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 

Football Friday Notebook: Friday Night Lights Returns to New England!

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports fans and friends!

We have some exciting news to share: Friday Night Lights has officially returned to New England – let’s go!

(Special thanks to Coach Eric Taylor for some inspirational words to kick-off the very first Friday Night Lights weekend in New England!). 

So, while we anxiously await for games to kickoff, let’s dish out some links and news from the New England football world.


Friday Night Lights Games to Watch/Follow/Attend Tonight (Friday, Aug. 31st)

WPI at Anna Maria, 7 p.m.
Western New England at Springfield College, 7 p.m.
Nichols at Westfield State, 7 p.m.
Becker at MIT, 7 p.m.
Dean at Curry, 7 p.m. 


News and Notes from the New England Football World 

Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful debut under center last night for the Coast Guard Academy football team – he finished with 411 yards of total offense. He tossed a career-best 336 yards for two scores, while rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Despite falling to Coast Guard in its first-ever varsity contest, University of New England quarterback Brian Peters said it was “awesome” to be on the gridiron last night.

Despite the distance, the UNE fans made sure to support their Nor’Easters on the road last night when they traveled to New London, Connecticut to face-off against Coast Guard.

Prior to last night’s tilt against UNE, Coast Guard offensive coordinator Ray LaForte told quarterback Ryan Jones the following: “I’m going to make you better.”

University of Maine pounded its rival last night, defeating University of New Hampshire, 35-7, in Orono, Maine. Perhaps this was a statement win?

Last night was the final preseason game for the New England Patriots, so here are 17 thoughts from the great Chad Finn of the Boston Globe!

Finally, an in case you missed it piece from the Washington Post: A California high school football team has chosen to cancel its season after being outscored, 102-0, in its first two contests.


Tweet of the Week 

Did you see Danny Etling‘s 86-yard touchdown run last night against the New York Giants? If not, make sure to watch it now (below!).


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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 Friday Notebook: Coast Guard Set To Open Its 2018 Season Next Thursday Against Univ. of New England

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to Friday, Noontime Sports Fans and Friends!

One week from today, we will have some ‘Friday Night Lights‘ to cover – we will also have a few week one games in the book, including Coast Guard Academy-University of New England.

So, let’s kick-off the second to last weekend of August with a brand new edition of the ‘Football Friday Notebook,’ which we all know you love!


New England Football Links & Stories


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Football Notebook: Early Thoughts On What Games To Watch In Week One In D3

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A few days ago, some of the major sports outlets announced a few marquee college football games they will be broadcasting during weeks one, two and three.

Awful Announcing did a solid breakdown of who has the best and worst games – make sure to check it out!

So, that had me thinking the following question: what games will I be eyeballing come week one of the D3 football season?

Well, here are a few ideas – again, mind you this is a June post, so you can certainly expect more in-depth thought as we inch closer to the start of the 2018 season.


*  Season two of Football Friday the Podcast officially began last week with myself and James Baker discussing some offseason D3 football topics. 

Want more D3 football offseason interviews and analysis? Then check-out the In The (D3fB) Huddle offseason show, featuring Baker and Frank Rossi


Week One Games To Watch 

UNE at Coast Guard Academy (Aug. 30th): UNE will play its first-ever NCAA Division III football game on the road against a Bears squad that will look to be in the mix for a NEWMAC crown this fall.

Frostburg State at Stevenson (Aug. 30th): The Bobcats will attempt to win at least 10 games (or more!) again this season – if they accomplish that feat it would be three-straight seasons of winning 10 games or more. They registered 33 points last year in their opener against Stevenson.

Western New England at Springfield (Aug. 31st): Always a must-see game in the Springfield area. Plus, this year’s rivalry game marks a new era for the Golden Bears, who will be led by first-year coach (and alum) Jason Lebeau.

Delaware Valley at Wesley (Aug. 31st): Two of the best teams in the East Region will meet on a Friday evening to kick-off the season. Make sure to add this game to your calendar now!

Endicott at Framingham State (Sept. 1st): This has always been my ‘welcome back to football’ game every season. I will be on the PA mic for this game and will be keeping an eye on two storylines: Can the Rams get off to a strong start and what does the new era of Gulls football look like under first-year coach Paul McGonagle?

Hobart at Brockport (Sept. 1st): The Golden Eagles will once again be a team to watch this fall – can they make a return trip to the national semifinals? They kick-off their 2018 campaign against a Hobart squad that will be led by an alum named Kevin DeWall.

Plymouth State at Castleton (Sept. 1st): The Panthers captured the MASCAC crown, thanks to a dramatic win over Framingham State. They will look to commence a new campaign with by winning its season-opener for the third-straight year against Castleton.

SUNY Cortland at Fitchburg State (Sept. 1st): The Red Dragons will play back-to-back MASCAC games to start the season – do they begin their 2018 season with a win over the Falcons?

Husson at Union (Sept. 1st): The Eagles made believers out of all of us last season with an impressive win over Springfield in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Their postseason run concluded the following weekend against DelVal, however, they did score 15 points against them. The post-John Smith era will begin in New York – I will be keeping an eye on this game.

McDaniel at Catholic (Sept. 1st): The Cardinals will look to commence its new season with its second win over McDaniel in three years. Last year, Catholic fell to McDaniel, 30-10, but the Cardinals managed to overcome the early setback with back-to-back wins over Randolph-Macon and Utica.

Rochester at Case Western (Sept. 1st): The Yellow Jackets begin a new era as first-year coach Chad Martinovich takes over a Yellow Jackets squad that will look to be in the mix for a Liberty League (LL) crown this fall.

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