D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week 10 (Nov. 3rd)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The tenth 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 Ten, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Nine): We went 9-1 for the second-straight week, so let’s see if we can go a perfect 10-0 this week!

Season Predictions Records: 65-25 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)

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Western New England at Endicott College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): WNE quarterback Alec Coleman should continue his current success, both through the air and on the ground against the Gulls in Beverly. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Endicott 17 

Castleton Univ. at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Dean has a chance to finish its second season as a Division III program at 5-5, so look for first-year signal-caller Terrell Watts to lead the Bulldogs to their fourth victory. PREDICTION: Dean 28, Castleton 13 

WPI at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): The Engineers of Worcester defeated the Engineers of Cambridge for the third consecutive season one week ago and should continue their late season momentum in New London, Connecticut. PREDICTION: WPI 21, Coast Guard 10 

Nichols College at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 12 p.m.): Since falling to WNE at the end of September, the Seahawks have been on a roll and should continue their winning ways against the Bison at home. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 29, Nichols 14 

Anna Maria at Alfred State (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): A win for the AMCATs would provide the program with two conference wins for the first time since 2011. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 14, Alfred State 13 

Amherst College at Trinity College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Since falling to Williams, Trinity has been on a roll and should find a way to beat the undefeated Mammoths in Hartford. PREDICTION: Trinity 21, Amherst 17 

Wesleyan University at Williams College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): The Ephs should capture the first of possibly two Little Three contests this week, as long as they can contain Wesleyan quarterback Mark PiccirilloPREDICTION: Williams 21, Wesleyan 17 

Colby College at Tufts University (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald should lead the Jumbos back into the win column with a much-needed bounce-back win for the Powder Blue and White. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Colby 16 

Framingham State at Western Conn. (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5 p.m.): A win for the Colonials most likely secures the Blue and Orange the conference crown. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 31, Framingham State 21 

Bates College at Bowdoin College (Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 5:30 p.m.): After falling to Colby College last week in the snow, one should expect coach Malik Hall‘s crew to bounce back against the Polar Bears on the road. PREDICTION: Bates 21, Bowdoin 14 

Noonan: What Quarterbacks Could Have An Impact This Saturday?

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Western New England’s Alec Coleman is just one of many D3 quarterbacks that can lead offenses with both his arm and legs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Last week, a majority of New England’s D3 quarterbacks were forced to tuck and run – you can thank Mother Nature for last week’s ground and pound attack.

Sure, the weather may have been a factor for some offensive game plans, but watching quarterbacks lead teams down the field this fall with both their arms and legs seems to be the new norm for a position that used to be all about throwing touchdowns or fades.

And with a very important week approaching for some teams, one should expect to see their favorite school’s quarterbacks once again utilize both their arms and legs in must-win contests.

One of those quarterbacks that can pass and run is Alec Coleman of Western New England, who has scored 16 touchdowns in his last three contests, including nine scores on the ground.

Last week against Nichols College, Coleman helped the Bears erase a one-score deficit by finishing the game with five touchdowns, including four on the ground (Coleman’s four rushing scores matched a season-high, which he set one week earlier during his team’s 70-13 win over the University of New England).

Coleman began catching our attention for his passing and rushing abilities last month when he guided his team to impressive wins against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.

Through eight games this season, Coleman has accounted for 28 touchdowns, including a team-high 13 scores on the ground. He currently leads the Golden Bears’ rushing attack with 652 yards and should certainly enjoy more success this weekend against Endicott College.

Watching the Endicott defense attempt to slow down Coleman will be one of many storylines to follow when the two teams converge on Saturday in Beverly – a win for Coleman’s squad would most likely secure the Blue and Gold their second-straight conference crown.

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Springfield College’s Hunter Belzo has been a player to watch under center the past few weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan)

In Springfield this weekend, one should keep an eye on Hunter Belzo, the running back turned quarterback that has led Springfield College to some exciting wins this fall, including a 17-14 win last month at WPI (that was hands down one of my favorite football games I saw this season).

Belzo, who made his first career start under center against the Engineers last month, will look to keep the Pride in contention for a conference crown when Springfield hosts Maine Maritime Academy.

Similar to his performance two weeks ago against Catholic University, Belzo should have no problems finding the end zone against the Mariners with both his feet and arm.

Amherst College quarterback Ollie Eberth has quietly enjoyed a successful third season with the Mammoths, tossing eight touchdowns, while adding a career-best six scores on the ground.

Eberth recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns in his team’s first two wins of the season, while adding one score on the ground against Colby College and Middlebury College.

Last week against Tufts University, Eberth relied more on his teammates in the rushing game, but did conclude his team’s 19-13 win with 150 passing yards.

This week, Eberth will most likely depend on arm against a Trinity College defense that has surrendered an average of 204.9 yards per game through the air, while holding rushing attacks to roughly 65 yards per contest. But maybe Eberth could locate the end zone with his feet when Amherst’s offense makes it into the red zone on Saturday.

Trinity’s defense managed to slow down Tufts signal-caller Ryan McDonald, a player coach Jay Civetti considers “a runner first,” a few weeks ago, so it will be interesting to see if they can contain Eberth, as well.

McDonald is always a player to watch on the Jumbos – so far this season, he has scored 17 touchdowns, including seven on the ground. Last week against Amherst, McDonald rushed for a 25-yard touchdown late in the second, which brought the visitors within four points (10-6) of the Mammoths at the break.

A few other quarterbacks to keep an eye on this week:

  • Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): The Decatur, Georgia native has been a quarterback to watch this fall – currently, he has recorded career-bests in touchdown passes (six) and rushes (four). Despite being grounded for much of last week against Trinity, Jernigan has been able to lead a Panthers offense with both his arm and legs. Against Williams College, he rushed for a season-high 94 yards on 27 carries and one score, while tossing two touchdowns. One week later against Bates College, he relied on his arm more than his leg to lead the Blue and White to an exciting 35-34 victory. Look for Jernigan to return his form from earlier this season when the Panthers visit Hamilton College on Saturday.
  • Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron still has time to establish some new career-highs, both this week and next week, but our Noontime Sports Rookie of the Year has quietly produced a successful second season with the Ephs, which has seen the Duxbury, Massachusetts native toss eight touchdowns, while adding an additional eight scores on the ground. The eight rushing touchdowns shattered his mark of seven from one year ago. 
  • Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): The Shelton, Connecticut native is always a quarterback to watch every week. So far this season, he has accounted for 15 touchdowns, including three on the ground. He needs 29 yards to match last year’s rushing total (474), which he should be able to muster against Williams on Saturday.

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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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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (Sept 29th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The fifth 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 Five, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Four): We went 5-5 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 25-15 (we went 5-5 last week, so let’s see if we can bounce back!)

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Merchant Marine at MIT (11 a.m.): MIT needed a second half rally to top Catholic in their NEWMAC opener last week, but they will need a complete 60-minute effort to top coach Mike Toop’s Mariners this week. PREDICTION: MIT 28, USMMA 27

Western New England at Salve Regina (12 p.m.): After a disappointing week one setback to Springfield, these Golden Bears have found their groove, winning three-straight, including a hard-fought 31-28 victory against Husson. The team’s early season momentum should continue this week on the road against the Seahawks. PREDICTION: WNE 31, Salve Regina 26

Springfield College at Norwich University (1 p.m.): It was a gritty effort last week against WPI, but this brotherhood seems to be in good spirits after claiming an important conference win. They should find a way once again to get past a Cadets squad. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Norwich 10

Univ. of New England at Nichols College (1 p.m.): The Bison have won two of three contests at home this season and should improve that mark with an important conference victory on Saturday against UNE. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, UNE 10

Gallaudet University at Anna Maria College (1 p.m.): Look for this game to come down to perhaps the final drive with the AMCATs scoring with no time left on the clock. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 17, Gallaudet 14

Coast Guard Academy at Catholic University (1 p.m.): Ryan Jones and the Bears squeaked out an important win last Saturday against Norwich. Can they keep this momentum going in our nation’s capital? PREDICTION: Coast Guard 31, Catholic 21

Endicott College at Curry College (1 p.m.): The Gulls have some serious momentum on their side following their week four win over Hobart. PREDICTION: Endicott 31, Curry 17

Husson University at SUNY Maritime (1 p.m.): SUNY Maritime appears to be the team to beat in the ECFC, but can they take that next step this week against the league’s defending champion? Prediction: SUNY Maritime 24, Husson 14

Trinity College at Williams College (1:30 p.m.): Which defense will make the big stop? That is the biggest question heading into this important NESCAC clash. PREDICTION: Williams 35, Trinity 28

UMass Dartmouth at Western Conn. (5 p.m.): The Colonials seem like a team on a mission this fall, but the same could be said for the Corsairs, who have won three of four contests thus far, including an important conference clash last week against Plymouth State. The Corsairs must find a way to slow down the Colonials offense, which is averaging five touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, UMass Dartmouth 17

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