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Daily Noontime: Friday, February 5, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone – we made it!

And welcome to the first Friday of February – let’s celebrate.

It’s a BIG weekend for so many of us as the final game of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Can you believe it?

Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will compete in Super Bowl on Sunday, which is one of many subjects – and yes, topics, too – discussed on today’s Football Friday Podcast (listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor).

Alright, let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!


Friday’s Headlines for February 5, 2021

Finally, our Black History Month celebration on the men and women that have and continue to make an impact on the sports world continued yesterday with getting to know Paul Robeson, who starred as a defensive end with the Rutgers University football team.

Mass. College Football: Catching Up With Holy Cross QB Peter Pujals

Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was named this week's Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award winner! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)
Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was named this week’s Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award winner! (Photo Credit: Holy Cross Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Holy Cross quarterback Peter Pujals was the recipient of this week’s Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Award following an impressive week seven performance against Bucknell University.

The first-year signal caller guided the Crusaders to their first Patriot League victory against the Bison by completing 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 13 times for eight yards and three more scores.

Excluding being named this week’s Division 1 Golden Helmet Award winner, he was also named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the fourth straight week.

After this afternoon’s luncheon at Harvard University concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with Pujals to talk about his effort on the gridiron and his team’s season.

On his six-touchdown effort: “It definitely felt good. Every game I go out and just try to do my job and just try to do my best and whatever the result, but as long as we win in the end that’s the main goal. (However), it was a team effort. I was able to do those things because my teammates did their job, but it was fun, though.”

On moving the ball against Bucknell’s defense: “It’s definitely a confidence builder and you know that we’re able to move the ball and we’re being successful, so I feel like it gives the whole team, (especially) our whole offense an upbeat feeling, so it definitely helps.”

On preparing for Bucknell’s defense: “They’re a great team. They always play really hard on defense and they work very hard. We just knew that right from the beginning we would have to execute and show that we can play with them and execute on every drive. We (didn’t) take any drive for granted, (but our goal) was to score touchdowns and get first downs and I think we did a pretty good job of that, but I still think there are things we need to learn and get better from, but we will (be ready) for Colgate.”

On his first collegiate start against Dartmouth: “I don’t know if it is nervousness or excitement (I was feeling), but after the game (started) I settled in and I got comfortable. Football is football in the end, and I enjoy it.”

On a growing moment this season: “I think the Harvard game where I fumbled four times was a growing a moment. I needed to learn that I need to take care of the ball and not take anything for granted because these players are good and they’ll make you pay, so that was a growing moment for me.”

On building on the team’s first conference win: “It was kind of a new season in a way that we’re starting Patriot League (play). Now we’re 1-0 in that, which is where we want to be, but coming into Colgate we know that every game is a championship game if we want to get to our goal of winning the Patriot League, so we’ve just have to take care of business and move onto our next game.”

Mass. College Football: Week One Rundown

Boston College QB Chase Rettig tossed two touchdowns in the Eagles opening day victory against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Zimbo.com)
Boston College QB Chase Rettig tossed two touchdowns in the Eagles opening day victory against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Zimbo.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The first official weekend of college football is in the books and below are the scores and highlights from this afternoon’s contests.

Boston College 24 , Villanova 14Chase Rettig completed 23-of-30 passes for 285 yards and tossed two touchdowns, while Alex Amidon hauled in 13 catches for 146 yards and one touchdown, as the Eagles provided first-year head coach Steve Addazio his first win in maroon and gold.

No. 23 Wisconsin 45, UMass 0The Badgers ballooned a 17-0 halftime lead into a 38-0 advantage after three quarters as Wisconsin rolled past the Minutemen.

Bryant University 17, Holy Cross 16: Tom Alberti‘s 30-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining in regulation secured an opening day win for the Bulldogs. Holy Cross’ Steve Elder completed 23-of-41 passes for 309 yards and tossed one touchdown with three interceptions.

Mass. College Football: The First Weekend Is Finally Here!

Steve Addazio will make his Boston College debut on the sidelines this afternoon against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)
Steve Addazio will make his Boston College debut on the sidelines this afternoon against Villanova! (Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated)

By Matt Noonan 

It took a few months, but the first official weekend of college football is finally here!

This afternoon, Boston College, Holy Cross and UMass will return to the gridiron. Below is this week’s schedule. Make sure to check back later for scores/updates. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @NoonSportsBlog).

Week One Schedule: 

* UMass at Wisconsin, 11 a.m. (Game Information)

* Villanova at Boston College, 12 p.m. (Game Information)

* Holy Cross at Bryant University, 3 p.m. (Game Information)

Mass. College Football: Links From Around The Web

By Matt Noonan 

As noted in an earlier post this morning, we’re slowly rounding the summer bend and beginning our training camp countdown. So, without further ado, below are some links to the latest news surrounding the local collegiate football teams.

* Williams College’s Aaron Kelton, who will be entering his fourth season with the Ephs, will be beginning a short coaching stint with the Miami Dolphins tomorrow as part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Fellowship Program.

* Stonehill College announced yesterday that 39 freshmen will be invited to the Skyhawks preseason camp, which begins on Thursday, August 15.

* According to BC InterruptionSean White, a Boston College recruit, has committed to Auburn University.

* Ten members of the Holy Cross football team were named Preseason All-Patriot League by Phil Steele’s 2013 College Football Preview. Gary Acquah, a defensive lineman, secured a spot on the league’s First Team Defense.

* According to MaroonMusket.com, UMass’ football team picked up an impressive recruit in Frank Carter.