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New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The CCC In 2017

Players to Watch Noontime

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re another week closer to kicking-off a brand new season of New England D3 Football, so that means it is time highlight a brand new group of student-athletes that we will be watching this season in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC).

In case you missed it, Noontime Sports began its countdown to training camp coverage last week with our ‘Players to Watch in the MASCAC in 2017.’ We’ll be highlighting a new conference every week leading-up to our preseason coverage in mid-to-late August, so make sure to stay tuned to both our blog and social channels for updates, news, links and much more!

So, without further ado, here are the student-athletes we will be eyeing this upcoming season in CCC Football – make sure to use their hashtag (#CCCFB) on social media (Twitter and Instagram)!

OFFENSE 

Zach DeNike

Endicott 

Wide Receiver 

Lavante Wiggins

Endicott

Fullback 

Hakim Fleming

Endicott

Fullback 

Joe Kalosky 

Endicott 

Quarterback 

Mark Dietrich

WNE

Wide Receiver 

Josh Henry 

 WNE 

 Tight End 

Anthony Service

WNE 

 Quarterback 

Dante Aiken

WNE 

Running Back 

James Dawson

Salve Regina 

Running Back

Tommy Seaver 

Salve Regina 

Tight End 

Steve Croce

Salve Regina 

Wide Receiver 

Alex Corvese

Curry 

Quarterback  

 D’Aundray Burcy

Curry 

Running Back 

Tony Martignoli

Nichols 

Wide Receiver 

Chris Mullins

Nichols 

Quarterback 

Michael Caban

Becker 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

William Rivera

Endicott

Inside Linebacker 

Christian Filonow

Endicott 

Free Safety 

Jesse Simoni

Endicott

Cornerback 

Kurtis Jolicoeur

WNE

Bear 

Sam Olsson

WNE 

Defensive Back 

Sam Edouard

WNE 

Defensive Line 

Kevin McLaughlin 

WNE 

Bear

Angel Flores

Becker 

Linebacker 

Luc Zikianda

Curry 

Defensive Line 

Devin Williams

Curry 

Linebacker 

Steven Grogan

Curry  

Linebacker 

Brandon O’Neill

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line 

Francisco Hardacker

Salve Regina 

Defensive Back 

Tyler D’Errico

Salve Regina 

Linebacker  

John Salute 

Salve Regina 

Defensive Line

Brett McEvoy

Nichols 

Linebacker 

 

Catching Up With Coast Guard Academy Quarterback Derek Victory

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears' 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears’ 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Derek Victory of Coast Guard Academy enjoyed a career day last Saturday, scoring seven touchdowns, including six through the air, while setting a school record for 525 passing yards. Victory’s six touchdowns through the air matched a school record.

In addition to his passing yards, Victory also rushed for 22 yards and one score to finish the contest with a school record 547 yards of total offense.

“Saturday was definitely a wild game,” Victory said a few days after his team’s exciting 56-54 win over Curry College.

Victory was tabbed this week’s Co-New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week with Curry quarterback Alex Corvese, who finished Saturday’s contest with seven touchdowns through the air.

Noontime Sports caught up with Victory to discuss his team’s dramatic, yet exciting win, as well as what we can expect from the Bears over the next few weeks.

Saturday’s contest against Curry College was quite a game. Tell me what it was like to be a part of it?

It reminded me a lot of my second start at the Academy against Western New England University (in 2013). We jumped out to an early lead and then they came roaring back and we had to just keep throwing the ball to stay in the lead.

Tell me about breaking a pair of school records with 525 passing yards and 547 yards of total offense – what does that mean to you?

It’s still kind of hard to believe. It means a lot, though. A record like that is a team effort. It involves all 11 guys performing in sync the entire game. The o-line played great, allowing zero sacks once again and the receivers made big plays over and over again.

In addition to breaking a pair of school records, you became the Academy’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (44) – care to share what that honor means to you?

It means that we’re putting points on the scoreboard as an offense. Growing up a Miami Dolphins fan and watching old Dan Marino highlights, I remember him saying that exact thing when he was asked about his touchdown records.

Five years from now, what will you remember most about your team’s game against Curry?

I’ll remember what happened after the game. My mom and dad gave me a huge hug and kept saying how proud they were. It was a special moment.

Tell me about winning back-to-back games – would it be fair to say your team is slowly catching its stride?

Offensively, we are firing on all cylinders. The Salve Regina loss was a huge disappointment to the guys so the fact that we’ve bounced back after that loss and two close losses before that speaks volumes about the guys we have on this team. We’re slowly getting healthier as a team, getting guys back from injury and learning the ins-and-outs of our offense. We definitely have caught our stride, but we all realize that we have a lot of areas that we can improve upon.

What is the goal for the team heading into this coming weekend’s game against Nichols? What does your team have to accomplish in order to secure a win?

Our goal is the same heading into every game: we want to go 1-0 every day. That means don’t look ahead or worry about the past. In order to secure a win Saturday (against Nichols), we just need to keep that intensity in practice going from last week.

What’s your all-time favorite Coast Guard Academy football memory?

My favorite memory was winning the Secretaries Cup at home back in 2014 (against Merchant Marine). No better feeling than hoisting that trophy at the end of a great game.

Do you have a favorite quarterback – either current or past – you look up to? If so, who is it and why do you idolize that particular signal-caller?

It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Growing up in a Dolphins household obviously Marino is up there. Guys like Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are two players I try to emulate because of Peyton’s football mind and the passion that Rivers plays with on a weekly basis.

Tell me about your major. What interested you in pursuing that particular major?

I am majoring in government, focusing on law and public policy.  I was always interested in politics (when I was younger) and how the government operated, so that is what drew me to the government major.

Three songs you are listening to currently?

‘A little more Summertime’ by Jason Aldean

‘Song for Another Time’ by Old Dominion

‘Southern Comfort Zone’ by Brad Paisley.

What is your all-time favorite movie?

My Cousin Vinny.

Favorite TV show?

Breaking Bad.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would love to visit Italy and Ireland, and see where my ancestors came from.

Finally, what’s the best advice you ever received from a coach or teammate?

The best advice I ever received from a coach was from my youth league coach, Bill Washington. His advice was simple, “stay calm.” That advice has helped me slow down the game and relax while dropping back to pass.

Mass. College Football: MIT, Salve Regina Earn Week 8 Victories

By Matt Noonan 

MIT and Salve Regina commenced the eighth week of the college football season with victories and below are their game summaries.

Salve Regina 43, Curry 10: The Seahawks soared to a two score lead and never looked back as they defeated the Colonels and extended their current winning streak to four games. Curry’s Kevin Fruwirth completed 22-of-43 passes for 268 yards, while Jordan Shairs rushed eight times for 44 yards and hauled in five catches for 57 yards.

Salve Regina’s Steven Wilken completed 14-of-27 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, while Richie Edwards tallied 108 yards on the ground. Jiyon Ruffin led the visitors on defense with 10 total tackles, seven solo stops, which included two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.

Salve Regina improves to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC), while Curry falls to 2-4 and 2-2.

MIT 48, Nichols 0: Justin Wallace rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Peter Williams completed 18-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Engineers snapped their two-game losing streak and earned their first NEFC victory.

The Engineers, who concluded its first three drives with touchdowns finished the contest with a school record 563 total yards of offense.

Samuel Inman led all receivers with eight grabs for 86 yards, while teammate Seve Esparrago registered six catches for 81 yards and one score.

Nichols’ Devon Nelson led all defenders with 12 total tackles. Five of those tackles were solo stops. Orlando Vega finished with nine tackles, while Brian Camacho recorded six tackles, which included one tackles for a loss.

Jake Laux led MIT’s defense with nine total stops, three solo, one tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

With the win, MIT improves to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Nichols falls to 1-5 and 0-4.

Mass. College Football: Five Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the eighth week of the college football season set to begin this evening, it’s now time to unveil our five games to watch this weekend.

Salve Regina at Curry College (Friday, Oct. 18 @ 7 p.m.): The Colonels three-game skid to commence the season is a thing of the past as Skip Bandini’s squad is on a two-game winning streak.

Keep an eye on Curry’s Jordan Shairs, who has rushed for 316 yards on 50 carries and two scores. Shairs also leads the Colonels’ receiving core with 30 grabs and five touchdowns.

Quarterback Kevin Fruwirth is averaging two touchdowns per contest and 201.2 yards per game, while teammate Stanley Sainterlien leads the defense with 27 total tackles.

Last season, Colonels fell to the Seahawks, 37-33, thanks to a four-yard plunge by Kenneth Woods with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.

Curry’s last win against Salve Regina occurred on their home turf in 2009 when the Colonels claimed a 19-7 victory.

No. 25 Harvard University vs. Lafayette (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1 p.m.): The Crimson are coming off their second Ivy League victory of the season as Harvard defeated Cornell in Ithaca last weekend, 34-24. This weekend, they’ll take on the Leopards, who enter the contest 1-4 overall.

Harvard leads the all-time series with 13 wins. The Crimson defeated the Leopards in 2010 and 2011, but did not face Lafayette last season.

Entering the game, Harvard’s David Mothander, the team’s kicker, is tied for first in the nation in field-goal percentage (1.000), while quarterback Conner Hempel ranks third in passing efficiency (174.8), sixth in completions (.679) and eighth in passing yards per completion (14.6).

Harvard’s four straight wins to start the year have helped them not only land a spot on the FCS Coaches Poll, but also receive 93 votes in the Sports Network poll. A win against Lafayette would push their overall mark to 5-0, which would match their start from a year ago.

Stonehill College at New Haven (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1 p.m.): After rallying to their fourth overall and conference victory against Southern Connecticut, Robert Talley’s squad will attempt to keep their momentum going when they travel to New Haven to face the first place Chargers.

Brian Harrington was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season following his sixth straight double-figure tackle performance against the Owls. Harrington concluded the game with 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops and recovered a fumble. Teammate Andrew Kibarian was named the Rookie of the Week by registering a season-high matching eight total tackles, six solo and two tackles for a loss of five yards.

New Haven enters the contest on a five-game winning streak and is averaging 466.7 yards per game on offense.

Last season, New Haven’s Jason Thompson caught two fourth quarter touchdowns to help the Chargers rally past the Skyhawks in a game televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Tufts University at Williams College (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 1:30 p.m.): According to the game notes on Williams College’s athletic website, both teams first met in 1885, and since that date, the Ephs are 53-22-7 all-time against the Jumbos, which includes four straight wins dating back to the 2009 season.

Aaron Kelton, who is in his fourth season with the Ephs, is 3-0 all-time vs. Tufts. He led his Ephs to a 25-7 victory last year in Medford, thanks to an impressive performance by his defense that generated five turnovers.

Keep an eye on Tufts’ Sean Harrington, who finished last week’s outing tied for the game-high in tackles with 11, which included four tackles for a loss. On the other side, Williams’ signal caller, Adam Marske, is coming off a 276 yard passing performance against Middlebury where he tossed one touchdown and rushed for 21 yards on six carries.

Bentley University vs. American International (Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 2 p.m.): Coming off an impressive performance against Pace, Bentley will look to extend their current winning streak against a very competitive AIC squad, which also enters the game on a two-game winning streak.

According to this week’s game preview, AIC and Bentley have met nine times since the start of the 2005 season with each squad prevailing on their home turf. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Falcons, 27-23, in Springfield last season, while Bentley topped AIC in Waltham a year earlier, 28-10.

Bentley’s Jet Kollie totaled 266 yards of total offense last week, which included 181 yards on the ground, while quarterback Danny Guadagnoli registered his second four-touchdown game of the season.

AIC is the number one rushing team in the conference. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 236.5 yards per contest, and have rushed for at least 200 yards in five of their six games this season.

Quarterback Kevin Arduino, who was the former Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, has recorded 4,772 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for roughly 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Mass. College Football: Curry 27, Coast Guard 24

Curry College earned its second win of the season on Saturday against Coast Guard! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

Curry College earned its second win of the season on Saturday against Coast Guard! (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Brian Willwerth 

MILTON, MA – After losing three straight games to open the season, the Curry College Colonels are now riding a modest two-game winning streak.

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, they used a 275-yard effort in the running game to hold off Coast Guard Academy, 27-24.

“I think we’re doing some good things there. We’ve got a bunch of young guys.  They’re working their tails off. They’re starting to believe themselves in the team,” said Colonels head coach Skip Bandini, whose team improved to 2-1 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC.)

Curry took the lead on its opening possession with a 13-play, 76-yard drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock. It ended with quarterback Kevin Fruwirth finding Tyran Harrigan in the end zone from nine yards out. The Colonels led 6-0 after the extra point hit the right upright.

In the second quarter, the Bears took advantage of a muffed punt by Curry, and turned it into a 26-yard field goal from Tyler Henning. It stayed 6-3 until the closing seconds of the half, when Fruwirth found a wide-open Jordan Shairs on the right side, and Shairs went untouched into the end zone to give the Colonels a 13-3 lead at the intermission.

In the second half, the rain picked up, and so did both offenses. The third quarter began with a surprise onside kick attempt by Curry that did not fool the Bears.  They marched down the field, and scored their first touchdown of the game on an eight-yard pass from Derek Victory to Nick Fredericksen.

But Curry came right back, with the running game really asserting itself. Shairs broke through the middle of the line, and was off to the races – 59 yards for the touchdown to make put the home team back up by 10. Shairs finished with 17 carries for 161 yards and two scores, one rushing and one receiving.

Yet, the Bears wouldn’t go away. Victory led a 70-yard drive, and capped it off with an eight-yard pass to Blake Thompson to make it 20-17. Victory finished 28-of-50 for 235 yards, but was also intercepted twice, and had two other picks nullified by Curry penalties.

Midway thru the fourth quarter, Phil Bigelow’s two-yard plunge on 4th-and-goal turned out to be the deciding score. With 2:37 to play, Coast Guard scored its own touchdown on a 4th-and-goal, with Jake Wawrzyniak taking the pitch on the option and finding the end zone from two yards out. Curry recovered the ensuing onside kick, picked up a first down, and was able to run out the clock.

Fruwirth finished 15-of-24 for 120 yards, but did not make any mistakes to cost his team. While Curry had 275 yards rushing, Coast Guard had just 38.

“We’re a young team, we got a long way to go,” said Bandini. “We’re making some mistakes, but that’s part of the game…so if they don’t do the right thing, it’s my fault.”

Curry hosts Salve Regina on Friday night – a team Bandini called one of the better teams in New England, not just the NEFC. Coast Guard returns home to face Maine Maritime on Saturday.