By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)
Our Noontime Sports Preseason New England D3 Football coverage officially begins TODAY with a look at the Salve Regina Seahawks, who will certainly be one of many teams to watch this season.
Team Name: Salve Regina University Seahawks
Noontime Sports Preseason Ranking: The Seahawks checked-in No. 9 on our preseason poll, which was posted Monday, July 31st.
2016 Season Recap: The Seahawks concluded last season by winning eight of 10 contests. And despite coming-up short in the inaugural New England Bowl game to Framingham State, the Seahawks gained a great deal of experience on both sides of the ball that should help them contend for the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.
Key Losses: Brandon Basil (Quarterback), Sam Pascale (Running Back), Ethan Gambale (Linebacker) and Joey Farrar (Defensive Back).
Players to Watch in 2017: Danny McDermott (Quarterback), James Dawson (Running Back), Robert Askew (Running Back), Tommy Seaver (Tight End), Tyler D’Errico (Linebacker), Nathan Gonzalez (Defensive Back), John Salute (D-Line), Brandon O’Neill (D-Line), Nico Aronson (O-Line) and Connor Russo (Defensive Back).
2017 Schedule: Prior to their initial CCC contest, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th against Nichols College, the Seahawks will look to earn some early-season momentum, beginning with a pair of home games against Worcester State (Sept. 2nd) and Montclair State (Sept. 9th). Their next two games – both on the road – could tell us a great deal about this squad before they begin league play. Two October dates to circle on your calendar: a visit from Endicott College (Saturday, Oct. 21st) and a trip to Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th).
Season Outlook: With a great deal of talent (and depth) back from last season’s squad, one should not overlook a Seahawks squad that certainly has potential to challenge the Golden Bears for the top spot in the CCC. All four non-conference games should prepare this unit for a successful first season of CCC football. Keep an eye on quarterback Danny McDermott and Tommy Seaver on offense – both seniors will be key for the unit’s success. On defense, expect another solid season from linebacker Tyler D’Errico. Both units did graduate some key pieces to last year’s 8-2 team, but the returners should be to step-up and continue their momentum from a year ago.