New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 10th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!

Patterson WEB2 Offensive Player of the Week: Khalil Patterson (Western Conn. | Hartford, Conn.): Patterson paced the Colonials offense by rushing for a game-high 124 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns as Western Connecticut scored its first win of the season against Dean College. Patterson, who averaged 5.6 yard per carry, put Western Connecticut on the board first with a two-yard plunge in the second quarter before adding a second rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Patterson was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Western Conn. Athletics) 
Chris Rice WEB Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Rice (Castleton University | Bethel, Conn.): Rice led the Spartans defense with 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards as Castleton University topped Fitchburg State on the road. Additionally, the second-year player recorded an 80-yard pick-six at the end of the third quarter, which helped Castleton push ahead for good. The 12.0 tackles is currently a season-best for Rice, who leads all ECFC defenders in tackles (23.0) and tackles per game (11.5) through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: CASTLETON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS) 
DiCairano WEB Special Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Trumbull, Conn.): DiCairano tallied five points during his team’s first-ever Friday evening contest last week, including a 25-yard field goal in the opening session, which helped Endicott top Bridgewater State. The junior booted his first extra point at the end of the opening session before registering his second and final kick late in the third quarter. Tabbed this week’s CCC Special Teamer of the Week, DiCairano has connected on all three extra points and field goals this season through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10) 

 

Football Friday Notebook: Pats Trump The Eagles, News From D3 Football

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Friday … Let’s Go!

We kickstart a brand new weekend with another edition of the Football Friday Notebook with loads of links from around the web about the New England Patriots to local high school football starting today/this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back for more local football content over the next few days because football is officially back!


Noontime Rewind: What we posted this week

*  We caught-up earlier this week with WPI place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington to chat about kicking, last season’s success and his all-time favorite kicker, who happens to be Robbie Gould

* We recently posted a brand new Football Friday Podcast with Dan Mulrooney of Anna Maria College. Coach Mulrooney is eager to ‘Ring the Bell’ with a young group that is excited to get after it this season! 


New England Patriots & Pro Football Links 

* From the New York PostTom Brady looks ready to go for the upcoming season. And we think so, too! 

It took only six months, but Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally shook hands

* From Pro Football Talk: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed content with his lone preseason series drive.  

* Interesting story, but it seems like Madonna will open a a football academy in Malawi


New England College and High School Links

From the Lynn ItemPaul McGonagle is ready to lead Endicott College football this fall. 

From the Salem NewsErik Bell becomes the newest members of the Endicott football program as the team forms a partnership with Team IMPACT

* From the Worcester T&G: Nick Ostrowski has translated his hard work to the gridiron with the WPI Engineers’ football team. 

Earlier this week, veteran sports reporter Tom Haley shared some notes on the Castleton University football program

Husson University will have some coaches on its staff this fall that have some familiarity with the Eagles’ football program. 

* Finally, in honor of the start of high school football here in Massachusetts, check out the Boston Heralds‘ 13th Annual Preseason All-Star Team


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D3 Football: Castleton Unveils 2018 Schedule

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

As we inch closer to a brand new D3 Football season, more teams are beginning to unveil their 2018 schedules, including the Castleton Spartans, which kick-off its season on Saturday, September 1st when they host Plymouth State at 1 p.m.

Plymouth State has won the past two meetings against the Spartans, but a win over the Panthers in three months would be Castleton’s first since 2015.

One week after their annual meeting with the Panthers, Castleton will hit the road for a trio of games, including a visit to Norwich on Saturday, September 15th at 2 p.m. Castleton-Norwich is always a game to watch as both teams compete for the Maple Sap Bucket Trophy. Castleton beat Norwich, 28-14, last season, thanks to a pair of rushing scores by Moe Harris.

Castleton will cap its first month of play with a visit to Misericordia before jumping into Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play on Saturday, October 6th when they host Anna Maria at 6 p.m. The Spartans will travel just once in October to Gallaudet, but host Maritime (N.Y.) and Husson on October 20th and 27th, respectively. 

The Spartans will cap their regular season with a pair of November games against Alfred State and Dean with hopes of competing in either the New England Bowl or NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 17th.

Castleton finished 6-4 overall last season, including 5-2 in league play. Coach Tony Volpone returns some key pieces from last year this fall, including Harris, quarterback Mitchell Caron, wide receiver Adnane Adossama, linebacker Grant Cummings and defensive back Owen Tretter 

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Husson University Tabbed The Noontime Sports Team Of The Week

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Husson University’s Quan Soyini and the Eagles pitched a shutout last week against Castleton. (PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Rand)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Following their fifth win of the season last Saturday against Castleton University, Husson University’s football team was selected as this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

The Eagles garnered 47 percent of the vote as seen on our Twitter poll, while Springfield College finished second (39 percent). Williams College (10 percent) and Wesleyan University (four percent) placed third and fourth, respectively.

This week’s poll included 206 votes – the most votes recorded since our weekly poll began  two weeks ago.

Western New England earned our initial honor two weeks ago following an exciting win over St. Lawrence University, while Plymouth State was tabbed the Team of the Week last week after defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7.

Husson’s win over Castleton was highlighted by a trio of rushing touchdowns by John Smith, who concluded the contest with 95 yards on 16 carries.

According to the game’s release, Smith became the first member of the program to rush for more than 6,000 yards and total offense mark in one’s career.

Quarterback Cory Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Brandon’s completion percentage (88.2%) established a new single-game record, shattering the original mark of 84.6%, which was held by David Chase against Becker College on October 30, 2005.

On defense, Jean Gabriel, who was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Co-Defensive Player, recorded six tackles, including four solo stops, one tackle-for-a-loss, an interception, a pass break-up, two blocked punts and one quarterback hurry.

Two days after the win, both Brandon and Gabriel were honored by the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) as this week’s co-offensive and special teams players of the week.

This week, the Eagles will visit Gallaudet on Saturday, October 21 with kickoff set for 1:00  p.m. Husson defeated Gallaudet last season, 50-16, thanks to Brandon, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Seven (New England & New York)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Ah, it’s Friday – congrats on making it to this marvelous day!

Let’s get the weekend started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post, featuring games in both New England and New York.

Morrisville State at Brockport (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Who is going to slow down these Golden Eagles? Seriously, who? Maybe the Mustangs? We’ll see, but expect another solid performance from Brockport quarterback Joe Germinerio. PREDICTION: Brockport 31, Morrisville State 17

Alfred at SUNY Cortland (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Saxons don’t appear to be slowing down as the Purple and Gold currently boast an impressive 5-0 ledger. This week, their momentum from a 21-14 win over St. John Fisher should continue. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, SUNY Cortland 14

Framingham State at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Our Noontime Sports Team of the Week will look to find a way to slow down Framingham State’s Quron Wright, while limiting passes toward Jaquan Harris, who finished last week’s game against Fitchburg State with a NCAA Division III record five interceptions. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Plymouth State 17 

Endicott at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): Can the Golden Bears’ success from two weeks ago – you know, their big and exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence? – continue this week against Endicott? PREDICTION: WNE 31, Endicott 17

Castleton at Husson (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after a big win over SUNY Maritime, Gabby Price‘s crew will look to earn another important win when they welcome the Spartans to Maine. Look for a big game from both halfbacks, including Moe Harris of Castleton. PREDICTION: Husson 27, Castleton 17 

Hobart at Hartwick (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.):
It seems like Hobart is back to their winning ways following a win a week ago over RPI. This week, the defense must find a way to slow down a Hawks offense that put up 52 points against Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Hobart 31, Hartwick 29 

Ithaca at RPI (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1 p.m.): One week after being shut-out by the Statesmen, the Engineers will look to bounce back against a Bombers squad that has been victorious in all three Liberty League games this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca 28, RPI 21 

Trinity at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): An early season setback to Wesleyan seems to be a thing of the past for these Jumbos, who have cruised to back-to-back wins recently against Bates and Bowdoin. Can that success continue against a talented Bantams squad that tallied 594 yards of total offense a week ago in their 41-13 win over Hamilton? We’ll find out! PREDICTION: Tufts 31, Trinity 29   

Williams at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can the Panthers continue their early season success against a talented Williams offense, which is led by first-year quarterback Bobby Maimaron and first-year wide-out Frank Stola? We’ll see – the Ephs will also need to find a way to contain Middlebury signal-caller Jared LebowitzPREDICTION: Middlebury 35, Williams 32

Springfield at Merchant Marine (Saturday, Oct. 14th @ 2 p.m.): Can Springfield’s triple-option success, as well as its impressive defensive play continue this week against Merchant Marine? We’ll find out – we could be in for either a high scoring affair or a defensive battle. PREDICTION: Springfield 21, Merchant Marine 13