Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones guided the Bears to a 5-5 record this past season, including a pair of overtime wins. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy)
Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful final season with the Bears, throwing for a career-high 13 touchdowns while recording a career-best 1,930 passing yards.
Jones, who competed in all 10 contests last season, became the fourth signal-caller in program history to throw for more than 4,000 yards when he guided the Bears to a 33-8 victory over Maine Maritime Academy. He also led the Bears to a pair of overtime victories last fall, too, including an early-season one-point win over Nichols College. The win against Nichols was the team’s first extra session victory since Coast Guard Academy edged Worcester State University in 2012.
In 2018, Jones and the Bears celebrated their first win over archrival Merchant Marine since 1996 to cap their campaign with seven wins. The seven wins were the most any Coast Guard Academy team has won in a single-season since winning the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division in 2007 with an 8-2 record.
We recently spoke with Ryan Jones about his final season with the Bears, but also his future plans beyond graduation.
What will you remember most about your senior year?
Looking back on the 2019 season, what game (or games) will you remember most? Why these particular games?
Both of our overtime wins were really exciting, but beyond that, our win over Maine Maritime sticks in my mind. That day, I (recorded) 4,000 passing yards (in my career) while Justin Moffatt broke a school’s single-game receiving record with 256 yards. That was a fun day.
What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Coast Guard Academy football team these past four years?
The people here at Coast Guard Academy are just different. They’re the best kind of friends and teammates. I’ll miss the camaraderie more than anything, on and off the field.
Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan (or hope) to stay involved with the sport of football in some capacity? Any interest in coaching in the future?
Definitely. Maybe not right away as my career will likely demand quite a bit of my time for the first few years (beyond graduation), but I can definitely see myself coaching middle school or high school ball in the future.
Tell me about your major – how did you choose it? – and what are your future plans beyond graduation?
I’m a marine and environmental science major. I chose it because I want to get into the medical field someday, most likely the physician’s assistant route. MES was the only major here at the Coast Guard Academy that gave me a solid background in advanced chemistry and other sciences that will be important for allowing me to continue my education in a medical graduate program.
After graduation, I’m headed to Mississippi for my first assignment as an officer, but hope to one day be selected for either a
Down the road, I hope to be selected for one of our Tactical Law Enforcement or Counter-Terrorism team.
Are you ready for another BIG week of New England D-III Football? I know I am, which is why I am ready to dish out my picks for this week’s ’10 Games to Watch.’
Last Week: I predicted seven of ten games correctly for the second-straight week to bump my overall record to 55-25 this season. Let’s see if I can keep my winning trend going this week – fingers crossed!
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Husson University at No. 15 Nichols College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bison entered the week with some serious momentum following an epic four-overtime win against the University of New England. I think their win last week carries them to yet another win against a Maine team. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, Husson 20
Alfred State at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs are two wins away from capturing their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown. I expect their recent wins against Gallaudet University and SUNY-Maritime to provide Dean with enough momentum to beat the Pioneers on their home field. PREDICTION: Dean 30, Alfred State 18
No. 5 Framingham State at No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Rams are clicking on all cylinders and should certainly be ready to take that so-called ‘next step’ toward winning yet another conference crown by capturing the Kelley Cup. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime Academy 17
No. 1 WPI at No. 10 MIT (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): Ah, the battle of the Engineers – who you got? Cambridge or Worcester? While MIT needs this win to keep their conference title hopes alive, I am not sure if they will be able to make enough plays down the stretch, while containing WPI’s Sean McAllen and Connor Field. PREDICTION: WPI 35, MIT 21
No. 14 Norwich University at Catholic University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Cadets looked pretty impressive last week against Maine Maritime Academy so I expect Matt Dunn, Trevor Chase, and Manni Romero to continue that success one week later. PREDICTION: Norwich 35, Catholic 10
Hamilton College at No. 4 Middlebury College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12:30 p.m.): The Panthers are two wins away from finishing their season with a 9-0 mark, but Saturday’s tilt with the Continentals won’t be an easy one. Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum from recent wins against Amherst College and Tufts University, which should help the Blue and Gold keep this one close. PREDICTION: Middlebury 27, Hamilton 24
No. 2 Endicott College at No. 3 Western New England (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): Whoever wins this contest should have the inside track to the conference crown. Endicott beat the Golden Bears last season – they needed quarterback Joe Kalosky to help them secure an exciting win on their home turf. I am expecting Kalosky and the offense to once again be a factor, while the Gulls defense will find ways to contain WNE quarterback Alec Coleman. PREDICTION: Endicott 42, WNE 30
No. 9 Williams College at No. 16 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who look to keep pace with Middlebury for the top spot in the conference. Williams scored its first win last Saturday against Trinity College since 2001 and should be able to use that momentum to carry them past the Cardinals in Connecticut. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 20
No. 18 Plymouth State at No. 8 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 2:30 p.m.): With three games remaining, the Bears are still very much alive in their conference race, but need to beat a Panthers squad that somehow outlasted Massachusetts Maritime Academy last weekend by a score of 7-3. Look for BSU’s momentum from two weeks ago to help them score their fifth-straight win. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Plymouth State 14
No. 11 UMass Dartmouth at No. 7 Western Connecticut (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 6 p.m.): The Corsairs can play spoiler in this one as Western Connecticut looks to bounce back from a 25-point setback to Framingham State one week ago. This is a must-win for the Colonials, who need to keep pace with both the Rams of Framingham and Bears of Bridgewater State. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Western Connecticut 24
Joe Kalosky and the Endicott College Gulls began their stretch run with an impressive win over Curry College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)
By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
The seventh week of the New England D-III Football season is in the books. There were some interesting outcomes, as well as some surprises, too.
Week seven also helped me (and others) identify which teams are still in the mix for their respective conference crowns and what squads will play spoiler over the final four weeks of the 2019 season.
Here are seven thoughts (and takeaways) from what I learned from this past weekend.
1. Endicott College looks primed for a successful stretch run. The Gulls entered their bye week with a 4-1 record – I thought prior to their first game of the season against Framingham State that they would be 3-2 entering week seven – but between the play of their offense and defense, as well as kicker Nick DiCairano, I just can’t imagine any of their four remaining opponents halting their current momentum which they have gained over the past few weeks.
Endicott almost beat Wesley College last month, which would have been a huge feather in their cap but have rebounded quite well since the setback with three-straight Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) wins, including a hard-fought victory on the road against Salve Regina University.
iQuarterback Joe Kalosky has looked very comfortable behind an offensive line that has allowed him to go through his motions and find open receivers either over the middle or down the field. Additionally, first-year wideout Anthony Bracamonte has become a go-to target for the senior signal-caller – look for the former Thornton Academy receiver to help the Gulls continue their recent momentum this upcoming week against Husson University.
2. Middlebury College seems to be a lock for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). I picked the Panthers to beat the Cardinals of Wesleyan University this past weekend, but I didn’t expect the Blue and White to produce 45 points in 60 minutes.
Quarterback Will Jernigan had his best game of the season (in my opinion) by tossing four touchdowns in the win while completing 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards.
Maxwell Rye was also instrumental in his team’s sixth win of the season, too – the senior wide receiver from Longmeadow, Massachusetts has enjoyed his best season with the Panthers, catching 26 passes for 493 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdown receptions are the most Rye has recorded in a single-season.
On defense, Jack Pistorius continues to be a player to watch on Middlebury – he tallied a team-high 10 total tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.
The win over the Cardinals was the Panthers’ most impressive performance of the season – yes, they looked good against Amherst College and Trinity College, but Saturday’s effort should translate into three more wins, beginning this Saturday against Bowdoin College.
Bridgewater State head coach Joe Verria and the Bears have won four-straight contests since starting the season with three-straight losses. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)
3. Bridgewater State remains a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Bears are still very much alive in the MASCAC with four weeks remaining.
Their 56-20 win over UMass Dartmouth helped the Red and White keep pace for the top spot with Framingham State and Western Connecticut, two teams that enter the eighth week of the 2019 season with identical undefeated conference records. Bridgewater lost to Western Connecticut earlier this season – they had a few chances to win that game – and will visit the Rams in the second week of November in what could determine a possible conference champion.
Bridgewater State quarterback Stefano D’Emilia re-wrote the record book yesterday against the Corsairs with eight touchdowns, including three on the ground. He threw for a school-record 345 yards while becoming the second Bears signal-caller to throw for more than 5,000 yards (Danny Higgins, who was a teammate of D’Emilia, concluded his career with 6,091 passing yards).
D’Emilia’s five touchdowns tied a school record – the former Bridgewater-Raynham Trojan also caught a two-point conversion in his team’s win over the Corsairs.
The Bears will be idle this upcoming weekend but should be able to maintain their recent momentum in two weeks when they host Plymouth State at 4 p.m.
4. Dean College needs three more wins to wrap-up its inaugural Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Title. I was bullish on the Bulldogs prior to their first game of the 2019 season. And I still am after back-to-back wins against Anna Maria College and SUNY-Maritime.
Against the Privateers, the Bulldogs defense recorded 12 tackles for a loss of 60 yards, including 10 sacks for a loss of 58 yards. Tyzohn Poole and Desmond Dias combined for five sacks for 30 yards, while quarterback Terrell Watts threw two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground.
Yesterday against Anna Maria, Watts tossed four touchdowns, while adding a fifth score on the ground (four carries for one yard). Dias led the defense with 12 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
If the offense and defense can duplicate their performance from the past two weeks then I expect the Bulldogs to win their final road game of the season against Gallaudet University this Saturday. A win over the Bison should provide the squad with enough momentum to cap their regular-season slate with back-to-back wins against Alfred State and Castleton University.
Randy Morgan established a new single-season record mark with the Becker College football team on Saturday against Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley
5. Randy Morgan continues to be a player to watch at Becker College. First-year tailback Randy Morgan has enjoyed a very successful start to his college career – yesterday against Nichols College, he established a new single-season record for rushing yards in a season by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries.
Morgan broke the program’s old record of 674 rushing yards in a season, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.
Through six games this season, Morgan has rushed for 733 yards on 132 carries and seven touchdowns, while adding four receptions for 48 yards. The seven rushing touchdowns are the most recorded by any member of the Hawks this season.
Morgan has rushed for 100 yards or more in four of six games this season and should have no problem finishing his team’s 2019 season with 1,000 yards or more.
6. Springfield College remains in the hunt for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. After starting their season 1-3, Springfield has rebounded quite nicely with wins over Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine, and Norwich Academy.
The Pride, who were certainly a team expected to contend for their second conference crown this fall, currently sit a spot below WPI, which beat Springfield in week four by a score of 35-21.
WPI is the only undefeated team in the NEWMAC. They host Merchant Marine this weekend in a very important match-up. A loss to the Mariners would help the Pride’s chances of winning the title, but of course, Springfield needs to win its remaining three games, including Saturday’s meeting with Catholic University.
Pending how the next four weeks play out, look for Springfield to play an extra game in November – they will either compete in the NCAA Tournament or a New England Bowl.
7. Coast Guard Academy’s Ryan Jones was a player to watch against Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Jones enjoyed his best game of the season with the Bears by completing 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.
Jones concluded the contest by becoming the fourth signal-caller in Coast Guard Academy football program history to throw for more than 4,000 yards. Currently, Jones has thrown for 4,145 yards, including 1,382 yards through seven contests this season.
Jones connected with Justin Moffatt 13 times in his team’s 33-8 win over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. The 13 receptions were a career-best for Moffat, who broke the single-game record for receiving yards (256), which was originally held by Collis Brown, who hauled in 244 yards against Western New England in 2013. Moffat ended the game with two touchdowns.
No. 2 Endicott College at No. 20 Salve Regina (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Seahawks, who fell to Nichols College one week ago. Endicott seems to be clicking on all cylinders after falling to Wesley College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: Endicott 30, Salve Regina 18
No. 10 UMass Dartmouth at No. 12 Framingham State (12 p.m.): The Corsairs have scored some hard-fought wins thus far – both the offense and defense have been clicking the past two weeks. Both units have been fun to watch, too. This is a must-win for the Rams, who were idle one week ago after providing coach Tom Kelley with his 100th win on the sidelines last month with a big win over Westfield State. PREDICTION: Framingham State 20, UMass Dartmouth 17
Worcester State at No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy (12 p.m.): The Buccaneers have been impressive the past three weeks, but face a squad that provided Western Connecticut with some challenges. Look for a second-half surge to help the Buccaneers defeat the Lancers in Buzzards Bay. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 31, Worcester State 17
No. 8 MIT at Merchant Marine (12 p.m.): The Engineers have won back-to-back games since starting their title defense with a loss, but will need their offense to play its best game of the season in order to keep pace with a Mariners squad that has put up some impressive points this season. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 42, MIT 34
No. 6 Norwich University at No. 13 Springfield College (12 p.m.): Norwich will arrive in Springfield with a great deal of momentum from the past four weeks. Look for a big day from quarterback Matt Dunn. PREDICTION: Norwich 33, Springfield 22
No. 15 Nichols College at No. 3 Western New England (1 p.m.): The Bison have been perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the season – yes, we know they have been competitive the past few seasons, but a win against the Golden Bears won’t be easy as Western New England seemed to find its grove in Maine one week ago. PREDICTION: Western New England 35, Nichols 28
Hamilton College at No. 11 Trinity College (1 p.m.): At 1-2, this is a must-win for the Bantams if they want to keep their four-peat hopes alive. Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum from their recent wins against Bowdoin College and Colby College. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Hamilton 22
University of New England at Curry College (1 p.m.): Look for the Nor’easters to return to the win column this week after suffering their initial conference loss of the season. Expect a big day from the UNE offense on Saturday. PREDICTION: UNE 30, Curry 15
Catholic University at No. 7 Coast Guard Academy (1:30 p.m.): The Bears defense has been fun to watch this season. They were a big part of last week’s win over Curry College and should continue their impressive play this week against the Cardinals. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 24, Catholic 10
No. 9 Middlebury College at No. 4 Amherst College (2 p.m.): The Panthers have enjoyed a successful start to their 2019 season, but face a difficult road test against a very good Mammoths squad. Both Middlebury and Amherst enter Saturday’s must-see, must-follow tilt with identical 3-0 records, but I see this game coming down to a late field goal. PREDICTION: Middlebury 24, Amherst 21
Saturday was a busy day across New England with some exciting outcomes in the Division III football world.
Nichols College scored its first win over Salve Regina University since 2009 as the Bison outlasted the Seahawks, 25-15, in Dudley, Massachusetts.
Quarterback Michael Pina completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown while adding two scores on the ground.
The Bison led 15-12 at the break and held the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.
With the win, Nichols improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play. The Bison visit Western New England next Saturday, October 5th with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.
Speaking of the Golden Bears, they bounced back from a week three setback with a commanding 50-38 victory against University of New England. Quarterback Brendan Smith tossed three touchdowns in the win, while halfback Jamyre Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three scores.
UNE quarterback Brian Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.
Erich Keutmann led the Western New England defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.
In Vermont, Middlebury College defeated Trinity College, 32-27, to improve to 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. The win over the Bantams was also the Panthers’ first since the 2014 season.
Middlebury’s defense recorded eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards, including five sacks for a loss of 29 yards. Alex Norton concluded the game with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.
Will Jernigan tallied 241 total yards of offense and two scores (one passing and one rushing touchdown).
WPI moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College.
Connor Field rushed for 116 yards on 30 carries and for two touchdowns, while Billy Mitchell (five receptions for 104 yards) and Nic Rossi (four receptions for 76 yards) each caught one touchdown pass from Julian Nyland.
Sam Casey and Nick Ostrowski paced the WPI defense with 10 total tackles, respectively.
In Washington, D.C, Chris Mauck tossed two touchdowns, while John Robertson rushed for a game-high 122 yards as MIT topped Catholic University, 32-13.
With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. MIT visits Merchant Marine next week – the Mariners defeated Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon by a score of 62-13.
Western Connecticut erased a two-score deficit at the break with five touchdowns in the second half to defeat Worcester State University, 42-28.
David James tossed four touchdowns in the win, including two to Will Daniels, who led the Colonials receiving core with 157 receiving yards on six catches.
Stephen Gacioch‘s three-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Jackson with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter helped the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeat Plymouth State, 21-14, to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.
Gacioch concluded the contest with 305 passing yards while adding 104 yards on 22 carries.
UMass Dartmouth visits Framingham State next Saturday for an important conference clash, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.
New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard
Morrisville State 42, Husson University 15
Endicott College 58, Becker College 12
Nichols College 25, Salve Regina University 15
Coast Guard Academy 17, Curry College 7
Western New England 50, University of New England 38
Kean University 47, Dean College 13
RPI 38, Anna Maria College 0
Norwich University 35, Castleton University 14
Bridgewater State 50, Fitchburg State 6
Massachusetts Maritime Academy 31, Westfield State 7