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Berry, Hendrix Set To Compete In SAA Championship

By Matt Noonan

The sixth week of the spring football season is set to kickoff later this week and there is one game with a trophy on the line.

Berry College and Hendrix College will compete on Saturday, March 13 for the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title – both teams enter this highly anticipated matchup riding a three-game winning streak, respectively.

Hendrix captured the Western Division crown last Saturday with a 13-3 win against Trinity University (Texas) while Berry rallied to beat Centre College to claim the East title in overtime.

“It is hard to put into words how proud I am of our team to continue to adapt, adjust, improvise and overcome,” said Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan via the athletic department’s release from last Saturday’s win over Trinity.

Saturday’s match-up will be played at War Memorial Stadium after in Arkansas at 7 p.m. eastern – the game will commence after Trinity and Birmingham-Southern College square-off in the first SAA clash of the weekend, which is scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m. eastern. On Sunday, two more SAA games will be played on the same field between Centre College and Austin College at 1 p.m. eastern followed by Rhodes College and Millsaps College at 7 p.m.


For those interested in purchasing tickets or learning more about this exciting weekend of SAA football at War Memorial Stadium, HOP HERE!


Sticking with the SAA championship – and yes, the big weekend in Arkansas for all eight squads – make sure to watch (or listen) to this week’s “In The (D3FB) Huddle” show with Frank Rossi and James Baker – our friends were joined by members of both the Berry and Hendrix football team, who provided some insight into Saturday’s title game.

Let’s go inside the Berry-Hendix Matchup:

  • In their last meeting in 2019, Berry beat Hendrix, 27-9, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Gavin Gray, who was recently named the league’s offensive player of the week, along with six sacks from the Vikings defense. Hendrix quarterback Miles Thompson concluded the game with 245 passing yards.
  • The Warriors’ last win over the Vikings came in 2013 when the Orange and Black beat the Vikings by a score of 30-17. Hendrix’s Tanner Frye completed 28 of 39 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 40 yards on eight carries.
  • Berry enters Saturday contest averaging 32.67 points per game – let’s call it 33? – while Hendrix has averaged 33 points per contest in three games.
  • Berry has won its last six matchups against Hendrix.

Three Players to Watch (Berry):

  • Gavin Gray (QB): The second-year signal-caller leads all SAA passers with eight touchdowns while averaging 245.0 yards per game. Gray was instrumental in the Vikings come-from-behind win over Centre last Saturday, which needed overtime to decide a winner.
  • Cameron Kawa (WR): The first-year wide out leads the Vikings in touchdown receptions (three) and is one of two receivers to have caught 10 passes from Gray this year.
  • Connor Cheyunski (LB): Ranked fourth in the conference in total tackles, the third-year linebacker leads the Vikings with 28 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.

Three Players to Watch (Hendrix):

  • Kip VanHoose (RB): The senior tailback from Kansas City, Missouri leads the Warriors in net yards (190) and rushing touchdowns (four). He ranks second in the SAA in rushing touchdowns behind Birmingham-Southern’s Robert Shufford.
  • Blake Hinton (WR): The senior wide-out from Dallas, Texas leads the Orange and Black in receiving yards (223), yards per game (74.33) and touchdown receptions (two).
  • Jacob Bremmon (DB): The third-year defensive back leads all SAA defenders with three interceptions – all three of his picks came against Trinity.

We’ll be back for more football content later this week, but as always, thanks for stopping by to read our Wednesday Football Notebook!

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 4, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – we decided to post our Daily Noontime a bit earlier than yesterday, which we hope will bring a smile to your face (and a sense of relief, too – fingers crossed!).

Let’s get after it and make today a great day – isn’t every day awesome? – by sharing some news and links from the sports world.


Enjoy a brand new podcast – today, we welcomed John Avino, who is a Massachusetts based sports broadcaster that is currently announcing games at Boston University, Holy Cross, and Northeastern University.

Listen to today’s show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor – you can visit our Anchor page to also find out where our show is being distributed (and shared!).


Let’s begin with some big news from the NCAA world as the Division III winter championships were canceled for the second-straight year.

As noted on Twitter yesterday – well, more last night, to be exact! – it appears the main reason D-III championships were canceled was due to “low participation numbers.” Spring championships at the D-III level have not been canceled – the hope, according to last night’s release is for teams that compete at the end of the academic year to have a chance to compete for a national championship.

And since we love Twitter, make sure to watch the latest video from our friends at In The (D3FB) HuddleFrank Rossi shares his thoughts on why he believes championships should occur, despite not many teams (or schools) competing this winter.

Speaking of D-III football, the spring season – yes, a spring season! – is set to begin this weekend. And you can find out who is playing by visiting D3Football.com’s scoreboard … now!

In addition to D-III football being played this spring – again, that sounds crazy, right? – there will also be some NCAA D-I Football Championship (FCS) games taking place, beginning next Saturday, February 13 when McNeese State visits Tarleton State for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

And just a quick program note, we will be covering spring football, both here in New England (and the northeast) and around the country, so make sure to stop by over the next few weeks and months for future blog posts. And we’re excited to cover spring football, which again seems strange, but that’s just our “two-cents.”

Let’s switch gears to some quick-hitters:

Finally, Noontime Sports is celebrating Black History Month by producing one post a day on the men and women that have and continue to impact the sports world. Yesterday, we highlighted Bobby Marshall, who was one of the first Africa American’s to play professional football.

D3 Football Spring Games Will Begin In February

By Matt Noonan

Get ready for some NCAA D-III football games this spring.

Bluffton University’s football team will compete a few times this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bluffton University Athletics)

As confirmed yesterday by our friends James Baker and Frank Rossi of In The (D3FB) Huddle, there will be some teams competing this spring – in fact, two games are currently slated to occur next month on Saturday, February 27, according to D3Football.com‘s scoreboard.

Bluffton University, which competed last October against Adrian College, is scheduled to compete in its first spring contest against Rose-Hulman while Mount Saint Joseph University will visit Manchester University. Both contests are scheduled to kickoff at 1:30 p.m. eastern.

Similar to Bluffton, Manchester also competed last fall – the Spartans dropped both contests to Trine University and Adrian College.

More games are expected to occur once the calendar flips from February to March, including the “Bronze Ball Game” between Manchester and Anderson University, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. eastern. The Spartans captured the previous meeting in 2019 by a score of 70-54, thanks to eight rushing touchdowns by Donovan Henderson, Jr.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Casey McGarvey (CGA) & James Baker (InThe HuddLLE)

Noontime Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Casey McGarvey (United States Coast Guard Academy Athletics) and James Baker (In The HuddLLe) highlighted today’s Noontime Sports the Podcast, which was hosted by Matt Noonan.

McGarvey, who is a sports information assistant/new media mogul at UGA, discussed the impact of social media on campus and how his office has explored new ways to tell stories about student-athletes and coaches, including blog posts, which can be seen on the academy’s athletic website. He also highlighted the football team’s final regular game against Merchant Marine Academy, which will be broadcasted by ESPN.

Baker, who was a frequent guest on the podcast last football season, shared his pre-season thoughts (and ideas) on the various New England teams to watch this fall, including Western New England, which secured a spot on this week’s D3Football.com Preseason Poll. The Golden Bears checked-in 24th out of 25 teams, while earning 100 points.

Entering this upcoming football season, Baker, along with co-host Frank Rossi, will be celebrating 10 years of D3 Football coverage. Their podcast has featured numerous student-athletes and coaches from the Liberty League, along with broadcasters and media members, too. They have also covered the NCAA Division III Football Tournament’s selection show, while interviewing the committee chair about postseason play.

Make sure to check-out past episodes of the In The HuddLLE by HOPPING HERE!

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Five (James Baker | In The HuddLLe)

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Tuesday evening, Matt Noonan was joined by James Baker – one of the co-hosts for ‘In The HuddLLe’ (yes, there is an extra ‘L’) to talk about the first week of the NCAA Division III Football season for the fifth episode of Noontime Sports The Podcast.

Baker, who co-hosts a weekly D3 Football podcast with Frank Rossi, provided his ‘two-cents’ on the various New England teams and conferences, including Framingham State, Endicott College, WPI, Springfield, Husson and various New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools.

Make sure to stay connected with Baker (and Rossi) throughout the entire season on Twitter (@ITHuddLLe) and check-out their week one/season preview podcast – HOP HERE.