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Football Friday Notebook: 10 Weeks Away From A Brand New D3 Football Season

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Welcome to Football Friday Notebook, fans and friends!

As see on Twitter earlier today, our good friends from In The (D3FB) Huddle tweeted that we are 10 weeks away from some major week one games.

What games are we most excited for? Hmm … well everyone, duh! We actually dished out some games to watch the first week earlier this month. And yes, we included one of our favorite Labor Day Weekend games between Springfield College and Western New England, along with Endicott College and Framingham State.

Yesterday, the National Football Foundation tweeted Maine Maritime Academy‘s Cody O’Brien was the NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Day. As noted in the tweet, O’Brien is a marine engineering technology major. Way to go, Cody!

Good news from Pro Football Talk regarding Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. As noted in this morning’s blog post, the former Bills signal-caller is doing well following his latest surgery, per an Instagram post. Jim’s wife Jill Kelly wrote that he is doing well under the circumstances.

Kelly announced five years ago that he had been diagnosed with cancer in his jaw, but has undergone numerous surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We wish the best for both Jim and Jill, as well as their families – stay strong, Jim!


New England D3 Football Posts from earlier this week: 

Malik Grove to join the Amherst College football coaching staff as their running backs coach. 

Malik Hall tabbed the next coach at Bates College


We’re still a few weeks away from the start of New England Patriots Training Camp, but Patriots Wire has a few blockbuster trades the team could do to shake-up the roster for the upcoming season. One of the potential trades includes sending Rob Gronkowski to another team like the Houston Texans or San Francisco 49ers for two first-round picks.

As noted in the New Canaan AdvertisersZach Allen of Boston College was named to to Athlon’s Preseason All-America teams on Tuesday. Allen, who is from Connecticut, decided to forgo this year’s NFL Draft to stay with the Eagles for his senior season.

In addition to Allen, AJ DillonLukas DenisChris Lindstrom and Michael Walker were also named to the Athlon’s Preseason All-America teams. Dillon was selected to the second team – he will certainly be a running back to watch this fall.

Speaking of the Eagles’ football team, they recently announced their theme days for the 2018 season, which includes Senior Day, Youth & High School Football Day when they host Syracuse University on Saturday, November 24th.

Finally, Sports Illustrated highlighted five true freshmen that could make an impact this fall, including Georgia‘s James Cook.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports’ football coverage by following us at @Noontime_FB

Mass. College Football Notebook: Week Two Notes & Takeaways

Boston College's Troy Flutie registered one touchdown pass in his team's 76-0 win over Howard last Saturday. (Photo Credit: BCEagles.com)

Boston College’s Troy Flutie registered one touchdown pass in his team’s 76-0 win over Howard last Saturday. (Photo Credit: BCEagles.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The second week of the college football season in Massachusetts was a wild one. There were some interesting outcomes and upsets, along with numerous teams stretching its win total to two games.

Here are a few notes and takeaways from the second weekend of the season:

* Boston College made headlines this weekend, routing Howard, 76-0. The Eagles held the Bison to just 11 yards of total offense, while quarterback Troy Flutie – the former Natick High School signal-caller – completed seven of eight passes for 88 yards and one touchdown.

The Eagles, winners of back-to-back contests, host Florida State University on Friday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. This will be Boston College’s first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) clash of the season.

* UMass head coach Mark Whipple wasn’t too pleased with his team’s performance against Colorado, stating in a press release, “Give Colorado a lot of credit; they played better in all phases.”

The Minutemen dropped their season-opener to the Buffaloes by a score of 48-14. They registered one touchdown in the first and second quarter, respectively, while Colorado ended the game with 558 yards of total offense.

The Minutemen will look to rebound on Saturday when they host Temple at Gillette Stadium – the team’s home opener.

* As noted in the Northeast-10 Conference weekly report, Assumption College kicker Cole Tracy broke a pair of conference records this past weekend – most field goals in a game (six field goals) and most points by a kicker (19 points). Tracy is in his second season with the Greyhounds and has converted seven field goals this season.

* Sticking with special teams, the NE-10 weekly report also highlighted Bentley University’s Tyler Ford, who matched the Falcons’ program record for the longest punt, a 68-yard boot. Ford, who hails from Amherst, New Hampshire, registered five punts last Friday in his team’s heartbreaking defeat to New Haven. He did, however, record a quartet of punts that landed between the Chargers’ 20-yard-line and goal line.

* Stonehill College won its second consecutive contests, defeating Merrimack College, 24-20. Quarterback Matt Foltz, who was tabbed the NE-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Week, engineered his first career fourth quarter comeback, while finishing the contest 22-of-36 for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Foltz also rushed for 25 yards on 11 attempts.

* Becker College’s Jacob Holmes was tabbed the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Week after an extremely impressive performance against MIT. Holmes set and tied eight program records, while averaging 13.6 yards per carry en rote to 232 rushing yards and 279 all-purpose yards. He rushed for a 93-yard touchdown in the third quarter – the longest run of the season by any collegiate football player in the country at any level, according to the ECFC weekly report.

Besides his impressive ground game, Holmes also made headlines by booting a trio of field goals and four extra points for a single-game record of 13 points.

* Nichols College quarterback Michael McCourt was tabbed New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week following his team’s initial win against Anna Maria College.

McCourt, who made is first collegiate start at quarterback, concluded the contest 21-of-26 for a school-record 444 yards and six touchdowns. According to the Nichols College Athletics website, McCourt concluded the first quarterback with five completions for 165 yards and three touchdowns.

* WPI picked up its second consecutive ‘Friday Night Lights’ victory, defeating cross-town rival Worcester State University, 27-13. Quarterback Dan Eckler completed 21-of-31 attempts for 381 yards and one touchdown – he did not toss an interception. Zach Grasis rumbled for 74 yards and Brandon Eccher recorded a season-high 168 receiving yards and one touchdown.

QUICK HITS:

 * Harvard University kicks-off its season next Saturday, September 19 when they travel to URI for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off. The Crimson was picked to capture the Ancient Eight this season, as noted in the preseason poll.

* We’re two weeks away from starting another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season. Amherst, Tufts and Williams each begin its campaign on the road, Saturday, September 26.

Mass. College Football: BC-Notre Dame Could Play 2015 Contest At Fenway Park

By Matt Noonan

According to a few reports this morning, including the Boston Globe, Boston College and Notre Dame could play their next football game at Fenway Park in 2015.

As noted in this morning’s report on ESPN.com, “The talks between the schools and the Fenway Sports Group have been ongoing for a few years, The Globe reported.”

Fenway Park has never hosted a major college football game, so this would be the park’s first. The home of the Red Sox, though, has hosted New England Patriots games, the NHL Winter Classic and college hockey contests.

Notre Dame currently leads the all-time series, 13-9. The first meeting between these two schools occurred in 1975 with the Irish prevailing, 17-3. According to College Football Reference, that first meeting was held in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Mass. College Football: BC Falls To Syracuse, 34-31

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Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt tossed two touchdowns passes, including the game-winner to Josh Parris with six seconds remaining in regulation, as the Orangemen beat Boston College, 34-31.

Boston College, which entered the game on a four-game winning streak saw their run conclude.

Andre Williams, who rushed for 29 yards and one touchdown, did sustain an injury and did not return. He finished the game watching his team from the sidelines.

Quarterback Chase Rettig tossed two touchdowns and completed 12 of 20 passes for 168 yards, as well as rushed for 85 yards and one score.

BC’s Nate Freese kicked a 21-yard field goal with 2:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, which provided the visitors with a 31-27 lead. However, their advantage was quickly erased when Hunt capped Syracuse’s final drive with a touchdown strike.

With the win, Syracuse concludes its regular season slate 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the ACC, while Boston College falls to 7-5 and 4-4.

Both teams are bowl eligible and will compete once more this season in a few weeks.

Mass. College Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

Another weekend of college football is set to commence tomorrow afternoon and below is 10 Games to Watch.

Harvard at Columbia: The Crimson needed a late field goal to defeat Dartmouth last weekend, but don’t expect that to be the case this weekend. Harvard, which enters the contest 6-1 overall, will look to earn its seventh win against a winless Columbia unit.

Boston College at New Mexico State: After an exciting win against Virginia Tech, the Eagles will look to build on their momentum this weekend against a 1-8 New Mexico squad.

Assumption at LIU Post: The Hounds will look to conclude their regular season with a victory against an offense that ranks fourth in the conference in yards per game (465.9). Assumption is 4-1 on the road this season, while LIU Post is 2-1 at home.

Bentley at New Haven: The Falcons will look to end their slate on a two-game winning streak as they travel to New Haven to face a Chargers squad that’s 1-2 in their last three games. Quarterback Danny Guadagnoli ranks second in the Northeast-10 Conference in passing yards per game (282.0) and fifth in touchdown passes (17).

Stonehill at Merrimack: The Skyhawks will look to conclude their regular season with a win against a talented offensive unit, which is led by quarterback Joe Clancy. A win for Stonehill could result in a home championship game next weekend.

So. Connecticut at AIC: As of now, the Yellow Jackets are expected to host Stonehill next weekend for the conference championship, but a loss to the Owls and a Skyhawks win could result in a trip to Easton. AIC’s offense ranks third in the conference in points (311).

Framingham State at Bridgewater State: The Bears haven’t defeated the Rams since 2009, a game they won in Bridgewater. Tomorrow’s key matchup will be BSU quarterback Mike McCarthy versus the Rams defense.

UMass Dartmouth at Fitchburg State: Both teams have been pleasant surprises this season, so expect a good battle between the Corsairs and Falcons. A win for Fitchburg would keep them above .500, while a victory for UMass Dartmouth snaps a two-game skid.

Western New England at Endicott: The Golden Bears, who have won two of their last three games, recorded 563 yards of total offense last weekend against Curry College. Endicott enters tomorrow’s contest on a five-game winning streak and remains undefeated in New England Football Conference play.

Amherst at Williams: Tomorrow’s matchup isn’t just the 128th meeting between these two schools, but also the final contest at Weston Field. Amherst won last season’s meeting, 23-20.

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