D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Four (Sept 22nd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The fourth 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 Four, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

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

Season Predictions Records: 20-10 (second-straight week of going 7-3!)

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Springfield College at WPI (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of playing football in mid-November. Springfield will look to bounce back from a difficult setback, while WPI’s offense will once again rely on junior tailback Sean McAllenPREDICTION: WPI 24, Springfield 22 

Framingham State at Mass. Maritime Academy (12 p.m.): Ah, the Kelley Cup! Who will be victorious this year? Tom Kelley (FSU) or Mike Kelley (MMA)? PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime 17 

Hobart at Endicott College (12 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan Hoffman will be a player to watch in this one as he will attempt to guide the Statesmen to their third consecutive win. PREDICTION: Hobart 42, Endicott 27 

Catholic University at MIT (12 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna and the Engineers return to Cambridge this weekend after winning a pair of games on the road the past two weeks, including a 31-29 victory last weekend at Endicott. The team’s early success should continue this week against the Cardinals. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Catholic 10 

Bates College at Trinity College (1 p.m.): Bates provided some challenges for the Amherst College Mammoths last week, but this might be an even tougher challenge for first-year coach Malik Hall and his Bobcats. PREDICTION: Trinity 35, Bates 7 

Anna Maria at Western New England (1 p.m.): After an opening day loss to Springfield College, WNE has found its groove with back-to-back wins over Husson University and Westfield State. Their early season momentum should continue this week against the AMCATs. PREDICTION: WNE 38, Anna Maria 10 

Dean College at Becker College (2:30 p.m.): Dean has certainly provided challenges for all three of its opponents this season and should find a way to get past Becker with a late touchdown. PREDICTION: Dean 17, Becker 10 

Western Conn. at Salve Regina (4 p.m.): Halfback Joey Mauriello will be the key for the Seahawks in this one – the same could be said for Brandon O’Neill and John Salute. If the Seahawks can lean on its running game and receive help on defense from O’Neill and Salute, then they will find a way to win this contest. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Western Conn. 27 

Plymouth State at UMass Dartmouth (5 p.m.): The Panthers almost beat the Colonials at home last week, but this week they should find a way past a Corsairs squad, which has won two of three contests this fall. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21 

Wesleyan University at Tufts University (6 p.m.): The Cardinals were dominant in all three phases last week against Middlebury and should once again rely on al three units – offense, defense and special teams – to get past the Jumbos. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 24, Tufts 14 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week One (Aug. 30-Sept. 1st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Football has finally returned to New England – welcome back, we missed you!

And with the return of a brand new football season, it can only mean one thing: 10 Games to Watch has officially returned to Noontime Sports (get excited!).

So – similar to last year – we will highlight 10 New England D3 contests to watch (and follow/attend) this weekend, as well as our predictions for each contest, too. And as always, you can let us know what you think of our predictions by sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_FB (our brand new football Twitter handle!).

Let’s kick-off a BRAND new season with our first installment of 10 Games to Watch in week one!


Univ. of New England at Coast Guard Academy (Thursday, Aug. 30th | 7 p.m.): The Bears open its 2018 campaign against a new opponent (UNE), which will certainly be a team to watch this fall as a first-year varsity program. But tonight, we’ll take the Bears over the Nor’Easters, which will be led by junior quarterback Ryan JonesPREDICTION: Coast Guard 28, UNE 10 

WPI at Anna Maria (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): WPI is one of our teams to watch this fall – as we mentioned earlier this week, they are very determined to challenge Springfield College for the top spot in the NEWMAC – so look for the Engineers to begin their season with a week one win against a non-conference/Worcester area foe. PREDICTION: WPI 35, Anna Maria 14 

Western New England at Springfield College (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): Junior Hunter Belzo and the Pride’s offense will look to continue its momentum from last season, which began with an opening day win over their neighbors in the Battle for the Pynchon SawPREDICTION: Springfield 28, WNE 21 

Dean College at Curry College (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): This will be a good test for the Colonels, who were picked to finish third in the CCC (tied with Endicott College). Sure, they graduated some key pieces from last year’s squad, which advanced to the New England Bowl, but an opening day win against the Bulldogs could provide the Purple and White with some much-needed early season momentum. PREDICTION: Curry 27, Dean 14 

Becker College at MIT (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna and the Engineers will look to begin a new chapter – and yes, a new season, as well! – with a win against a Becker squad they topped last season on the road. PREDICTION: MIT 21, Becker 7 

Endicott College at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): For the past few seasons, the Rams of Framingham State have had their way with the Gulls of Endicott. However, this game has the making for a potential upset, so don’t be surprised if the Blue and Green fly home to Beverly with an opening day win. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Framingham State 20 

Buffalo State at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): Buffalo State should certainly provide some challenges for the Bears of Bridgewater State, which almost defeated the Bengals last season in New York. This game has the makings for an exciting first week contest, which could come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Buffalo State 26, Bridgewater State 17 

Salve Regina at Worcester State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): If the Lancers hope to contend for the MASCAC crown this fall they must find a way to get past some of the region’s top teams, including Salve Regina. The Seahawks were picked to finish second the CCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday, and will certainly provide Worcester State with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 29, Worcester State 24 

Husson Univ. at Union College (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 1 p.m.): An opening day win against a talented Union squad would be a tremendous ways to start the post-John Smith era at Husson. The Eagles return some key pieces from last year’s squad, which should certainly help them contend against some of the best teams in both New England and New York this fall. PREDICTION: Husson 17, Union 13 

Plymouth State at Castleton Univ. (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 1 p.m.): The Panthers maybe the favorite in this contest, but don’t overlook the Spartans’ offense, which will be led by senior wide-out Ryan Barry and classmate/halfback Moe HarrisPREDICTION: Castleton 21, Plymouth State 20 

Football Friday Notebook: Pats Trump The Eagles, News From D3 Football

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Friday … Let’s Go!

We kickstart a brand new weekend with another edition of the Football Friday Notebook with loads of links from around the web about the New England Patriots to local high school football starting today/this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back for more local football content over the next few days because football is officially back!


Noontime Rewind: What we posted this week

*  We caught-up earlier this week with WPI place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington to chat about kicking, last season’s success and his all-time favorite kicker, who happens to be Robbie Gould

* We recently posted a brand new Football Friday Podcast with Dan Mulrooney of Anna Maria College. Coach Mulrooney is eager to ‘Ring the Bell’ with a young group that is excited to get after it this season! 


New England Patriots & Pro Football Links 

* From the New York PostTom Brady looks ready to go for the upcoming season. And we think so, too! 

It took only six months, but Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally shook hands

* From Pro Football Talk: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed content with his lone preseason series drive.  

* Interesting story, but it seems like Madonna will open a a football academy in Malawi


New England College and High School Links

From the Lynn ItemPaul McGonagle is ready to lead Endicott College football this fall. 

From the Salem NewsErik Bell becomes the newest members of the Endicott football program as the team forms a partnership with Team IMPACT

* From the Worcester T&G: Nick Ostrowski has translated his hard work to the gridiron with the WPI Engineers’ football team. 

Earlier this week, veteran sports reporter Tom Haley shared some notes on the Castleton University football program

Husson University will have some coaches on its staff this fall that have some familiarity with the Eagles’ football program. 

* Finally, in honor of the start of high school football here in Massachusetts, check out the Boston Heralds‘ 13th Annual Preseason All-Star Team


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D3 Football: WNE Unveils Its 2018 Schedule

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Western New England unveiled its 2018 schedule. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rachael Margossian | WNE Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

The Western New England Golden Bears recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which includes five home dates, as well as their annual rivalry game with Springfield College.

WNE will visit the Pride in week one on Friday, August 31st with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Last season, the Pride defeated the Golden Bears in the Fifth Annual Pynchon Saw Game. Quarterback Anthony Service concluded the contest with 235 passing yards – he also rushed for a team-high 49 yards.

The Golden Bears will host their initial home game of the 2018 season one week later when they entertain Westfield State on Saturday, September 8 before making the trek to Husson University on Saturday, September 15th. The Eagles lost to the Golden Bears last season by a touchdown, but did lead at the break by two scores (14-0). Husson was the lone New England squad to advance to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament last fall.

WNE will close out the month of September with back-to-back games against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.

The Golden Bears will compete in a trio of conference contests in October, including a pair of home games against Curry College and University of New England before closing out its regular season slate with games against Endicott College and Becker College in November.

WNE concluded its 2017 campaign 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Golden Bears captured the inaugural CCC title with back-to-back wins over Curry and Salve Regina to secure the crown before advancing to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Delaware Valley.

Anna Maria’s Rapoza Receives Praise From Bob Ryan On Around The Horn

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On Tuesday, Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza went a perfect 18-for-18 from the floor, while netting a career-high 42 points against Mount Ida. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Following a monstrous performance two nights ago against Mount Ida College, Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza received some love from Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan at the conclusion of last night’s (Wednesday, Feb. 14th) Around the Horn on ESPN.

Ryan, who has been covering basketball for nearly five decades, praised Rapoza – not just for converting all 18 of his field goals, but for “posting up, kicking butt and making every shot.”

“Way to go, Mike Rapoza,” he said with a fist pump. “You da’ man!”

Rapoza’s 18-for-18 performance was a Division III record, but also helped the AMCATs secure a spot in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament, which begins next week.

Anna Maria returns to the hardwood on Saturday, February 17 when they host Emmanuel College with tip-off scheduled for 12 p.m.