1. Springfield College 

1-0 | Last Week No. 1Week Two: Kean (9/8)

2.  Framingham State 

1-0 | Last Week No. 4

Week Two: Cortland (9/8)

3. Trinity College 

0-0 | Last Week No. 2

Week Two: N/A

4. WPI 

1-0 | Last Week No. 5

Week Two: RPI (9/8)

5. Amherst College

0-0 | Last Week No. 6

Week Two: N/A

6.  Plymouth State 

1-0 | Last Week No. 8

Week Two: Bye Week

7. Salve Regina  

1-0 | Last Week NR

Week Two: Montclair St. (9/8)

8. MIT 

1-0 | Last Week No. 9

Week Two: Curry (9/7)

9.  Bridgewater State 

1-0 | Last Week NR

Week Two: Endicott (9/7)

10. WNE  

0-1 | Last Week No. 7

Week Two: Westfield St. (9/8)

ON THE RISE: Curry College (1-0), Dean College (0-1), Husson University (0-1), Middlebury College (0-0), Wesleyan University (0-0), Williams College (0-0) and Worcester State (0-1) 


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New England D3 Football 2018 Predictions

Preseason Predictions

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the first New England D3 football game scheduled for Thursday, August 30th – University of New England will travel to New London, Connecticut to play its first-ever varsity contest against Coast Guard Academy – it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports 2018 Season Projections, which includes our five picks to win each conference, along with teams to watch and dark horses.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Projected Conference Winner 

Western New England: A new era has officially begun at WNE with Jason Lebeau taking over for Keith Emery. The Golden Bears are certainly the favorite in this conference, but do have some questions heading into a new season. However, we expect WNE to celebrate another CCC title, but they could encounter some challenges along the way. Look for junior tailback Peter Hoff to lead the offense, while senior linebacker Mike Chirco will oversee the defense.

Team to Watch

Curry College: Sure, the Colonels may have graduated some key pieces from last year’s squad, but there seems to be some early season excitement surrounding the Purple and White. Once again, coach Skip Bandini will ask everyone to step-up, especially when the game is on the line.

Dark Horse   

Endicott College: Similar to WNE, Endicott will be under new leadership this fall with first-year coach Paul McGonagle returning to the Beverly campus to lead a squad that certainly has potential to make 2018 an exciting fall. They have solid pieces on both sides of the ball and will certainly provide challenges to both their conference and non-conference foes.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) 

Projected Conference Winner 

Husson University: The John Smith era may have ended last November, but don’t overlook these Eagles, who will once again be a team to watch in New England. Senior quarterback Cory Brandon returns and should be in for a solid final season with the Green and Gold – look for him to target classmate and wide out Kyle Gaudet and junior Quintarian Brown. On defense, senior linebacker Elvin Suazo will lead a unit that limited opposing offenses to an average of two touchdowns per game last season. Classmate and defensive lineman Tarik Smith is back, as well, and will certainly be a player to watch up front.

Team to Watch 

SUNY Maritime: The Privateers certainly have what it takes to challenge the Eagles for the top spot – they also have what it takes to make another postseason appearance after finishing its 2017 campaign 9-2 overall, as well. Senior quarterback Thomas Wright has some of his favorite targets back from last season, so look for him to connect with classmates Brandonn Drumgole and Curtis Smith. Wright should have enough time to go through the motions with two key members of last year’s line back this fall: seniors Nick Acevedo and Dean Lynch. Junior linebacker Liam Bailey will lead the Privateers defense – he will receive some help from classmate and defensive end Payton Campbell. SUNY Maritime will be under new leadership this season as Vincent DiGaetano returns to Throggs Neck, New York – he was with the program from 2005-2015.

Dark Horse 

Gallaudet University:  The Bison could surprise some folks this fall – they were picked to finish fifth in the ECFC Coaches Preseason Poll, but could perhaps finish maybe a spot or two higher by the conclusion of the 2018 season. Look for senior Dylan Mento (wide receiver) and junior Timel Benton (quarterback) to power the offense, while senior Louie Akuffo (linebacker) lead the defense after recording a career-best 55 solo stops last fall.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Projected Conference Winner 

Framingham State: It’s hard to pick against these Rams, who graduated some key pieces of last year’s squad. However, the same determination from a year ago remains with this team – they are coming off back-to-back New England Bowl championships and hope to return to the NCAA Tournament in mid-November. Senior halfback Quron Wright should lead the offense once again – look for sophomore wide-out Shaq Joseph to become a familiar target for junior quarterback Adam Wojenski. Junior defensive end Joshua Onujiogu returns – he will be tasked with leading a unit that does have some question marks heading into a new campaign, but should definitely improve as the season progresses.

Team to Watch 

Plymouth State: Picked to finish second in this summer’s MASCAC Preseason Coaches Poll, the Panthers welcome back a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, which should once again keep them in the mix for a conference crown. Offensively, the team returns most of its returners (and contributors) from last season, including senior quarterback Zack Edwards and junior wide-out Jacob Szulc. Senior halfback Mitch Banuskevich is also back, as well – he led the team’s rushing attack last fall with 668 yards on 166 carries. Defensively, the Panthers graduated some key players, but do return junior defensive back Matt Shea.

Dark Horse 

Worcester State: Keep an eye on the offensive combo of senior quarterback Noah Brum and junior tight end Jacob Maher. These two will be tasked with leading the Lancers offense, along with senior halfbacks Dexter Andrews and Hunter Paupaw. Sophomore linebacker Mike Quinn enjoyed a successful first season with the Lancers – he led all defenders with 100 total tackles, and will certainly be the player to watch on defense.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Projected Winner 

Trinity College: The Bantams return 14 starters from last season, including senior  running back Max Chipouras, who will certainly be a player to watch this fall. Chipouras should be the focal point of the Bantams’ offense as quarterback Sonny Puzzo graduated – they will also have to make up for the loss of two-time All-American Chris Simmons on the line, as well. Senior defensive end Corey Jean Jacques should anchor one of the best defenses in both the NESCAC and New England.

Team to Watch 

Amherst College: Don’t overlook this Mammoths squad, which on paper looks like a team that could contend for some NESCAC hardware this season. Junior quarterback OIlie Eberth is back and will have a few familiar targets to throw to, including classmate James O’Regan and senior Bo Berluti. On defense, look no further than senior Andrew Yamin, who will  once again provide nightmares for opposing offenses.

Dark Horse 

Williams College: Coach Mark Raymond led the Ephs to an impressive 6-3 mark last fall, which included a season finale win over rival Amherst College. The win over the Mammoths could be the momentum Williams needs to contend for a NESCAC crown this season. Sophomore quarterback Bobby Maimaron was extremely impressive in his first season – he will once again be a player to watch on offense this fall.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

Projected Winner 

Springfield College: Sure, some pieces from last year’s unit graduated, but that won’t slow down the Pride’s momentum, which should certainly continue this season. Junior tailback Hunter Belzo will be tasked with carrying the load – the same could be said for classmate and quarterback Chad Shade. And the good news is both Belzo and Shade will be able to run behind junior center Nick Bainter, who will be tasked with anchoring Springfield’s o-line. Senior Nick Giorgio will be the player to watch on defense for the Pride – he should receive some help from classmates Josh Corporan (linebacker), Marlowe Scott (defensive back) and Johnny Bianchi (strong safety).

Team to Watch 

WPI: This Engineers squad seems extremely determined to challenge Springfield College for the top spot in the NEWMAC. A good chunk of last year’s team returns, including junior halfbacks Sean McAllen and Connor Field, seniors Luca Cerasani (d-line) and Sam Malafronte (linebacker), along with junior Nick Ostrowski (linebacker). WPI also returns place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington – he will be ready for the big kick when his number is called.

Dark Horse 

Merchant Marine: Sure, the Mariners will look a tad bit different this fall than last year – and the year before, too – but this young squad could provide some challenges on both sides of the ball when they enter NEWMAC play in a few weeks. Senior fullbacks Wiley Martin and Joseph Bellomo will be tasked with leading an offense that will be without quarterback Bryce Moorse, who graduated in the spring. Senior defensive back Brooks Cannell will be a player to watch on defense this fall, as well.

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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week One (Aug. 27th, 2018)

Noontime Poll Week One

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

The first week of the New England D3 Football season has finally arrived, which means it is time to unveil our initial Top 10 poll of the season, as well as what teams are on the rise.

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 One Poll | Monday, August 27th, 2018 

1. Springfield College 

0-0 NEWMACWeek One: WNE (8/31)

2. Trinity College 

0-0 NESCAC

Week One: Colby (9/15)

3. Husson University

0-0 ECFC

Week One:  Union (9/1)

4. Framingham State 

0-0 MASCAC

Week One: Endicott (9/1)

5. WPI 

0-0 NEWMAC

Week One: Anna Maria (8/31)

6. Amherst College 

0-0 NESCAC

Week One: Bates (9/15)

7. WNE 

0-0 CCC

Week One: Springfield (8/31)

8. Plymouth State 

0-0 MASCAC

Week One: Castleton (9/1)

9.  MIT 

0-0 NEWMAC

Week One: Becker (8/31)

10. Curry College 

0-0 CCC

Week One: Dean (8/31)

ON THE RISE: Endicott College (0-0), Middlebury College (0-0),Wesleyan University (0-0), Western Conn. (0-0), Williams College (0-0) and Worcester State (0-0) 


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