D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Eight (Oct. 20th)

10 Games Week Eight

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The eighth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Eight, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Seven): We went 6-4  so lets see how we do this week!

Season Predictions Records: 47-23 (we struggled with picks in week seven, so let’s see how we do this weekend!)

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All Games taking place on Saturday, Oct. 20th 

Coast Guard Academy at MIT (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for both team, who are currently in the hunt for the top spot in the NEWMAC. MIT is coming off the bye and should be well-rested for the second half of their schedule. Expect the Engineers’ offense to be challenged by the Bears’ defense, but eventually find a way to pull out a hard-fought win in the end. PREDICTION: MIT 20, Coast Guard 17 

Gallaudet University at Dean College (12 p.m.): Sure, the Eagles of Husson appear to be the top team in the ECFC, but don’t overlook the Bison of Gallaudet, which could begin a late run toward the top of the conference with a must-needed win on the road. PREDICTION: Gallaudet 27, Dean 16 

Bates College at Middlebury College (1 p.m.): The Panthers stunned the Ephs last week, so can they continue their late season magic against the Bobcats of Bates? PREDICTION: Middlebury 27, Bates 25 

Mass. Maritime Academy at Plymouth State (1 p.m.): Plymouth State scored an impressive come-from-behind win over Framingham State last week – expect that momentum to continue this week against the Buccaneers. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 21, Mass. Maritime 14 

Springfield College at Catholic University (1 p.m.): A disappointing loss to Merchant Marine can quickly be erased with a win on the road this week. Similar to Coast Guard, MIT, Merchant Marine and WPI, Springfield is still in the mix for a NEWMAC title, but needs to win their remaining contests, including Saturday’s tilt against Catholic. PREDICTION: Springfield 24, Catholic 14 

Amherst College at Wesleyan University (1 p.m.): The Mammoths appear to be the front-runner in the NESCAC, but this will be a HUGE test for the Purple and White. Wesleyan is still somewhat in the mix to possibly share the NESCAC crown, but needs this win just as much as Amherst does. PREDICTION: Amherst 20, Wesleyan 17  

WPI at Merchant Marine (1 p.m.): Merchant Marine picked-up some serious momentum last week with an impressive road win against Springfield. That momentum should continue this week against WPI. PREDICTION: Merchant Marine 21, WPI 17 

Williams College at Tufts University (1:30 p.m.): Both squads will look to bounce back from week seven setbacks – we expect this game to come down to the final drive. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Williams 21 

Framingham State at Westfield State (2 p.m.): After falling to Plymouth State last week, the Rams must find a way to bounce back, so they can keep their conference title hopes alive. This won’t be an easy test for the Black and Gold, but if FSU is going to return to the win column, they must find a way to slow down the Westfield State rushing attack. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Westfield State 20 

Bridgewater State at Western Conn. (6 p.m.): After posting 40 points or more for the past three weeks, the Colonials mustered just 23 points in a 10 point win over Massachusetts Maritime last Saturday. Expect the Colonials offense to bounce back this week at home. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 30, Bridgewater State 21 

Catching Up with Coach Brian Bubna and the MIT Engineers

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Udgam Goyal (PHOTO COURTESY: David Silverman/DSPics.net)

By Brian Willwerth | @BriWillwerth 

It’s been an exciting few weeks for the MIT football team, which entered its bye week with an impressive 6-0 record, including a 3-0 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings.

The Engineers, who were tabbed once again the top team in the New England in the D3 Coaches Poll earlier this week, seem to be enjoying some much-needed downtime before they return to the gridiron next week for an important four-game stretch, beginning with a home date against Coast Guard Academy.

Earlier this week, we caught-up with first-year coach (and former defensive coordinator) Brian Bubna to discuss his team’s impressive play through six weeks.

On the team limiting opponents to roughly 14 points per game: “We have some pretty good talent at three spots: defensive line, linebacker and defensive back. I think the big part of (our success on defense) is a mix of older guys and younger guys, but also the way they play, too.”

On the play of senior quarterback Udgam Goyal: “He kind of got put in there at a young age. He played like a freshman (his first year) and a sophomore (his second season, but now, as a senior) he’s put it all together, and become what we’ve hoped for.”

On Miguel Wagner’s running game: “As a runner, he’s very physical. He can take a one or two-yard run, and turn it into three or four, and keep the offensive moving.”

On the team’s final four contests: “To win the conference, you have to go undefeated throughout conference play. Even if you lose one, you’re hoping that someone else loses one. You gotta win ‘em all in conference.”


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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Three (Sept 14-15th)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The third week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Three, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Two): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions: Through two weeks, our prediction record stands at 13-7.

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Coast Guard Academy at Nichols College (Friday, Sept. 14th at 7 p.m.): The Bears put up a fight against Union last week and should carry that momentum (despite losing to the Dutchmen) into this week’s tilt against the Bison. PREDICTION: Coast Guard Academy 28, Nichols 21 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): This one will come down to the final drive. We think quarterback Adam Wojenski will win it for the Rams on a QB-keeper. PREDICTION: Framingham State 21, Bridgewater State 17 

MIT at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 12 p.m.): The Brian Bubna era is off to a great start and we certainly believe it will continue on Saturday in Beverly. PREDICTION: MIT 17, Endicott 10 

Middlebury at Wesleyan (Saturday, Sept. 15th at1 p.m.): There seems to be a lot of hype surrounding both teams entering the initial week of NESCAC football, but we expect the home team (Wesleyan) to win this important match-up. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 33, Middlebury 24 

Western Conn. at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of winning the MASCAC this fall. We’ll give the edge to the Panthers (home field advantage). PREDICTION: Plymouth State 30, Western Conn. 28 

Amherst College at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): A new era of Bates football will begin on Saturday under the direction of first-year coach Malik Hall. This is a tough opening day match-up for the Bobcats, but they should certainly keep it close with their new offense. PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Bates 24 

Trinity College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): The Bantams open their season against a new-look Colby squad, which will be led by the former UMaine sideline boss Jack Cosgrove. Similar to Bates, this is a tough season-opener for the Mules, who will need to find a way to slow down Trinity halfback Max ChipourasPREDICTION: Trinity 28, Colby 10 

Tufts University at Hamilton College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan McDonald highlighted his team’s opening day win last year, so can he do it again this year on the road? PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

Western New England at Husson University (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 1 p.m.): Husson will lean on first-year running back Soloman Hassen, who was tabbed this week’s ECFC Rookie of the Week. The California native has rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. PREDICTION: Husson 27, WNE 21 

Union College at No. 25 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 15th at 2 p.m.): Chad Shade did not rush for six scores last week, but did help his team score an important road win over Kean. This week, Shade and the defense will be tested, but we expect them to find a way past the Dutchmen. PREDICTION: Springfield 28, Union 21 

Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Two (Sept. 4th, 2018)

Week Two Poll

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

The second week of the New England D3 Football season is upon us, which means it is time to unveil our second Top 10 poll of the season, as well as our ‘teams are on the rise.’

Springfield College secured the top spot for the second week with a convincing 42-21 win over Western New England, while Framingham StateWPIAmherst CollegePlymouth State and MIT all moved up. Salve Regina and Bridgewater State became the newest members of this week’s poll after securing opening day wins over Worcester State and Buffalo State, respectively.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 


New England D3 Football: Week Two Poll | Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 

1. Springfield College 

1-0 | Last Week No. 1Week Two: Kean (9/8)

2.  Framingham State 

1-0 | Last Week No. 4

Week Two: Cortland (9/8)

3. Trinity College 

0-0 | Last Week No. 2

Week Two: N/A

4. WPI 

1-0 | Last Week No. 5

Week Two: RPI (9/8)

5. Amherst College

0-0 | Last Week No. 6

Week Two: N/A

6.  Plymouth State 

1-0 | Last Week No. 8

Week Two: Bye Week

7. Salve Regina  

1-0 | Last Week NR

Week Two: Montclair St. (9/8)

8. MIT 

1-0 | Last Week No. 9

Week Two: Curry (9/7)

9.  Bridgewater State 

1-0 | Last Week NR

Week Two: Endicott (9/7)

10. WNE  

0-1 | Last Week No. 7

Week Two: Westfield St. (9/8)

ON THE RISE: Curry College (1-0), Dean College (0-1), Husson University (0-1), Middlebury College (0-0), Wesleyan University (0-0), Williams College (0-0) and Worcester State (0-1) 


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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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