Coast Guard, USMMA To Play Football Nov. 14, 2020

Coast Guard Academy will travel to Merchant Marine in November to compete in the annual Secretaries’ Cup clash. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

There will be at least one New England D-III football game this fall as Coast Guard Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy will meet on Saturday, November 14 to compete for the Secretaries’ Cup. The two teams will compete in Kings Point, New York, according to this evening’s release

In addition to the two academies competing on the gridiron in November, the CGA and USMMA women’s volleyball teams will square-off in New London, Connecticut on Saturday, October 24 while both men’s soccer teams will compete in a match scheduled for Saturday, October 31. Similar to the football meeting, the men’s soccer match will also take place in New York. 

“I am very excited to announce our intention to compete in single game(s) competition with the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this fall in the sports of volleyball, men’s soccer, and football,” Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics’ Dr. Dan Rose said, via this evening’s release. “This decision was arrived at following close examination of our current safety protocols and a commitment to follow NCAA guidance with regard to testing and other resocialization of sports standards.”

Added Coast Guard Academy first-year football coach C.C. Grant, “I’m just thankful that our seniors get to play at least one game this year, and to have it be against the Merchant Marine Academy makes it all the more special.”

All three contests will count as one point with the academy that garners the most points being rewarded the Superintendents’ Trophy. 

Merchant Marine defeated Coast Guard Academy last fall in the annual Secretaries’ Cup with a 56-41 victory. 

UMass Football Will Play Football This Fall

UMass Football

The UMass football team will play games this fall despite canceling its season in August. (PHOTO COURTESY: Eva Trainer/Daily Collegian)

By Matt Noonan 

One month after announcing its 2020 season had been canceled, the University of Massachusetts has decided to reverse course and allow its football team an opportunity to play some games this fall, beginning as soon as next month. 

The decision to return to the gridiron was announced earlier today and was based on the program’s “stringent COVID-19 safety protocols and rigorous testing regimen,” which has been in place since the student-athletes returned to the Amherst campus in June. Additionally, the school – and yes, the program, too – watched other schools and conferences announce they would be returning to the field over the past few weeks after initially deciding to cancel their respective season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

UMass has administered more than 1,800 coronavirus tests over the past 13 weeks with just two tests coming back positive. The school plans to continue testing its student-athletes, coaches, and staff members multiple times per week, and has the capacity to ramp up testing if needed to “meet additional opponent requirements in order to play games, if necessary.” 

“Today is a great day for Massachusetts Football,” coach Walt Bell said, via today’s release about the Minutemen returning to the gridiron this fall. “Everyone associated with our program is excited to play football this fall.” 

Bell would continue by adding that he and the program “are grateful to our campus leadership for supporting academic and competitive opportunities for our student-athletes and staff to do what they love in a safe manner.” 

UMass was scheduled to compete against 12 teams this fall, but the expectation is their new schedule will consist of fewer teams. Dates and opponents will be announced at a later date and time, and the school will not permit fans at McGuirk Alumni Stadium this fall. 

Touchdown Tuesday (Sept. 15, 2020)

Touchdown Tuesday

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday, everyone. 

Starting today – and yes, every Tuesday throughout the fall – we are going to be highlighting some exciting touchdowns from the past week, including high schools and colleges. And yes, we will revisit some impressive scores from the National Football League (NFL), too. 

So, let’s kick off our brand new Tuesday post by celebrating touchdowns – let’s go! 


Touchdown Tuesday for September 15, 2020 

Last night – Monday, September 14, to be exact – JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrated one of his two touchdowns of the season with the Pittsburgh Steelers by posting with these marvelous photos. Isn’t it great to score a touchdown? 

Let’s switch gears to the high school world where we saw this beautiful touchdown pass – wow, what a throw and catch! 

 

What’s a great way to celebrate the first-ever Touchdown Tuesday post then sharing that first passing score of the 2020 season. 

 

Yes, we love watching the offense score touchdowns, but when we heard the McAdory High School defense scored three times, we needed to highlight them in this particular post. #JacketNation 

 

Griffin Hanson of the Mars Hill Bible School football team did an amazing job avoiding a sack before throwing a touchdown pass to Hunter Kilpatrick

 

If you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals then you will certainly enjoy watching this clip of Joe Burrow zigzagging his way to the end zone for his first-ever professional touchdown. 

 

If you’re a New England Patriots fan then you will certainly enjoy rewatching Cam Newton‘s first touchdown of the 2020 season. We know we enjoyed revisiting this awesome score! 

 

And finally, how about celebrating that first touchdown pass of your senior year? Great throw, Dylan Fluellen

 

Do you want your touchdown highlighted in our weekly ‘Touchdown Tuesday’ post? If so, tweet us your touchdowns so we can add them to future posts! 

On This Date Last Year, UMass Dartmouth Outlasted Husson Football In Overtime

Stephen Gacioch led the Corsairs to an exciting overtime victory one year ago on this exact date. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Yes, I miss New England D-III football, but luckily we have some great memories to revisit this fall, including an exciting overtime clash that occurred on this exact date one year ago between Husson University and UMass Dartmouth

The Corsairs outlasted the Eagles, 48-41, in overtime, thanks to an impressive showing by quarterback Stephen Gacioch, who concluded the contest 26 of 42 for 512 yards and five touchdowns. The Rhode Island native also led the UMass Dartmouth rushing attack with 27 yards on 17 carries. 

Husson led UMass Dartmouth, 21-14, after one quarter of play and held a seven-point advantage at the break (27-20). 

The Corsairs erased the seven-point deficit in the third quarter with a pair of touchdown passes from Gacioch to DJ Machado and Pedro DelToro while Husson kept pace with the hosts by recording a 36-yard touchdown pass late in the frame from David Morrison to Tyler Halls

UMass Dartmouth would push ahead late in the fourth quarter when Olawale Junaid capped a four-play, 36-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown before Husson countered to even the score and send the game into overtime when Morrison connected with Aidan Hogan for a seven-yard touchdown pass. 

Gacioch and the Corsairs would again respond in the extra session when the UMass Dartmouth signal-caller located Abbi Bamgbose for a 23-yard score before the hometown team’s defense denied the Eagles a chance to even the score on its ensuing possession. 

The win – certainly an exciting one for the Blue and Gold – bumped UMass Dartmouth’s overall record to 2-0 while the setback was the first of the season for the Eagles. 

The AP Top 25 College Football Poll Welcomes 10 New Teams

The University of Memphis joined this week’s AP Top 25 College Football Poll. (PHOTO COURTESY: The University of Memphis Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Two weeks of college football are in the books. Well, maybe three weeks to be exact if you want to count a Week 0 matchup between Central Arkansas and Austin Peay

On Sunday, the Associated Press (AP) unveiled its latest college football poll, which did not include either team but did feature 10 new squads that had not appeared on the previous Top 25 list. And one of those teams happened to be the Memphis Tigers, which checked-in 16th overall. 

Memphis was idle this past weekend – the Blue and White scored an opening day over Arkansas State earlier this month – and will return to action at the end of the month when the UTSA Roadrunners on Friday, September 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. eastern. 

Other teams joining this week’s poll included the University of Miami, which checked-in 17th overall, Brigham Young University (21st), and Army (22nd). The Black Knights are the lone 2-0 team on this week’s poll following back-to-back wins against Middle Tennessee (42-0) and UL Monroe (37-7). 

This week, Army will host BYU in what should be a good test for the Black Knights before they cap their September schedule with a visit to No. 13 Cincinnati

Clemson remains the top team in this week’s poll – the Tigers topped Wake Forest this past weekend by a score of 37-7 – while Alabama and Oklahoma secured the second and third spots, respectively. Georgia secured the fourth position while Florida checked-in fifth overall.