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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Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week One (Aug. 27th, 2018)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 

The first week of the New England D3 Football season has finally arrived, which means it is time to unveil our initial Top 10 poll of the season, as well as what teams are on the rise.

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 One Poll | Monday, August 27th, 2018 

1. Springfield College 

0-0 NEWMACWeek One: WNE (8/31)

2. Trinity College 

0-0 NESCAC

Week One: Colby (9/15)

3. Husson University

0-0 ECFC

Week One:  Union (9/1)

4. Framingham State 

0-0 MASCAC

Week One: Endicott (9/1)

5. WPI 

0-0 NEWMAC

Week One: Anna Maria (8/31)

6. Amherst College 

0-0 NESCAC

Week One: Bates (9/15)

7. WNE 

0-0 CCC

Week One: Springfield (8/31)

8. Plymouth State 

0-0 MASCAC

Week One: Castleton (9/1)

9.  MIT 

0-0 NEWMAC

Week One: Becker (8/31)

10. Curry College 

0-0 CCC

Week One: Dean (8/31)

ON THE RISE: Endicott College (0-0), Middlebury College (0-0),Wesleyan University (0-0), Western Conn. (0-0), Williams College (0-0) and Worcester State (0-0) 


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Football Friday Notebook: Coast Guard Set To Open Its 2018 Season Next Thursday Against Univ. of New England

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Welcome to Friday, Noontime Sports Fans and Friends!

One week from today, we will have some ‘Friday Night Lights‘ to cover – we will also have a few week one games in the book, including Coast Guard Academy-University of New England.

So, let’s kick-off the second to last weekend of August with a brand new edition of the ‘Football Friday Notebook,’ which we all know you love!


New England Football Links & Stories


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D3 Lacrosse: New England Women’s Lax Regional Rankings

NCAA Regional Rankings

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The NCAA released its initial Division III Regional Rankings today, including the New England’s rankings, which was headlined by Amherst College in the top spot followed by Tufts University (2nd) and Middlebury College (3rd).

Here is the first New England Regional Rankings:

 1. Amherst College

12-1, 7-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University

11-2, 7-1 NESCAC

3. Middlebury College

10-2, 6-1 NESCAC

4. Trinity College

9-4, 5-3 NESCAC

5. Bowdoin College

10-3, 5-3 NESCAC

6. Wesleyan University

8-5, 4-4 NESCAC

7. Springfield College

10-5, 5-1 NEWMAC

8. Framingham State

11-2, 3-1 MASCAC

9. Johnson & Wales

11-2, 8-0 GNAC

10. Endicott College

11-3, 7-0 CCC

11. MIT

8-5, 4-1 NEWMAC

 

D3 Lacrosse: Saturday Predictions (Saturday, Apr. 7th)

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Springfield College takes on Babson College in an important NEWMAC clash on Saturday, Apr. 7th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Happy Saturday, everyone!

We have some big-time games to follow today in the New England D3 Lacrosse world, so grab your stick and buckle up your helmet because it is … GAME DAY!

Going forward, you can expect a Saturday prediction post on games to watch in New England D3 Lacrosse. You cal also stay connected with us on Twitter for college and high school notes, news and updates at @Noontime_Lax! 

Bridgewater State at Framingham State (WLAX) at 10 a.m. – This is a BIG one for the Rams, who enter this morning’s clash riding an eight game winning streak. Sure, I picked the Bears of Bridgewater State to ultimately win the regular season crown, but a win for Framingham State will make the race for the top seed in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) quite interesting! Framingham State 10, Bridgewater State 9 

Tufts University at Wesleyan University (WLAX) at 12 p.m. – The Jumbos are the team to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) down the stretch – they enter today’s tilt with the Cardinals riding a four-game winning streak. A win over Wesleyan would be a huge step forward for Tufts as they attempt to chase Middlebury College for the top spot in the conference. Tufts 10, Wesleyan 7 

Springfield College at Coast Guard Academy (WLAX) at 12 p.m. – The Bears will look to bounce back from their recent setback to Kean, while Springfield will look to pick-up an important conference road win. This is a good test for Coast Guard Academy, which has captured a pair of New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contests. Springfield 16, Coast Guard 7 

Williams College at Amherst College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – Both teams will look to rebound from mid-week setbacks, but I think the Mammoths will find a way to sneak past the Ephs late in the fourth quarter. Amherst 12, Williams 10 

Wesleyan University at Tufts University (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The Cardinals rallied to beat the Mammoths of Amherst earlier this week, but can they work their late-game magic against a well-rounded Tufts team? Wesleyan 13, Tufts 12 (OT) 

Conn. College at Bates College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The Bobcats lost a heart-breaker to the Polar Bears earlier this week and certainly need this win, while Conn. College seeks its fifth conference victory. Conn. College 14, Bates 12

Western New England at Endicott College (MLAX) at 1 p.m. – The winner will most likely snatch the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) regular season crown. Both teams enter today’s important CCC clash with respective winning streaks, but I think the Golden Bears have a little more momentum than the Gulls do at this point in the season. WNE 13, Endicott 8 

Springfield College at Babson College (MLAX) at 3 p.m. – Both teams enter 1-0 in conference play, but who advances to 2-0? This is a must-win for the Beavers, who will be one of five teams to watch in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) down the stretch. Springfield 14, Babson 9