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The Early Preseason Outlook: Norwich University Cadets

Norwich Cadets

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage resumes with a closer look at the Norwich University Cadets, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Salve Regina University for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Cadets’ 2018 Season: Norwich finished with a 3-7 record last year – they scored wins against Castleton University (40-0), Maine Maritime Academy (15-7) and Catholic University (31-0) before ending their season with a difficult 20-17 setback to WPI.

Despite ending the 2018 season with just three wins, the Cadets saw some players on both sides of the ball truly step-up as the season progressed, especially quarterback Matt Dunn, who finished the season with 12 touchdown passes and 1,933 passing yards.

Dunn’s best game was against Coast Guard Academy when he tossed a career and season-high four touchdowns in a 38-35 setback.

Taj-Calvin Johnson and Lavontae Decius enjoyed impressive first seasons, combining for five touchdown receptions and 1,055 receiving yards. Additionally, Manni Romero became the go-to target for Dunn, hauling in a team-high seven touchdowns, while finishing his second season with 35 catches for 566 yards.

Clyde Tamburro connected on 22 of 24 extra points while drilling 8 of 14 field goals for 46 points. He will certainly be a player to watch this fall as he attempts to continue his progression as a special teamer.

Finally, Tavares Ward and Brasean Stewart highlighted the Cadets defense by recording 61.0 and 57.0 total tackles, respectively. Additionally, Martin Bailey added 54.0 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a six-yard loss.

The 2019 Outlook: Despite graduating 11 student-athletes from last year’s squad, Norwich appears to be a team to keep an eye on this fall, especially with so many juniors and sophomores returning.

The juniors and sophomores will certainly be the reason why the Cadets will be competitive this fall, both in and out of conference play.

Norwich’s defense returns a slew of seniors, including Ward, Steward, and Bailey, but does welcome back junior Christopher Ward (defensive line) and sophomore Isaiah Williams (Outside Linebacker). Both student-athletes should help the veterans – juniors and seniors – on defense this season.

While Dunn will have some familiar targets from a year ago, fans should also keep an eye on halfbacks Aaron Conner and Connor Bourque. Both running backs will look to cap their senior seasons with the Maroon and Gold with a winning record. Additionally, the duo should combine for 10 touchdowns this season, too.

Jacob Barr also returns for his senior season and will be a player to watch on the Norwich offensive line. Barr competed in 10 games last season after appearing in just six one year earlier and should receive some help from Tom Emery, who appeared in nine games last season a first-year.

Norwich’s Schedule: The month of September is not an easy one for the Cadets, who will face Salve Regina in week one followed by St. Lawrence University in week two and Coast Guard Academy in week three. Norwich will cap the opening month with a visit to Castleton.

Norwich will visit Springfield College in the first week of October before returning home for contests against Maine Maritime Academy and Merchant Marine.

November features three contests, including an end of season match-up with the Engineers of WPI.

Players to Watch: Matt Dunn (Quarterback/Rockland, Mass.), Aaron Conner (Running Back/Daytona Beach, Fla.), Connor Bourque (Halfback/Goffstown, N.H.), Taj-Calvin Johnson (Wide Receiver/Avenel, N.J.), Manni Romero (Wide Receiver/Phillipsburg, N.J.), Lavontae Decius (Wide Reciever/North Lauderdale, Fla.), Jacob Barr (Offensive Line/Walpole, Mass.), Tom Emery (Offensive Line/St. Johnsbury, Vt.), Clyde Tamburro (Kicker/Elizabethtown, Pa.), Tavares Ward (Defensive Back/Sunrise, Fla.), Brasean Stewart (Defensive Back/Bronx, N.Y.), and Martin Bailey (Defensive Line/Bedford Corners, N.Y.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Fitchburg State Falcons

FSU FALCONS SOCIAL

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Fitchburg State Falcons, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Cortland State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Falcons’ 2018 Season: Fitchburg State capped its season with a 32-29 win over UMass Dartmouth to provide the Green and Gold with some momentum (and optimism) heading into the offseason.

The Falcons mustered just two wins last fall but were competitive in a few conference clashes, including an early-season setback to Worcester State.

The Falcons’ 2018 squad featured 34 first-years and 27 sophomores – the experience these student-athletes gained should help them this upcoming season.

The 2019 Outlook: As noted above, the Falcons were young last year, so the experience the squad gained should help them be more competitive this fall, both in and outside the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Falcons graduated nine members of the 2018 squad, including halfback Sterlin Garvin, who led the unit with 10 rushing touchdowns along with defensive back Jared Citizen.

But despite the graduation losses, the Falcons return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, including linebacker Melchior Lynch, who led the defense with 58.0 total tackles, and quarterback Brandon Brown. Brown was a first-year quarterback last season – he was spotted under center in all 10 games but did split some reps with Connor Fitzsimons, who could also be counted on to lead the offense this fall, as well.

Brown finished second on the team in rushing – he rushed for 519 yards on 85 carries and four scores – while Jacqua Solomon tallied 498 yards on 109 carries and one touchdown.

Back for his final season is wide-out Jesse Brown, who led the receiving core with 44 receptions for 493 yards and three touchdowns. He, along with Kevin Quinn will most likely be Brown’s go-to targets.

Connor Briggs will be a player to watch on the offensive line, along with Darious Morkeski.

Fitchburg State’s Schedule: Following an opening day meeting with the Red Dragons, the Falcons will host Castleton University before hopping into conference play with games against Bridgewater State and UMass Dartmouth.

The schedule won’t get any easier for the Green and Gold as the calendar turns from September to October with some important conference meetings with Plymouth State and Framingham State.

A late-season meeting with Worcester State on Friday, November 1st will be a game to watch, as well, before the Falcons cap their season with a ‘Senior Day’ clash with Western Connecticut. 

Players to Watch: Brandon Brown (Quarterback/Lake Mary, Fla.), Connor Fitzsimons (Quarterback/Flushing, N.Y.), Jesse Brown (Wide Receiver/ Yonkers, N.Y.), Kevin Quinn (Wide Receiver/Holliston, Mass.), Connor Briggs (Offensive Line/East Taunton, Mass.), Darious Morkeski (Offensive Line/Methuen, Mass.), Melchior Lynch (Linebacker/Roxbury, Mass.), Caleb Gonsalves (Defensive Line/Mashpee, Mass.), Samuel Kenny (Defensive Line/South Yarmouth, Mass.) and Richard Austin (Defensive Back/Wareham, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Dean Bulldogs

Dean Bulldogs

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We continue our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ with a closer look at the Dean College Bulldogs, who begin their season on Friday, September 6 against Nichols College at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs’ 2018 Season: After concluding its first season as Division III football team with a 4-6 record, the Bulldogs took a step forward last fall, finishing its 2018 campaign with a 5-5 record. Dean was competitive in all 10 games, including a trio of non-conference tilts against Curry CollegeSalve Regina, and Western Connecticut. Despite ending all three games with setbacks, the Bulldogs proved they belong with some of the best teams in New England.

Dean capped its 2018 season with a trio of conference wins, which should provide the unit with some momentum heading into its initial game of the 2019 season.

The 2019 Season Outlook: Dean graduated just two student-athletes from last year’s unit, which means this squad should be ready to contend for an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown. Finding replacements for Bret Williams (defensive line) and Rickey Benson (offensive line) will be one thing coach Steve Tirrell and his staff must do once preseason practices commence, but luckily the team returns a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, which should help with filling both voids.

Quarterback Terrell Watts and wide receiver Errol Breaux will be two players to watch on offense this fall, along with halfback DeAndre Grange, who led the rushing attack with 721 yards on 183 carries for 10 touchdowns.

London Chambers will be a linebacker to watch this fall – the rising junior led the defense last fall in total tackles (67.0) and tackles for a loss (12.5). Additionally, Nicholaus Grimaldi should be in for a successful second season in the secondary, along with Shannon Moxey, who will look to cap his senior season with hopefully some hardware.

Dean’s Schedule: We’ll learn a lot about the Bulldogs in the first four weeks as they face a trio of New England squads that will be in the mix for their respective conference crown. Additionally, the Bulldogs will entertain Kean University on Homecoming Weekend – the final weekend of September – which will be another game to watch, as well.

After sitting idle during the fifth week of the season, Dean will host SUNY Maritime in an important conference clash before traveling to Anna Maria College and Gallaudet University.

The Bulldogs end its 2019 campaign with back-to-back contests against Alfred State and Castleton University.

Players to Watch: Terrell Watts (Quarterback/New Haven, Conn), DeAndre Grange (Running Back/Teaneck, N.J.), Errol Breaux (Wide Receiver/Marietta, Ga.), London Chambers (Linebacker/New Britain, Conn.), Nicholaus Grimaldi (Defensive Back/Valrico, Fla.), Khoury Simmons (Defensive Line/Taunton, Mass.), Shannon Moxey (Defensive Back/Austell, Ga.), Gene Baisden (Linebacker/Tampa, Fla.), Nazere Jones-Clarke (Offensive Line/ Syracuse, N.Y.), Justin Elekwuma (Offensive Line/Atlanta, Ga), and Jordan Reyes (Offensive Line/ West Roxbury, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Castleton University

Castleton Spartants PRESEASON

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

We continue with our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by taking a trip to Vermont to profile the Castleton University football team. The Spartans will once again begin a new campaign by entertaining Plymouth State on Saturday, September 7th at 1 p.m.

The Spartans’ 2018 Season: Castleton capped its 2018 campaign with a 21-3 win over Alfred State on ‘Senior Day.’ The game was highlighted by the Green and White’s ground game, which saw three half backs locate the end zone, including Moe Harris, who led all rushers with 184 yards on 20 carries.

The win should provide the Spartans with some momentum heading into the upcoming season.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The Spartans will have some holes to fill due to some key graduation losses, especially at quarterback and running back. Both Harris and Mitchell Caron have graduated, which means we’ll likely see Jacob McCarthy under center and Simon Davis Jr. as the team’s top halfback. Additionally, the team graduated some wideouts, including Ryan Barry, who led the team with 31 receptions but look for rising junior Anthony Martinez to become the go-to receiver.

Chris Rice will be the player to watch on defense – he enjoyed a very successful second season on the line last fall with a team-high 88 total tackles. Rice should receive some help from linebacker Seth Gewanter, who will also be a player to watch on defense, as well.

Castleton should welcome back a slew of offensive linemen this fall, including Tucker Gaudette, who competed in eight games last fall, along with Sam Deacon and Nathaniel Hunt. The Spartans’ offensive line will certainly be the anchor of the team’s offense this season.

Castleton’s Schedule: The Spartans will face some familiar foes from the get-go, including Plymouth State, Fitchburg State, and Norwich University. Additionally, they will square off against the University of New England in week three, which is certainly an intriguing match-up. All four contests should prepare the Green and White for a successful showing in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), which could be wide-open this year with Husson University‘s departure to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Early conference tilts with Gallaudet University and Maritime (N.Y.) will tell us more about this Castleton squad, which hopes to contend for the top spot in the ECFC.

Players to Watch: Jacob McCarthy (Quarterback/West Yarmouth, Mass.), Simon Davis Jr. (Running Back/Warwick, R.I.), Anthony Martinez (Wide Receiver/Brattleboro, Vt.), Tucker Gaudette (Offensive Line/Georgia, Vt.), Sam Deacon (Offensive Line/Canajoharie, N.Y.), Andy Kenosh (Punter/Kicker/Rutland, Vt.), Chris Rice (Defensive Line/Bethel, Conn.) and Seth Gewanter (Linebacker/Deerfield, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Anna Maria College

ANNA MARIA OUTLOOK 2019

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Anna Maria College is the first team we will highlight in a brand new summer series called the ‘Early Preseason Outlook.’

The ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ will highlight a New England Division III football team’s past season, as well as look ahead to this season with a quick synopsis on their schedule and players to watch.

The AMCATs 2018 Season: Coach Dan Mulrooney‘s unit finished 1-9 last fall – their lone win came against Castleton University on the first Saturday in October. The AMCATs certainly improved following their win over the Spartans – they were rather competitive in setbacks to Maritime (N.Y.) and Dean College.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The AMCATs offseason has been highlighted through their social media accounts – I am a HUGE fan of what the program is doing to promote their hard work, both on and off the field. The team certainly hopes their offseason momentum will translate into a successful training camp next month, as well as a few more wins this season. Don’t be surprised if the AMCATs finish in the middle of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

Anna Maria’s Schedule: The AMCATs will face some challenges from the get-go when they face a pair of Liberty League (LL) foes in September, including RPI, which advanced to last season’s NCAA quarterfinals. Additionally, they face two Worcester teams – Becker College and Nichols College – before entertaining The Apprentice School in October before diving into conference play. Anna Maria will host three conference games, including two important October match-ups against Dean (10/19) and Maritime (N.Y.) (10/26).

Players to Watch in 2019: Alex Cohen (Quarterback/Plymouth, Mass.), Tyshawn Anderson (Defensive Back/Lynn, Mass.), Marcelino Da Veiga (Wide Receiver/Central Fall, R.I.), Peter Beuttel (Kicker/Plymouth, Mass.) Aiden Folster (Defensive Back/Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and Carl St. Paul (Defensive Back/Brooklyn, N.Y.).


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