Noontime’s ‘What If’ D3 Football Conference Champion Predictions

Bobby Maimaron and the Williams College football team would have been one of our teams to watch this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

By Matt Noonan

Like many of our fans and friends, I miss New England D-III football. But as an optimist, I believe we’ll see our favorite teams and student-athletes back on the gridiron at this time next year vying for conference crowns, along with at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.

And speaking of conference crowns – and yes, the national postseason, too – I thought it would be fun to produce a special Noontime’s ‘What If‘ post on which teams I believe would have won their respective conference this fall.

As expected, these predictions were not easy as there are a slew of teams and programs capable of winning their respective conference, but here are my predictions. And as usual, you can share your thoughts with me on social media, as well as send a note to MattNoonan@noontimesports.com.

Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC): Western New England

For the past few seasons, the Golden Bears have been the team to watch and beat in this conference. And once again, Western New England would be the squad to watch in the CCC this fall. They would most likely enter their final game of the regular season with two important wins against Endicott College and Salve Regina University. And like most teams highlighted in this post, the 2020 Golden Bears would look a bit different than previous years, especially on offense as they would have a new quarterback, but their defense would be be a unit to watch – it would be led by linebacker Erich Keutmann, who was named a D3Football.com Preseason All-America second-teamer in September.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC): Dean College

The Bulldogs captured their first-ever conference crown last season, thanks to quarterback Terrell Watts, who was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year, along with wide receiver Errol Breaux and safety Tyzohn Poole. Of course, there would be other student-athletes to watch as the season progressed, but at this point of the 2020 season, the Bulldogs would have claimed some important wins against Castleton University and SUNY Maritime. They would have also beaten a new D-III football team: Keystone College.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Framingham State University

Like Western New England, it is hard to pick against the Rams, which would be starting a new chapter in its program history with first-year coach Aynsley Rosenbaum, who spent the past 12 seasons overseeing the Framingham State offense. But like prior years, this would be the team to watch in the MASCAC. Sure, they would look a bit different on offense without quarterback Adam Wojenski, who graduated last spring, but the Rams would welcome back some key pieces from that unit, including halfback Devaun Ford, who was named the 2019 MASCAC Rookie of the Year. Framingham State would be challenged for the top spot by Bridgewater State, UMass Dartmouth, and Western Connecticut.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Williams College

The Ephs of Williams College suffered just two setbacks last season, including an opening day loss to Middlebury College, which would be a game circled on their calendar this season. Williams would somehow find a way to beat the Panthers at home, along with Wesleyan University, which tripped up the Ephs prior to their season-ending win over Amherst College last November. But for the Ephs to win the NESCAC, they would not only need to beat Amherst, Middlebury, and Wesleyan, but also Trinity College and Tufts University. Additionally, let’s not overlook Colby College and Hamilton College, which would challenge the Purple and Yellow, but in the end, quarterback Bobby Maimaron, along with the rest of the Ephs would make just a few more plays in all nine contests to secure the NESCAC title.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College

Sure, MIT maybe the favorite after winning the NEWMAC crown the past two years, but it would be hard to overlook Springfield College, which would be led by halfback Hunter Belzo and linebacker AJ Smith. The Pride, which finished with six wins last year, would win at least seven, maybe eight games this season, but their most important victory would occur during the final weekend of the regular season against the Engineers in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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 (Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the ninth 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, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Players of the Week

Michael Bethune, Jr. (Dean College): Bethune, Jr. rushed for a team-high 213 yards on 21 carries – that is 10.1 yards per rush – while catching three passes for 11 yards against Alfred State.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Against Alfred State, Breaux caught eight passes for 125 yards and five touchdowns.

Jacob Carroll (Tufts University): Carroll completed 14 of 19 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday to lead the Jumbos to a 35-10 win over Colby College.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Coleman completed 18 of 32 passes for two touchdowns against Endicott College while adding 31 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.

Brendan Costa (Bates College): Costa totaled 275 yards of total offense with 212 passing yards (9 of 17 completions) and 63 rushing yards on eight carries. The third-year signal-caller also tossed three touchdowns as the Bobcats topped the Polar Bears to provide coach Malik Hall with his first win with the program.

Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia tallied 266 yards of total offense against Plymouth State, including 35 yards on six carries and one touchdown. The senior signal-caller concluded the game 19 of 29 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown.

Luis Gonzalez (UMass Dartmouth): Against Western Connecticut, Gonzalez rushed for 140 yards on 29 carries (4.8 yards) and two touchdowns as the Corsairs captured their sixth contest of the 2019 season.

Tyler Halls (Husson University): Against Nichols College, Halls caught a game-high 11 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns.

Tanner Kingsley (Anna Maria College): Kingsley completed 26 of 38 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns against Castleton University this past Saturday.

Steven Lawton (Fitchburg State): Lawton rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns as the Falcons soared past the Lancers for their initial conference win last Friday.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Against Wesleyan University, the third-year signal-caller completed 8 of 28 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a game-high 125 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown.

Alex Maldjian (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Maldjian rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Against the University of New England, Mauriello rushed for 193 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.

Jacob McCarthy (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria, McCarthy completed 21 of 30 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns.

Tyler McGovern (Salve Regina University): McGovern completed 10 of 20 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns against the University of New England.

Frank Roche (Tufts University): Roche caught a game-high eight catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos topped Colby College in Maine.

Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 140 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards and seven touchdowns while adding six yards on five carries in his team’s exciting win over Alfred State.


Defensive Players of the Week

Hunter Atwood (Curry College): Against Becker College, Atwood recorded nine total tackles, including seven solo stops. Additionally, he recorded one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.

Sam Cantrell (MIT): Cantrell paced the Engineers’ defense against WPI last Saturday with 11 total tackles (Be Delhees also finished with 11 total stops, too). Four the 11 stops were solo tackles, while two were tackles for a loss of eight yards. Cantrell also recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Anthony Casparriello (Worcester State): Against Fitchburg State last Friday evening, Casparriello tallied 12 total tackles, including three solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards. Additionally, he posted one quarterback hurry, too.

Noah Clack (Bowdoin College): Clack stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Bates College with seven total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards. He also recorded one forced fumble.

Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Gemayel tallied seven total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for a loss of three yards, which helped the Bears celebrate Senior Day with a victory against Plymouth State.

Pete Huggins (Middlebury College): Huggins tallied seven total tackles, including three solo stops and one tackle for a loss of seven yards, while recording one pass break-up and one fumble recovery as the Panthers beat Hamilton College, 14-7.

Erich Keutmann (Western New England): Keutmann recorded 23 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss, along with one pass

Robert Levine (Trinity College): Levine was one of two Bantams that posted 10.0 total tackles against Amherst College. He concluded the game with eight solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of five yards and one quarterback hurry.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe recorded 11 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of six yards. McCabe also forced two fumbles, while recovering one fumble during a 16-6 setback to Framingham State.

David Redmond (Husson University): Redmond stuffed the stat sheet against Nichols with six total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one forced fumble. Four of the six stops were solo tackles.

Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Anna Maria last Saturday, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 12 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one quarterback hurry and one interception.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter total 13 total tackles, including 12 solo stops against Western Connecticut. Three of the 13 tackles for were stops for a loss of 11 yards.

Jack Sullivan (Framingham State): Sullivan paced the Rams defense against Massachusetts Maritime Academy with nine total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards. Seven of the 11 tackles were solo stops.


Special Teamers of the Week

Henry Atkeson (Amherst College): Against Trinity College, Atkeson converted one extra point, while tallying 139 yards on three punts – all three kicks landed inside the Bantams’ 20-yard line. Atkeson also recorded two kickoffs of 111 yards.

Gabriel DeSouza (Curry College): DeSouza recorded four punts against Becker College with three kicks landing inside the Hawks’ 20-yard line.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano connected on five kicks against the University of New England, including a 30-yard field goal.

Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina Univ.): Against the University of New England, DiSanto converted two of three field goals (longest was a 30-yard kick) and five of seven extra points. He recorded one punt for 44-yards, which landed inside the UNE 20-yard line. He also recorded nine kickoffs for 491 yards with one touchback.

Quintus Reid (Dean College): Reid punted the ball four times against Alfred State for 125 yards. One of the punts resulted in a touchback, while another punt landed inside the Pioneers’ 20-yard line. In addition to his punting duties, Reid also caught four passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Mark Wright (MIT): Wright tallied eight points off two extra points and a pair of field goals. He drilled a season-long 43-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter, which was followed by a game-tying 41-yard kick that sent the game to overtime.

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Oct. 15th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the sixth 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

Devaun Ford (Framingham State): Ford rushed for a game-high 139 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns as the Rams topped Fitchburg State on the road.

Matt Hersch (Colby College): Hersch completed 14 of 31 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against Middlebury College.

David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 21 of 30 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns while adding 11 yards on 10 carries as the Colonials defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy at home.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Colby College, Jernigan completed 12 of 30 passes for 172 yards while rushing for a game-high 153 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Against Husson University, Juvelier completed 22 of 39 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 11 yards on two carries.

Nick Kimball (Western Connecticut): Kimball led all receivers last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime with nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Lambert concluded last Saturday’s meeting with Bates College with four passing touchdowns – he completed 14 of 21 passes for 222 yards. He also added six yards on eight carries.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long stuffed the stat sheet against Western Connecticut last Saturday by completing 7 of 16 passes for 82 yards while adding 34 yards on 20 carries and one score. He also punted the ball four times for 208 yards with three kicks landing inside the Colonials’ 20-yard line.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Against Hamilton College, Maimaron completed 11 of 19 passes for five touchdowns, while adding 80 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Anthony Martinez (Castleton University): Martinez led the Spartans with seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns last weekend against Gallaudet University.

Shawn Noel, Jr. (Husson University): Noel rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns to help the Eagles beat the Colonels, 42-40, in Maine.

John Robertson (MIT): Robertson rushed for 263 yards on 34 carries and one touchdown last Saturday as the Engineers topped Maine Maritime Academy in Cambridge.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero concluded last Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with seven catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Matthew Simco (Wesleyan University): Simco led the Cardinals receiving core with eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown against Tufts University.

Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola hauled in a game-high eight receptions for 168 yards and four touchdowns as the Ephs beat Hamilton in Williamstown.

Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Villanueva led the Curry receiving core with seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a back and forth 42-40 setback to Husson.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Against SUNY Maritime, Watts completed 12 of 17 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, while adding seven rushing yards on four carries and one score.


Defensive Team of the Week

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College): Anderson was instrumental in helping the AMCATs pick-up their first win of the season against Alfred State. The second-year defensive back tallied a team-high 24 total tackles, including 16 solo stops and three tackles for a loss of seven yards. He also recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Marcus Bullard (Colby College): Bullard led the Mules defense with 15 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of nine yards. He also recorded one interception against Middlebury College.

Cully Curran (Framingham State): Curran concluded last Saturday’s game against Fitchburg State with eight total tackles, including two solo stops and one tackle for a loss, while registering one fumble recovery (two yards) and two pass break-ups.

Ricky Goodson (Amherst College): Goodson stuffed the stat sheet against Bowdoin College with five total tackles, including four solo stops and one tackle for a loss of 12 yards. He also tallied one forced fumble, one interception for 31-yards and one pass break-up.

Jack Pistorius (Middlebury College): Against Colby College, Pistorius tallied 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards.

Tyzohn Poole (Dean College): Poole led the Bulldogs defense against SUNY Maritime with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops and three tackles for a loss of 12 yards.

Cahan Quinn (Norwich University): Quinn posted 14 total tackles, including six solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards.

TJ Rothmann (Williams College): Rothman led the Ephs defense with 10 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 14 yards. The 10 tackles were all solo stops and helped the Ephs defeat Hamilton College.

Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello led the Colonials defense with seven solo stops, including two tackles for a loss of seven yards, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass break-up as Western Connecticut defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy last Saturday in an important conference clash.


Special Teams of the Week

Dan Carey (Plymouth State): Carey connected on all six kicks last Saturday against Westfield State, including a 24-yard field goal.

J.P Dallazem (Trinity College): Dallazem recorded a season-high nine points last Saturday against Bates College with six extra points and a 36-yard field goal. The 36-yard field goal was the first-year kicker’s longest boot of the season.

Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra tallied eight points on four kicks last Saturday against Coast Guard Academy, including a season-long 27-yard field goal.

Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Von Jess tallied eight points last Saturday against Tufts University on four kicks, including a pair of field goals. His longest kick was a 37-yard field goal.

Kyle Wall (Worcester State): Wall punted the ball eight times last Friday against Bridgewater State for 312 yards (39.0 yards per punt). Four of his kicks landed inside the Bears’ 20-yard line.

D3 Football: Zelos Athletics Players Of The Week (Monday, Oct. 14th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the sixth week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our initial players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too


This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week. The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.

As usual, stay connected with our Noontime Sports New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


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Bobby Maimaron tossed five touchdowns last Saturday as Williams College defeated Hamilton College for an important conference win. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

Offensive Player of the Week: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College | Quarterback | Duxbury, Mass.): The third-year signal-caller tossed a season-high five touchdowns last Saturday to lead the Ephs to their fourth-straight win of the season against Hamilton College.

The five touchdown passes tied an Ephs single-game record. Maimaron joined David Sullivan (Class of 2004) and Sean Keenan (Class of 2000) who each threw for five touchdowns in a single-game against Hamilton and Bowdoin College, respectively.

Maimaron completed 11 of 19 passes 191 yards while adding 80 yards on 11 carries. Eight of Maimaron’s passes landed in the hands of classmate Frank Stola, who concluded the game with four touchdowns. Stola became the first receiver in Ephs program history to record 2,000 receiving yards in a career while establishing a new single-season record for touchdown receptions with 12.

Through five games this season, the Duxbury, Massachusetts native has completed 55 of 103 passes for 901 yards and a career-best 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 380 yards on 58 carries and two scores.


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Tyshawn Anderson (2) and the Anna Maria College football team scored an important conference win last Saturday against Alfred State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College | Defensive Back | Lynn, Mass.): The second-year defensive back enjoyed perhaps his most successful day on the gridiron last Saturday against Alfred State. Anderson tallied 24.0 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Anderson’s 24 total stops were the most he has recorded in a single game this season. He posted 14.0 total tackles a week ago against The Apprentice School, which at the time were the most tackles he recorded in a game. 16 of his 24 stops were solo tackles, which was is also a season-best for the Lynn, Massachusetts native.

Through six-game this season, Anderson has registered a career-best 75.0 total tackles, including 40 solo stops, and five-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards. He has also tallied three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one pass break-up.


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Christian Hutra tallied a season-high eight points off two field goals and two extra points last Saturday against Coast Guard Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Roy Chambers)

Special Teamer of the Week: Christian Hutra (Springfield College | Kicker | Holmes, N.Y.): Hutra enjoyed a career day against Coast Guard Academy last Saturday, posting eight points off two field goals and two extra points, which helped the Pride score an important conference win in New London, Connecticut.

The first-year kicker’s 27-yard field goal with 6:04 remaining in the second quarter was his longest kick of the season. He converted a 26-yarder against Union College last month, which became his second-longest mark after kicking a 21-yard field goal in his team’s season-opener against Western New England.

In four contests this season, Hutra has connected on all 19 kicks, including four field goals.