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Noontime’s Small College Football Roundup: Springfield Edges USMMA, 28-23

DJ Brown and the Springfield College football team outlasted the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) on Saturday to keep their conference title hopes alive. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Tim Callahan rushed for a team-high 137 yards and one score – his lone touchdown with 10:39 remaining in the third quarter proved to be the difference as Springfield College outlasted the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), 28-23, to secure the inside track to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title.

Springfield, which moves to 5-3 overall and 4-0 against league foes, snapped the Mariners’ seven-game winning streak that included some impressive conference victories against Catholic University and MIT, two teams the Pride will face next month.  

USMMA’s Ian Blankenship produced 313 yards of total offense, including 178 yards on the ground on 23 carries.

Springfield’s Patrick Ladas and David Wells combined for 148 yards and three rushing touchdowns while DJ Brown led the Pride’s defense with 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one fumble recovery.

The Pride will visit MIT next Saturday, November 6 – the Engineers will enter the game on a two-game winning streak, thanks to a 21-7 victory against Coast Guard Academy.

WPI snapped a six-game losing streak with a 28-2 victory over Norwich University for the team’s first conference win since November 16, 2019 (their last conference win was also against the Cadets).

Brendan Olexa completed 15 of 25 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Winn and Zachary Levy each located the end zone once while combining for 90 yards rushing.

UMass Dartmouth snapped a six-game losing streak to Bridgewater State with a 26-20 victory to become the first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) squad to win seven games this season.

Dante Aviles-Santos tossed four touchdowns in the win, including the go-head score with 13:58 remaining in the final stanza when he located Douglas Machado for an 18-yard strike.

Bridgewater State led UMass Dartmouth, 20-14, at the break, thanks to a 25-yard touchdown run by Adam Couch, who became the ninth halfback in program history to record 1,000 yards or more in a single-season.

Despite the loss, the Bears remain in contention for the conference crown, but need to win their final two contests, including next week’s matchup with Framingham State.

The Rams inched closer to securing the conference crown by defeating Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 23-14, in Buzzards Bay. Devaun Ford recorded two touchdowns in the win, including a 75-yard rushing touchdown with 8:55 remaining in the third quarter that provided the visitors with the lead for good.

Amherst College forced overtime and then beat Wesleyan University in the fourth extra session, 16-14, thanks Brad Breckenridge, who threw for 170 yards and one touchdown.

Breckenridge’s lone touchdown pass to PJ Clementi with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter sent the game to extra sessions where the Mammoths were able to convert a two-point conversion in the fourth overtime.

Wesleyan entered the ninth week of the season with a perfect record – the same could be said for Trinity College and Williams College. The Ephs rolled past the Bantams, 42-3, in Williamstown to secure the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with two weeks remaining in the regular season.  

Other outcomes to note from a very busy Saturday: Castleton University outlasted Anna Maria College, 38-31, Colby College beat Bates College, 10-2, and Plymouth State topped Westfield State, 17-7.  

Bentley University and the University of New Haven both scored important Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) wins this afternoon as the Falcons soared past Franklin Pierce University while the Chargers topped Assumption College, 16-10.

Both teams will meet next weekend in New Haven, Connecticut with the top spot in the NE10 up for grabs.  

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Six)

Steven Fedorchak and the Western New England Golden Bears visit Endicott College on Saturday for an important league matchup. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

The sixth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching – are you ready for some football?

We are, of course – in fact, we’re ready for football every day!

Anywho, allow us to dish out this week’s 10 Games to Watch, and let’s see – well, more keep our fingers crossed for a better outcome after finishing 5-5 last week.

Entering the sixth week of the 2021 season, we have picked 35 of 50 games correctly, which is not bad, eh?

FEATURED GAME: Western New England (3-2, 1-0 CCC) at Endicott College (4-1, 1-0 CCC) Saturday, October 9 at 12 p.m.:  Both teams scored conference wins last week, but the Golden Bears may have picked up a great deal of momentum heading into Saturday’s clash with the Gulls after scoring 41 points against Salve Regina. PREDICTION: WNE 35, Endicott 27

FEATURED GAME: University of New England (3-1, 1-0 CCC) at Salve Regina (4-1, 0-1 CCC) Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m.: The Nor’easters have been a great story thus far – can they keep their current momentum going against a Seahawks squad that is looking to bounce back from a lopsided defeat to Western New England? PREDICTION: Salve Regina 22, UNE 18

FEATURED GAME: Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC) at UMass Dartmouth (3-2, 1-2 MASCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 2:30 p.m.: The Buccaneers are in the mix for the league crown but need this win to keep pace with Bridgewater State and Framingham State. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Mass. Maritime 20

Bridgewater State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC) at Worcester State (1-3, 1-1 MASCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 12 p.m.: Believe it or not, the Lancers are in the hunt for the conference crown but face a challenging test against a Bears squad that has won three straight. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Worcester State 20

Castleton University (2-3, 0-1 ECFC) at Dean College (1-4, 0-1 ECFC) Saturday, October 9 at 12 p.m.: The Spartans almost beat SUNY-Maritime last week, so don’t be surprised if the Green and White sneak out of Franklin with a hard-fought win over the Bulldogs. PREDICTION: Castleton 21, Dean 14  

Trinity College (3-0, 3-0 NESCAC) at Hamilton College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m.: The Bantams looked pretty well last week against Middlebury College – it was a total team effort against the Panthers, which will be seen again this week in New York against the Continentals. PREDICTION: Trinity 28, Hamilton 14

Bates College (0-3, 0-3 NESCAC) at Tufts University (0-3, 0-3 NESCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m.: Both teams are desperate for their initial win of 2021 – something tells us that Brendan Costa and the Bobcats will pull out a dramatic win in Somerville for the team’s first win against the Jumbos on the road since 2012. PREDICTION: Bates 28, Tufts 27

Amherst College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC) at Middlebury College (1-2, 1-2 NESCAC) Saturday, October 9 at 2 p.m.: was the player to watch last week against Tufts University – the Mammoths signal-caller rushed for three touchdowns and could provide some challenges for the Panthers’ defense. PREDICTION: Amherst 24, Middlebury 16   

Plymouth State (0-4, 0-2 MASCAC) at Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-1) Saturday, October 9 at 3 p.m.: The Colonials are back in the mix for the conference crown following an important win last weekend against UMass Dartmouth. This week, they face a Panthers squad that was shut out against Framingham State but did attempt a late rally to beat Bridgewater State last month. PREDICTION: West Conn. 25, Plymouth State 13

Coast Guard Academy (2-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) at Springfield College (1-3, 0-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m.: For the first time this fall, the Pride will compete at home – their first four games occurred on the road. Look for Springfield to score an important conference win to provide them with some momentum heading into their next few league matchups. PREDICTION: Springfield 25, Coast Guard 21

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Six

Joshua Onujiogu and the Framingham State defense shined last week against Plymouth State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Frank Poulin Photography)

By Matt Noonan

The second half of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season begins this weekend – man, that first half went by quick, eh?

Luckily, there is still plenty of football left to be played, and as usual, it is time to highlight our five teams to watch this weekend.

Amherst College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC): Through three weeks of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season, the Mammoths have been a pleasant surprise, winning two of three contests, including a 24-21 victory last weekend against Tufts University.

Quarterback Brad Breckenridge concluded last week’s game with 223 yards of total offense, including 103 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Saturday’s performance against the Jumbos was Breckenridge’s most impressive outing this fall after struggling one week earlier against the Colby College defense.  

As a team, Amherst’s best effort occurred two weeks ago in an opening day win against Bates College when the Purple and White recorded 432 yards of total offense. Can they duplicate that performance this week against Middlebury College?

In addition to watching Brad Breckenridge, make sure to keep your eyes on defensive back Matt Durborow, who concluded last week’s game against Tufts with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops (Ryan Monteleone also recorded 12 total tackles, too).

Framingham State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC): Tom Kelley’s squad has seemed to click into gear heading into the stretch run.

After starting its season with back-to-back losses, the Rams have won three consecutive conference tilts, including a 33-0 win over Plymouth State last Saturday.

Devaun Ford rushed for a pair of scores while Elijah Nichols hauled in a game-high 12 receptions for 116 yards. Cully Curran paced the defense with five solo tackles while the unit combined for four sacks and eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards. Framingham’s defense also recorded four pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

This week, the Rams visit Fitchburg State, which is seeking its first win under Scott Sperone. A win for Framingham State certainly would provide them with additional momentum heading into next week’s conference clash with Western Connecticut.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC): The Buccaneers enter the sixth week of the season riding a two-game winning streak that will be tested on Saturday against a UMass Dartmouth squad that suffered its second setback of the 2021 season last weekend to Western Connecticut.

A win over the Corsairs would keep the Buccaneers in the race for the top spot for the conference crown.

Cole Keefe, Hunter Lassere, and Mack Brown led the Massachusetts Maritime defense last week against Westfield State – the unit tallied five sacks and 12 tackles for a loss of 56 yards to go with one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Expect the Buccaneers defense to provide the UMass Dartmouth offense with some challenges.

Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC): The Cadets looked pretty good last weekend against Coast Guard Academy – Norwich beat the Bears, 24-21, for its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

Norwich concluded the game with 492 yards of total offense and converted two fourth-down attempts.

Trevor Chase led all receivers with eight grabs for 155 yards and two touchdowns while Jeremy Henault stuffed the stat sheet with five solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of four yards, two interceptions, and one pass breakup.

Last week’s win resulted in Norwich securing a spot on our weekly Top 20 poll.

This weekend, Norwich will need to play its best football against the top team in the conference: the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC): With a 34-19-win last week over UMass Dartmouth, the Colonials have found themselves back in the conference crown mix.

Mack Driver highlighted his team’s third win of the season by rushing for 119 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns while Ambrose Richards registered eight total tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 12 yards.

Coach Joe Loth praised his team for their effort against the Corsairs, saying his squad “executed three great game plans” on offense, defense, and special teams.

All three units will be tasked with executing great game plans again this week against Plymouth State.