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Mass. College Football: Kelley, Framingham State Know SUNY Cortland Will Be A ‘Big Test’

Framingham State University head coach Tom Kelley was happy with his team's week one victory, but knows week two will be a challenge against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Framingham State University head coach Tom Kelley was happy with his team’s week one victory, but knows week two will be a challenge against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Framingham State University’s football team is coming off an impressive opening day win. The Rams defeated Endicott College, 42-6, last Saturday to commence its season, but now face a tough test in SUNY Cortland, which rallied to defeat Heidelberg University last weekend.

Framingham State and Cortland last met in 2012 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Tournament. The Red Dragons escaped with a one-point victory before ending its season the following weekend against Wesley – a team that has made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.

“(Saturday) is going to be a big test,” Framingham State head coach Tom Kelley said following his team’s initial victory of the season. “They’re a fast team and we’re going to have to bring our A-game. The good news is we’re at home (this weekend), so that will be nice, but we’ll find out who we are (during this game).”

Against the Gulls, the Rams relied heavily on senior quarterback Matt Silva, who tossed five touchdowns and was tabbed the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player of the Week.

“Matt has that it factor,” Kelley said of his team’s signal-caller. “He is a senior and he is a coach on the field and he reads the defenses awfully well. He has a tremendous core of wide receivers and we gave him some time to throw the ball and we ran it a little bit, so we kept Endicott’s (defense) off-balanced and I think that was huge for us.”

Silva finished Saturday’s game 29-for-35 for 261 yards. He connected with seniors Tevin Jones and Jared Gauthier for a pair of touchdowns, respectively, while targeting sophomore Mike Calicchio for one score.

Excluding Silva’s performance, the Rams defense did their job, limiting Endicott to 12 first downs and 220 yards of total offense. Sophomore Svenn Jacobson, who was named the MASCAC Defensive Player of the Week, led the unit with a game-high 11 tackles, including five solo stops with a forced fumble. Framingham State also held its opposition to just 60 yards on the ground.

“I am really proud of all the guys, but we certainly have to cleanup some stuff on both sides of the ball,” said Kelley. “We have a new coordinator (on defense) and new coaches over there too, so really we are happy with (our week one_ outcome, but have a real long way to go on both sides of the ball.”

Mass. College Football: Framingham State Tops Endicott In Season-Opener, 42-6

By Matt Noonan 

BEVERLY, Mass. – Framingham State University senior Matt Silva tossed five touchdowns and rushed for one score as the Rams rolled past Endicott College, 42-6, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at Endicott Stadium.

The Rams overcame a slow start, scoring on three consecutive drives to claim a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Silva connected with classmate Jared Gauthier for a pair of touchdowns, while locating Mike Calicchio on a 16-yard strike with 4:38 remaining in the opening stanza.

Endicott trimmed the deficit halfway through the second quarter when junior Chris Lipscomb hauled in an 11-yard fade pass by classmate Joe Picard, but that would be the Gull’s lone touchdown of the afternoon.

Framingham State University senior Matthew Silva accounted for all six touchdowns this afternoon in the Rams' week one victory. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Framingham State University senior Matthew Silva accounted for all six touchdowns this afternoon in the Rams’ week one victory. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Silva helped the Rams push ahead for good minutes later by capping a 10 play, 72-yard drive with a 10-yard strike to senior Tevin Jones, which provided the visitors with a 28-6 cushion at the break.

Framingham State tacked on an additional two scores in the second half to secure an opening day win.

The Rams registered 32 first downs and 473 yards of total offense. Senior tailback Trevon Offley rushed for a game-high 84 yards on 10 carries, while Gauthier led all receivers with 11 receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Sean Wlasuk finished booted all six extra points and sophomore Svenn Jacobson led the Rams defensive unit with 11 total tackles (five solo) and one forced fumble.

Endicott senior Lawrence Gonzalez and freshman William Rivera each recorded nine total tackles, respectively, while junior Craig Anderson registered his initial sack of the season.

Framingham State is back in action next Saturday as they host SUNY Cortland – a 2012 NCAA Division III tournament first round rematch – while Endicott travels to No. 16 Hobart. Both games are slated to kick-off at 12:00 p.m.

Mass. College Football: Framingham State 35, Bridgewater State 28

Framingham State celebrated a conference title on Saturday by defeating Bridgewater State. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

Framingham State celebrated a conference title on Saturday by defeating Bridgewater State. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Brian Willwerth

BRIDGEWATER, MA – The Framingham State Rams are celebrating a championship in the inaugural season of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

They wrapped up the title on Saturday afternoon with a thrilling, 35-28 victory over Bridgewater State. The decisive score came when Melikke Van Alstyne ran it in from nine yards out with just 29 seconds remaining.

“I’m elated,” said Rams’ head coach Tom Kelley. “I’m happy for our seniors.

“We won our first MASCAC championship, and the first time in history we’ve beat Bridgewater four years in a row.”

For a game that featured nine touchdowns in all, it started out as a defensive battle. The Rams got on the board first when Van Alstyne scored his first touchdown of the game from one yard out. The Rams led 6-0 after the PAT was blocked.

The Bears responded with a 65-yard drive, capped off by quarterback Mike McCarthy’s five-yard run. The score remained 7-6 until the final minute of the half.

That’s when the game turned into a shootout.

Rams quarterback Matthew Silva found Jared Gauthier from 14-yards out.  Gauthier out-jumped the defender, and Framingham State was back on top, 13-7, but not for long.

The Bears got a good kickoff return, a personal foul on the Rams, a long pass play from McCarthy to Matthew Green, followed by McCarthy’s one-yard run, his second score of the afternoon. Bridgewater State took a 14-13 lead into the locker room.

In third quarter, McCarthy was picked off by Tyllor McDonald, and the Rams capitalized on the turnover, with Van Alstyne scoring from a yard out to make it 20-14.

Then, after McDonald intercepted McCarthy again, Gauthier’s 4-yard reception made it 27-14.

“Our defense has come up big all year long, and they came up big again,” said Kelley.

But McCarthy and the Bears would not fold. Playing in his final home game, he led his team 79 yards in 11 plays, and once again called his own number for his third rushing touchdown of the game. That made it 27-21.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Rams appeared to stop the Bears on 4th and goal, but a pass interference penalty gave BSU new life. On the ensuing play, McCarthy appeared to be going into the end zone, but fumbled. Fortunately for the Bears, offensive lineman Mike Duran was in the right place at the right time, and fell on the ball for the touchdown. With 3:51 left, the Bears had re-taken the lead, 28-27.  The difference in the game was the blocked PAT in the first quarter.

But FSU would not panic. Silva calmly led his team 55 yards in seven plays, with Van Alstyne scoring the winning touchdown – his third of the game – in the final minute. The senior finished with 158 yards on 24 carries. Silva was 22-of-36 for 230 yards. The Rams celebrated the conference title on the field afterward.

“We’ve been a second half team all year long,” said Kelley. “When we got the ball with a couple of minutes to go, I was real confident that we were going to at least kick a field goal.”

It was a heartbreaking Senior Day for McCarthy and the rest of his teammates.  He rushed for a team-high 95 yards and threw for 117.

Framingham State closes out the regular season at Worcester State, while Bridgewater State travels to Mass. Maritime for the 35th Annual Cranberry Cup.

Mass. College Football: Week 10 Teams Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the 10th week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Boston College: Three touchdowns and two field goals in the second half was what helped the Eagles defeat Virginia Tech in Chestnut Hill.

Kevin Pierre-Louis returned an interception for a touchdown, which provided Boston College with the lead for good before Andre Williams pushed the hosts ahead on a 62-yard rushing touchdown.

Williams led all rushers with 166 yards and two scores, while quarterback Chase Rettig completed 11-of-14 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.

Alex Amidon led the Eagles’ receiving core with three catches for 53 yards.

The Eagles, who snapped a two-game losing streak, will travel to New Mexico next weekend for their final non-conference contest of the season.

Division 2 – American International: The Yellow Jackets secured a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference championship game this past weekend with a 43-34 win over New Haven.

Kevin Arduino completed 19-of-31 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushed for 166 yards on 22 carries and three scores. Stephan Davis led AIC’s receiving core with six catches for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Jaquawne Simpkins and Darion Chappel each recorded eight total stops. Simpkins finished with one sack for a loss of six yards.

AIC concluded the contest with 29 first downs, six more than New Haven, along with 486 yards of total offense (243 passing yards and 243 rushing yards). The Yellow Jackets also won the time of possession battle, too.

The Yellow Jackets will be at home this weekend for their final regular season contest against Southern Connecticut; kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Division 3 – Framingham State: Tom Kelley’s squad won another “Kelley Cup” on Saturday as the Rams defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 58-12.

Framingham State raced out to a 20-0 lead thanks to three rushing scores, two by quarterback Nick Colson before the Buccaneers closed the gap with two touchdowns.

The Rams pushed ahead for good by outscoring the Bucs in the second quarter, 24-0, which helped them earn their sixth straight win.

Quarterback Matthew Silva completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, while Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 228 yards on 25 carries and two scores. Jared Gauthier led all receivers with five catches for 87 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Patrick McGrath led the unit with nine total stops, while Michael Altavesta recorded six solo tackles and a pass breakup.

The Rams will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to face the Bears, who were on a bye this past weekend.

Mass. College Football: Takeaways From Framingham State-Mass. Maritime

By Matt Noonan 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Here are a few takeaways from this afternoon’s conference clash between Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Game Summary: The Rams jumped out to a 27-12 lead and never looked back as Framingham State defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 58-12, at Bowditch Field. With the win, the Rams claimed the ‘Kelley Cup,’ a tradition that began seven years ago. 

Rams quarterback Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards, while Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for two scores on 25 carries for 228 yards.

The Buccaneers were led by running back Stefan Gustafson, who finished with 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Mike Stanton completed just five passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Inside The Numbers: The Rams finished with 34 first downs and 658 yards of total offense. They also registered their most points of season, too. Framingham State recorded 51 points in two quarters and stopped the Buccaneers on 12 third downs.

Overall, the teams combined for 47 first downs, 150 offensive plays, 509 rushing yards, 276 return yards and 907 total yards of offense.

Framingham State’s Air Attack: One of the keys to victory for the Rams was their passing game, something the squad wanted to establish early on. And against the Buccaneers secondary, Jared Gauthier, Tevin Jones, George Jordan and Travis Hayes combined for 16 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

What’s Next: The Rams, who have won six straight, will travel to Bridgewater State next Saturday, while the Buccaneers return to Buzzards Bay to host Plymouth State.