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Noontime’s Northeast College Football Games to Watch (Week Seven)

Rory Sullivan and the FDU-Florham football team will host Delaware Valley on Saturday in an important conference matchup. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sherry Saccoliti)

By Matt Noonan

Sure, we’re a New England sports blog – yes, we’re based right outside of Boston (technically across the river, to be exact in Somerville), but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep our eyes on some college football games outside our region, right?

So, today, we’re going to highlight a few matchups to watch this weekend outside of New England, including one taking place in Madison, New Jersey.

Delaware Valley (5-0, 3-0 MAC) at FDU-Florham (4-1, 3-0 MAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.:  The Devils have been on a roll since losing their season-opener to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USSMA).

Last week, FDU-Florham won its fourth consecutive contest by outlasting Lebanon Valley in double-overtime. Connor Perez, who finished with two touchdown receptions, caught the game-winning score in the second overtime session and quarterback Anthony Caserta concluded the conference clash with four touchdown passes.

The Devils’ momentum will certainly be tested against an Aggies squad that has not lost a game this fall – DelVal has produced 114 points in three-straight conference games and scored their fifth consecutive win last weekend with a 48-15 win over King’s College.

DelVal enters Saturday’s contest having won 32 consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) matchups, dating back to their 2016 campaign. Their 5-0 start is their best since 2017 when they finished 12-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play.

FDU-Florham’s offense will be challenged with scoring points this week as DelVal’s defense is one of six units in NCAA Division III that is limiting opponents to less than 10 points per game. DelVal’s defense has yielded an average of 9.40 points per game.  

Gallaudet University (4-0, 2-0 ECFC) at SUNY-Maritime (1-4, 1-1 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m.: The Bison enter their third conference matchup with a great deal of momentum.

Last week, Timel Benton and the Bison rushed past Keystone College, 34-14, thanks to five rushing touchdowns. Benton rushed for a team-high 167 yards on 19 carries and two scores while D’Mitri Lofton, Mikka Harvey, and Preston Garrett all rushed for one touchdown.

As a team, Gallaudet leads all Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) teams with 17 rushing touchdowns – Alfred State ranks second with 10 – while the Privateers rank fourth in touchdown passes (Anna Maria College and Dean College are tied for first with 10 touchdowns through the air).   

SUNY-Maritime captured its conference opener with a come-from-behind win against Castleton University before falling one week later to Alfred State.

Saturday’s game is an important one for both teams, but especially the Privateers as two conference losses would make it tough for them to win the league title. But anything is possible, of course.

SUNY-Maritime topped Gallaudet in their last meeting in 2019 by a score of 24-13, while the Bison’s last win against the Privateers came in 2012. The win – the Bison’s seventh of the 2012 season – matched their total from 2007, which was when the squad returned to the “NCAA Division III ranks.”  

Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) at Alfred State (2-3, 1-0 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.:  The AMCATs have been a great story thus far. But can they continue their early-season momentum one week after they were idle? I think so.

Quarterback Alex Cohen leads the conference in passing yards per game (288.0) and passer rating (151.5) and guided the AMCATs to a thrilling 21-20 victory two years ago against the Pioneers.

Cohen will certainly be a player to watch in this matchup, but the same could be said for Alfred State’s Aaron Jenkins, who registered 317 yards of total offense last week, including a game-high 222 yards on 22 carries and one rushing touchdown against SUNY-Maritime. Jenkins also completed 8 of 18 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns – he located both Ben Ba and Shy’rel Broadwater in the end zone.  

Look for Alfred State to rely on its rushing attack on Saturday, which has held them to back-to-back victories.

Anna Maria has won two of three meetings – Saturday’s contest will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools.  

More Games to Watch:

  • Wilkes University at Widener University (10/16 at 1 p.m.): A pair of five-win teams will tangle in Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Utica College (4-1, 1-0 E8) at Brockport (3-2, 1-1 E8) (10/16 at 6 p.m.): The Golden Eagles look to bounce back against the Pioneers, who needed to rally past Hartwick to score their first conference win.
  • RPI (6-0, 2-0 LL) at Hobart College (4-1, 0-1 LL) (10/16 at 1 p.m.): The Statesmen look to bounce back against an Engineers team that continues to find ways to win games.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 11, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Six weeks of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season are in the books.

The seventh week officially began yesterday, which means it is time to share a brand-new Top 20 Poll that featured some movement, along with some new members of this week’s list.

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Monday, October 11, 2021

1. Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): Five straight scoring drives to start the game set the tone for an exciting win over Western New England.

2. Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 | LW: No. 2): The Bantams provided coach Jeff Devanney with his 100th win on Saturday as they rolled to their fourth-straight win against Hamilton College.  

3. Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): Williams cruised past Colby College, thanks to a complete effort by its offense and defense.

4. Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to contain an Endicott offense that concluded its first four series with touchdowns.

5. Salve Regina University (5-1, 2-0 | LW: No. 6): Salve Regina bounced back with a commanding win over the University of New England to keep pace with Endicott and Husson University (and yes, Western New England, too) for the top spot in the conference.

6. Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 7): The Rams moved up after scoring its fourth-straight conference win to keep pace with Bridgewater State for the top spot in the conference.

7. Bridgewater State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No 8): The Bears scored another big win last weekend over Worcester State to head into their bye week with some momentum.

8. Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles moved up two spots after scoring its fourth-straight win, including its initial league victory over Curry College. Saturday’s matchup with Endicott will certainly be one to watch.

9. Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): For the second-straight week, the Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought victory against a team from Maine.

10. Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): One week after scoring an important conference win against UMass Dartmouth, the Colonials suffered a 16-13 setback to Plymouth State.

11. UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 14): The Corsairs moved up two spots after scoring a hard-fought win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. This week, the Corsairs visit Westfield State.

12. Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC | LW: No. 13): It’s not often that a team moves up after a setback, but these Colonels have provided challenges to both Endicott and Husson, which is why they are switching spots with the University of New England.

13. University of New England (3-2, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 12): The Nor’easters dropped one spot following a difficult setback to the Seahawks. UNE will be idle this weekend but faces some unique challenges over the next few weeks.

14. Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): Springfield flexed its offensive muscles this past weekend with seven rushing touchdowns. Look for this momentum to continue this week against Norwich University.

15. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs were idle this past weekend, but don’t expect the break to derail their early-season momentum.

16. Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 15): After scoring an important conference win against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets struggled against the best team in their conference this past weekend.

17. Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mammoths move up two spots after scoring an important road win against Middlebury College, thanks to quarterback Mike Piazza, who finished with 104 yards of total offense and one touchdown pass.

18. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Engineers were idle this past weekend but face a challenging test this weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

19. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Despite suffering their first conference setback last weekend, these Buccaneers did provide some problems for the UMass Dartmouth offense. This week, the Bucs host Worcester State.

20. Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Quarterback Brendan Costa earned the Gold Helmet award for New England Division II/III student-athletes – it was announced on Sunday! – after recording 367 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against Tufts University. Last Saturday’s win was Bates’ first against the Jumbos since 2013 (and first in Somerville since 2012).

On the Rise: Bowdoin College, Castleton University, Coast Guard Academy, and Nichols College

Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Four)

Bobby Maimaron and the Williams College Ephs will visit Tufts University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College)

By NoontimeSports.com

For the second straight week, we’re unveiling our 10 Games to Watch in New England NCAA Division III on Thursday — did you know there is a game tomorrow evening in Bridgewater, Massachusetts?

Last week, we picked four of our ten games correctly to bump our overall record for picks to 22-8, which is not bad, but let’s see if we can bounce back, both tomorrow and Saturday.

As usual, enjoy the games this weekend, everyone, and make sure to stop by over the next few days for roundups and highlights from both the college and high school football world!


FEATURED GAME: Williams College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) at Tufts University (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m.): Bobby Maimaron and the Ephs looked impressive last week against Middlebury College, but can they continue this early season success against a Tufts squad that has not lost to Williams on their home turf since 2012? This has the makings of an exciting finish – whoever has the ball last will win this matchup (or at least we think that is how it will go). PREDICTION: Williams 28, Tufts 23


Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC) at Bridgewater State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC) (Friday, September 24 at 6 p.m.): Friday Night Lights returns to Bridgewater for the first time since 2019 – the Bears are coming off their first win of the season and will need a total team effort to slow down a Colonials squad that has scored 24 points or more in three contests this season. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 29, Western Conn. 27

Westfield State (0-3, 0-1 MASCAC) at Framingham State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): The Rams scored their first win last Saturday by defeating UMass Dartmouth, which entered the game as our third-best team in New England. Last week’s win should certainly provide the Black and Gold with the momentum they need to beat the Owls on their home turf. PREDICTION: Framingham State 30, Westfield State 14

Rowan University (0-2, 0-0 NJAC) at Salve Regina University (3-0, 0-0 CCC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): The Seahawks picked up a hard-fought win last Saturday, defeating Montclair State in New Jersey. A win on Saturday against the Profs would certainly provide them with some additional momentum heading into their first conference clash with Western New England. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Rowan 14

MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) at Dean College (1-2, 0-0 ECFC) (Saturday, September 25 at 12 p.m.): Both the Bulldogs and Engineers are seeking their second win of the 2021 season – the Engineers were idle last weekend while the Bulldogs suffered a disappointing setback to Husson University. Something tells us that these Engineers will be well-rested and ready to roll come kick-off. PREDICTION: MIT 22, Dean 17

Bates College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) at Middlebury College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): After a disappointing start to its title defense, the Panthers return home eager to score their first win of the 2021 season. But don’t expect these Bobcats to lay down to Middlebury as they certainly provided challenges last week against Amherst College. PREDICTION: Middlebury 24, Bates 21

Hamilton College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) at Wesleyan University (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): It was a total team effort last week for the Cardinals, which defeated Colby College in its season-opener, and you can bet they will need to duplicate that performance this week against a Hamilton defense that finished their initial contest with 70 total tackles, including six tackles for a loss of 16 yards, three pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 29, Hamilton 10   

Colby College (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC) at Amherst College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.): “The Chad Peterson Show” returns home to Amherst for the first time this season – the Mammoths tallied 432 yards of total offense against Bates College last week and will certainly put up some yards and points in this one. PREDICTION: Amherst 29, Colby 10  

Anna Maria College (1-1, 0-0 ECFC) at Coast Guard Academy (2-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 1:30 p.m.): Alex Cohen and the AMCATs enter their final non-conference clash with some momentum against a Bears squad that has certainly surprised us thus far. An Anna Maria win is possible, but we also think a Coast Guard victory seems likely. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 20, Anna Maria 16

Endicott College (2-1, 0-0 CCC) at Norwich University (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) (Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m.): The Gulls saw their comeback fall short last week at Catholic University so let’s see if they can bounce back against a Norwich squad, which scored its initial win of the 2021 season last Saturday against Castleton University. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Norwich 17

Noontime’s Teams To Watch Heading Into Week Two

Errol Breaux
Errol Breaux caught five touchdowns while rushing for one score against Fitchburg State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin Photography)

By Matt Noonan

Happy Monday, everyone — I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend, but also enjoyed seeing football games played, both in-person or on television over the past few days.

Starting today and every week throughout the remainder of the New England D-III college football season, I’ll be producing a weekly post called “Noontime’s Teams to Watch,” which will highlight some programs fans should watch (and yes, keep their eyes on) heading into the upcoming week.

So, without further ado, let’s highlight some teams to watch this week.

MIT: The Engineers scored an opening day win against Curry College — the offense really kicked into gear in the second half as they outscored the Colonels by a score of 27-0. Quarterback Chris Mauck was one of a few players to watch as the Wellington, Florida native completed 17 of 29 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns.

Halfback Jay Theriault, who played high school football at Masconomet, led the Engineers with 58 yards on ten carries and one touchdown while linebacker Paul Calvetti paced the MIT defense with 13 total tackles.

The Engineers, who moved up three spots in our week two poll, certainly proved they’re going to be a team to watch this fall, but we should get a better gauge on this MIT squad, especially the defensive unit this weekend when they visit Salve Regina University. MIT limited the Curry rushing attack to just 96 yards, but will certainly be challenged this week against a Seahawks squad that is led by halfback Joey Mauriello.

WPI: Despite a slow start to their first game since November of 2019, the Engineers of Worcester found their groove in the second half against Worcester State by outscoring the visitors, 35-7. Coach Chris Robertson‘s squad leaned heavily on its ground game as Hunter Carey and Brandon Winn combined for 240 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Nica Hesel highlighted the WPI defensive effort with four total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 20 yards, one sack for a loss of 17 yards, and one forced fumble. Of course, Hesel wasn’t the only one providing challenges for the Lancer’s offense as Derrick Doncaster and Evan Wertz combined for 15 total tackles, one fumble recovery, and one tackle for a loss of 17 yards.

WPI faces a challenging test on Friday evening against second-ranked Endicott College — the Gulls rallied to beat St. Lawrence University on Saturday after trailing the Saints, 14-6, at the break.

Dean College: Wide receiver Errol Breaux was a player to watch last Saturday as the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native tallied six touchdowns (five receiving, one rushing) against Fitchburg State. The senior wideout concluded the game with 251 yards of total offense — he averaged 30.9 yards per reception.

Quarterback David Curry concluded Saturday’s outing with the Falcons by completing 18 of 30 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns — I’ll certainly be watching him and Breaux on Saturday when they visit the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs.

In addition to the dynamic duo on offense, keep your eyes on Dre Kidd this Saturday — the Manassas, Virginia native was the only member of the Bulldogs defense to record double-digits in total tackles: 13.

Castleton University: Noah Crossman was the player to watch in the Spartans’ initial contest of 2021 against Plymouth State as the North Chittenden, Vermont native booted a pair of field goals in the opening half before Devin Wollner capped a four-play, 62 yard drive with a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter to secure the victory.

Chris Rice led the Castleton defense with nine total tackles, including three solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for loss of 16 yards and two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 13 yards. Rice was a player to watch in 2019 and will certainly be someone all New England D-III fans will want to watch as the season progresses.

The Spartans will travel to Fitchburg State on Saturday — Castleton lost to the Falcons by a score of 12-10 in 2019 but defeated the Gold and Green in 2018.

University of New England: Despite an opening day loss to Coast Guard Academy, the Nor’easters defense was the story as Keegan Stanton-Meas led all defenders with 12 total stops, including seven solo tackles and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

UNE, which secured the final spot on today’s poll, is certainly trending in the right direction — the Nor’easters under coach Mike Lichten have shown improvements since their first varsity contest in 2018, and could surprise some squads this fall with a defense that combined for eight tackles for a loss of 20 yards, two quarterback hurries, and one interception returned for 38 yards last Saturday against the Bears.

Noontime’s New England D-III Preseason Team

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone — we’re excited to cap the last Friday without football being played in New England with our final Noontime Sports Preseason D-III Team.

In case you missed it, we unveiled our first-ever NCAA D-I and D-II teams last week, so make sure to stop by and see which local student-athletes made our lists.

Alright, without further ado, here is our first-ever New England NCAA D-III Preseason Team — as usual, please let us know by connecting with us on social media or sending us an email!

Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Offense

QB: Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth) | Tiverton, R.I.

QB: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College) | Duxbury, Mass.

RB: Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina) | Colts Neck, N.J.

RB: Devaun Ford (Framingham State) | Mashpee, Mass.

FB: Tim Callahan (Springfield College) | Enfield, Conn.

WR: T.J. Hairston (Bridgewater State) | Watertown, Mass.

WR: Tyler Halls (Husson University) | Lisbon, Maine

WR: Steven Fedorchak (Western New England) | Guilderland, N.Y.

WR: Will Daniels (Western Conn.) | Bethel, Conn.

WR: Errol Breaux (Dean College) | Marietta, Ga.

WR: Frank Stola (Williams College) | Northport, N.Y.

TE: Aidan Hogan (Husson University) | Morgan, Vt.

OL: Daniel Flores (Bridgewater State) | Hyde Park, Mass.

OL: Cade Watkins (Western New England) | Point Pleasant, N.J.

OL: Lou Cocozza (Springfield College) | Marstons Mills, Mass.

OL: Jacob Cameron (Husson University) | Conway, N.H.  

OL: Bryce Jenkins (Wesleyan University) | Tampa, Fla.

OL: Tucker Gaudette (Castleton University) | Georgia, Vt.


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Defense

DL: Jovan Nenadovic (Tufts University) | Washington, D.C.

DL: Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State) | Wareham, Mass.

DL: Sean Reall (UMass Dartmouth) | North Providence, R.I.

DL: Mekhi Geter (UMass Dartmouth) | West Haven, Conn.

DL: Sam Opont (Endicott College) | Bridgeport, Conn.

DL: Lou Duh (WPI) | Monroe, Conn.

DL: Chris Rice (Castleton University) | Bethel, Conn.

DL: Will Peters (Univ. of New England) | Dracut, Mass.

LB: Joe Cox (Nichols College) | Mansfield, Mass.

LB: Erich Keutmann (Western New England) | Washingtonville, N.Y.

LB: Keegan Stanton-Meas (Univ. of New England) | Portland, Maine

LB: TJ Rothmann (Williams College) | Norwell, Mass.

LB: Jack Pistorius (Middlebury College) | Park Ridge, Ill.

LB: Brian Casagrande (Trinity College) | Madison, Conn.

DB: Jaren Alves (Bridgewater State) | East Providence, R.I.

DB: Bailey Devine-Scott (Western New England) | Wattle Grove, Australia

DB: Tucker Hartmann (Western New England)

DB: Jarius Bailey (Western Conn.) | Cromwell, Conn.

DB: Dylan Kehoe (Nichols College) | Bourne, Mass.  


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division III Special Teams

K/P: Pat Walsh (Tufts University) | Concord, Mass.

K/P: Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University) | Lakeville, Conn.

P: George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy) | Bridgewater, Mass.

P/K: Bryce Wade (WPI) | Modesto, Calif.