D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Three (Sept 14-15th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The third week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Three, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Two): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions: Through two weeks, our prediction record stands at 13-7.

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Coast Guard Academy at Nichols College (Friday, Sept. 14th at 7 p.m.): The Bears put up a fight against Union last week and should carry that momentum (despite losing to the Dutchmen) into this week’s tilt against the Bison. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 28, Nichols 21 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): This one will come down to the final drive. We think quarterback Adam Wojenski will win it for the Rams on a QB-keeper. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Bridgewater State 17 

MIT at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): The Brian Bubna era is off to a great start and we certainly believe it will continue on Saturday in Beverly. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Endicott 10 

Middlebury at Wesleyan (Saturday, Sept. 15th at1 p.m.): There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both teams entering the initial week of NESCAC football, but we expect the home team (Wesleyan) to win this important match-up. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 33, Middlebury 24 

Western Conn. at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of winning the MASCAC this fall. We’ll give the edge to the Panthers (home field advantage). PREDICTION: Plymouth State 30, Western Conn. 28 

Amherst College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): A new era of Bates football will begin on Saturday under the direction of first-year coach Malik Hall. This is a tough opening day match-up for the Bobcats, but they should certainly keep it close with their new offense. PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Bates 24 

Trinity College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams open their season against a new-look Colby squad, which will be led by the former UMaine sideline boss Jack Cosgrove. Similar to Bates, this is a tough season-opener for the Mules, who will need to find a way to slow down Trinity halfback Max ChipourasPREDICTION: Trinity 28, Colby 10 

Tufts University at Hamilton College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald highlighted his team’s opening day win last year, so can he do it again this year on the road? PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

Western New England at Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Husson will lean on first-year running back Soloman Hassen, who was tabbed this week’s ECFC Rookie of the Week. The California native has rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 21 

Union College at No. 25 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2 p.m.): Chad Shade did not rush for six scores last week, but did help his team score an important road win over Kean. This week, Shade and the defense will be tested, but we expect them to find a way past the Dutchmen. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Union 21 

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Two (Sept. 7th-8th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The second week of the New England D3 football season is upon us – let’s go!

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for week two, as well as our predicted winners for each contest.

Last week, we went 6-4 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week (fingers crossed for a perfect 10)!

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Bridgwater State at Endicott College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): The Bears fended off a late rally by Buffalo State to secure an opening day win last weekend, as well as some momentum heading into Endicott’s first-ever Friday Night Lights home contest. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Endicott 14

Mass. Maritime at SUNY Maritime (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Who wants some chowder? Perhaps the Privateers? SUNY Maritime captured the Chowder Bowl last year and should win it again this evening. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 37, Mass. Maritime 35 

MIT at Curry College (Friday, Sept. 7th | 7 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna earned his first win on the sidelines as a head coach last Friday evening. Can he win his second game against a Curry squad, which produced 44 points in its opener last week? PREDICTION: MIT 28, Curry 21 

Salve Regina University at Montclair State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Seahawks soared back to beat Worcester State last Saturday, so can they do it again on against a team they topped last year by a touchdown? PREDICTION: Salve Regina 24, Montclair State 20 

Western Conn. at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs put up 41 points last week – is this a sign of things to come? Maybe, but can they do it against a solid West Conn. team? PREDICTION: Dean 35, West Conn. 31 

WPI at No. 25 RPI (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is almost a ‘must-win’ for the Engineers of Worcester, who have aspirations of winning its first-ever NEWMAC crown this fall. As usual, RPI-WPI is a must-see, must-watch game, so this is a big early season test for coach Chris Robertson‘s squad. PREDICTION: RPI 28, WPI 20 

Framingham State at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 12 p.m.): This is a big test for coach Tom Kelley and the Rams, who will look to slow down a Red Dragons squad, which rolled past Fitchburg State last Saturday. Framingham State has the offense to keep-up with the Red Dragons, but can their defense make the big stop when needed? PREDICTION: SUNY Cortland 38, Framingham State 28 

Springfield College at Kean University (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): Junior quarterback Chad Shade stole the show last week, rushing for a career-best six scores in his team’s first-ever win at home against Western New England. He’ll probably have another big game this week against a solid Kean squad. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Kean 21 

Westfield State at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears will attempt to provide first-year coach Jason Lebeau with his first win on the sideline when they host Westfield State, which captured its first game of the season last Friday over Nichols. PREDICTION: WNE 28, Westfield State 21 

Castleton University at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Sept. 8th | 2 p.m.): Both teams will look to bounce back after week one setbacks. Our thought is Castleton will find a way to beat the Falcons on the road. PREDICTION: Castleton 24, Fitchburg State 17 

Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Two (Sept. 4th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

The second week of the New England D3 Football season is upon us, which means it is time to unveil our second Top 10 poll of the season, as well as our ‘teams are on the rise.’

Springfield College secured the top spot for the second week with a convincing 42-21 win over Western New England, while Framingham StateWPIAmherst CollegePlymouth State and MIT all moved up. Salve Regina and Bridgewater State became the newest members of this week’s poll after securing opening day wins over Worcester State and Buffalo State, respectively.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week Two Poll | Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 

1. Springfield College 

1-0 | Last Week No. 1Week Two: Kean (9/8)

2.  Framingham State 

1-0 | Last Week No. 4

Week Two: Cortland (9/8)

3. Trinity College 

0-0 | Last Week No. 2

Week Two: N/A

4. WPI 

1-0 | Last Week No. 5

Week Two: RPI (9/8)

5. Amherst College

0-0 | Last Week No. 6

Week Two: N/A

6.  Plymouth State 

1-0 | Last Week No. 8

Week Two: Bye Week

7. Salve Regina  

1-0 | Last Week NR

Week Two: Montclair St. (9/8)

8. MIT 

1-0 | Last Week No. 9

Week Two: Curry (9/7)

9.  Bridgewater State 

1-0 | Last Week NR

Week Two: Endicott (9/7)

10. WNE  

0-1 | Last Week No. 7

Week Two: Westfield St. (9/8)

ON THE RISE: Curry College (1-0), Dean College (0-1), Husson University (0-1), Middlebury College (0-0), Wesleyan University (0-0), Williams College (0-0) and Worcester State (0-1) 


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week One (Aug. 30-Sept. 1st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Football has finally returned to New England – welcome back, we missed you!

And with the return of a brand new football season, it can only mean one thing: 10 Games to Watch has officially returned to Noontime Sports (get excited!).

So – similar to last year – we will highlight 10 New England D3 contests to watch (and follow/attend) this weekend, as well as our predictions for each contest, too. And as always, you can let us know what you think of our predictions by sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_FB (our brand new football Twitter handle!).

Let’s kick-off a BRAND new season with our first installment of 10 Games to Watch in week one!


Univ. of New England at Coast Guard Academy (Thursday, Aug. 30th | 7 p.m.): The Bears open its 2018 campaign against a new opponent (UNE), which will certainly be a team to watch this fall as a first-year varsity program. But tonight, we’ll take the Bears over the Nor’Easters, which will be led by junior quarterback Ryan JonesPREDICTION: Coast Guard 28, UNE 10 

WPI at Anna Maria (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): WPI is one of our teams to watch this fall – as we mentioned earlier this week, they are very determined to challenge Springfield College for the top spot in the NEWMAC – so look for the Engineers to begin their season with a week one win against a non-conference/Worcester area foe. PREDICTION: WPI 35, Anna Maria 14 

Western New England at Springfield College (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): Junior Hunter Belzo and the Pride’s offense will look to continue its momentum from last season, which began with an opening day win over their neighbors in the Battle for the Pynchon SawPREDICTION: Springfield 28, WNE 21 

Dean College at Curry College (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): This will be a good test for the Colonels, who were picked to finish third in the CCC (tied with Endicott College). Sure, they graduated some key pieces from last year’s squad, which advanced to the New England Bowl, but an opening day win against the Bulldogs could provide the Purple and White with some much-needed early season momentum. PREDICTION: Curry 27, Dean 14 

Becker College at MIT (Friday, Aug. 31st | 7 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna and the Engineers will look to begin a new chapter – and yes, a new season, as well! – with a win against a Becker squad they topped last season on the road. PREDICTION: MIT 21, Becker 7 

Endicott College at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): For the past few seasons, the Rams of Framingham State have had their way with the Gulls of Endicott. However, this game has the making for a potential upset, so don’t be surprised if the Blue and Green fly home to Beverly with an opening day win. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Framingham State 20 

Buffalo State at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): Buffalo State should certainly provide some challenges for the Bears of Bridgewater State, which almost defeated the Bengals last season in New York. This game has the makings for an exciting first week contest, which could come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Buffalo State 26, Bridgewater State 17 

Salve Regina at Worcester State (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 12 p.m.): If the Lancers hope to contend for the MASCAC crown this fall they must find a way to get past some of the region’s top teams, including Salve Regina. The Seahawks were picked to finish second the CCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday, and will certainly provide Worcester State with some challenges on both sides of the ball. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 29, Worcester State 24 

Husson Univ. at Union College (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 1 p.m.): An opening day win against a talented Union squad would be a tremendous ways to start the post-John Smith era at Husson. The Eagles return some key pieces from last year’s squad, which should certainly help them contend against some of the best teams in both New England and New York this fall. PREDICTION: Husson 17, Union 13 

Plymouth State at Castleton Univ. (Saturday, Sept. 1st | 1 p.m.): The Panthers maybe the favorite in this contest, but don’t overlook the Spartans’ offense, which will be led by senior wide-out Ryan Barry and classmate/halfback Moe HarrisPREDICTION: Castleton 21, Plymouth State 20 

Football Notebook: What Are The Best New England D3 Football Rivalries?

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By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

What are some of the best New England D3 Football rivalries?

That is a tough one, eh?

You know the list includes a fair number of contests, including Amherst-Williams to Framingham State-Bridgewater State to Endicott-WNE.

But are there others? Of course!

Here are some of my favorite New England D3 Football rivalries (below!) – let me know what you think of my list by sending either a tweet to @MattNoonan11 or an email to MattNoonan@NoontimeSports.com.


Amherst vs. Williams: This has to be atop the list, right? This is one of the games to circle, no matter each team’s record. Last season, we saw the Ephs score an exciting win in overtime, thanks to an 11-yard burst by quarterback Bobby Maimaron. Amherst forced the extra session midway through the fourth quarter by scoring a pair of touchdowns in a span of 25 seconds. Both teams enjoyed successful 2017 campaigns, which means this year’s game in Amherst will be one to follow.

Framingham State vs. Endicott: This game has always been my welcome back to college football contest. Sure, they’re two different teams that are headed in different directions at the moment, but you know this is a game both players circle when schedules are released. Framingham State has dominated the series most recently, but this year could be different with Paul McGonagle pacing the Endicott sidelines.

Framingham State vs. Bridgewater State: This is has always been a go-to game in the MASCAC. A lot of the players on both rosters played either with or against each other in high school. So there is some bragging rights on the line. Bridgewater State needed some late heroics in 2016 to beat Framingham State – the win provided the Bears with the conference crown, along with an automatic invite into the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Jaquan Harris clinched the victory for the Rams with a late fourth quarter interception. Framingham State escaped Bridgewater with a six-point (19-13) win.

MIT-WPI: This has become a classic NEWMAC matchup – crazy to think it is a young rivalry, but it keeps getting better every season. Last fall, WPI managed to recover a crucial onside kick with with 20 seconds remaining to secure a 24-21 win over MIT. In 2016, Blaine Bursey kicked a 19-yard game-winning field goal in overtime to send WPI past the Engineers of MIT, 37-34. Bursey was also the difference in 2015 when the two teams met in Worcester as he booted a 26-yard field goal midway through the fourth to provide WPI with a 31-28 win.

Springfield-Western New England: Who will win this year’s Pynchon SAW? Springfield captured it last season, downing Western New England, 35-21. Perhaps this year’s game will be different – it is scheduled for Friday evening of Labor Day Weekend. Both programs are expected to be in the hunt for their respective conference crowns, so this is a great way to begin a new campaign with a solid win against a talented opponent.

Trinity vs. Wesleyan: It’s the battle of Connecticut! These two teams will once again be in the mix for a NESCAC crown this fall, so you know how important this game is, especially since it is the final contest for both squads. Trinity scored a convincing 28-3 victory last fall, so you have to wonder how the Cardinals of Wesleyan will respond this November.


Other Rivalries to Watch in New England D3 Football 

  • Salve Regina-Western New England: This game has often decided the conference championship.
  • Husson-Western New England: The Eagles of Husson proved they are a team to keep an eye on in New England last year with an impressive win over Springfield. These two teams met last year with WNE winning the game by a touchdown (21-14)
  • Becker-Nichols: If you’re looking for another ‘battle of Worcester’ then look no further than Becker-Nichols.
  • Bates-Bowdoin, Bates-Colby & Bowdoin-Colby (CBB Trophy): Bates captured last season’s CBB (Colby, Bates & Bowdoin) trophy with victories over Bowdoin and Colby. Can they do it against this fall?
  • Castleton-Norwich: It’s the battle for the Sap Bucket! Castleton won it last season, so can Norwich win it this year?
  • Coast Guard-Merchant Marine: This game was on ESPN last year and will continue to be a game to circle with both teams playing in the NEWMAC.
  • Fitchburg State-Worcester State: Looking for another Worcester rivalry? Then look no further than Falcons-Lancers.

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