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D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Oct. 15th, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the sixth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week

Devaun Ford (Framingham State): Ford rushed for a game-high 139 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns as the Rams topped Fitchburg State on the road.

Matt Hersch (Colby College): Hersch completed 14 of 31 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against Middlebury College.

David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 21 of 30 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns while adding 11 yards on 10 carries as the Colonials defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy at home.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Colby College, Jernigan completed 12 of 30 passes for 172 yards while rushing for a game-high 153 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Against Husson University, Juvelier completed 22 of 39 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 11 yards on two carries.

Nick Kimball (Western Connecticut): Kimball led all receivers last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime with nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Lambert concluded last Saturday’s meeting with Bates College with four passing touchdowns – he completed 14 of 21 passes for 222 yards. He also added six yards on eight carries.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long stuffed the stat sheet against Western Connecticut last Saturday by completing 7 of 16 passes for 82 yards while adding 34 yards on 20 carries and one score. He also punted the ball four times for 208 yards with three kicks landing inside the Colonials’ 20-yard line.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Against Hamilton College, Maimaron completed 11 of 19 passes for five touchdowns, while adding 80 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Anthony Martinez (Castleton University): Martinez led the Spartans with seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns last weekend against Gallaudet University.

Shawn Noel, Jr. (Husson University): Noel rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns to help the Eagles beat the Colonels, 42-40, in Maine.

John Robertson (MIT): Robertson rushed for 263 yards on 34 carries and one touchdown last Saturday as the Engineers topped Maine Maritime Academy in Cambridge.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero concluded last Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with seven catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Matthew Simco (Wesleyan University): Simco led the Cardinals receiving core with eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown against Tufts University.

Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola hauled in a game-high eight receptions for 168 yards and four touchdowns as the Ephs beat Hamilton in Williamstown.

Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Villanueva led the Curry receiving core with seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a back and forth 42-40 setback to Husson.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Against SUNY Maritime, Watts completed 12 of 17 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, while adding seven rushing yards on four carries and one score.


Defensive Team of the Week

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College): Anderson was instrumental in helping the AMCATs pick-up their first win of the season against Alfred State. The second-year defensive back tallied a team-high 24 total tackles, including 16 solo stops and three tackles for a loss of seven yards. He also recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Marcus Bullard (Colby College): Bullard led the Mules defense with 15 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of nine yards. He also recorded one interception against Middlebury College.

Cully Curran (Framingham State): Curran concluded last Saturday’s game against Fitchburg State with eight total tackles, including two solo stops and one tackle for a loss, while registering one fumble recovery (two yards) and two pass break-ups.

Ricky Goodson (Amherst College): Goodson stuffed the stat sheet against Bowdoin College with five total tackles, including four solo stops and one tackle for a loss of 12 yards. He also tallied one forced fumble, one interception for 31-yards and one pass break-up.

Jack Pistorius (Middlebury College): Against Colby College, Pistorius tallied 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards.

Tyzohn Poole (Dean College): Poole led the Bulldogs defense against SUNY Maritime with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops and three tackles for a loss of 12 yards.

Cahan Quinn (Norwich University): Quinn posted 14 total tackles, including six solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards.

TJ Rothmann (Williams College): Rothman led the Ephs defense with 10 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 14 yards. The 10 tackles were all solo stops and helped the Ephs defeat Hamilton College.

Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello led the Colonials defense with seven solo stops, including two tackles for a loss of seven yards, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass break-up as Western Connecticut defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy last Saturday in an important conference clash.


Special Teams of the Week

Dan Carey (Plymouth State): Carey connected on all six kicks last Saturday against Westfield State, including a 24-yard field goal.

J.P Dallazem (Trinity College): Dallazem recorded a season-high nine points last Saturday against Bates College with six extra points and a 36-yard field goal. The 36-yard field goal was the first-year kicker’s longest boot of the season.

Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra tallied eight points on four kicks last Saturday against Coast Guard Academy, including a season-long 27-yard field goal.

Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Von Jess tallied eight points last Saturday against Tufts University on four kicks, including a pair of field goals. His longest kick was a 37-yard field goal.

Kyle Wall (Worcester State): Wall punted the ball eight times last Friday against Bridgewater State for 312 yards (39.0 yards per punt). Four of his kicks landed inside the Bears’ 20-yard line.

D3 Football: Getting To Know The 2019 Framingham State Rams

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Joshua Onujiogu (91) will be counted on to lead the Framingham State Rams defense this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

In just two days, the Framingham State University football team will take the field for the first time this season when they visit Endicott College for an important week one contest.

Framingham State and Endicott have met 14 times – the series is tied at 7-7 – but the Rams have won the last six meetings, dating back to a 35-23 win in week one of the 2013 season.

Before the Rams and Gulls tangle under the lights in Beverly, Massachusetts, here are some things you need to know about this year’s Framingham State football team, which will once again be led by coach Tom Kelley.


Framingham State Rams | 2019 Team Capsule

The Rams’ 2018 Season: Framingham State won eight of 11 contests last fall en route to claiming a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title and spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Coach Tom Kelley was tabbed the MASCAC Champion’s Choice Coach of the Year, while 13 student-athletes landed on the first and second all-conference teams, including defensive lineman Joshua Smiley and quarterback Adam Wojenski.

Framingham State captured one of two non-conference games while ending the regular season on a four-game winning streak.

The Rams drew The College at Brockport in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament but saw their bid toward a national championship dashed with a 40-27 setback. Wojenski concluded the game with 450 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Wojenski’s New Targets: Heading into his final season with the Rams, quarterback Adam Wojenski is adjusting to some new wide receivers and tight ends he will be throwing the ball to this fall, including Jacob Maher, who transferred from Worcester State.

Maher, who played high school football for Marshfield High School, was recently named to the D3Football.com Preseason All-American team after earning a pair of New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England honors as a member of the Lancers.

“He’s a beast,” said Wojenski when asked about building a rapport with his new tight end.  “(Once) we get our timing down then we’ll be good to go.”

Maher won’t be the only wide receiver or tight end Wojenski will be targeting this fall as the Stratford, Connecticut native is expected to target Austin NunnElijah Nichols, and Manny Exilhomme, too.

Wojenski is confident in his new receivers, who he claims have “stepped up” in preseason practices. “They will be ready,” he said.

New Leadership on DefenseSimilar to the Rams’ offense, the defense will also look a bit different than last year due to some key graduation losses, but that doesn’t seem to faze Josh Smiley, who claims “(the) defense (has) bought into our system and we’re all ready to go.” 

Smiley is just one of a few returners on defense this fall – he will be joined up front by Rufus RushinsFacundo Isas, and Joshua Onujiogu.

The unit also returns linebackers Brian Donahue and Cully Curran, and strong safety Carls Alphonse

Framingham State’s defense will be guided by Mike Landers, who coached the wide receivers last fall.

Onujiogu has enjoyed working with Landers, who he claims has helped both him and his teammates understand more than just the typical x’s and o’s.

“(We’re) learning more things (that) we may have not thought of before,” said Onujiogu of Landers’ defensive formations and schemes.

Added Smiley, “We do (get) more freedom, but this is going to be a fast-moving defense.”

Youth Movement: For the Rams to enjoy a successful campaign this fall, they will need some first-year players to step-up on both offense and defense.

The Rams’ 2019 roster features a slew of first-year players, including halfback Devaun Ford, who is expected to start on Friday against Endicott.

Ford played locally for Mashpee High School and competed for a trio of Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Super Bowl teams, including the 2017 Division 7 squad that beat Blackstone Valley, 22-16.

Danny Marinaccio is also a first-year back that is expected to step up and help the offense this fall.

On defense, Issac Nascimento is a student-athlete that can help the secondary – he will certainly learn a great deal from the upperclassmen and coach Shawn Theriault

“We’re going to be young and we’re going to have to count on some of the young guys to step up,” said Kelley.

In the past, both first and second-year players have done quite well in Kelley’s system, and have helped the squad by making some key plays when needed.

Conference Favorites: The Rams were picked to win the MASCAC this fall, according to the 2019 preseason coaches poll.

Framingham State secured seven first-place votes, while Western Connecticut, which secured the second position, earned a pair of first-place nods.

Bridgewater StatePlymouth State, and UMass Dartmouth rounded out the top five, checking-in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, while Westfield State secured the sixth position.

Fitchburg State checked-in seventh, Massachusetts Maritime Academy secured the eighth position, while Worcester State placed ninth.

Conference play for most teams will begin in week three with the Rams hosting Westfield State at 12 p.m.


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Framingham State Rams

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

We continue with our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by highlighting the Framingham State University Rams, who will begin their conference title defense on Friday, September 6th when they visit Endicott College.

The Rams’ 2018 Season: It was another successful season for coach Tom Kelley‘s crew, which captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with an 8-3 mark. Framingham State returned to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2015 but saw their national championship hopes dashed in the opening round against Brockport State.

Yet, despite falling to the Golden Eagles, the Rams remained one of New England’s top programs last fall, as well as the team to beat in the MASCAC. The Rams played their best football late in the season when they scored wins against UMass DartmouthWestern Connecticut, and Worcester State.

The 2019 Outlook: Framingham State graduated 19 student-athletes from last year’s unit, including halfbacks Quron Wright and Sebastein Robert, and wide receivers Mike Calicchio and Napoleon Miller. Additionally, the Rams bid farewell to some key members of their defense, too, so this season is all about the squad’s rising seniors, juniors and sophomores, who will be tasked with attempting to guide the Rams back to the national postseason for the second-straight season.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski returns for his final season and will most likely target Shaquille Joseph, who enjoyed a very successful second season with the Rams. Joseph ranked third on the team in receptions (27) while finishing second in touchdown receptions (6).

Fullback Rufus Rushins could be tasked with being more than just a third-down back for the Rams after finishing third on the team in rushing yards (235 yards). The Rams may also rely on Chris Jenkins or Nick Caliri, too.

Anthony Behonick and Joshua Smiley will be tasked with leading the Rams’ defense this fall – the duo combined for 115 total tackles last season, including five stops for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, keep an eye on Joshua Onujiogu, who will join Smiley on the defensive line.

The Rams will need some help in the secondary as defensive back Rashaun Rivers graduated this past spring, along with DeSean Hart and Kenny SullivanCully Curran will be the defensive back to watch heading into camp in a few weeks.

Framingham State’s Schedule: The Rams will be tested immediately with trips to Brockport and Endicott before welcoming Westfield State to Framingham on Saturday, September 21st for a 12 p.m. kick-off in week three.

Framingham will enjoy an early bye week during the final weekend of September before entertaining UMass Dartmouth on Friday, October 4th.

Framingham State closes the month of October with two key contests against Plymouth State and Western Connecticut before heading to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to compete in the annual Kelley Cup game.

After the Kelley Cup, the Rams will play their final home game against Bridgewater State. The game could decide this year’s MASCAC champion, so make sure to circle Saturday, November 9th on your calendar.

Players to Watch: Joshua Onujiogu (Defensive End/Wareham, MA), Adam Wojenski (Quarterback/Stratford, Conn.), Shaquille Joseph (Wide Receiver/Somerville, Mass.), Rufus Rushins (Fullback/Defensive Line/Lynn, Mass.), Henrique DeBoni (Kicker/Rio Claro, Brazil), Jared Archer (Offensive Line/Mansfield, Mass.), Andrew Fennelly (Offensive Tackle/Wayland, Mass.), Anthony Behonick (Linebacker/Rutland, Mass.), Joshua Smiley (Defensive Line/Springfield, Mass.), Jack Sullivan (Linebacker/Dartmouth, Mass.), and Cully Curran (Defensive Back/Arlington, Mass.).


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