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Noontime Sports D3 Football Team Of The Year


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It’s hard to believe, but another NCAA Division III Football season is slowly coming to a close, so that means it is time to honor the numerous student-athletes we covered and wrote about over the past three-and-a-half months.

So, for the first-time in Noontime Sports history, we are proud to unveil our New England D3 Football Team of the Year!


Cory Brandon (Husson)

Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn. St.)

Jared Lebowitz (Middlebury)

Anthony Service (Western New England)

Derek Victory (Coast Guard Academy)



Chance Brady (Tufts)

Devon Carrillo (Wesleyan)

Nick Connell (Western New England)

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy)

Malik Garrett (Bridgewater State)

Sean McAllen (WPI)

Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State)

Sam Pascale (Salve Regina)

Eddie Sheridan (UMass Dartmouth)

John Smith (Husson)


Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Darius Adams (Coast Guard Academy)

Conrado Banky (Middlebury)

Devin Boehm (Amherst)

Jake Cawlina (Curry)

Mark Dietrich (Western New England)

Brandon Eccher (WPI)

Matt Greenman (Mount Ida)

Shane Haggerty (Mass. Maritime Academy)

Tony Martignoli (Nichols)

Soren Pelz-Walsh (Castleton)


Offensive Line (team’s full o-line)

Maine Maritime Academy



Salve Regina

UMass Dartmouth


Defensive Line

Craig Anderson (Endicott)

Kevin Kusch (MIT)

Cam McGhee (Plymouth State)

Brandon O’Neill (Salve Regina)

Emmanuel Omere (Bridgewater State)

John Salute (Salve Regina)

Luke Washburn (Husson)



Darren Callan (Castleton)

Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin)

Greg Holt (Tufts)

John Jackson (Middlebury)

Liam Kenneally (Trinity)

Marshall McCarthy (Mass. Maritime Academy)

Matt McEvilly (Nichols)

Brian Murtagh (WPI)

William Rivera (Endicott)

Mark Upton (Bates)



Trenton J. Bouchard (Maine Maritime Academy)

Rob Disanto (MIT)

Spencer Donahue (Trinity)

Obi Etuka (Western New England)

Prince Gbaley (Plymouth State)

Tim Preston (Tufts)

Ryan Robertson (Coast Guard Academy)

Jakob Trautwein (Castleton)

Jovon White (Fitchburg State)

Blair Zentek (Plymouth State)



John Baron (Colby)

Blaine Bursey (WPI)

Tucker Cheyne (MIT)

Francis Cole (Anna Maria)

Willie Holmquist (Tufts)

Eric Sachse (Trinity)

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.

New England D3 Football: Victory Highlights Coast Guard’s Opening Day Win

Coas Guard Academy senior quarterback Derek Victory accounted for all five touchdowns last night in the Bears' opening day win against Anna Maria. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Coas Guard Academy senior quarterback Derek Victory accounted for all five touchdowns last night in the Bears’ opening day win against Anna Maria. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan

PAXTON, Mass. – It sounds cliché, but Coast Guard Academy senior quarterback Derek Victory was the key to the Bears’ initial win of the season.

Victory tossed a trio of touchdowns, including a pair in the opening half, while rushing for two more scores in the second half as Coast Guard captured its first game of the season, defeating Anna Maria College on Thursday evening by a score of 34-0.

The Bears, which led by two scores (13-0) at the break, pushed ahead for good midway through the third quarter when Victory capped an 11-play, 77 yard drive with a seven-yard plunge on critical fourth down.

“Yeah, that was definitely momentum,” said Victory of his team’s opening drive of the second half. “We came out in the second half saying if we scored right here, we (would) have them where we wanted them.”

Coast Guard’s next drive also ended with a touchdown as Victory connected on a beautifully thrown pass over the middle to junior wide-out Darius Adams, who leaped in-between two defenders to corral the pass.

Said Victory of his third touchdown, “I was worried that I overthrew him, but then I saw him jump up at the end. It was (a nice catch), but when I am able to take five steps and just sling it like that, that’s the guy’s up front too.”

Victory’s final touchdown came early in the fourth when he capped a six-play, 49-yard drive with a one-yard plunge to the right side. That was Victory’s final play of the evening as he concluded the game 28-of-44 for 354 yards.

As noted in the school’s press release following the game, Victory became the program’s first-ever quarterback to eclipse the 5,000 passing yard mark. Victory is also the Bears’ all-time leading passer in program history with 5,220 passing yards.

“Derek is about as spot on as he can be, but that’s what you hope for in a quarterback who is a senior,” Coast Guard head coach Bill George said of his team’s signal-caller.

Five Games To Watch: Week One #RoadToNEBowl

Framingham State kicks-off its MASCAC title defense on Saturday against Endicott. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Framingham State kicks-off its MASCAC title defense on Saturday against Endicott. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan 

Ah, the New England Division III college football season has returned – welcome back!

In honor of a new season, which begins this evening in Paxton, Massachusetts (Anna Maria vs. Coast Guard Academy), here is our first serving of ‘Five Games to Watch.’

‘Five Games to Watch’ has been a frequent blog post over the past few seasons, but this year, I will be keeping track of my picks – yes, I will be picking the winner of each game I preview. And if you have a thought about my predictions – or have ‘two-cents’ on the particular matchup- then send me a tweet @MattNoonan11.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s predictions:

Coast Guard Academy at Anna Maria (Thursday, Sept. 1 @ 7 p.m.): This is the initial New England kickoff, so expect a few pre-game jitters at the start. Coast Guard quarterback Derek Victory will look to build on last year’s success – he went 4-2 under center and will have senior wide-out Kyle Jackson to connect with down the sideline and over the middle. As for the AMCATs – junior wide-out Trai Weaver should be the spark for their offense after leading Anna Maria’s receiving core last season in receptions, yards and touchdowns. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 28, Anna Maria 14

WPI at MIT (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 7 p.m.): As we mentioned on this week’s Noontime Sports the Podcast, this is going to be a big-year for WPI. I am expecting Chris Robertson’s squad to take another step forward – last year the Engineers finished 7-4 overall. MIT is eager to rebound after last season – and returns a majority of its defense, including linebackers Anthony Emberley and Mitch Turley. PREDICTION: WPI 31, MIT 27

Bridgewater State at Curry (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 7 p.m.): While some think the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) will be won again by Framingham State, there is some rumblings out there about Bridgewater State being a dark-horse or challenger to the Rams. This Bears squad is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and should not be overlooked. Curry – on the other hand – will look to build on last season’s momentum down the stretch where they won three of five games. This Colonels squad was a young squad last season, so expect Curry to be a squad that will be in the New England Football Conference (NEFC) mix. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 24, Curry 14

Endicott at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): It is year number two of Kevin DeWall at Endicott – this is also his first recruiting class too, so it should be exciting to see how his first-years develop throughout the season. Framingham State has entered a ‘new era,’ according to head coach Tom Kelley, which is exciting, but nerve-racking at the same time. Will the Rams begin their MASCAC defense with a win or will the Gulls shock the New England landscape, and perhaps appear on next week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll? PREDICTION: Framingham State 20, Endicott 17

Plymouth State at Castleton (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 1 p.m.): Castleton checked-in as the final team on this week’s Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll, and should be one of the teams to keep an eye on in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play this fall. Plymouth State – similar to Curry – was a very young squad last year, but did have some key upperclassmen to assist with their growth. I am expecting a big season from senior defensive back RJ Ramsden, who will be the quarterback of the Panthers’ defense. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 28, Castleton 27

New England D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week One

Another season of New England D3 Football is right around the corner. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s never too early to start marking the calendar with Division III football games, especially with the opening kickoff just two weeks away.

In anticipation of the first kickoff of the 2016 season, which happens to be two weeks from today – Anna Maria vs. Coast Guard Academy – we have provided a list (and some quick thoughts) on what games you should keep an eye on (or attend) in week one.

Thursday, Sept. 1 – Coast Guard Academy at Anna Maria, 7 p.m. – We have been counting the days and weeks for this game, so when the Bears and AMCATs take the field, it will mean a new season of college football has begun. Keep an eye on Coast Guard Academy senior co-captain and quarterback Derek Victory, who enjoyed an impressive junior season under center.

Friday, Sept. 2 – UMass Dartmouth at Mount Ida, 6 p.m. – This is always a must-see game, according to Mount Ida head coach Michael Landers. Keep an eye on Mount Ida sophomore quarterback Jack Sheehan, who enjoyed an impressive first season, while also watching UMass Dartmouth junior linebacker Brandon Miller. Miller should be a focal point of the Corsairs’ defense this season.

Friday, Sept. 2 – Western New England at Springfield College, 7 p.m. – This has become a true rivalry game – basically, the winner becomes the so-called king of Springfield. The Golden Bears were picked to capture the New England Football Conference (NEFC) crown, but will be tested by a new-look Pride squad, which will be led by first-year head coach Mike Cerasuolo.

Friday, Sept. 2 – WPI at MIT, 7 p.m. – Both schools are rivals in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), so this game will certainly live up to its hype. WPI escaped last year’s meeting thanks to a fourth quarter field goal by senior Blaine Bursey.

Friday, Sept. 2 – Bridgewater State at Curry, 7 p.m. – A new era has begun in Bridgewater as long-time assistant and defensive coordinator Joe Verria will lead the Bears as the program’s interim head coach. The Bears beat Curry last year in their season opener, but the Colonels rebounded, capping their 2015 campaign by winning three of five contests.

Friday, Sept. 2 – Fitchburg State at Becker, 7 p.m. – After an impressive 7-3 campaign, the Hawks of Becker will look to prove 2015 wasn’t a fluke. First-year head coach Frank Forcucci, who spent the previous three seasons as the program’s Associate Head Coach and defensive coordinator, will lead Becker this fall. Fitchburg State – on the other hand – has high aspirations for this season and will be led by senior quarterback Garrett Dellechiaie, who tossed 26 touchdowns for the second-straight season.

 Friday, Sept. 2 – Salve Regina at Worcester St., 7 p.m. – The Seahawks of Salve Regina were picked to finish second the New England Football Conference (NEFC). They also appeared in our Noontime Sports Top 10 Preseason poll, too. Worcester State is one of our ‘Teams on the Rise,’ and this has always been an intriguing matchup, especially when each offense gets into a groove.

 Saturday, Sept. 3 – Endicott at Framingham State, 12 p.m. – Under second year head coach Kevin DeWall, the Gulls of Endicott will look to commence their season with an opening day road win against a Framingham State squad that will feature some new names on both sides of the ball. The Rams won last season’s opener in Beverly, defeating Endicott, 42-6. Endicott’s last win in Framingham came in 2012 with the Gulls claiming a 34-7 victory.

 Saturday, Sept. 3 – Plymouth State at Castleton, 1 p.m. – Castleton sophomore Mitchell Caron is expected to be spotted under center in the Spartans’ season opener. Quarterback George Busharis graduated this past spring, so it will be fun to watch Caron lead the Spartans. As for Plymouth State, they enter 2016 a year older and with more experience.

Saturday, Sept. 3 – Hartwick at West Conn., 5 p.m. – Senior halfback Michael Nicol will be expected to carry the load this year, and help Western Connecticut State kick-off its season with a win against a talented Hartwick squad. Nicol will be one of many players to watch on Joe Loth’s squad, especially if they want to make a run toward winning the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown.

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