Noontime’s All-Decade Maine D3 Football Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week continues with a brand new team: The Maine D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.

This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW).  And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across The Pine Tree State.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Offense)

Cory Brandon (QB) Husson University Pembroke, Mass. 
John Smith (RB) Husson University Fayetteville, Ga.
Jim Bower (RB) Maine Maritime Acad. South Paris, Maine
Patrick Noone (WR) Bowdoin College North Attleboro, Mass.
Kyle Gaudet (WR) Husson University Gilford, N.H.
Tyler Halls (WR) Husson University Lisbon, Maine
Alex Young (OL) Husson University Rockland, Maine
Brad Weston (OL) Husson University Pittston, Maine
Nick Steele (OL) Colby College Danvers, Mass. 
Joe Smith (OL) Bowdoin College Wilton, Conn.
Dan Weamer (OL) Maine Maritime Acad. Stamford, Conn. 


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Defense)

Ryan Veillette (DE) Colby College Westfield, Mass
Ernest Wiggins (DT) Husson University Bridgeport, Conn.
Wade Mondoux (LB) Maine Maritime Academy North Berwick, Maine
Myles Walker (LB) Bates College Needham, Mass. 
Joey Cleary (LB) Bowdoin College Winchester, Mass.
Mark Upton (LB) Bates College Winthrop, Mass.
Elvin Suazo (LB) Husson University Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kevin Helm (LB) Bates College Norwell, Mass. 
Quan Soyini (CB) Husson University Manchester, Conn. 
Andrew Kukesh (DB) Bates College Exeter, N.H.
Jean Gabriel (DB) Husson University Lake Worth, Fla. 

The All-Decade Noontime Sports Maine D3 Football Team (Special Teams)

Jean Gabriel (ST) Husson University Lake Worth, Fla. 
Michael Burgess (ST) Maine Maritime Acad. Yarmouth, Maine
Gavin Segall-Abrams (P/K) Bates College Greensboro, N.C.
Kevin Heintz (P) Univ. of New England Brewster, N.Y.

 

Husson University Tabbed The Noontime Sports Team Of The Week

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Husson University’s Quan Soyini and the Eagles pitched a shutout last week against Castleton. (PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Rand)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Following their fifth win of the season last Saturday against Castleton University, Husson University’s football team was selected as this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

The Eagles garnered 47 percent of the vote as seen on our Twitter poll, while Springfield College finished second (39 percent). Williams College (10 percent) and Wesleyan University (four percent) placed third and fourth, respectively.

This week’s poll included 206 votes – the most votes recorded since our weekly poll began  two weeks ago.

Western New England earned our initial honor two weeks ago following an exciting win over St. Lawrence University, while Plymouth State was tabbed the Team of the Week last week after defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7.

Husson’s win over Castleton was highlighted by a trio of rushing touchdowns by John Smith, who concluded the contest with 95 yards on 16 carries.

According to the game’s release, Smith became the first member of the program to rush for more than 6,000 yards and total offense mark in one’s career.

Quarterback Cory Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Brandon’s completion percentage (88.2%) established a new single-game record, shattering the original mark of 84.6%, which was held by David Chase against Becker College on October 30, 2005.

On defense, Jean Gabriel, who was tabbed this week’s Noontime Sports Co-Defensive Player, recorded six tackles, including four solo stops, one tackle-for-a-loss, an interception, a pass break-up, two blocked punts and one quarterback hurry.

Two days after the win, both Brandon and Gabriel were honored by the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) as this week’s co-offensive and special teams players of the week.

This week, the Eagles will visit Gallaudet on Saturday, October 21 with kickoff set for 1:00  p.m. Husson defeated Gallaudet last season, 50-16, thanks to Brandon, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

Noontime Sports Team of the Week (Monday, Oct. 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Monday! With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive, Defensive and Special Team units of the week, as well as our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, too.

Offensive Player of the Week: Joe Germinerio (Brockport): Germinerio accounted for five touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Morrisville State, along with 298 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles’ signal-caller completed 19 of 23 passes for 288 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores on five carries for 10 yards.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Liam Kenneally (Trinity): Kenneally turned in a monstrous performance against Tufts, tallying eight total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a 14 yard loss and one fumble recovery. Kenneally also registered one quarterback hurry, too.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jean Gabriel (Husson): Against Castleton, Jean Gabriel stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four solo stops, one sack (seven yards), one interception, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and two blocks.

Special Teams Player of the Week: John Rak (Amherst): Rak concluded Saturday’s contest against the Mules with 10 points. He was a perfect four-for-four on extra points, while connecting on a pair of field goals with his longest boot coming from 32 yards out.


Offensive Team of the Week:

Abbi Bamgbose (UMass Dartmouth): Bamgbose led the Corsairs with 124 receiving yards on five receptions, while recording a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 24-22 setback to Bridgewater State.

Cory Brandon (Husson): Against Castleton, Brandon completed 15 of 17 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Mike Breuler (Wesleyan): Breuler hauled in a game-high 10 receptions for 164 yards and one touchdown as the Cardinals rallied to defeat Bates, 41-23.

Kiegan Brown (Alfred State): Against Gallaudet, Brown rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries for one score, while recording one catch for five yards.

Max Chipouras (Trinity): Chipouras tallied 165 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown to lead Trinity passed Tufts, 23-16.

Brendan Costa (Bates): Against Wesleyan, Costa tallied 170 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime): Creeger amassed 329 yards of total offense, including 212 yards on 26 carries for one score as Maine Maritime topped Coast Guard in NEWMAC play. Creeger ended the game three for seven through the air for two touchdowns and 117 yards.

James Dawson (Salve Regina): Against Nichols, Dawson rushed for a pair of scores on 25 carries for 119 yards as the Seahawks improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Brandonn Drumgole (SUNY Maritime): Drumgole led all receivers with 10 receptions for 129 yards and one touchdown.

Zach DeNike (Endicott): DeNike led all receivers with five grabs for 96 yards and a touchdown against Western New England.

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine tallied four touchdowns – two through the air, two on the ground – as the Pride improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in NEWMAC play. The Pride’s signal-caller completed three of seven passes for 76 yards, while rushing for 79 yards on 15 carries.

Quinn Fleeting (West Conn.): Against Mass. Maritime, Fleeting completed 11 of 21 passes for 208 yards and three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jawad Chisholm.

Maleke Fuentes (Alfred): Fuentes rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and one score in his team’s initial setback of the season to SUNY Cortland.

Peter Hoff (Western New England): Hoff averaged 7.2 yards per carry, finishing the day with 115 yards on 16 carries for two scores as the Golden Bears picked-up their initial conference win.

Kyle Hoppy (Buffalo State.): Hoppy completed 20 of 39 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 30 yards on 10 carries for one score as the Bengals topped the Saints of St. Lawrence.

Jack Lavanchy (Bridgewater State): Lavanchy led all receivers with seven grabs and 124 yards, while hauling in one touchdown in his team’s 24-22 win over UMass Dartmouth.

Jared Lebowoitz (Middlebury): Lebowitz completed 24 of 37 passes for 304 yards, while tossing a trio of touchdown passes in his team’s 27-26 setback to Williams. The senior signal-caller also rushed for 34 yards on eight carries.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron completed 21 of 29 passes for 195 yards, while tossing two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with no time remaining to lift the Ephs to an exciting 27-26 win over Middlebury. The first-year signal-caller also rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries and one score.

Chris Olberding (SUNY Maritime): Olberding led all rushers with 132 yards on 15 carries, while sprinting for a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 51-15 win over Anna Maria.

Rodrick Payne (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Payne rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries and two scores.

Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Acad.): Phillips led all rushers in his team’s 28-21 setback to West Conn. with 212 yards on 39 carries, while recording one touchdown.

Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan): Piccirillo helped the Cardinals overcome a two-point (23-21) setback at the break by finishing the game 29 of 42 for 370 yards, while rushing for 84 yards on 11 carries. Piccirillo also concluded the game with three touchdowns, including two through the air.

Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Puzzo completed 18 of 31 passes for 200 yards, while tossing one score – he also rushed for 37 yards on 21 carries.

Anthony Service (Western New England): Service amassed 210 yards of total offense, while account for three touchdowns, including two through the air as the Golden Bears topped Endicott in Springfield, Massachusetts.

John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for a trio of touchdowns on 16 carries for 95 yards in his team’s 49-0 win over Castleton.

Shane Sweeney (Hobart): Sweeney completed 19 of 29 passes for 305 yards and four scores in his team’s 49-27 win over Hartwick.

Koree Reed (Hartwick): Reed hauled in a game-high nine receptions for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Hawks’s 49-27 setback to Hobart.

Maxwell Rye (Middlebury): Rye led the Panthers’ receiving core with seven grabs for 133 receiving yards and one score.

Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva led all receivers with 118 yards on four receptions, while hauling in a pair of touchdown passes as Curry defeated Becker, 40-0.

Trai Weaver (Anna Maria): Weaver led all Anna Maria receivers Saturday by hauling in nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 169 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one score in his team’s seven-straight win.

Thomas Wright (SUNY Maritime): Wright completed 26 of 36 passes for 334 yards, while tossing a pair of touchdowns in his team’s win over Anna Maria. 


Defensive Team of the Week:

Luke Apuzzi (Williams): Against Middlebury, Apuzzi registered 16 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

Derek Breunig (Maine Maritime): Against Coast Guard, Breunig registered 10 total stops, including four solo tackles, one sack (nine yards) and two tackles for a loss of 25 yards.

Jesse Byorth (Merchant Marine): Byorth led the Mariners with 10 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of six yards and one forced fumble against Springfield.

Joe Esposito (Plymouth State): Esposito concluded Saturday’s 16-13 win over Framingham State with eight total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.

Dylan Ferrari (SUNY Cortland): Ferrari concluded Saturday’s upset win over Alfred with six total stops, including three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 13 yards.

Daniel George (Anna Maria): Against SUNY Maritime, George tallied 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded one forced fumble, too.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 23 yards.

Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall matched George for 12 total stops, but concluded Saturday’s game against SUNY Maritime with nine solo tackles, along with one tackle for a loss for four yards and two fumble recoveries (19 yards).

Geno Iozzino (Alfred): Against SUNYCortland, Iozzino recorded six solo stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss (10 yards) and one sack (seven yards).

Paul Krowel (Buffalo State): Krowel tallied seven total stops, including four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss (11 yards) and two sacks (10) in the Bengals’ 24-21 win over St. Lawrence.

Marvey Mathurin (UMass Dartmouth): Against Bridgewater State, Mathurin tallied 15 total stops, including 12 solo tackles and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of six yards.

Brandon Morris (Wesleyan): Against Bates, Morris tallied 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards.

William Rivera (Endicott): Against Western New England, Rivera registered 11 total stops, including five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and one sack for an eight yard loss.

Tylor Scales (Tufts):
Scales completed Tufts’ most recent contest against Trinity with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards, one sack for an eight yard loss and one forced fumble.

Aaron Slodowitz (Middlebury): Against Williams, Slodowitz led all defenders with 18 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Skyler Williamson (St. Lawrence): Against Buffalo State, Williamson registered 15 total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss (16 yards) and one sack (eight yards).


Special Teams of the Week:

Jordan D’Onofrio (West Conn.): D’Onofrio punted the ball six times on Saturday with a pair of boots landing inside the Mass. Maritime Academy 20. He also registered two touchbacks, while connecting on all four extra point attempts.

William Holscher (SUNY Cortland): Holscher’s 20 yard field goal in overtime helped the Red Dragons secured an exciting upset over Alfred in Cortland, New York. Holscher completed the game with eight points – he was a perfect two for two on extra points.

Brian McGovern (Hartwick): Against Hobart, McGovern tallied nine points by connecting on a pair of field goals and three extra points.

Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Against Anna Maria, Murphy connected on seven extra point attempts, while tallying 496 yards on eight kickoffs with five kicks resulting in touchbacks.

New England D3 Football Honor Roll (Monday, September 4th)

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Western Connecticut’s Quinn Fleeting tossed five touchdowns in a come-from-behind win for the Colonials last Saturday over Hartwick. (PHOTO CREDIT: Western Connecticut State University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With the first week of New England D3 Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our first Noontime Sports Honor Roll of the season.

PROGRAM NOTE: Coaches, SID’s and fans are encouraged to submit student-athletes for our weekly honor roll throughout by emailing us at NoontimeSports@gmail.com or sending us a tweet to @NoontimeSports.

Offense

Jevon Brown-Simpson (Fitchburg State): Brown-Simpson concluded his team’s opening contest against Curry College with 75 yards on 21 carries and two scores.

Jesse Brown (Fitchburg State): Brown led all receivers with 145 yards and nine catches, while recording one touchdown in a three-point setback to Curry College.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 8 of 15 passes for 177 yards and two scores as the Rams commenced its season with an opening day win over Endicott College.

Quron Wright (Framingham State): Wright paced the Rams’ rushing attack against Endicott College with 169 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown. Wright’s longest run of the day was a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

John Smith (Husson): Smith recorded two of his team’s three touchdowns as Husson opened its season with a 20-7 win over Union College. Smith rushed for two scores on 30 carries for 142 yards.

Zack Edwards (Plymouth State): Edward completed 15 of 23 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers commenced its season with a 31-7 victory over Castleton University.

James Dawson (Salve Regina): Dawson ripped off 116 yards and one score on 32 touches in his team’s season-opening win over Worcester State.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Against Western New England, Wilcox rumbled for a game and team-high 148 yards on 30 carries.

Jake Eglintine (Springfield): Eglintine rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries and three scores. His final touchdown in the third quarter helped the Pride secure the lead for good against Western New England.

Austin Calamita (Western Connecticut): Calamita hauled in 10 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns to help the Colonials rally past Hartwick for a dramatic 48-47 win.

Kyle McKinnon (Western Connecticut): McKinnon rushed for a pair of scores, including the game-winning touchdown with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter, which helped the Colonials complete their comeback against Hartwick. McKinnon concluded the game with 116 yards on 23 carries.

Quinn Fleeting (Western Connecticut): 
Fleeting completed 32 of 49 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns as the Colonials rallied to beat Hartwick, 48-47.

Anthony Service (Western New England): Against Springfield College, Service tossed a trio of touchdowns, while concluding the contest with 235 passing yards. Service also rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries.

Noah Brum (Worcester State): Against Salve Regina, Brum completed 30 of 47 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns. He also accounted for four interceptions in his team’s 35-28 setback.

Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher paced all receivers with 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 35-28 setback to Salve Regina.

Dan Orlando (Worcester State): Orlando hauled in a game-high 10 catches for 118 yards and one score in a 35-28 setback to Salve Regina.

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen enjoyed an impressive debut, rushing for 246 yards on 15 carries and four scores.

Defense

Michael Hall (Anna Maria): Hall paced the AMCATs defense in their season-opener against WPI by leading the unit with 10 solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss.

Michael Bianco (Becker): Against MIT, Bianco recorded 22 total tackles, including 11 solo stops, along with a trio of tackles for a loss. Bianco also registered one sack for a three-yard loss.

Charles McCarthy (Bridgewater State): McCarthy paced the Bears’ defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops against Buffalo State.

Bubba Collins (Castleton): Collins concluded his team’s initial game of the season with eight total tackles, including four stops. Two of those eight total tackles were tackles for a loss.

Ryan Robertson (Coast Guard Academy): Robertson paced the Bears’ defense in a season-opening win over Alfred State by tallying 11 total tackles. He also recorded six solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Joe Surace (Curry College): Against Fitchburg State, Surace recorded eight total tackles, including six solo stops, along with a pair of sacks.  

William Rivera (Endicott College): Rivera paced the Gulls’ defense in solo stops (five) and total tackles (15) against Framingham State.

Nathan Fleming (Framingham State): Fleming paced the Rams’ defense with seven solo stops and 10 total tackles. Two of those tops were tackles for a loss. Fleming also forced a fumble in his team’s first win of the season against Endicott College.

Jean Gabriel (Husson): Gabriel paced the Eagles’ defense with six solo stops, while assisting on three tackles. Two of his nine total tackles were for a loss for five yards – he also forced a fumble and recorded one pass break-up in a 20-7 win over Union.

Andrew DeNucci (MIT): Against Becker last Friday, DeNucci recorded nine solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss and one sack.

Dwayne Hunter-Parker (Mount Ida): In his team’s hard-fought 12-10 win over UMass Dartmouth, Hunter-Parker registered a team-high seven solo stops, including one tackle for a loss and one pass break-up.

Brett McEvoy (Nichols): In his team’s initial game of the season, McEvoy turned in an impressive performance, accounting for 15 total tackles, including 10 assists, while recording one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Brandon O’Neill (Salve Regina): Against Worcester State, O’Neill registered six total tackles, including a quartet of four solo stops as the Seahawks commenced its season with a 35-28 victory over Worcester State. In addition to recording one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, O’Neill also registered one interception, too.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Against a potent Western New England offense, Giorgio recorded six total tackles, including four solo stops and sack and a half. He also recorded one tackle for a loss of three yards.

Mike Chirco (Western New England): Chirco was one of two Golden Bears to finish Saturday’s tilt against the Pride with seven solo stops. Chirco recorded a team-high 14 total tackles.

Zach Howard (Westfield State): Howard concluded last Friday’s contest against Nichols College with four solo stops and eight total tackles. He also registered two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack.

Theo Bryant (Worcester State): Bryant recorded nine total tackles, including six solo stops, along with one tackle for a loss and one interception in a 35-28 setback to Salve Regina.

Dereck Pacheco (WPI): Against Anna Maria, Pacheco recorded six solo stops, including a quartet of tackles for a loss. He also registered a pair of sacks, too.

Connor Russ (UMass Dartmouth): Against Mount Ida, Russ paced the Corsairs’ defense with nine solo stops and 13 total tackles. Three of his  tackles were for a loss – he also registered one sack, too.

Special Teams

Cole Austin (Coast Guard Academy): Austin recorded 10 points in the Bears’ season-opening win over Alfred State. He booted a pair of field goals, while connecting on four extra-points.

Jeff Madden (Plymouth State): Madded connected on all five of his kicks, including a 21-yard field goal to conclude his team’s initial game with seven points.

Danny McDermott (Salve Regina): McDermott booted the ball three times for a total of 84 yards. All three punts landed inside the Worcester State 20.

Pat Tuohy (Worcester State): Tuohy punted the ball five times for a total of 172 yards in his team’s 35-28 setback to Salve Regina. His longest boot was a 56 yard punt. He also recorded one punt that landed inside the Salve Regina 20.

Teams To Watch In 2017: Husson University Eagles

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Husson quarterback Cory Brandon and the Eagles will begin its ECFC title defense against Union College on Saturday, September 2nd. (PHOTO CREDIT: Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Name: Husson University Eagles

Preseason Ranking: The Eagles checked-in third overall on our ‘Preseason Top 10’ poll, which was posted on Twitter on Monday, July 31st.

2016 Recap: 2016 was an exciting year for the Eagles, who captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown en route to a NCAA Division III first-round match-up against Western New England. Unfortunately, the team’s season concluded in Springfield, Massachusetts, but the loss certainly provided the unit with motivation heading into the off-season, as well as this year, too. Running back John Smith highlighted his team’s 2016 campaign, rushing for 1,822 yards and 17 touchdowns. Smith’s best game occurred in week two when he rushed for a season-high 280 yards and four scores in a 43-23 win over Dean College. In addition to Smith’s effort, the team received boosts from quarterback Cory Brandon, wide receivers Deon Wiggins and Kadeem Edge, and linebacker Ellis Throckmorton. Husson’s initial game of the season against Alfred University – the team that defeated WNE in the second round of the postseason – was an impressive showing by the Eagles. That game – a 35-28 setback – certainly proves this is a team on the rise, as well as a program to watch this season.

Key Losses: Deon Wiggins (Wide Receiver), Kadeem Edge (Wide Receiver), Ellis Throckmorton (Linebacker), Alonzo Connor (Linebacker), Rick Orio (Defensive Back), Logan Steward (Defensive Back), and Jeff Turcotte (D-Line).

Players to Watch: Cory Brandon (Quarterback), John Smith (Running Back), Obie Christmas (Running Back), DJ Allen (Tight End), Robenson Saintard (Slot), Frank Curran (D-Line) and Luke Washburn (D-Line).

2017 ScheduleCoach Gabby Price‘s squad will be tested from the start when they commence their ECFC title defense with a non-conference clash against Union College of the Liberty League next Saturday, September 2. Union may not be the team to beat in the Liberty League this fall, but there is a great deal of optimism surrounding the Dutchmen who will be led by running back Connor Kinzelmann and safety Jason Nelson. Both units – Union’s offense and defense – will provide unique challenges, but this is a game the Eagles certainly will be prepared for once camp concludes. And after a visit from the Dutchmen, Husson will embark on an important three-game road trip, beginning in Franklin, Massachusetts against Dean College – the newest member of the ECFC – followed by visits to Western New England and Endicott College. These four games will be critical for the Eagles’ success this fall – they certainly could go 3-1 during this four-game stretch, which would set them up for an interesting week five match-up against SUNY Maritime, which was picked to finish second in the conference this season. The match-up with the Privateers could be a de-facto championship game, but don’t overlook other match-ups later in the season against Castleton or Mount Ida.

Season Outlook: Husson returns 13 starters from last season, including seven student-athletes on defense. All seven student-athletes will be critical to continuing the unit’s success from a year ago – keep an eye on Luke Washburn and Tarik Smith up front, as well as Quan Soyini, Jake Dobos and Jean Gabriel in the secondary. This unit will certainly provide challenges to opposing offense, not just to its ECFC foes, but also its non-conference foes, too. Games against Endicott, WNE and Union will be fun to watch – it will be interesting to see how running back John Smith does against all three defensive units. The meetings against Endicott and WNE will be a preview for when Husson moves over to the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCF) conference in 2019. While the defense will certainly be a unit to watch, fans should not overlook an offense that will be headed by Smith and tailback Obie Christmas. The two backs combined for 23 touchdowns on the ground – the ground game will certainly open up the air attack for quarterback Cory Brandon, who concluded last season with 27 touchdowns, as well as 2,323 passing yards. Brandon will be targeting a few new wide-outs this season due to graduation losses to Deon Wiggins and Kadeem Edge, but Husson does return a few members from last season’s offense, including tight end DJ Allen and wide receiver Kyle Gaudet. Look for Gaudet to become one of Brandon’s go-to targets this fall. Husson’s first four games won’t be easy, but should set them up for success once conference play begins. Their game against SUNY Maritime will certainly be the game to watch.