Fan Vote: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Week Four)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

After earning an impressive and exciting win last Saturday over Hobart, the Endicott College football team was selected as our first Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

The Gulls, who were one of four nominees in our weekly Noontime Sports Twitter Poll, collected the most votes (59 percent) to secure the initial weekly honor.

Springfield College placed second in the poll, while UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut finished third and fourth, respectively. 205 voters participated in this week’s initial Noontime Sports Team of the Week poll.

Endicott scored its first win in program history against Hobart, thanks to third quarter touchdown by Anthony Whiteley and a career-high 10 total tackles (six solo stops) by George Balian. Balian and the defense limited the Statesmen’s offense to just 313 yards of total offense, including 19 yards on the ground.

Additionally, John Kenney rushed for a career-high 128 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one touchdown. Endicott’s Shea McManaway led all receivers with 120 yards on seven grabs (17.1 yards per reception).

Endicott also received a boost from its kicker Nick DiCairano, who connected on all five of his attempts, including a season-long 41-yard field goal.

The Gulls return to action on Saturday, September 29th when they visit Curry College for a 1 p.m. kick-off.


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New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 10th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the second week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!

Patterson WEB2Offensive Player of the Week: Khalil Patterson (Western Conn. | Hartford, Conn.): Patterson paced the Colonials offense by rushing for a game-high 124 yards on 22 carries for two touchdowns as Western Connecticut scored its first win of the season against Dean College. Patterson, who averaged 5.6 yard per carry, put Western Connecticut on the board first with a two-yard plunge in the second quarter before adding a second rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Patterson was tabbed this week’s MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Western Conn. Athletics) 
Chris Rice WEBDefensive Player of the Week: Chris Rice (Castleton University | Bethel, Conn.): Rice led the Spartans defense with 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards as Castleton University topped Fitchburg State on the road. Additionally, the second-year player recorded an 80-yard pick-six at the end of the third quarter, which helped Castleton push ahead for good. The 12.0 tackles is currently a season-best for Rice, who leads all ECFC defenders in tackles (23.0) and tackles per game (11.5) through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: CASTLETON UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS) 
DiCairano WEBSpecial Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Trumbull, Conn.): DiCairano tallied five points during his team’s first-ever Friday evening contest last week, including a 25-yard field goal in the opening session, which helped Endicott top Bridgewater State. The junior booted his first extra point at the end of the opening session before registering his second and final kick late in the third quarter. Tabbed this week’s CCC Special Teamer of the Week, DiCairano has connected on all three extra points and field goals this season through two contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10) 

 

New England D3 Football Players of The Week (Sept. 4th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the first week of the New England D3 football season in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Players of the Week for offense, defense and special teams.

Each week, we will be choosing one player for each category – fans, coaches, players and athletic communication offices are welcome to nominate student-athletes for our weekly honor by sending an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com following the conclusion of their team’s contest.

Congratulations to this week’s players of the week and make sure to stay connected with our football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today!

Shade WebOffensive Player of the Week: Chad Shade (Springfield College | Pittsfield, Mass.) The junior signal-caller enjoyed a successful debut last Friday, rushing for a career-best six touchdowns in a 42-14 win over Western New England, which helped Springfield defeat the Golden Bears at home for the first time in school history. Shade led all rushers with 247 yards on 22 carries, which was an average of 11.2 yards per carry. Both the 22 carries and 247 yards were career-best for the Pittsfield native. (Photo Credit: Springfield College Athletics) 
William Rivera WebDefensive Player of the Week: William Rivera (Endicott College | Orangeburg, N.Y.) The senior linebacker led the Gulls defense last Saturday in their season-opener against Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a team-best seven solo stops. Rivera also recorded three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, including one sack for a loss of six yards. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10, Endicott College Athletics) 
Jake Wood WebSpecial Teamer of the Week: Jake Wood (Nichols College |Whitinsville, Mass.) Wood set a program-record with a pair of kickoff returns last Friday evening against Westfield State, beginning with an 84-yard return in the second quarter followed by a 90-yard sprint in the final session. Wood’s 90-yard return is the fourth-longest scamper in program history. The junior concluded his team’s contest with 174 total return yards. (Photo Credit: Nichols College Athletics) 

 

Under The Helmet with Framingham State’s Quron Wright & Joshua Onujiogu

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A new season of Framingham State football is set to begin tomorrow, (Saturday, September 1st) when the Rams host Endicott College in a non-conference clash at 12 p.m.

Last season, the Rams went 10-1, earning a share of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with Plymouth State before capturing its second-straight New England Bowl championship.

This season, the Rams hope to continue its  momentum from last year by leaning on its upperclassmen, including senior halfback Quron Wright and junior defensive end Joshua Onujiogu. Both players will be counted on to lead the offense and defensive, respectively.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with both student-athletes to share their outlook for the upcoming season, but also what they must do to help their respective unit, too.


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Quron Wright (2) will once again be asked to lead the Framingham State ground game this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

Quron Wright | Senior Halfback | Worcester, Mass. 

On the upperclassmen leading this year’s team: We have a bunch of new guys on this year’s team, so coach (Tom Kelley) is really putting an emphasis on the upperclassmen with helping the young guys learn their roles, while also learning where they need to be on the field (during different situations).

On this year’s offense: We’re keeping the focus on the same things we did last year, which is just trying to be a little bit faster, while keeping opposing defenses on their heels. Our biggest goal is making sure the upperclassmen make plays when needed.

On preparing for his final season: I worked out a lot this summer. I was coming off a good season from last year, so I just want to keep improving. I watched a lot of film and found things I needed to improve on this season. But for me, my goal is to be more involved in the blocking game on offense, so that has been something I have been working on this offseason.

On what motivates you to be successful: I keep the focus on myself (and improving every day). I personally think I am one of the best (running) backs in the area, so I am extremely motivated and want to end (my final season with the Rams) on a high note.

On facing Endicott College: We don’t have much film on them, so we don’t (always) know what to expect. We just try to go in there and get a feel for them, and then go from there. But it is always fun playing against them. It should be even more fun this year since we will be at home.

On qualifying for the NCAA Tournament this fall: We finished 10-1 last year, but it wasn’t what we expected, so this year we have emphasized trying to take that next step (to contend for a national title).


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Joshua Onujiogu (91) will be counted on to lead the Framingham State Rams defense this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

Joshua Onujiogu | Junior Defensive End | Wareham, Mass.

On the team’s defense: I think we’re getting better, but there is a lot more work we need to do (due to some key graduation losses from last year’s squad), but we just need to keep working hard. We will be fine.

On what the defense must improve on: We need to improve our communication.

On facing your team’s offense in practice every day: I think we’re facing one of the best offenses that we are going to see this year, so it definitely helps us get better.

On qualifying for the NCAA Tournament this season: Yeah, that is the top goal and we really want (to compete for a national championship this season).


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Football Friday Notebook: Pats Trump The Eagles, News From D3 Football

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Friday … Let’s Go!

We kickstart a brand new weekend with another edition of the Football Friday Notebook with loads of links from around the web about the New England Patriots to local high school football starting today/this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back for more local football content over the next few days because football is officially back!


Noontime Rewind: What we posted this week

*  We caught-up earlier this week with WPI place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington to chat about kicking, last season’s success and his all-time favorite kicker, who happens to be Robbie Gould

* We recently posted a brand new Football Friday Podcast with Dan Mulrooney of Anna Maria College. Coach Mulrooney is eager to ‘Ring the Bell’ with a young group that is excited to get after it this season! 


New England Patriots & Pro Football Links 

* From the New York PostTom Brady looks ready to go for the upcoming season. And we think so, too! 

It took only six months, but Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally shook hands

* From Pro Football Talk: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed content with his lone preseason series drive.  

* Interesting story, but it seems like Madonna will open a a football academy in Malawi


New England College and High School Links

From the Lynn ItemPaul McGonagle is ready to lead Endicott College football this fall. 

From the Salem NewsErik Bell becomes the newest members of the Endicott football program as the team forms a partnership with Team IMPACT

* From the Worcester T&G: Nick Ostrowski has translated his hard work to the gridiron with the WPI Engineers’ football team. 

Earlier this week, veteran sports reporter Tom Haley shared some notes on the Castleton University football program

Husson University will have some coaches on its staff this fall that have some familiarity with the Eagles’ football program. 

* Finally, in honor of the start of high school football here in Massachusetts, check out the Boston Heralds‘ 13th Annual Preseason All-Star Team


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