The sectional semifinals for Massachusetts high school football are upon us, which means it is time to dish out some picks for this week’s games, specifically Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D5 games.
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It’s Friday, which means it is time to dish out 10 games to watch this week in New England and Northeast Division III football.
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Utica at Brockport: Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? The Golden Eagles soared to an impressive third-straight win last week over St. John Fisher and should bump their record to 4-0 after their late afternoon tilt with Utica concludes. PICK: Brockport 30, Utica 10
Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Framingham State: Ah, the Kelley Cup, this is always a fun one. Who will prevail? Father (Tom Kelley of the Framingham State Rams) or son (Mike Kelley of the Mass. Maritime Academy Buccaneers)? We’ll find out tomorrow, but this game pits two of the MASCAC’s best tailbacks in Quron Wright (FSU) and Richie Phillips (MMA). PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime Academy 17
MIT at Catholic: MIT has found ways to win games this season in all phases (offense, defense and special teams), while the Cardinals have relied on some young talent, including second-year quarterback Alejandro Ros to secure a pair of wins thus far. Don’t expect a high-scoring contest, but perhaps a late touchdown or field to decide this one’s outcome. PREDICTION: Catholic 22, MIT 17
Amherst at Hamilton: This will be an offensive showcase as both offenses looked pretty impressive last week against Bates (Amherst) and Tufts (Hamilton). However, Amherst is the team to watch this season in the NESCAC, so look for perhaps another solid outing from quarterback Ollie Eberth, who tossed four touchdowns a week ago. PICK: Amherst 35, Hamilton 30
Tufts at Wesleyan: For the second-straight year, these two teams will square-off under the lights. It should be a fantastic game, however, this is almost a must-win for both squads that look to remain in the mix for this year’s NESCAC title. Keep an eye on Tufts’ Ryan McDonald, who was able to convert points a week ago with his arm and legs. PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Wesleyan 24
Salve Regina at Western Conn. State: The Seahawks have won some hard-fought contests this season, including a 26-20 win over Montclair State. They secured a third-straight win over Dean a week ago, but must find a way to slow down Western Connecticut quarterback Quinn Fleeting, along with wide receivers Austin Calamita and Duane Gary. Salve Regina’s defense is tied for third in the country in scoring touchdowns (two). PREDICTION: Salve Regina 35, Western Conn. 28
WPI at Springfield: This is an intriguing match-up that pits the nation’s best rushing attack (411.7 yards per game) against a defensive unit that is tied for third in scoring touchdowns (two). This has the making for a sensational NEWMAC clash and should come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Springfield 20, WPI 17
RPI at Buffalo State: The Engineers are proving they won’t be an easy team to take down this fall in the Liberty League. And after picking-up a third-straight win last week over Western New England, RPI has appeared to have gained some serious momentum heading into this weekend’s clash with the Bengals. PREDICTION: RPI 28, Buffalo State 20
Husson at Western New England: Coming off the bye week, Gabby Price and the Husson Eagles will be ready for this NCAA Division III Tournament re-match. Look for a big game from the Eagles’ defense – they must contain WNE quarterback Anthony Service – and JohnSmith, who willleads the Husson rushing attack. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 24
Union at Curry: The Colonels enter this non-conference clash riding an impressive three-game winning streak. Skip Bandini told us before the season that everyone needs to step-up this fall, and so far, they have, so look for that trend to continue for another week. PREDICTION: Curry 23, Union 16
Over the past 44 seasons, Coven guided the Judges to 14 NCAA Tournaments, including a quartet of final four appearances and one national championship in 1976. Additionally, Coven led Brandeis to four Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships (1994, 2006, 2010 and 2011), while earning a trio of University Athletic Association (UAA) Coach of the Year Awards.
“Brandeis has been a special place for me,” Coven said in the athletic department’s release. “The support I’ve seen over the years – from the administrators, from alumni and from the student-body – has made this place into a real soccer school. I will miss it tremendously.”
This past season, Coven navigated the Judges to a 13-6-4 overall record, along with the program’s fourth appearance in the final four – their first since 1984. Brandeis edged last year’s champion, Amherst, in the round of 16 (won in PK’s) before defeating Rutgers-Newark the following day (4-2) en route to the national semifinals.
Brandeis’ run toward the program’s second national crown came up short against Calvin last Friday, December 2 as the Knights defeated the Judges, 1-0.