The Early D3 Football Outlook: Teams To Watch In 2020

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Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak will be one of many players to watch on the Golden Bears this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our early New England D-III football coverage has begun with our ‘Way Too Early‘ Top 20 Poll – what did you think? 

Now, it is time to dig a bit deeper and highlight a few teams we believe fans should watch (and keep their eyes on) once the season officially kicks-off in a few months.

Dean College: After winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title last November, the Bulldogs enter the 2020 season with a great deal of momentum. Sure, their 2019 campaign concluded with a difficult loss to the Gulls of Endicott College in the New England Bowl, but with a slew of starters expected to return this fall, including quarterback Terrell Watts, wide receiver Errol Breaux, and defensive end Wadell Alceus, don’t expect these Bulldogs to take a step backward.

Endicott College: The Gulls – like most squads highlighted on this list – did graduate some key players from last year’s squad, as well as their 2018 campaign, too. But Endicott does return some important pieces on both sides of the ball, including tight end Riley Shanley, defensive back Dylan Gardner, quarterback Dylan Bonfilio, and linebackers Tim Russell and Kevin O’Brien. All five players, along with some newcomers and returners will make the Gulls a team to continue to watch in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) conference.

Framingham State: After a slow start to its 2019 campaign, the Rams scored a must-needed win over Westfield State, which provided Framingham with all the momentum they needed to win their conference’s crown. This year, the Rams will look a bit different – they won’t have quarterback Adam Wojenski under center – but will have return some key pieces on both sides of the ball, including halfback Devaun Ford, who was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Rookie of the Year. On defense, look for Joshua Onujiogu to lead a unit that limited opposing rushing attacks to less than 100 yards per game.

Middlebury College: After winning nine consecutive contests last fall, it is hard to pick against these Panthers, who will certainly be challenged from the get-go. Yes, the Panthers bid farewell to some key players from a year ago, but welcome back quarterback Will Jernigan for one more season. Jernigan will be tasked with leading an offense that averaged 30.6 points per game while registering 410.6 yards per contest.

UMass Dartmouth: Quarterback Stephen Gacioch was fun to watch last season – he recorded career-bests in passing yards per game (277.6) and touchdowns (20) while rushing for a career-high six scores. Gacioch should be the player to watch again with these Corsairs, who ended their 2019 campaign with seven wins.

Wesleyan University: Quarterback Ashton Scott enjoyed a successful 2019 season – he finished with 17 touchdowns while completing 147 of 240 passes for 1,939 yards. Scott will be one of a few players to watch on offense – keep your eyes on halfback Glenn Smith and wide receiver Matthew Simco – while Taj Gooden will be asked to lead a defense that limited opponents to 19.1 points per game.

Williams College: We believe this Ephs team has a chance to win the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall. They will be challenged, of course, but with quarterback Bobby Maimaron guiding the offense to linebackers Jarrett Wesner and TJ Rothmann leading the defense, these Ephs should be well-prepared to combat whatever they will face once their season begins in September.

Western New England: Some believed the Golden Bears were a bit lower than anticipated on our ‘Way Too Early’ New England D-III Football Top 20 Poll last week. And you know, we agree – these Golden Bears should have been a bit higher on our poll. Wide receiver Steven Fedorchak and linebacker Erich Keutmann should be able to help the Blue and Gold defend their conference crown not just against Endicott, but also other league foes.

A few other teams worth noting – we will certainly have more on them – include MIT, Salve Regina, Trinity College, Tufts University, and Western Connecticut. 

D3 Football: Team of the Week (Oct. 1st, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the fourth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week

Maurice Ashley (Bridgewater State): Ashley hauled in game-high 107 receiving yards on four grabs and three touchdowns as the Bears rolled past Fitchburg State.

David Collins (Becker College): Collins rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown in his team’s initial conference meeting of the 2019 season against Endicott College.

Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels hauled in a game-high 157 receiving yards on six receptions and two touchdowns against Worcester State.

Brendan Dolan (Tufts University): Dolan recorded a game-high 104 receiving yards on five catches and one touchdown against Amherst College.

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 25 of 40 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Cadets defeat Castleton University last Saturday.

Ollie Eberth (Amherst College): Eberth accounted for 247 yards of total offense against Tufts University. He completed 11 of 23 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while adding 56 yards on 10 carries.

Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns to lead WPI past Springfield College last Saturday.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): The third-year signal-caller guided the Corsairs to their fourth win of the season by completing 32 of 45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 104 yards on 22 carries and one score.

David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 23 of 38 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns against Worcester State.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Trinity College, Jernigan completed 13 of 29 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 44 yards on 12 carries and one score.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long racked up 197 total yards of offense, including 48 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 149 yards.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron accounted for 218 total yards of offense last Saturday against Bowdoin College. He rushed for a game-high 127 yards on eight carries and one touchdown while completing four of ten passes for 91 yards and one score.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday in his team’s conference opener against Western New England.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a team-high 151 yards on four catches and one touchdown against Castleton University.

Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott tallied 223 yards of total offense against Bates College, including 31 yards on seven carries. Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Brendan Smith (Western New England): Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Bears returned to the win column with a 50-38 victory against University of New England.

Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against University of New England.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts registered 225 yards of total offense last Saturday against Kean University. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 yards on eight carries.


Defensive Team of the Week

Nick Ashley (Worcester State): Ashley led the Lancers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including three solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded two fumble recoveries, too.

Sam Casey (WPI): Casey paced the Engineers’ defense against Springfield College with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. He also forced one fumble and recorded one interception for 46 yards.

Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison’s defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards.

Jackson DeAngelo (Endicott College): Against Becker College, DeAngelo stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack for a loss of 14 yards, as well as one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Ahmeir Funderburke (Dean College): Against Kean University, Funderburke stuffed the stat sheet with 11 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and three solo stops.

Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime Academy): Johnston tallied eight total tackles, including three solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards against Westfield State last Saturday.

Joe Kelley (Amherst College): Kelly tallied a team-high 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for nine yards against Tufts University. He also recorded four quarterback hurries, too.

Alex Norton (Middlebury College): Norton recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up in his team’s win over Trinity College.

Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Norwich University, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 24 yards and three sacks for a loss of 21 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a 32-yard return, along with one quarterback hurry.

R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy): Robiskie helped the Bears defense return to the win column last Saturday against Curry College by tallying five solo tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one pass break-up.

Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Worcester State with eight total tackles, including four solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for eight yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith led the Pride’s defense against WPI with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. Smith also recorded two interceptions for 25 yards.


Special Teams of the Week

Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina): DiSanto accounted for seven of his team’s 15 points off two field goals and one extra point last Saturday against Nichols College. DiSanto’s longest field goal was a 39-yard kick.

Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio connected on all five extra points last Saturday against Worcester State while recording a pair of punts that landed inside the host’s 20-yard line.

George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Westfield State, Lampros connected on five kicks, including a 32-yard field goal, while recording two touchbacks on a pair of kickoffs.

Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied 12 points off three field goals and three extra points against Trinity College. His longest field goal was a 32-yard kick.

Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein converted five of six extra points while recording two punts inside the Bowdoin College 20-yard line. Additionally, he recorded three touchbacks, too.

Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Against Bates College, Von Jess tallied 12 points off six extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 42-yard kick. He also recorded four touchbacks, too.

Patrick Walsh (Tufts University): Walsh punted the ball fives for 244 yards against Amherst College with four kicks landing inside the Mammoths’ 20-yard line. His longest punt was a 61-yard kick.

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Sept. 24th, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the third week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week for the entire football season.


Offensive Team of the Week 

Alex Cohen (Anna Maria College): Against Nichols College, Cohen completed 21 of 43 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns.

Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels led all receivers with eight receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyler Halls (Husson University): Halls led the Eagles’ receiving core with seven receptions for 114 yards (16.3 yards) and one touchdown.

David Hamilton (Plymouth State): Hamilton rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries (8.4 yards) and one touchdown in the Panthers’ 34-9 win over Worcester State.

David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 18 of 23 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Colonials with 46 rushing yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Jernigan accounted for 306 total yards of offense, including 292 passing yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 28-0 win over Bates College.

Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Against Bowdoin College, Lambert completed 13 of 18 passes for 391 yards and five touchdowns.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Mauriello led the Seahawks’ rushing attack with 207 yards on 22 carries (9.4 yards) and five touchdowns in Salve Regina’s first win of the season against Dean College.

Sean McAllen (WPI): Against Husson University, McAllen rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): The third-year signal-caller registered 391 yards of total offense against Tufts University, including 102 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Maimaron completed 20 of 38 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 16 of 25 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. He also added eight yards on five carries.

Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca led all rushers last Saturday with 200 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns against Western Connecticut.

Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott completed 10 of 16 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns against Hamilton College. He also rushed for a team-high 82 yards on 21 carries.

Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola led all receivers with 13 receptions for 233 yards and four touchdowns against Tufts University.

DeVante Reid (Trinity College): Reid led the Bantams’ receiving core with six receptions for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Against Salve Regina, Watts completed 27 of 44 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Against Westfield State, Wojenski completed 19 of 28 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 57 yards on six carries 9.5 yards) and one touchdown.

Devin Wollner (Castleton University): Wollner rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 20 carries (7.0 yards) and one touchdown against the Nor’Easters of University of New England.


Defensive Team of the Week 

Richard Austin (Fitchburg State): Austin led the Fitchburg State defense with 11 total tackles, including nine solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 16 yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Eugene Bizer (Coast Guard Academy): Bizer led the Coast Guard Academy defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards against Norwich University. He also recorded an interception for 16-yards.

Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison defense with nine solo (and total) tackles, including three tackles for a loss of nine yards and one forced fumble.

Brian Donahue (Framingham State): In his team’s first win of the 2019 season, Donahue led the Rams defense with seven total tackles, including six solo stops, one sack for a loss of nine yards and one forced fumble.

Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Against Western Connecticut, Gemayel recorded 11 total tackles, including six solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards and one forced fumble.

Joe Kelly (Amherst College): Kelly was a player to watch last Saturday against Colby College. He tallied five total tackles (all solo stops), including three tackles for a loss of 20 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two pass break-ups.

Kevin O’Brien (Endicott College): O’Brien led the Gulls defense with a career-high 13 total tackles (nine assists and four solo stops) against Wesley College.

Joshua Salem (Western New England): Salem paced the Golden Bears’ defense with 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss for one yard against Stetson last Saturday evening in Florida.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Against Fitchburg State, Slaughter led the Corsairs with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss of six yards, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass break-up.

Swavaughn Smalls (Anna Maria College): Smalls stuffed the stat sheet against Nichols College with 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, two tackles for a loss of six yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of five yards.

AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one pass break-up against Union College.

Jared Zieman (Becker College): Against MIT, Zieman led the Hawks with 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards.


Special Teams of the Week

Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio converted six extra points while recording three punts for 111 yards with one kick landing inside the Bridgewater State 20-yard line.

Sam Han (Wesleyan University): Han punted the ball six times last Saturday against Hamilton College for 257 yards. Three kicks resulted in touchbacks, while the other three landed inside the Hamilton 20-yard line.

George Lampros (Mass. Maritime): Lampros converted six extra points last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy while tallying three punts for 129 yards with one kick resulting in a touchback.

Melchior Lynch (Fitchburg State): Against UMass Dartmouth, Lynch recorded seven points on three kicks – two field goals and one extra point – while recording four kickoffs for 221 yards.

Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein tallied 14 points last Saturday against Tufts University with five extra points and three field goals. He punted the ball four times for 167 yards with two kicks landing inside the Jumbos’ 20-yard line. He also had three touchbacks on three kickoffs.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade connected five kicks last Saturday against Husson University, including a 21-yard field goal. Wade concluded the game with seven points (four extra points and one field goal).