Mass. College Football: Nichols’ Respass Named NEFC Offensive Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about Quillian Respass being named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College sophomore Quillian Respass (Huntington, N.Y.) has been named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week.

Respass tallied 536 total yards (331 pass, 205 rush) and eight total touchdowns (four rush, four pass) in the Bison’s 63-52 loss at Maine Maritime Saturday afternoon. He completed 19-of-27 pass attempts and rushed 27 times for an average of 7.6 ypc.

In the process, Respass tied the program record for most rushing touchdowns in one game, which was accomplished by Matt Fox against UMass Boston in 2000 and again by Anthony Smith against Bridgewater State in 2003.

“Quillian has been a great addition to our program,” said Nichols third-year head coach Kevin Loney. “From the moment he walked in, he’s played the game at a different speed. I expect big things as our offense continues to gel.”

In his first season in Dudley, Respass had passed for 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 420 yards and six TD’s. He becomes the second Nichols’ student-athlete to earn NEFC Offensive POW honors in 2013. Senior captain Dylan Rimsky (Denville, N.J.) received the same honor on September 8 after he established single-game program records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290) in the Bison’s 28-27 overtime win against Westfield State two days prior.

The Bison (1-6, 0-5 NEFC) travel to Curry on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.

Mass. College Football: Week Two Honor Roll

Framingham State's Melikke Van Alstyne helped the Rams earn an impressive road win against Endicott College! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Framingham State’s Melikke Van Alstyne helped the Rams earn an impressive road win against Endicott College! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior halfback rushed for a career-high 204 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles second win of the season. He earned the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Offensive Back of the Week honors today.

Bryce Jones (Boston College) – This week’s ACC Defensive Back of the Week finished Friday’s contest against Wake Forrest with two solo tackles, one interception, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.

Tajae Sharpe (UMass) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-high 11 receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. His 11 catches are the most he’s recorded in a single game thus far. Last week he was held to one catch for 13 yards against Wisconsin.

Jet Kollie (Bentley University) – In his first game with the Falcons, (Kollie transferred from Lafayette) the junior running back rushed for 48 yards on nine carries and one score, as well as recorded four receptions for 36 yards with one touchdown.

Kyle Young (Bentley University) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-best 14 total tackles (four solo) and one tackle for a loss in the Falcons opener against Mercyhurst.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack College) – The senior quarterback began his final season with the Warriors by completing 35-of-50 passes for 309 yards, while tossing four touchdowns. Clancy’s final touchdown to Shane Ferguson helped the Warriors edge Wagner, 42-41.

Jere Brown (Merrimack College) – The sophomore wide receiver registered a game-high 102 yards through the air, along with one touchdown.

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack College) – The senior from Billerica finished his team’s first contest with 10 tackles (seven solo) and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards.

Terrell Williams (American International College) – The junior halfback led all rushers with 120 yards on 19 carries. Williams also scored a touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ first loss of the season to East Stroudsburg.

Joel Brown (American International College) – The sophomore linebacker started his season with 11 total tackles (six solo), along with one-and-a-half sacks for an eight-yard loss.

Mike Stuppiello (Assumption College) – Against Bryant University, the senior defensive lineman finished with six tackles (five solo) and two sacks.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill College) – The junior linebacker from Rockland recorded a game-high 17 total tackles (nine solo) and forced a fumble in his team’s setback to Bloomsburg.

Robert Baker (Becker College) – This week’s Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Week threw for 206 yards and four touchdowns in the Hawks exciting victory against Fitchburg State.

Jovan Wilkins (Mount Ida College) – The junior from New York, who was named this week’s ECFC Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the week, helped the Mustangs earn an impressive road victory against UMass Dartmouth by forcing three turnovers, blocking a kick and recording a team-high seven tackles.

Quillian Respass (Nichols College) – The sophomore gunslinger helped the Bison rally to defeat Westfield State by tossing three touchdown passes and completing 20-of-33 passes for 310 yards.

Dylan Rimsky (Nichols College) – This week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week established single-game records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290). He hauled in three touchdowns, including the 32-yard score in overtime.

Marcell Cooper (Endicott College) – The senior defensive lineman finished his team’s contest against Framingham State with a career-high 15 tackles (five solo), as well as one-and-a-half tackles for a loss.

Kevin Bumpus (Worcester State) – The junior quarterback from Bridgewater finished with 427 yards through the air (a school record in passing yards) with four touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior tailback rushed for 214 yards on 38 carries for one touchdown in the Rams win against Endicott.

Zach Grasis (WPI) – This week’s WPI Men’s Student Athlete of the Week, rushed for career highs of 195 yards and four touchdowns in the Engineers 48-28 victory against Curry College.

Mass. College Football: Teams Of The Week (Week 2)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The second week of the college football season is in the books. We’ll be posting our first Honor Roll of the season later today, but a new post that we’ll be doing this season is “Teams of the Week.”

Every Monday we will post these teams (one from each Division) and similar to our Honor Roll, everyone is encouraged to submit possible teams via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Below are the three teams that earned this week’s honor.

Division 1: Boston College – “Be A Dude” seems to be working for the Maroon and Gold, who’re now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in ACC Conference play. Against Wake Forrest on Friday, BC relied on its ground game as Andre Williams rushed for 204 yards on 35 carries and scored one touchdowns in his team’s 24-10 victory. Quarterback Chase Rettig matched his touchdown total from week one with two as he connected with Alex Amidon (five catches, 93 yards, one touchdown) and Spiffy Evans (one catch, 22 yards, one touchdown).

The Eagles will head to California next weekend for an afternoon contest against University of Southern California.

Division 2: Bentley University – A complete team effort lifted the Falcons past the Mercyhurst in their season opener in Waltham on Saturday. Jet Kollie score two touchdowns (one on the ground, one through the air), Michael Baron kicked one field goal and two PATs and Kyle Young recorded a game-high 14 tackles (four solo).

Bentley will jump right into conference play on Friday as they host Assumption College under the lights at 7 p.m.

Division 3: Nichols College – Trailing Westfield State, 21-7, the Bison rallied to force an extra session and win their season opener under the lights on Friday. The Nichols defense came up with an enormous stop in overtime, which sealed the win as they denied a two-point conversion attempt.

Connor Richard led the defense with seven tackles (five solo), while Lucas Bogdanski registered the unit’s only sack. Offensively, quarterback Quillian Respass finished 20-of-33 for 310 yards. He tossed three touchdowns to Dylan Rimsky, who hauled in 14 catches for 290 yards.

Nichols will return to the gridiron Friday for a non-conference clash against Western Connecticut State.

Mass. College Football: Nichols’ Rimsky Named NEFC Offensive Player of the Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about senior captain Dylan Rimsky, who was named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Senior captain Dylan Rimsky (Denville, N.J.) has been named New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Rimsky established Nichols single-game records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290) in the Bison’s 28-27 overtime win against Westfield State Friday night at Vendetti Field. Rimsky hauled in a 63-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, then caught a 32-yard pass in overtime to put the Bison in front for good. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to Westfield State and also gave the Bison their first win in a season opener since 2007.

“I am very proud of Dylan. What a great way to start off his senior season!” Nichols head coach Kevin Loney. “He has a tremendous work-ethic, and it showed on Friday. He’s been overshadowed here for a few years, but I guess that’s over now. I look forward to seeing what he has in store in the future.”

Rimsky was named to the NEFC Honor Roll last October after catching eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown at Plymouth State.

The Bison return to action on Friday when they host Western Connecticut State at Vendett Field at 7 p.m.