Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Connecticut & Rhode Island D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.
This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW). And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across both Connecticut and Rhode Island.
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Offense)
Will Arndt (QB)
Sandy Hook, Conn.
Octavias McKoy (RB)
Max Chipouras (RB)
Sam Pascale (RB)
Salve Regina University
Shea Dwyer (RB)
Christopher Hunt (TE)
Austin Baiardi (OT)
Nick Seara (OT)
South Ozone Park, N.Y.
Adam Iskra (OT)
Salve Regina University
North Haven, Conn.
Floyd Shaffer (OT)
Salve Regina University
Joe Magardino (OT)
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Defense)
Hayden Stanton (DL)
Salve Regina University
Taj Gooden (DL)
John Salute (DL)
Salve Regina University
Walter Fallas (LB)
Joe Rizzardi (DB)
Coast Guard Academy
Ben Thaw (CB)
Jake Bussani (CB)
Phil Terio (CB)
Salve Regina University
Harry Melendez (CB)
Spencer Donahue (S)
Rae Haynes (S)
The All-Decade Noontime Sports Conn. & R.I. D3 Football Team (Special Teams)
It’s Monday – and we apologize for taking a week off! – but it’s time to return to our weekly Noontime Sports Team of the Week post, which includes our players of the week, along with our our offense, defense and special teams of the week, too.
Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Against Wesleyan, Vailas hauled in eight catches for a career-high 167 yards,which increased his career reception total to 102 catches. He became the second student-athlete to surpass the 100 career catch mark since Pat Noone hauled in 176 receptions. Vailas also caught one touchdown, an 85-yard reception late in the fourth that brought the Polar Bears within 11 points (21-10) of the Cardinals.
Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Bianco (Becker): Bianco tied the NCAA Division III record for interceptions in a game (five), while recording 11 total tackles, including a quartet of solo stops, along with one pass break-up in his team’s 14-13 win over Nichols College. One of his five interceptions was returned for a touchdown, which evened the game at 7-7 in the third quarter.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Devin Pickett (Husson): Pickett connected on all 10 extra point attempts in his team’s 70-13 win over Anna Maria. The sophomore kicker has now connected on 40 of 42 extra points this season.
Offensive Team of the Week
Connor Bourque (Norwich): Bourque rushed for 103 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, while averaging 4.7 yards per carry against Catholic.
Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): Against Western Connecticut, Brown-Simpson rushed for 166 yards on 24 carries and one score, while averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum completed 28 of 36 passes for 364 yards and five touchdowns as the Lancers topped the Buccaneers of Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Coughlin Field.
Nick Cascione (Union): Cascione completed 14 of 24 passes for a season-high 272 yards, while tossing three touchdowns, which helped Union defeat Hobart, 28-23.
Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras rushed for a game-high 182 yards on 33 carries, while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. His longest run of the day was a 51-yard burst.
Brendan Costa (Bates): Costa amassed 291 yards of total offense, including 155 yards on the ground as the Bobcats secured their first win of the season against Colby. Costa rushed for one score, while completing 11 of 20 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown.
Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese helped his team secure a 17-7 win over Endicott with both his arm and legs. He rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries (6.9 yards per carry) and two scores, while connecting on 16 of 22 passes for 120 yards.
Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with 86 yards and two scores, while concluding last Saturday’s clash with five receptions. Dietrich averaged 17.2 yards per reception against Salve Regina.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst): Eberth amassed 301 yards of total offense, including 65 yards on 11 carries and two scores as Amherst picked-up an important win over Tufts.
Quinn Fleeting (Western Conn.): Fleeting completed 15 of 23 passes for 242 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 36 yards on six carries and one score against Fitchburg State.
Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes led all rushers with 146 yards on 18 carries and one score, while averaging 8.1 yards per carry.
Jake Gelb (Salve Regina): Gelb amassed 132 yards of total offense, including 106 yards on the ground on 26 carries and one score. Gelb averaged 4.1 yards per carry.
Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air as the Golden Eagles soared by Buffalo State last Saturday. Germinerio completed 18 of 26 passes for 226 yards, while rushing for 43 yards (5.4 yards per carry) on eight carries.
DaQuan Hubbard (Brockport): Hubbard led all receivers in the Golden Eagles’ 33-0 win over Buffalo State with four reception of 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen led all rushers with 185 yards on 27 carries, while rushing for one touchdown in his team’s 24-21 win over MIT. McAllen also hauled in a catch for 27 yards, too.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): Against the Mammoths, McDonald amassed 254 yards of total offense, including 75 yards on 17 carries for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. McDonald connected on 14 of 31 passes for 179 yards, while tossing two touchdowns – both scores landed in the hands of Jack Dolan.
Justin Nelson (Williams): Nelson led all receivers with 125 receiving yards, while recording six receptions and one touchdown in his team’s 24-6 win against Hamilton. Nelson’s longest reception of the day was a 76-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter that provided the Ephs with a 24-0 lead at the break.
James O’Regan (Amherst): O’Regan led all receivers with 132 yards on six receptions, while recording one touchdown in his team’s five-point win over Tufts.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime): Phillips recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing performance of the season and sixth of his career by tallying 135 yards on 29 carries.
Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo amassed 188 yards of total offense, including 76 on the ground on 12 carries and two scores as the Bantams defeated the Panthers to improve to 7-0 in NESCAC play.
Andrew Sanders (Tufts): Sanders rushed for 88 yards and two scores on seven carries against Amherst, while averaging 12.6 yards per carry.
Anthony Service (WNE): Service amassed 247 yards of total offense, including 224 yards through the air as the Golden Bears defeated Salve Regina last Saturday. Service completed 19 of 28 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 23 yards on the ground.
Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. led all rushers with 123 yards on 30 carries and on score, while averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
Curtis Smith (SUNY Maritime): Smith led all receivers with 141 yards on six catches and three scores. He averaged 23.5 yards per reception, too.
John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for 247 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns against Anna Maria last weekend, while averaging 17.6 yards per carry.
Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): For the third time this season, Weaver recored a pair of touchdown receptions, while leading all receivers last week with seven grabs for 62 yards. Through eight games this season, Weaver has tallied a career-best 10 touchdown receptions.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski helped Framingham State pick-up an important conference win over UMass Dartmouth by completing 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards, while tossing four touchdowns.
Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air as the Privateers secured a big win over the Spartans of Castleton. Wright concluded the game 19 of 33 for 332 yards and four scores, while rushing for 16 yards on five carries and one score.
Defensive Team of the Week
Ricco Aaron (Dean): Aaron registered nine total tackles, including six solo stops, one fumble recovery and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.
Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito tallied 10 total tackles, including two solo stops, along with two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for six yards in the Panthers’ 17-0 win over Westfield State.
Nathan Fleming (Framingham State): Fleming registered a team-high 11 solo stops, while concluding last Saturday’s game against UMass Dartmouth with 13 total tackles and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards.
Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against the AMCATs, Gabriel recorded seven solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of eight yards, along with a pair of forced fumbles and one pass break-up.
Zhaire House (Western New England): House stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Salve Regina, tallying seven solo stops, one pass break-up, one interception (two yards) and one fumble recovery.
Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Middlebury, Jean-Jacques tallied four total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, too.
John Lauretti (Alfred State): Lauretti recorded eight total tackles, including five solo stops, three sacks for a loss of 11 yards and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards as Alfred State captured its first game of the season by defeating Mount Ida, 18-8.
Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Mathurin paced the Corsairs defense with eight total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackle for a loss of three yards and a pass break-up.
Nicholas Milgate (Alfred): Milgate registered nine total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, two interceptions (60 yards) and one tackle for a loss of four yards.
Brandon O’Neill (Salve Regina): O’Neill recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 24 yards and one forced fumble against Western New England.
Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu led the Rams defense with 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards and one quarterback hurry.
Nick Ostrowski (WPI): Ostrowski ended last Saturday’s clash with MIT by registering 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, one forced fumble and one interception returned for a touchdown (55 yards).
Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards, one fumble recovery and one interception in his team’s big win over Castleton.
Sebastien Philemon (Colby): Philemon led all defenders last week with 19 total tackles and eight solo stops against Bates.
Dago Picon-Roura (Trinity): Picon-Roura paced the Bantams’ defense against Middlebury with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, two pass break-ups and one interception returned for 19 yards.
Andrew Sommer (Amherst): Against Tufts, Sommer registered a team-high 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one pass break-up.
Patrick Vidal (Catholic): Vidal concluded last Saturday’s contest with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, along with three tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.
Alex West (Brockport): West tallied nine total stops, including three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 16 yards, along with one interception (14 yards) and one fumble recovery in the Golden Eagles’ 33-0 win over Buffalo State.
Special Teams of the Week
Grant DeWald (Bates): DeWald connected on all five kicks, including all three extra point attempts in his team’s 27-24 win over Colby.
Brett Fox (Endicott): Against Curry, Fox punted the ball five times for 240 yards. Two of his boots landed inside the Curry 20-yard line.
Markiesh Harmon (Worcester State): Harmon registered four punts for a total of 149 yards – three of those boots landed inside the Massachusetts Maritime 20-yard line.
Patrick Lehane (Worcester State): On eight kickoffs, Lehane registered 447 yards, an average of 55.9 yards per kick, with two kicks resulting in touch backs.
Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy connected on all seven kicks, including a field goal from 25-yards out, which helped SUNY Maritime defeat Castleton.
Eric Sachse (Trinity): Saches connected on all five kicks, including a trio of extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 33-yard field goal in the fourth, which capped his team’s scoring for the game.
Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Verre connected on all four kicks (two extra points, two field goals), including a 42-yard field goal. Verre concluded the game with eight points.
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!