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Noontime’s Northeast College Football Games to Watch (Week Seven)

Rory Sullivan and the FDU-Florham football team will host Delaware Valley on Saturday in an important conference matchup. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sherry Saccoliti)

By Matt Noonan

Sure, we’re a New England sports blog – yes, we’re based right outside of Boston (technically across the river, to be exact in Somerville), but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep our eyes on some college football games outside our region, right?

So, today, we’re going to highlight a few matchups to watch this weekend outside of New England, including one taking place in Madison, New Jersey.

Delaware Valley (5-0, 3-0 MAC) at FDU-Florham (4-1, 3-0 MAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.:  The Devils have been on a roll since losing their season-opener to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA).

Last week, FDU-Florham won its fourth consecutive contest by outlasting Lebanon Valley in double-overtime. Connor Perez, who finished with two touchdown receptions, caught the game-winning score in the second overtime session and quarterback Anthony Caserta concluded the conference clash with four touchdown passes.

The Devils’ momentum will certainly be tested against an Aggies squad that has not lost a game this fall – DelVal has produced 114 points in three-straight conference games and scored their fifth consecutive win last weekend with a 48-15 win over King’s College.

DelVal enters Saturday’s contest having won 32 consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) matchups, dating back to their 2016 campaign. Their 5-0 start is their best since 2017 when they finished 12-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play.

FDU-Florham’s offense will be challenged with scoring points this week as DelVal’s defense is one of six units in NCAA Division III that is limiting opponents to less than 10 points per game. DelVal’s defense has yielded an average of 9.40 points per game.  

Gallaudet University (4-0, 2-0 ECFC) at SUNY-Maritime (1-4, 1-1 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.: The Bison enter their third conference matchup with a great deal of momentum.

Last week, Timel Benton and the Bison rushed past Keystone College, 34-14, thanks to five rushing touchdowns. Benton rushed for a team-high 167 yards on 19 carries and two scores while D’Mitri Lofton, Mikka Harvey, and Preston Garrett all rushed for one touchdown.

As a team, Gallaudet leads all Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) teams with 17 rushing touchdowns – Alfred State ranks second with 10 – while the Privateers rank fourth in touchdown passes (Anna Maria College and Dean College are tied for first with 10 touchdowns through the air).   

SUNY-Maritime captured its conference opener with a come-from-behind win against Castleton University before falling one week later to Alfred State.

Saturday’s game is an important one for both teams, but especially the Privateers as two conference losses would make it tough for them to win the league title. But anything is possible, of course.

SUNY-Maritime topped Gallaudet in their last meeting in 2019 by a score of 24-13, while the Bison’s last win against the Privateers came in 2012. The win – the Bison’s seventh of the 2012 season – matched their total from 2007, which was when the squad returned to the “NCAA Division III ranks.”  

Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) at Alfred State (2-3, 1-0 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.:  The AMCATs have been a great story thus far. But can they continue their early-season momentum one week after they were idle? I think so.

Quarterback Alex Cohen leads the conference in passing yards per game (288.0) and passer rating (151.5) and guided the AMCATs to a thrilling 21-20 victory two years ago against the Pioneers.

Cohen will certainly be a player to watch in this matchup, but the same could be said for Alfred State’s Aaron Jenkins, who registered 317 yards of total offense last week, including a game-high 222 yards on 22 carries and one rushing touchdown against SUNY-Maritime. Jenkins also completed 8 of 18 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns – he located both Ben Ba and Shy’rel Broadwater in the end zone.  

Look for Alfred State to rely on its rushing attack on Saturday, which has held them to back-to-back victories.

Anna Maria has won two of three meetings – Saturday’s contest will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools.  

More Games to Watch:

  • Wilkes University at Widener University (10/16 at 1 p.m.): A pair of five-win teams will tangle in Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Utica College (4-1, 1-0 E8) at Brockport (3-2, 1-1 E8) (10/16 at 6 p.m.): The Golden Eagles look to bounce back against the Pioneers, who needed to rally past Hartwick to score their first conference win.
  • RPI (6-0, 2-0 LL) at Hobart College (4-1, 0-1 LL) (10/16 at 1 p.m.): The Statesmen look to bounce back against an Engineers team that continues to find ways to win games.

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Seven)

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College Bantams have won four straight contests — this weekend, they host Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

The seventh week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our 10 Games to Watch!

Last week, we picked eight of ten contests correctly — not bad, eh? — to bump our season total to 43-17 (so we have selected 43 of 60 contests correctly, which is pretty good, right?).

We have some exciting matchups to follow this week, so without further ado, scroll down and see who we think will win their respective matchup!


FEATURED GAME: Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC) at Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: After losing to Plymouth State one week ago, we expect the Colonials to bounce back with a much-needed road win against the Rams of Framingham State to remain in the mix for the conference crown. PREDICTION: West Conn. 24, Framingham State 16

FEATURED GAME: Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC) at Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: Do we smell a potential upset? Trinity is on a roll – they look good! – but Bates is coming to town with some confidence, along with some momentum after scoring their first win of the 2021 season last Saturday against Tufts University. Sure, Trinity is the favorite but maybe Bates finds a way to beat the Bantams for the first time since 1979? PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Bates 21

FEATURED GAME: Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC) at Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Gulls head to Maine with a lot of momentum after scoring an exciting win one week ago against Western New England. Let’s see if their midseason momentum continues against an Eagle squad that has not lost a game since the first weekend of September. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Husson 17


MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) at United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Mariners are hands down the best team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – we find it hard to see this team fall to the Engineers at this point of the season. PREDICTION: USMMA 38, MIT 13

Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) at Alfred State (2-3, 1-0 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The AMCATs return from their bye week eager to continue their early-season momentum against a Pioneers team that scored an impressive win one week ago against SUNY-Maritime. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 34, Alfred State 27

Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) at Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Pride produced 60 points one week ago – maybe they put up 30 or 40 this week? PREDICTION: Springfield 35, Norwich 14

Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC) at Bowdoin College (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths are one of the biggest surprises of the 2021 season so let’s see if they can continue their early-season momentum against a Polar Bears squad that almost edged the Cardinals of Wesleyan University last week. PREDICTION: Amherst 20, Bowdoin 18

Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC) at Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Bears should be able to bounce back against a Colonels squad that lost to both Endicott and Husson by a touchdown. PREDICTION: WNE 30, Curry 20

Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0) at Tufts University (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Could the Jumbos hand the Cardinals their first loss of the 2021 season? It’s possible as they have not made it easy on a few teams this fall, including Amherst College and Williams College. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Wesleyan 24

Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) at Hamilton College (2-2, 2-2 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Halfback Joel Nicholas rushed for a pair of touchdowns last week against Colby College last week and will be one of a few players to watch on the Ephs this week against the Continentals. PREDICTION: Williams 34, Hamilton 14  

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 11, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Six weeks of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season are in the books.

The seventh week officially began yesterday, which means it is time to share a brand-new Top 20 Poll that featured some movement, along with some new members of this week’s list.

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Monday, October 11, 2021

1. Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): Five straight scoring drives to start the game set the tone for an exciting win over Western New England.

2. Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 | LW: No. 2): The Bantams provided coach Jeff Devanney with his 100th win on Saturday as they rolled to their fourth-straight win against Hamilton College.  

3. Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): Williams cruised past Colby College, thanks to a complete effort by its offense and defense.

4. Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to contain an Endicott offense that concluded its first four series with touchdowns.

5. Salve Regina University (5-1, 2-0 | LW: No. 6): Salve Regina bounced back with a commanding win over the University of New England to keep pace with Endicott and Husson University (and yes, Western New England, too) for the top spot in the conference.

6. Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 7): The Rams moved up after scoring its fourth-straight conference win to keep pace with Bridgewater State for the top spot in the conference.

7. Bridgewater State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No 8): The Bears scored another big win last weekend over Worcester State to head into their bye week with some momentum.

8. Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles moved up two spots after scoring its fourth-straight win, including its initial league victory over Curry College. Saturday’s matchup with Endicott will certainly be one to watch.

9. Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): For the second-straight week, the Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought victory against a team from Maine.

10. Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): One week after scoring an important conference win against UMass Dartmouth, the Colonials suffered a 16-13 setback to Plymouth State.

11. UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 14): The Corsairs moved up two spots after scoring a hard-fought win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. This week, the Corsairs visit Westfield State.

12. Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC | LW: No. 13): It’s not often that a team moves up after a setback, but these Colonels have provided challenges to both Endicott and Husson, which is why they are switching spots with the University of New England.

13. University of New England (3-2, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 12): The Nor’easters dropped one spot following a difficult setback to the Seahawks. UNE will be idle this weekend but faces some unique challenges over the next few weeks.

14. Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): Springfield flexed its offensive muscles this past weekend with seven rushing touchdowns. Look for this momentum to continue this week against Norwich University.

15. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs were idle this past weekend, but don’t expect the break to derail their early-season momentum.

16. Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 15): After scoring an important conference win against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets struggled against the best team in their conference this past weekend.

17. Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mammoths move up two spots after scoring an important road win against Middlebury College, thanks to quarterback Mike Piazza, who finished with 104 yards of total offense and one touchdown pass.

18. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Engineers were idle this past weekend but face a challenging test this weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

19. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Despite suffering their first conference setback last weekend, these Buccaneers did provide some problems for the UMass Dartmouth offense. This week, the Bucs host Worcester State.

20. Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Quarterback Brendan Costa earned the Gold Helmet award for New England Division II/III student-athletes – it was announced on Sunday! – after recording 367 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against Tufts University. Last Saturday’s win was Bates’ first against the Jumbos since 2013 (and first in Somerville since 2012).

On the Rise: Bowdoin College, Castleton University, Coast Guard Academy, and Nichols College

Observations & Thoughts From Five Weeks of New England D2 & D3 Football

Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak set the program record for touchdown receptions last weekend against Salve Regina. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By Matt Noonan

We’re slowly reaching the halfway mark of the 2021 college football season – crazy, right?

But the good news is there is still plenty of football left to be played.

While yesterday – Sunday, October 3, 2021 – technically marked the beginning of the sixth week of the season, here are some observations from what I have witnessed over the past few weeks.

Let’s begin in the Northeast 10 Conference (NE10) where Bentley University has won five straight contests to stretch its current winning streak to 10 games, dating back to October 2019.  

The Falcons, who currently occupy the top spot in the conference, have won three consecutive league matchups this fall, including a 34-21 contest this past weekend against Saint Anselm. Quarterback Stephen Sturm account for four touchdowns – three passing, one rushing – and 379 yards of total offense against the Hawks while Cole McCubrey registered a team-high 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops (Rene Nunez also recorded nine solo tackles).

Bentley enters the sixth week of the season as the 18th best team in Division II, according to the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Poll. The Falcons are one of nine teams on this week’s list that have won five consecutive contests this fall.

West Florida and Northwest Missouri State, which secured the first and second positions in this week’s AFCA D-II Poll, boast identical 4-0 records.

As noted above, there is still a lot of football left to be played, but Bentley has certainly found ways to score hard-fought wins, both this past weekend and at the end of September against American International College.

This week, the Falcons host a Pace University squad that provided challenges for New Haven, which broke open a 14-14 tie with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Last week’s Pace-New Haven contest marked the first time the Chargers competed on the road this school year.

Coach Chris Pincince seemed proud of his team’s effort against the Setters, saying that “a win is a win, we look forward. We took another step toward another goal (of winning the Northeast 10 title) that we have.”

New Haven hosts Saint Anselm this week – the Chargers defense will be tasked with slowing down an impressive Hawks passing attack that is led by quarterback Drew Willoughby, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 1,410 yards in four contests.

As of now, it appears as if both Bentley and New Haven are the frontrunners for the conference crown as neither squad has dropped a league contest thus far, but don’t overlook Southern Connecticut (3-2, 2-1), Assumption College (2-3, 2-1), and Stonehill College (3-1, 1-1). All three, along with possible American International College could conclude the season in the top spot.

Sure, we picked against Western New England this past weekend in the previous 10 Games to Watch – I thought Salve Regina University would continue its early-season momentum against the Golden Bears – but the Blue and Gold proved me wrong as they defeated the Seahawks, 41-3, in their initial Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) contest.

Steven Fedorchak highlighted his team’s big win over the Seahawks by setting a new program record for touchdown receptions with 23. He concluded the contest with a game-high 87 yards on six catches.

With the win, the Golden Bears returned to the top spot in our weekly poll and seem destined to occupy that position for the remainder of the season baring a future setback to say Endicott College this week or another conference foe later this fall.

We’ll share our weekly picks later this week, but from what I have seen from Western New England thus far, as well as this past weekend, they certainly are the favorite to win their fourth-straight CCC title.

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

Here are a few more teams to keep an eye on over the next few weeks:

Anna Maria College: The AMCATs have been a great story this fall.

Anna Maria has won three of four meetings, including its first-ever with Keystone College, which saw quarterback Alex Cohen account for six touchdowns – five passing and one rushing.

Last Saturday’s win provided coach Dan Mulrooney with his seventh victory as the AMCATs head coach – the seven wins are the most recorded by a head coach in program history, dating back to their initial season in 2009.

Anna Maria has never won the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) but could be in line for the title, pending how the next few weeks play out.

Framingham State: After losing back-to-back non-conference games earlier this season, the Rams have bounced back, winning three straight, including their first conference clash of the season with UMass Dartmouth.

Coach Tom Kelley’s squad enters the sixth week of the season tied with Bridgewater State for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) – the two teams will compete next month in Framingham.

The Rams pitched their first shutout of the season last weekend against Plymouth State (33-0) and will attempt to extend their winning streak to four games on Saturday when they visit Fitchburg State for a 3 p.m. kick-off.

Norwich University: The Cadets scored a big win last weekend against Coast Guard Academy to secure a three-way tie atop the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings.

After starting their 2021 campaign with back-to-back losses, Norwich has rebounded quite well – hey, they did not make things easy on Endicott, which rallied to beat the Cadets on their home field.

Keep an eye on the Cadets moving forward – maybe their win against Coast Guard Academy is just the start of an exciting second-half run.

Trinity College: I watched the Bantams game last weekend against Middlebury College and came away impressed.

Trinity blanked the defending champions by a score of 28-0, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Spencer Fetter, who has thrown eight touchdowns this fall while completing 62 of 91 passes for 952 yards.

Fetter was impressive, but the same could be said for others, including halfback William Kirby and linebacker Brian Casagrande, who both scored one touchdown last weekend.

Trinity is one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams that have yet to drop a game this season – they will attempt to continue their winning ways on Saturday when they visit Hamilton College for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

University of New England: The Nor’easters are one win away from matching their program record for wins in a single season after capturing their last three matchups, including a pair of non-league wins over Alfred State and Bridgewater State.

Last Saturday, UNE scored its first win in program history against Nichols College, thanks to three rushing touchdowns from Jack Mahoney, Jaymeson Maheux, and Connor Sirois.   

UNE travels to Salve Regina this weekend for its second conference tilt of the 2021 season.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 4, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Five weeks of New England NCAA Division III football are officially in the books.

But before we truly turn the page to the sixth week of the 2021 season, which technically began yesterday — that would be Sunday, October 3, 2021, to be exact — we need to share our Week Six Poll, which featured a lot of movement, along with some new teams.

As usual, make sure to circle back both later today and throughout the week for more New England football coverage, but in the meantime … let’s share this week’s poll!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Week Six (Monday, October 4, 2021)

1. Western New England (3-2, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 3): The Golden Bears proved they’re once again the team to beat in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league.

2. Trinity College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): We watched ALL of Saturday’s game against Middlebury College and came away very impressed by the Bantams.

3. Williams College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 2): Sure, the Ephs dropped one spot, despite winning their third straight on Saturday, but they remain one of the top teams in both their conference and region.

4. Wesleyan University (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 6): The Cardinals move up after picking up their third-straight win – look for the early-season momentum to continue over the next few weeks.

5. Endicott College (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW No. 7): The Gulls defended the nest this past weekend by picking up their fourth win against Curry College. This week, Endicott faces the top team in the region.

6. Salve Regina University (4-1, 0-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Seahawks dropped five spots after falling to Western New England, which rolled up 397 yards of total offense, including 232 passing yards. This week, Salve Regina will look to bounce back against the University of New England.

7. Framingham State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 10): The Rams have turned things around quite well thus far after dropping a pair of non-league contests.

8. Bridgewater State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 11): Like the Rams, conference play has gone quite well for these Bears, who topped Fitchburg State this past weekend by a score of 42-0.   

9. Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: No. 13): One week after dropping their second conference clash to Bridgewater State, the Colonials bounced back with an important win against UMass Dartmouth.

10. Husson University (3-1, 0-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles were idle this past weekend but jump into conference play this week against Curry College.  

11. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 8): The Engineers concluded their initial conference game with 319 total yards compared to Catholic University, which produced 23 points off 270 yards. MIT is idle this upcoming weekend but faces a real tough test next week against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

12. University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 15): The Nor’easters moved up three spots after scoring their program’s first-ever win against Nichols College last weekend. UNE has not dropped a game since week one and could provide some challenges for Salve Regina this week.

13. Curry College (2-2, 0-1 CCC | LW: No. 17): Despite losing their conference opener to Endicott, the Colonels recorded a season-high 464 yards of total offense, including 189 yards rushing, which was also a season-best. The Purple and White will be a team to watch this week at Husson.

14. UMass Dartmouth (3-2, 1-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 12): The Corsairs have dropped two of their last three contests and will need some help to remain in the mix for the conference crown. This week, they face a Massachusetts Maritime Academy squad that has won three of their last four contests.

15. Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: Not Ranked): This might seem high for a squad that was not ranked one week ago, but the Cadets proved they deserve some attention after registering 492 yards of total offense in their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash on Saturday against Coast Guard Academy.  

16. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 20): The AMCATs made history this past weekend by establishing a new single-season mark for wins (currently three), which should increase over the next few weeks.

17. Coast Guard Academy (2-3, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: 14): The Bears dropped their initial conference clash to Norwich, which rallied to beat them in the “Little Army-Navy Game.” Norwich’s defense did not make it easy on the Coast Guard offense as the unit finished the game with three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five pass break-ups.

18. Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): The Pride remains in the same spot they were one week ago. This week, Springfield will play its first conference game at home against Coast Guard.

19. Amherst College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): The Mammoths bounced back from a three-point setback to Colby College with a 24-14 win over Tufts University.

20. Middlebury College (1-2, 1-2 NESCAC | LW: No. 5): The Panthers’ offense struggled mightily against a Trinity College defense that pitched a shutout in Hartford. This week’s game against Amherst is a must-win for the Navy Blue and White.

On the rise: Colby College and Massachusetts Maritime Academy