Mass. College Football: Worcester State’s Bumpus Earns D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award

Worcester State's Kevin Bumpus earned the D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award yesterday at the New England Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)
Worcester State’s Kevin Bumpus earned the D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award yesterday at the New England Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Worcester State junior quarterback Kevin Bumpus earned this week’s Division II/III Golden Helmet award for his impressive performance last weekend in the Lancers season-opening victory over Anna Maria.

Bumpus completed 20-of-35 passes for a school-record 427 yards with four touchdowns.

After his team’s first game concluded, Bumpus was recognized as the MASCAC (Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference) Offensive Player of the Week.

As noted in the school’s release, Bumpus becomes the first player to earn this award since Izzy Ayala in 2004.

After the New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with the Bridgewater native.

On being named this week’s recipient: “I have known about the award and for Coach to put me in the position to win an award like this is a great honor and for (the New England Football Writers’) to elect me for an award like this is just very humbling and leaves me speechless. I’ve got great teammates and good wide receivers, which makes my job a lot easier, though. They take a lot of pressure off me, which is awesome.”

On what worked against Anna Maria: “We saw some things we could take advantage of and we absolutely did from an offensive standpoint and our defense put us in good positions. I feel like we won the field position battle in the game, so we had a couple short drives here and there, which made my job a lot easier. We saw some stuff on film that we thought we could take advantage of and we absolutely did.”

On facing WPI on Friday: “It’s definitely a unique rivalry. They’re right down the street and it’s like a battle for Worcester almost. I actually got to see them play against Curry the other night and they’re a great football team. The atmosphere around the game is very exciting and I hope it’s the same type (for this week’s game), especially being on a Friday night.”

On scouting WPI’s defense: “They’re very fast and they’re a very disciplined football team. They rarely make mistakes, so we’ve been working in practice all week on things we can try to take advantage of and hopefully they workout in our favor.”

On working with former QB Corey Spencer: “I’ve been able to bounce ideas off Corey from stuff he saw last year, so he’s great to bounce ideas off of him and ask questions like what did you do when they went this coverage or what did you do when the defense rolled to Cover 3? He really is just a great guy to bounce idea off and give me advice and how’s my footwork and what should I be doing on this play. He’s really great to have around.

“I met him my first year at Worcester State and he’s just a great kid, very personable kid and I have a great relationship with Corey, and (it will help) me week-to-week.”  

Mass. College Football: Week 9 Honor Roll

Mr. 4,000! On Saturday, Framingham State’s Melikke Van Alstyne eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark! (Photo Credit: Matt Nooann for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The ninth week of the college football season is in the books. And now it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Treavor Scales (Harvard) – The senior tailback returns to the list following an impressive outing against Dartmouth where he rushed for 89 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Joshua Boyd (Harvard) – Against the Big Green, the senior from Hyde Park recorded seven tackles (five solo), one sack and a tackle for a loss.

Nick Clancy (Boston College) – In one of the more exhilarating contests of the season, the senior linebacker finished his team’s contest against Maryland with nine tackles (four solo), a tackle for a loss and three pass breakups.

Mike Fess (Holy Cross) – Despite his team’s heartbreaking defeat to Fordham, the junior wide receiver hauled in eight catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeff Hill (Bentley University) – Against Merrimack College, the Mansfield native caught eight passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s sixth victory of the season. All eight of the receptions resulted in a touchdown or first down, and five of the receptions came on third-down plays. Hill was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Markell Rice (American International College) – This week’s NE-10 Defensive Player/Special Teams Player of the Week recorded a game-high 12 tackles (six solo), along with two interceptions and a pass breakup in his team’s 37-34 win against Saint Anselm.

Sonny Dillinger (Assumption College) – On Senior Day, the senior safety recorded 10 tackles (six solo), a half tackle for a loss, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his team’s win against Pace University.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley University) – The junior quarterback from Framingham tallied four touchdowns and accumulated 417 yards of total offense. Guadagnoli completed 19-of-34 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a team-high 76 yards on 10 carries and two scores.

Mitch McClune (WPI) – Against St. Lawrence, the Pembroke native set a school record with four interceptions in his team’s first Liberty League win of the season. McClune was named this week’s Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week.

John Antonopoulos (WPI) – The junior from Cambridge, who was mentioned on this week’s Liberty League Honor Roll, accounted for four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) and recorded a career-best 347 yards in WPI’s 36-17 victory against St. Lawrence.

Kayln Smithson (Mount Ida College) – In his team’s epic win against Becker College, the sophomore linebacker accounted for five tackles (four solo), one sack, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup.

Darren Hartwell (Williams College) – Against Hamilton College, the senior wide receiver from North Reading registered 297 all-purpose yards (138 yards on three kick returns, 73 yards on four punt returns). He electrified the crowd from the start with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which provided the Ephs with all the momentum. He also caught six passes for 86 yards and one touchdown (38-yard score). Hartwell’s touchdown reception marked his 19th of his career, a new school record.

Mike Murphy (Endicott College) – In his team’s 50-45 win against Western New England College, the senior receiver from Chelmsford hauled in 11 catches for 139 yards and a single game school record five touchdowns. Murphy was named this week’s New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Corey Spencer (Worcester State) – The former Arlington Catholic gunslinger completed 38-of-47 passes for a school record 421 yards and three touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The junior tailback from Salem eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark with 126 yards and one score in his team’s victory against Coast Guard.

Dan Dowling (Westfield State) – The senior linebacker/punter, who was this week’s NEFC Defensive Player of the Week, tallied a game-high 15 tackles (14 solo) and forced fumble in his team’s loss to Massachusetts Maritime.

Worcester State’s Spencer Sets Single-Game Records Against Fitchburg State

Worcester State’s Corey Spencer enjoyed another career day on Saturday against Fitchburg State! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friend Steve Miller Jr. from Worcester State, here is a quick note he passes along pertaining toward Corey Spencer‘s outing against Fitchburg State: 

Worcester State quarterback Corey Spencer (Arlington, MA/Malden Catholic) set single-game records for passing (421 yards) and completions (38). His passing yardage (2667) and TDs thrown (22) this campaign are second-most in a single season with one game to play

Mass. College Football: Week 5 Honor Roll

Worcester State’s Corey Spencer recorded a season-best 298 passing yards last weekend against Maine Maritime! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The fifth week of the college football season is in the books. And below we’ve provided this week’s Honor Roll members.

Remember to submit players every Sunday and Monday on Twitter (@NoontimeSports or @NoonSportsBlog), Facebook (Facebook.com/NoonSports) or via email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com).

Corey Spencer (Worcester State) – The former Arlington Catholic quarterback led the Lancers this past weekend to their fourth victory against Maine Maritime. And in that particular contest, Spencer recorded a season-best 298 passing yards with four touchdowns. He rushed for a score, too, and is now ranked 13th Nationally in pass efficiency and second in New England among Div. III schools with a rating of 154.09

Colton Chapple (Harvard) – The senior gunslinger completed 13-of-18 passes for 260 yards with five touchdowns (four throwing, one passing) in two quarters. Harvard scored on its first seven possessions to earn a convincing 52-3 victory against Holy Cross last Friday at Harvard Stadium.

Alex Amidon (Boston College) – The Eagles junior wide receiver earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Receiver of the Week honors after he hauled in eight catches for 193 yards and two touchdowns against No. 17 Clemson University. Amidon’s receiving yards marked the most by an Eagle receiver since Gerard Phelan’s 226 receiving yards against Miami on November 23, 1984. His receiving yardage is also the third-highest receiving total in the program’s history.

Jaquawne Simpkins (American International College) – Simpkin’s was a spark for the Yellow Jackets defense against Assumption College, as he recorded a game-high 16 tackle (six solo) in his team’s third Northeast-10 Conference victory.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption College) – Beuchert is the second kicker to make our list and against AIC he was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, as well as a 2-for-2 on PAT attempts.

Isaiah Voegeli (Merrimack College) – The senior wide receiver set a Northeast-10 Conference receiving yards record with 264 yards. Voegeli caught 17 passes and registered three touchdowns in his team’s big win against Pace University.

Max Lippe (Amherst College) – Against Bowdoin College, the sophomore quarterback finished the afternoon 18-of-22 for 141 yards with one touchdown. He also rushed for 33 yards and two scores in the Lord Jeffs second victory of the season.

Marcel Pitre (Tufts University) – The Jumbos junior halfback rushed for three scores in Tufts’ second loss of the season against Bates College. Pitre’s three scores marked the most by a Tufts running back since the 2001, according to the NESCAC Football Weekly Release.

Robert Baker (Becker College) – Against Husson College, the junior quarterback tossed a school record 491 yards in his team’s 34-7 victory. Baker threw for four touchdowns, while he ran for one score. Finally, he led the Hawks with 43 rushing yards, too.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The junior halfback has been clutch for the Rams over the past few weeks, but was an enormous asset last Saturday with two fourth quarter touchdowns, as well as the game-winning score in overtime against Massachusetts Maritime. The win propelled the Rams to 4-1 on the season.

Mass. College Football: Five Takeaways From Worcester State-WPI

The Lancers proved on Saturday that no lead is safe, especially a two touchdown deficit! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – Saturday’s Worcester State – WPI football contests is officially in the books.

However, there were certainly a few interesting storylines that need to be highlighted from this particular match, which I have provided below.

1.) Flags were clearly an issue for both squads, as the Lancers and Engineers combined for 14 penalties for 145 yards.

Yet, one of the biggest questions, especially for WPI, was why neither team could capitalize on their opponent’s mistakes?

The Engineers were handed numerous opportunities to win this non-conference tilt, but their offense and defense struggled to capitalize their opponent’s errors.

“We had the roughing the punter penalty, which led to a very long drive for them, which you can’t have those things, it’s unacceptable. [There were also] some other critical situations where we were just doing stupid things,” explained WPI head coach Chris Robertson.

“It’s a young season, it’s a young team, we graduated 15 starters and we’re still in the growing process of this group, so we’re always going to compete, but we’ve got to be able to play up to a higher potential [going forward],” added Robertson.

Worcester State rallied from a two touchdown deficit to beat WPI on Saturday, 28-21! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

2.) The third quarter was clearly an offensive struggle for both teams, but mainly WPI. The Engineers didn’t convert a single first down on three attempts, and also couldn’t capitalize on two penalties by the Lancers.

Worcester State’s offense stalled in the third quarter, too, and finished that frame with 60 yards, while WPI tallied 72 yards.

“You can’t leave plays out there, especially in a tight game [because] you’ve got to convert on a lot of those things, so we’ve got work to do,” Robertson said of his team’s third quarter performance.

3.) Last week against Anna Maria, Worcester State’s defense struggled to contain their opponent’s running attack. And this week that trend continued, as the  Engineers tallied 178 yards on 39 carries.

Sophomore Zach Grasis led the Engineers with 121 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns.

“Zach is a big strong kid and runs well. I wish he had a little more of a game-breaking ability to be able to run by people, but he’s a positive yardage kid, he lowers his shoulder when he has to, and [he] certainly helps us move the chains, continue to get drives,” said Robertson.

“We’re young at throwing the football, so you need that dependability in the run game, which he gives us,” added Robertson.

4.) Robertson noticed that similar to his team’s first contest last week against Curry College, the Engineers had a difficult time producing points in the red zone.

WPI had four chances, but only converted on two of them, while Worcester State capitalized on all three trips.

“We had a couple of times where we had the ball in the red zone and couldn’t put it in for the second time in a row,” explained Robertson. “That’s something we’re constantly working on.”

5.) After Saturday’s contest concluded, Worcester State earned its second victory of the season. However, both of their wins have been outside the New England Football Conference.

Next week, they’ll face their first conference foe, Western New England College, a squad that won the league title last year against Framingham State.

“We are [starting to get a good sense of this team] and they pulled together and it’s good,” exclaimed Worcester State head coach Brien Cullen.

“Next week is going to be probably one of our toughest games coming up against WNEC,” Worcester State senior quarterback Corey Spencer said. “It’ll be a tough game, but we’ll get back to work on Monday.”