Ian Blakenship rushed for a game-high 151 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown while Ceaser Gonzalez added 103 yards on the ground and one score as the United States Merchant Marine Academy topped Coast Guard Academy, 24-14, to claim the Secretaries’ Cup for the second-straight season.
Saturday’s matchup between the Mariners and Bears capped a three-sport, three-game fall series between the two academies, which saw the Coast Guard Academy men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams secure wins against USMMA last month.
Coast Guard struggled to contain the Merchant Marine rushing attack, which tallied 343 yards on 71 rushing attempts and three touchdowns. Blakenship, Gonzalez, and Matt Restifo each rushed for one score while Jack Ruark tallied six points on three extra points and a 25-yard field goal.
Merchant Marine led Coast Guard, 10-7, at the break and 17-7 after three quarters before Restifo sealed the win with a four-yard touchdown run with 4:48 remaining.
Coast Guard’s Jared Colletti scored twice for the Bears while finishing the contest with 112 yards of total offense, including 88 receiving yards. Eugene Bizer led the Bears defense by recording a game-high 20 total tackles, including 14 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of 10 yards.
John Barbera, who was making his first start at quarterback for the Bears, completed 18 of 34 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown.
With the win, Merchant Marine has now won 34 contests against Coast Guard Academy while the Bears have captured 15 meetings.
Tomorrow’s matchup – the 49th meeting between these two academies – will be streamed on ESPN3 with kickoff scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
Below is our pregame preview, as well as our prediction – let us know if you agree or disagree by sending a tweet to @NoontimeSports. Enjoy the game, everyone!
Noontime’s Coast Guard-USMMA Preview: It’s been nearly a year since the Bears and Mariners tangled on the gridiron, but it seems as if both teams are eager and ready to play some football.
Coast Guard enters the contest with a great deal of experience on both sides of the ball. Quarterback John Barbera, who has appeared in five contests, including three last season, will start his first game for the Bears – expect the Glen Mills, Pennsylvania native to target Justin Moffatt, who led the NEWMAC last season with 66 receptions while posting a career-best in receiving yards (872) to go with five touchdowns.
Linebacker Eugene Bizer will be tasked with leading a Coast Guard defense that will need to slow down a Mariners squad that averaged 41.1 points per game last fall. Merchant Marine’s offense is very run-heavy and it is expected that the Mariners will lean heavily on halfback Matt Restifo, who finished last season with career-bests in rushing yards (389), yards per game (43.2), and touchdowns.
Eric Davidson and Colton Ray will be two players to watch on the Mariners defense tomorrow – this particular unit limited opposing foes to 112.7 rushing yards per game last season.
Noontime’s Prediction: This has the potential for a back-and-forth affair, but I think this contest will come down to whichever defense can slow down the opposing attack. I don’t anticipate a high-scoring affair like we witnessed last season, but instead both teams scoring at least three, maybe four touchdowns. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 30, USMMA 26
With the third week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week for the entire football season.
Offensive Team of the Week
Alex Cohen (Anna Maria College): Against Nichols College, Cohen completed 21 of 43 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels led all receivers with eight receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Tyler Halls (Husson University): Halls led the Eagles’ receiving core with seven receptions for 114 yards (16.3 yards) and one touchdown.
David Hamilton (Plymouth State): Hamilton rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries (8.4 yards) and one touchdown in the Panthers’ 34-9 win over Worcester State.
David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 18 of 23 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Colonials with 46 rushing yards on nine carries and one touchdown.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Jernigan accounted for 306 total yards of offense, including 292 passing yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 28-0 win over Bates College.
Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Against Bowdoin College, Lambert completed 13 of 18 passes for 391 yards and five touchdowns.
Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Mauriello led the Seahawks’ rushing attack with 207 yards on 22 carries (9.4 yards) and five touchdowns in Salve Regina’s first win of the season against Dean College.
Sean McAllen (WPI): Against Husson University, McAllen rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): The third-year signal-caller registered 391 yards of total offense against Tufts University, including 102 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Maimaron completed 20 of 38 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns.
Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 16 of 25 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. He also added eight yards on five carries.
Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca led all rushers last Saturday with 200 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns against Western Connecticut.
Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott completed 10 of 16 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns against Hamilton College. He also rushed for a team-high 82 yards on 21 carries.
Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola led all receivers with 13 receptions for 233 yards and four touchdowns against Tufts University.
DeVante Reid (Trinity College): Reid led the Bantams’ receiving core with six receptions for 246 yards and four touchdowns.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Against Salve Regina, Watts completed 27 of 44 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Against Westfield State, Wojenski completed 19 of 28 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 57 yards on six carries 9.5 yards) and one touchdown.
Devin Wollner (Castleton University): Wollner rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 20 carries (7.0 yards) and one touchdown against the Nor’Easters of University of New England.
Defensive Team of the Week
Richard Austin (Fitchburg State): Austin led the Fitchburg State defense with 11 total tackles, including nine solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 16 yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Eugene Bizer (Coast Guard Academy): Bizer led the Coast Guard Academy defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards against Norwich University. He also recorded an interception for 16-yards.
Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison defense with nine solo (and total) tackles, including three tackles for a loss of nine yards and one forced fumble.
Brian Donahue (Framingham State): In his team’s first win of the 2019 season, Donahue led the Rams defense with seven total tackles, including six solo stops, one sack for a loss of nine yards and one forced fumble.
Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Against Western Connecticut, Gemayel recorded 11 total tackles, including six solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards and one forced fumble.
Joe Kelly (Amherst College): Kelly was a player to watch last Saturday against Colby College. He tallied five total tackles (all solo stops), including three tackles for a loss of 20 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two pass break-ups.
Kevin O’Brien (Endicott College): O’Brien led the Gulls defense with a career-high 13 total tackles (nine assists and four solo stops) against Wesley College.
Joshua Salem (Western New England): Salem paced the Golden Bears’ defense with 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss for one yard against Stetson last Saturday evening in Florida.
Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Against Fitchburg State, Slaughter led the Corsairs with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss of six yards, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass break-up.
Swavaughn Smalls (Anna Maria College): Smalls stuffed the stat sheet against Nichols College with 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, two tackles for a loss of six yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of five yards.
AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one pass break-up against Union College.
Jared Zieman (Becker College): Against MIT, Zieman led the Hawks with 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards.
Special Teams of the Week
Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio converted six extra points while recording three punts for 111 yards with one kick landing inside the Bridgewater State 20-yard line.
Sam Han (Wesleyan University): Han punted the ball six times last Saturday against Hamilton College for 257 yards. Three kicks resulted in touchbacks, while the other three landed inside the Hamilton 20-yard line.
George Lampros (Mass. Maritime): Lampros converted six extra points last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy while tallying three punts for 129 yards with one kick resulting in a touchback.
Melchior Lynch (Fitchburg State): Against UMass Dartmouth, Lynch recorded seven points on three kicks – two field goals and one extra point – while recording four kickoffs for 221 yards.
Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein tallied 14 points last Saturday against Tufts University with five extra points and three field goals. He punted the ball four times for 167 yards with two kicks landing inside the Jumbos’ 20-yard line. He also had three touchbacks on three kickoffs.
Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade connected five kicks last Saturday against Husson University, including a 21-yard field goal. Wade concluded the game with seven points (four extra points and one field goal).
With the third week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our initial players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.
Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills.
Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too
This season, Noontime Sports will select one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.
The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season.
Offensive Player of the Week: Frank Stola (Williams College | Wide Receiver | Northport, N.Y.): Stola established new single-game records with the Williams football program last Saturday against Tufts University in touchdown receptions (four) and receiving yards (233).
The junior wide-out hauled in a trio of touchdowns in the first half of three, 35 and 44-yards before catching his final score in the third quarter on a 24-yard pass.
Stola concluded his team’s second game of the 2019 season with 13 catches.
Defensive Player of the Week: Eugene Bizer (Coast Guard Academy | Linebacker | The Woodlands, Texas): Against Norwich University, Bizer led the Bears’ defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops.
Additionally, Bizer recorded one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one interception for a 16-yard return.
Through three contests, Bizer leads the Coast Guard Academy defense with 30.0 total tackles and 10.0 tackles per game. He has also recorded 14 solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 23 yards and one sack for a loss of 14 yards.
Special Teamer of the Week: Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College | Kicker | Longmeadow, Mass.): Against Tufts, Schreibstein connected on eight kicks, including three field goals with his longest kick being a 30-yard field goal.
The second-year placekicker tallied 14 of his team’s 44 points while recording four punts for 167 yards with two boots landing inside the Jumbos’ 20-yard line. Schreibstein also recorded three touchbacks off nine kick-offs.