It was a dramatic (and exciting) finish to today’s Bridgewater State-Endicott College football game.
Trailing the Bears by six (28-22) with less than two minutes remaining, Endicott capped its final drive with two impressive catches, including a game-winning touchdown grab by Sheilan Velazquez with no time remaining, which helped the Gulls escape with a one-point (29-28) win.
Prior to Velazquez’s game-winning grab – his first of his career – Endicott quarterback Joe Kalosky extended his team’s final drive with a key fourth down pass over the middle to Brendan Johnson. Johnson’s catch (as seen below) was an impressive one-handed 51-yard snatch.
Bridgewater State and Endicott College swapped leads throughout the contest before the Bears jumped ahead, 28-22, thanks to a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns by Alex McLaughlin (one-yard touchdown run) and Jonathan Marrero touchdown pass to Brandon Giles (19 yard touchdown reception).
Kalosky concluded the contest with four touchdown passes – two of his scores were hauled-in by Riley Shanley, who concluded the contest with six receptions for 99 yards.
Week two of the New England D3 Football season officially begins this evening with some intriguing match-ups, including SUNY Maritime versus Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Curry College at MIT.
Let’s kick-off a brand new week of games with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, including predictions, too.
Curry College at MIT (Friday, September 8th at 7 p.m.): Both teams came out of week one victorious, but Curry may have the momentum heading into this one after a hard-fought home win over Fitchburg State. MIT’s Chad Martinovich described his team’s 28-0 win over Becker a week ago as a “family win.” The Engineers will need all three units (offense, defense and special teams) to assist them against the Colonels. PREDICTION: Curry 28, MIT 21
SUNY Maritime at Mass. Maritime Academy (Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m.): Richie Phillips had a monstrous game last year against the Privateers, rushing for three touchdowns and 100 yards on 15 carries. Will he do it again this evening? We’ll have to wait and find out! PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 30, SUNY Maritime 28
Western New England at Westfield State (Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m.): Quarterback Anthony Service and the Golden Bears’ offense won’t be an easy unit for the Owls’ defense to slow down, so look for WNE to score a bounce-back win against Westfield State this evening. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Westfield State 10
Endicott College at Bridgewater State (Saturday, September 9 at 12 p.m.): This is an intriguing match-up – both teams haven’t squared-off since 2012 – but it will certainly be a game to follow on Saturday. Bridgewater State won the last meeting, defeating the Gulls at home by a score of 20-14, but can Endicott even the score with a week two win? PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 27, Endicott 17
Montclair State at Salve Regina (Saturday, September 9 at 12 p.m.): This is a big test for the Seahawks, which won their season-opener by a touchdown against Worcester State. The defense will need to step-up, especially against a talented Red Hawks offense, which will provide challenges on the outside. Keep an eye on Julanee Prince and Joe Schultz in this one. PREDICTION: Montclair State 24, Salve Regina 22
Husson at Dean College (Saturday, September 9 at 12 p.m.): This will certainly be a game to watch on Saturday as the Bulldogs make their Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) debut against the defending champion Eagles. Dean enters the season with a slew of first-year players, but Coach Steve Tirrell believes they’ll be ready to compete against some challenging foes this fall, including Husson. Dean’s biggest task in its season-opener: find a way to slow down Husson’s John Smith. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Dean 21
Kean at Springfield College (Saturday, September 9 at 12 p.m.): This is Kean’s season-opener – not sure how they will do this season, but they’ll certainly provide a unique challenge for our top team in this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 poll. Look for Springfield’s ground-and-pound game to highlight this contest. Prediction: Springfield 21, Kean 16
Cortland State at Framingham State (Saturday, September 9 at 12 p.m.): Following a big win over Endicott last weekend, the Rams will look to continue its momentum against a talented Red Dragons squad, which defeated them last season, 49-21. This is a big-time, early season test for Coach Tom Kelley‘s squad – if they pull this one out, it will be because of its defense. Nathan Fleming could be a player to watch in this game for the Rams. Prediction: Framingham State 34, Cortland State 33
Coast Guard at Union College (Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m.): Union’s defense should provide Ethan Goldcamp and the Bears’ offense with some challenges, but perhaps the player to watch in this game will be kicker/punter Cole Austin, who recorded 10 points (two field goals, last week in his team’s opening day win over Alfred State. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 23, Union 21
It was just one game, but Endicott College coach Kevin DeWall believes last Saturday’s non-conference clash against Framingham State provided his young Gulls with an idea of what they must do to contend with some of the best teams in New England.
Getting better for week two will remain the Gulls’ goal today, tomorrow and Friday before they embark on their initial road trip of the season on Saturday when Endicott visits Bridgewater State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.
Similar to Endicott, Bridgewater State lost its season-opener to Buffalo State, but will certainly be ready to provide DeWall’s bunch with some challenges on both offense and defense.
Bridgewater State and Endicott College have not met since they both competed in the New England Football Conference (NECF) in 2012, but this is certainly a game DeWall and his staff believe will help the squad improve as they inch closer toward their first league game in October against Western New England (Saturday, October 14).
“(Our) non-conference schedule is going to really battle-test us and with that being said, we’ll look back and assess our depth, our decision making (and) our schemes,” said DeWall.
Following their visit to Bridgewater, Endicott will compete in three more non-conference tilts, including a week four visit to Hobart, a team the Gulls faced last season in Beverly. After visiting the Statesmen, the Gulls will wrap-up its non-conference slate with a visit from Husson University. The Eagles, who captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown last season, will be competing against Endicott every season, beginning in 2019 when they join the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) conference as its eighth member (University of New England will join the CCC next season as the league’s seventh member).
One game won’t define a season, but last Saturday’s clash with the Rams should help the Gulls moving forward, especially the team’s underclassmen that DeWall believed made some key plays at times. “I saw a lot of young kids making plays out there,” he said.
Some of those ‘young kids’ making plays was quarterback Joe Kalosky and wide receivers Zach DeNike and AnthonyWhiteley. Whitley was tabbed this week’s CCC Offensive Rookie of the Week after completing his initial game of D3 Football with four catches for 67 yards and three rushes for 21 yards.
Said DeWall, “I think at the end of the day, we’ll be able to take a lot of positive (things) away from this game.”
Bridgewater State returns 11 starters from last season’s squad, including tailback Alex McLaughlin and running back/wide receiver Malik Garrett. Fans should also keep an eye on wide-receiver Jack Lavanchy, who led the conference with seven touchdown receptions.
Framingham State and Western Connecticut State checked-in second and third, respectively, while UMass Dartmouth (fourth) and Plymouth State (fifth) rounded out the top five.
The Rams of Framingham captured the inaugural New England Bowl last season by defeating Salve Regina, 37-34. Quarterback Adam Wojenski and halfback Quron Wright combined for four touchdowns in their team’s final game of the season. Both student-athletes will be competing for the Rams this fall.
Fitchburg State, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy checked-in sixth and seventh, respectively, while Worcester State (eighth) and Westfield State (ninth) rounded out the final two spots in the preseason poll.
The New England Division III Football officially begins next week with teams from the MASCAC competing on either Friday or Saturday.
We’re inching closer to a brand new season of New England D3 Football and to get you even more excited for kick-off, we’re introducing a brand new Wednesday series where we highlight players to watch this upcoming season.
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