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Mass. College Football: Week Three Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the third week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Kyle Young (Holy Cross) – The first-year linebacker, who made his first career start with the Crusaders, led the Purple and White with 10 total tackles. So far this season he’s recorded 12 total tackles (seven solo).

Logan Meyer (Stonehill College) – This week’s Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Week completed 18-of-33 passes for 332 yards with five touchdowns. Meyer now ranks atop the program’s career passing yardage list with 5,138 yards.

Terrell Williams (American International) – Against Merrimack, the senior half back rushed for 194 yards and three scores on 26 carries.

Bobby Jordan (Assumption College) – The senior gunslinger tossed two touchdowns, including the game winning 42-yard strike in the second half, which lifted the Hounds past Bentley.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack College) – Against AIC, Clancy completed 41-of-71 passes for 437 yards with six touchdowns.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill College) – The junior linebacker recorded a career-best 10 tackles (eight solo), three and a half tackles for a loss, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against St. A’s.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill College) – The Attleboro native hauled in a career-high 10 receptions for a career-best 157 yards. He also scored a touchdown in the Skyhawks’ first win of the season.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley University) – The Framingham native tossed two touchdowns and rushed 46 yards. He amassed 305 yards of total offense.

Robert Small (Anna Maria) – This week’s Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week scored five touchdowns (four on the ground). He rushed for 240 yards on 23 carries and caught one touchdown pass.

Danny Macalena (Springfield College) – The junior linebacker tallied 10 tackles, including four tackles for a loss resulting in 15 yards, to go along with a forced fumble. His tackles for loss were critical, as two came on key third downs and another came on a fourth-down attempt.

Casey Hippert (Worcester State) – The junior tight end hauled in eight catches for a game-high 183 receiving yards.

Kevin Lynch (WPI) – The first-year defensive back finished his team’s second contest with 10 tackles (eight solo), two pass breakups, one tackle for a loss and one blocked punt.

Adam Straughn (Worcester State) – Against WPI, the senior from Rockland recorded a game-best 12 tackles (10 solo), a fumble recovery and a blocked extra point attempt. Straughn was named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Peter Williams (MIT) – This week’s New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week amassed for 323 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Williams, who finished the game with 261 passing yards, extended his career-passing yardage over the 2,000-yard mark.

Drew Frenette (Endicott College) – The junior gunslinger connected with eight different receivers and tossed two touchdowns in his team’s first win of the season.

Jake Laux (MIT) – This week’s NEFC Defensive Player of the Week recorded 12 tackles (10 solo). His first tackle of the contest happened to be his 300th career stop.

Dylan Rushe (Endicott College) – This week’s NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week kicked five field goals and four extra points. He was point shy of the NCAA Division III record for points by a kicker.

Mass. College Football: Springfield Rolls Past Husson, 36-0

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Springfield College sports information department, here’s today’s release about the Pride’s second win of the season against Husson: 

Springfield, Mass. – September 14, 2013 – The Springfield College football team posted a shutout in its home opener as it blanked visiting Husson College, 36-0, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play at Stagg Field.

Springfield now improves to 2-0 on the year, while the Eagles are in search of their first victory and drop to 0-2.

After giving up 40 points in its season-opener last weekend to Western New England, the Springfield defensive unit buckeled down, giving up just 166 total yards for the shutout win. It was the first time that Springfield had held its opponent off the scoreboard since October 2, 2010, when it defeated King’s Point, 64-0.

Jonathan Marrero (Boston, Mass. led Springfield with 122 yards on the ground, while Louis Fenaroli (Newtown, Conn.) found the end zone three times after carrying the ball 21 times for 92 yards. As a team, the Pride totaled 396 yards on the ground on 67 rushing attempts.

Defensively, Danny Macalena (Congers, N.Y.) made 10 tackles, including four tackles-for-loss, and Mike Dublin (Portsmouth, R.I) made eight stops and had one of two Springfield interceptions.

For Husson, Kyle McKinnon (New London, Conn.) totaled 80 yards to highlight the Eagles offense. Ellis Throckmorton (Bangor, Maine) was all over the field on defense, registering a game-high 12 unassisted tackles, while also forcing and recovering a fumble. Teammate Stephan Dance (New London, Conn.) added 10 solo stops of his own.

After the defense forced a Husson three-and-out, the Pride put together a 12-play, 67-yard drive that featured eight rushes from Fenaroli. The second-year fullback put the Pride up 6-0 with a one-yard plunge at the 8:20 mark, only to have Joe Saccereccia (Bangor, Maine) block the extra point.

The Pride added to its lead as it found the end zone with four seconds left in the first. After a 62-yard scamper down the right sideline by Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.), the Pride punched in another one-yard score thanks to a gritty run by Blake Joppy (Clarksburg, Md.). Altavesta rushed in for a two-point conversion to give the hosts a 14-0 cushion.

Neither team would score in the second quarter, as the Pride hurt itself with fumbles on back-to-back positions. Fenaroli coughed it up inside the 10 with 2:20 left in the half, and after Springfield forced Husson to punt, Joppy mishandled the ball to thwart any late offensive push.

Springfield wasted little time scoring to start the second half. The Pride took the kickoff and marched 70 yards in five plays, using a Fenaroli score from eight yards out and a James Poggio (East Granby, Conn.) two-point conversion to gain a 22-0 lead just 2:23 into the quarter.

Fenaroli scored another one-yard touchdown 2:54 into the fourth quarter and Michael Mastroianni (Durham, Conn.) added a late three-yard touchdown with 1:49 remaining to complete the scoring.

For the game, Springfield held a slight 30:17-29:43 edge in time of possession, including holding the ball for nearly 12 minutes in the fourth quarter. In addition, the Pride was able to hold the Eagles to 0-for-4 on fourth-down conversions, while going 3-for-3 themselves.

The Pride will hit the road next Saturday to take on Mount Ida for a 1:00 pm kickoff.

Catching Up With Mike DeLong (Springfield College Football)

Springfield College Pride (Photo Credit: LaxJournal.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

After four games this season, Springfield College currently finds itself in a four-way tie atop the Liberty League standings for first place.

The Pride have rebounded from their opening day contest against Bridgewater State with three straight wins, which head coach Mike DeLong hopes will boost his team’s morale going forward.

On Friday, Noontime Sports caught up with the Springfield College head coach to discuss the season thus far, as well as his game plan for Saturday against Union College.

How important was it to earn that first Liberty League victory last week?

“Rochester was an opponent that we were not familiar with because we’ve never played them, so it was [nice to get our first conference win], and we’re getting ready to play Union, who we’ve played a number of times and they’ll be tough up there on their home field.”

What sort of challenges does Union College present? How will your team overcome them?

“It’s a difficult trip because of the timing of the game at six o’clock on a Saturday night and obviously you’re playing against a team that’s traditionally been one of the strong teams in the East, so you just try to keep your players focused on what they have to do to win this game and what they have to do to be ready to play once kickoff goes at six o’clock, so you just try and deal with that with that tomorrow. [Hopefully] we’ll have them well fed and hopefully well rested and ready to go.”

Union College’s offensive line provided challenges for your defense last year. What will your defense have to do in order to be successful against their line tomorrow night?

“We felt that their offensive line really controlled the game last year against us, so we told our defensive linemen that this is a physical line, and you’ve guys [are going] to have to step up and put pressure on that quarterback and rise to the challenge of playing against their line. I think three of them are back from last year, but they were a very physical line and our defensive line has to continue to grow and improve. Those young guys [on the line continue to improve] every week and [become] more consistent with their play and they’re going to have to be consistent with their play against a very well coached Union team.”

Your defense is one of the top units in the conference. What’s the secret to their success this season?

“Well, we’re not real big, but one of the keys is that speed and that pursuit to the ball, so hopefully we’ll have that [against Union]. Danny Macalena’s in his second year and an inside linebacker, and Max Nacewicz is his second year, too. And their maturity and having more game experience is beginning to show even though those guys are just sophomores, but they’ve gotten a lot more playing time [this season] and last year they got thrown into the fire. Kashden Naraine has held up pretty well at defensive tackle as a freshman and so has Daniel King at defensive end, but I think the key thing is they make their mistakes, but they still hustle to the ball.”      

How has your team’s speed and conditioning impacted the team’s overall performance this year?

“The most important thing in football these days is speed and the second most important thing is more speed. It doesn’t matter how big you are, but if you can’t get there you can’t play, and if you have a slow guy trying to block a fast guy that slow guy is going to be in trouble unless he gets help of some kind and you’ve got to be able to get to your block and that takes speed and athleticism or you have to be able to get to the ball on defense. And then that second piece is strength because you want guys that can run to the ball and that’s pretty much in any position.”

Earlier this season, your team rallied past Mount Ida College to earn an impressive 49-42 victory. What does a win like that do for your program? 

“Hopefully it showed them that if you don’t give up and don’t get down on yourself you still have that ability to comeback and win a game and that was quite a shootout we had with Mount Ida. They came in and really, really played well, but our guys never doubted their ability and sooner or later two things were going to happen. We would score, but also eventually our defense finally started to play a lot better once we went into the third quarter and fourth quarter, but that ability and confidence to be able to comeback certainly didn’t hurt us.”

What does Joel Altavesta do to boost your offensive production? How has he helped your team’s offense thus far?

“He just gets better with his feel with the ball up into the congested areas where he runs and his option passes are all great, but once he’s getting the ball in his hands he’s starting to slide off to the piles a lot better as he gets more touches on the ball and last week he was able to get into the open field, so he’s just gained more and more experience running [where it’s mostly] congested and I just think his ability and how he’s seeing things better because he’s starting to slide off the piles instead of jamming himself in there.”

Similar to your defense, your offense has experienced some success this year, too. Talk about your offense and their willingness to improve each day.

“We had Josh Carter has a four-year starter at quarterback and then we were hoping that our offense and our offensive coordinator Mike Cerasuolo does a great job of bringing the offense along and hopefully every week getting those guys better and more aggressive. We’re still growing a great deal as an offense and we’ve been banged up a little. Coach Cerasuolo has done a great job, though, of still maintaining the mentality that we feel if we can execute at the speed we want to execute we’ll be OK on offense.”

Finally, what’s going on at the quarterback position? Is there a reason all three of your starters have played in every game this year?

“We lost Austin Bateman in the second game, he’s been out since Husson and Rob Merckling is now injured also, so Jonathan Marrero is going to start against Union and he came in against Rochester and really seemed really poised for a freshman, but this is his first true start and he’s excited to be ready to go. He hasn’t had an opportunity to be an understudy to anybody yet because he’s getting thrown right into the fire here.”