D3 Football: Sammy Morris Named Assistant Coach at Dean College

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Former New England Patriots running back Sammy Morris was named an assistant coach at Dean College. (PHOTO CREDIT: NBC Sports)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Former New England Patriots running back Sammy Morris will be returning to the area this fall as an assistant coach for the Dean College football team, per this morning’s release.

Morris joins a Bulldogs squad that competed at the Division III level for the first time in school history last fall.

Dean, which is a member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), concluded its 2017 campaign 4-6 overall.

“We are extremely excited to announce the hiring of Sammy Morris to coach the running backs and special teams at Dean College,” Dean coach Steve Tirrell said in Tuesday’s press release. “His knowledge and experience will make an immediate impact on our coaching staff and student athletes.”

A 2000 draftee (fifth round) by the Buffalo Bills, Morris played four seasons in upstate New York before signing with the Miami Dolphins prior to the start of the 2004 season. Morris tallied 523 yards on 132 carries and six touchdowns in his first year with the Dolphins in 13 games.

Three years after joining the Dolphins, Morris inked his name on a new contract with the Patriots, assisting them to a Super Bowl appearance during the 2007 season before leading the squad in rushing in 2008 with 727 yards on 156 carries. He also led New England’s ground attack with seven rushing touchdowns, too.

Morris would conclude his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, competing in just three games.

Prior to enjoying a successful career in the NFL, Morris played two seasons of college football at Texas Tech before graduating from the Harvard Business School’s NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program in 2009.

Dean kicks-off its 2018 campaign on Saturday, September 1 when they visit Curry College at 1 p.m. One week later, the Bulldogs will host Western Connecticut State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Five (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Ah, it’s Friday, which means it’s time to dish out some weekly picks! It also means a brand new weekend of college football (and high school and professional) is upon us, too.

Any who, here are 10 Games to Watch this week in New England and Northeast D3 Football, as always, make sure to stay connected on Facebook and Twitter throughout the weekend for news, scores and updates!

Brockport at Cortland: The Golden Eagles have soared to four-straight wins this season, including an impressive 38-7 win over St. John Fisher two weeks ago. Their momentum should certainly continue this week against the Red Dragons. PREDICTION: Brockport 28, Cortland 21 

Buffalo State at Alfred: This is a big-time test for the Bengals, who are a perfect 1-0 in Empire 8 play this season. Buffalo State scored an impressive win last week, tallying 24 unanswered points over the final two frames to beat RPI. They certainly will need to play their best against a quality Saxons foe, which has yielded at least two touchdowns per game this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 30, Buffalo State 21 

MIT at Merchant Marine: If the Engineers are going to secure another NEWMAC win, their offense will need to match the Mariners’, who have scored 31 points or more in three games this season. Slowing down Brice Moore won’t be an easy task, but this Engineers defense should be up for the challenge. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 38, MIT 26 

Husson at Endicott: Endicott clearly gave Hobart a challenge last week, but can that momentum continue this week, especially against a talented Husson squad that is coming off a disappointing setback to Western New England one week ago? If Endicott is going to win this one, they must find a way to slow down John SmithPREDICTION: Husson 21, Endicott 17 

Williams at Trinity: A pair of 2-0 squads are set to meet in Hartford on Saturday in what should be an interesting NESCAC affair. Trinity’s offense has put up a lot of points in its first two contests, so the Ephs must find a way to slow down their passing and rushing attacks. Keep an eye on Williams quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver Justin Nelson in this one. PREDICTION: Trinity 30, Williams 20 

Alfred State at SUNY Maritime: Conference play officially begins for the ECFC and this could be an interesting contest to follow, especially since Alfred State did provide a challenge to Rochester a few weeks ago. The Privateers were off last week, but have scored some important wins this season, including a 38-31 win over Merchant Marine. PREDICTION: SUNY Maritime 28, Alfred State 14 

St. Lawrence at Western New England: The Golden Bears returned to the win column last week by defeating the Eagles of Husson, thanks to 21 unanswered points over the final two frames. This week, they must continue that second half momentum against a talented St. Lawrence unit, which provided challenges to Ithaca College two weeks ago. PREDICTION: St. Lawrence 28, Western New England 20 

Hobart at Ithaca: The Bombers were off last week, but return to action this week against a solid Hobart squad that relied on its passing game to defeat Endicott. Ithaca must find a way to slow down Shane Sweeney, who ranks second in the Liberty League in touchdown passes (eight). PREDICTION: Hobart 24, Ithaca 21 

Union at Morrisville State: Since falling to Husson, these Dutchmen have found ways to grind out wins, including last week when they squeaked out an exciting third-straight victory over Curry College. This week, they must rely on all units – offense, defense and special teams – to defeat Morrisville State. PREDICTION: Morrisville State 30, Union 20 

Hartwick at Utica: Can the Pioneers win their initial Empire 8 contest of the season? If they do, it will entail finding a way to slow down an impressive Hartwick passing attack. PREDICTION: Hartwick 31, Utica 22 

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

Players to Watch Noontime

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Wednesday, Noontime Sports fans, which means it’s time to highlight another New England Division III football conference to watch this season.

This week, we’re highlighting the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), an eight-team league that features squads from New England, as well as outside the region, too. All eight teams were represented on our ‘Players to Watch’ list below.

Prior to this week’s ECFC Players to Watch post, we highlighted the following conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) 

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

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OFFENSE 

Cory Brandon

Husson

Quarterback 

John Smith

Husson

Runningback 

DJ Allen

Husson

Tight End 

Timel Benton

Gallaudet

Quarterback 

Dylan Mento

Gallaudet

Wide Receiver 

Lawrence Watson

Gallaudet

Wide Receiver 

Thomas Wright

Maritime (N.Y.)

Quarterback 

Matt Ward

Maritime (N.Y.)

Runningback 

Vincent Iaquinta

Anna Maria 

Tight End 

Mar-Keise Jones

Alfred State 

Runningback 

Moe Harris

Castleton 

Runningback 

Ryan Barry 

Castleton

Wide Receiver 

Travis O’Brien

Mount Ida 

Runningback 

Mike Elsey

Mount Ida 

Wide Receiver 

Nick Hewitt

Mount Ida 

Wide Receiver 

David Curry

Dean 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

Luke Washburn

Husson

Defensive Line 

Jean Gabriel

Husson

Defensive Back

Elvin Suazo, Jr. 

Husson

Defensive End 

Louie Akuffo

Gallaudet 

Defensive Back 

Mason Gooch

Gallaudet

Linebacker 

Jamie Cumberbatch

Gallaudet

Defensive Back

Solomon Worthey

Gallaudet

Defensive End 

Wesley Joseph

Maritime (N.Y.)

Defensive Line

Kendal Parker 

Maritime (N.Y.)

Linebacker 

Nick Conte

Maritime (N.Y.) 

Defensive Back

Jarius Ransom

Anna Maria

Linebacker 

Brandon Davis 

Alfred State 

Linebacker 

Jakob Trautwein

Castleton 

Linebacker 

Bubba Collins

Castleton

Defensive End 

Mike Obianigwe

Mount Ida 

Defensive Line 

Malik Webb

Dean 

Defensive Back

 

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 13 (Adam Turer | Editor & Around The Nation Columnist For D3Football.com)

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports the Podcast returned to the air – well, technically the recorder – Thursday evening as host Matt Noonan caught up with Adam Turer, an editor at D3Football.com, as well as the Around the Nation Columnist, too.

Turer and Noonan discussed the final week, including some non-New England teams, as well as discussed covering the national scene – this is the first-year Turer has been the Around the Nation Columnists after spending the past four seasons writing Around the Mid-Atlantic.

Make sure to check out Turer’s recent column and follow him on Twitter (@AdamTurer), too.

Noonan: Highlighting Four Games To Watch In Week 10

The Mustangs of Mount Ida look to keep their postseason hopes alive tomorrow when they host Maritime (N.Y.). (Photo Credit: Mount Ida College Athletics)

The Mustangs of Mount Ida look to keep their postseason hopes alive tomorrow when they host Maritime (N.Y.). (Photo Credit: Mount Ida College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

An early edition of pick-six … why not?

It is a BIG weekend here in New England, so let’s kickoff Week 10 with some early predictions.

We won’t unveil every ‘pick-six’ prediction – so make sure to tune in tomorrow on Twitter (@NoontimeSports & @MattNoonan11), but in the meantime, here are four predictions on four very, very important games.

Norwich at Husson (Saturday, 12 p.m.): This is a critical game for both teams, especially with the Cadets of Norwich still in contention to snatch the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Norwich will be challenged on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. Slowing down junior tailback John Smith and sophomore quarterback Cory Brandon won’t be easy. Brandon has tossed 17 touchdowns this season, including 13 in ECFC play. Smith has rumbled for 12 touchdowns – he registered a trio of scores last week in his team’s big win over Becker College.

Expect Norwich to lean its senior leadership, especially kicker Wesley Medeiros, wide receiver Pierre Noel, inside linebacker Benjamin Hummer, outside linebacker Derek Lotito and inside linebacker Cody Lindell. Prediction: Husson 28, Norwich 21

Maritime (N.Y.) at Mount Ida College (Saturday, 12 p.m.): Winners of three-straight, the Mustangs of Mount Ida need a win to keep their ECFC title hopes alive. And to do that, they will need to defeat a solid Privateers squad, which sent last weekend’s contest against Norwich into overtime (the Cadets won that game by a score of 17-14). Despite a big win over Anna Maria, the Mustangs have had to grind out wins this season, including a pair of back-to-back wins over Gallaudet and Becker. Prediction: Mount Ida 19, Maritime (N.Y.) 14.

Salve Regina senior tailback Sam Pascale will be one of many players to watch on Saturday versus Western New England. (Photo Credit: Salve Regina Athletics/Alexander Carver)

Salve Regina senior tailback Sam Pascale will be one of many players to watch on Saturday versus Western New England. (Photo Credit: Salve Regina Athletics/Alexander Carver)

Western New England at Salve Regina (Saturday, 12 p.m.): People – well, fans to be exact – have been counting down the days, weeks and months for this game, but the good news is it is finally here!

A couple match-ups to watch/keep an eye on include Salve Regina’s running game – led by senior tailback Sam Pascale – against a stout Western New England defense and the Golden Bears’ signal caller – junior Anthony Service – against a solid Seahawks secondary. Something tells me this game could be high scoring affair, but I expect it to be somewhere in the 20’s for both teams. Prediction: Salve Regina 27, Western New England 23

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, 12 p.m.): This is always a must-see, must-watch and must-follow game. And the best part is this game usually determines the winner of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

Both teams enter the contest on winning streaks – Framingham State has won three-in-a-row, while Bridgewater State has won six-in-a-row.

Don’t expect a blowout, but how about a late third or fourth quarter touchdown by the Rams, which helps the Black and Gold preserve their postseason hopes. Prediction: Framingham State 20, Bridgewater State 14.