A pair of touchdowns in the opening frame provided Williams College with all the momentum they would need to beat Trinity College and secure the top spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on Saturday afternoon Farley-Lamb Field.
The Ephs topped the Bantams, 42-3, to secure their third consecutive win against Trinity while limiting the Blue and Gold to a season-low in points and offensive yards (183).
Trinity has not been held to just three points in a game since falling to Middlebury College, 20-3, on October 28, 2000.
Joel Nicholas, Bobby Maimaron, and Dan Vaughn combined for five rushing touchdowns while the Williams defense concluded its seventh contest of the 2021 season with six tackles for a loss of 40 yards, one forced fumble, one interception, and eight pass breakups. Nicholas led all rushers with 172 yards on 17 carries and three scores.
Maimaron helped Williams secure the lead for good by capping his team’s initial drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown up the middle before locating Vaughn on the ensuing possession for a 33-yard strike. Vaughn would cap the Ephs offensive output with 6:08 remaining in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard burst up the middle.
Trinity capitalized on just one of five offensive series in the first half and struggled to contain the Ephs rushing attack, especially Joel Nicholas, who recorded his first touchdown with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter that provided Williams with a 21-3 lead at the break.
Saturday’s contest marked the first time Trinity quarterback Spencer Fetter did not throw a touchdown this fall – the junior signal-caller leads the NESCAC with 20 touchdown passes.
Williams will attempt to win its eighth consecutive contest next Saturday, November 6 when the Ephs host Wesleyan University, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped this afternoon in overtime against Amherst College. The Mammoths of Amherst will visit Trinity with both games scheduled to commence at 1 p.m.
The seventh week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our 10 Games to Watch!
Last week, we picked eight of ten contests correctly — not bad, eh? — to bump our season total to 43-17 (so we have selected 43 of 60 contests correctly, which is pretty good, right?).
We have some exciting matchups to follow this week, so without further ado, scroll down and see who we think will win their respective matchup!
FEATURED GAME: Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC) at Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: After losing to Plymouth State one week ago, we expect the Colonials to bounce back with a much-needed road win against the Rams of Framingham State to remain in the mix for the conference crown. PREDICTION: West Conn. 24, Framingham State 16
FEATURED GAME: Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC) at Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: Do we smell a potential upset? Trinity is on a roll – they look good! – but Bates is coming to town with some confidence, along with some momentum after scoring their first win of the 2021 season last Saturday against Tufts University. Sure, Trinity is the favorite but maybe Bates finds a way to beat the Bantams for the first time since 1979? PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Bates 21
FEATURED GAME: Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC) at Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Gulls head to Maine with a lot of momentum after scoring an exciting win one week ago against Western New England. Let’s see if their midseason momentum continues against an Eagle squad that has not lost a game since the first weekend of September. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Husson 17
MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) at United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Mariners are hands down the best team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – we find it hard to see this team fall to the Engineers at this point of the season. PREDICTION: USMMA 38, MIT 13
Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) at Alfred State (2-3, 1-0 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The AMCATs return from their bye week eager to continue their early-season momentum against a Pioneers team that scored an impressive win one week ago against SUNY-Maritime. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 34, Alfred State 27
Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) at Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Pride produced 60 points one week ago – maybe they put up 30 or 40 this week? PREDICTION: Springfield 35, Norwich 14
Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC) at Bowdoin College (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths are one of the biggest surprises of the 2021 season so let’s see if they can continue their early-season momentum against a Polar Bears squad that almost edged the Cardinals of Wesleyan University last week. PREDICTION: Amherst 20, Bowdoin 18
Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC) at Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Bears should be able to bounce back against a Colonels squad that lost to both Endicott and Husson by a touchdown. PREDICTION: WNE 30, Curry 20
Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0) at Tufts University (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Could the Jumbos hand the Cardinals their first loss of the 2021 season? It’s possible as they have not made it easy on a few teams this fall, including Amherst College and Williams College. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Wesleyan 24
Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) at Hamilton College (2-2, 2-2 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Halfback Joel Nicholas rushed for a pair of touchdowns last week against Colby College last week and will be one of a few players to watch on the Ephs this week against the Continentals. PREDICTION: Williams 34, Hamilton 14
One week after seeing their nine-game winning streak from 2019 snapped in Williamstown, the Middlebury College football team bounced back with a 24-0 victory over Bates College in their home-opener.
Quarterback Will Jernigan completed 11 of 24 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown while adding two score on the ground to go with 56 rushing yards.
Middlebury’s Peter Scibilia led all rushers with 81 yards on 18 carries while Kwesi Adu-Diawuo and Gordon Pollock combined for 14 total tackles, including one sack and one interception.
Brendan Costa led Bates with 150 yards of total offense, including 35 yards on 14 carries.
In Somerville, Joel Nicholas rushed for the game-winning touchdown in overtime as Williams College edged Tufts University, 32-29.
Nicholas rushed for two scores and a team-high 94 yards on 22 carries while Bobby Maimaron tallied two scores, including one on the ground, which provided Williams with an early 7-6 advantage after one quarter.
Tufts led the Ephs, 12-7, at the break, while Williams outscored the hosts, 19-14, in the second half.
Ivan Shuran, who finished the game with eight points, sent the game to overtime by booting a 43-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining. Tufts attempted to ice the first-year kicker with a timeout before he converted his second field goal.
The Jumbos scored first in overtime with a 40-yard field goal by Patrick Walsh before the Ephs countered with Nicholas, who found an open hole to his left.
Tufts’ Tyler Johnson led all rushers with 100 yards on 21 carries while rushing for one touchdown. Philip Lutz led the Jumbos receiving core with three grabs for 104 yards and one touchdown.
Moises Celaya tallied four points, including three points on a go-ahead and eventual game-winning field goal with 8:45 remaining in the fourth quarter as Colby College edged Amherst College, 10-7, for its first win of the 2021 season.
In Framingham, Nicolas Goffredo completed 9 of 23 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns to go with 38 yards on seven carries while Joshua Onujiogu stuffed the stat sheet with nine total tackles, including five tackles for a loss of 26 yards and one interception for a 47-yard return as the Rams won their second-straight game, defeating Westfield State, 41-6.
In Franklin, MIT leaned on its ground game to defeat Dean College by a score of 27-0.
Brady Klein, Ashton Robinson, and Jay Theriault each recorded one rushing touchdown in the Engineers’ second win while Dean’s Errol Breaux led all receivers with six receptions for 109 yards.
In Newport, Rhode Island, Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 309 yards and two touchdowns while Jack Maguire completed 26 of 32 passes for 298 yards and five touchdowns as Salve Regina erased a 35-16 deficit at the break to defeat Rowan, 50-35.
Husson University won its third-straight contest by defeating Springfield College, 26-21, in Bangor, Maine. Quarterback Nic Visser threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Tucker Buzzell tallied 13 total tackles.
Springfield trailed, 26-7, at the break, but closed the gap with two second half touchdowns from Aiden Lewin and Isaiah Cashwell.
Elsewhere in New England, Endicott topped Norwich, 30-21, UMass Dartmouth beat Worcester State, 52-7, and Wesleyan rolled past Hamilton, 30-14.
The fourth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is set to begin tomorrow with Bridgewater State hosting Western Connecticut in a very important Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) meeting.
Both teams enter the contest with identical 1-0 marks in conference play, but a win will certainly provide either the Bears or Colonials with a leg-up heading into the second month of conference play.
But before the Bears and Colonials kick off the fourth week of the 2021 New England D-III football season, allow us to share our five teams to watch this weekend.
In case you missed it, make sure to check out this week’s Noontime Sports New England D-III Top 20 Poll, which featured both Bridgewater State and Western Connecticut.
Bridgewater State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC): The Bears have been competitive this fall, despite losing two of three contests, but Friday’s tilt with the Colonials of Western Connecticut is somewhat of a “must-win.”
Bridgewater scored its first victory of the 2021 season last Saturday by defeating Plymouth State by a score of 27-24.
Halfback Adam Couch was a big part of his team’s win by rushing for a game-high 150 yards on 26 carries and one touchdown — he also caught two passes for five yards.
Brendan Albert led the Bridgewater State defense with 11 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery returned for 12 yards.
Plymouth State won the time of possession — they also outscored the hosts 14-0 in the final session.
Bridgewater will need to play one of its best games of the season on Friday — one of the biggest tasks for the Red and White’s defense is slowing down a Western Connecticut offense that is second in the MASCAC in yards per game (388.7).
If you like offense, then you will be in for a treat as both squads rank in the top three in yards per game behind UMass Dartmouth (409.0) while Western Connecticut leads all MASCAC teams with 94 points through three games. Bridgewater has tallied 67 points through three contests.
Framingham State (1-2, 1-0 MASCAC): Tom Kelley celebrated his birthday last Saturday with a Homecoming Day victory over UMass Dartmouth, which has provided the Rams with some much-needed momentum after dropping back-to-back non-conference games to Brockport and St. John Fisher.
Quarterback Nicolas Goffredo was tabbed the MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday after tallying 248 yards of total offense, including 166 through the air to go with two touchdown passes.
Matthew Farley was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week — the first-year kicker converted all six extra points to go with a 23-yard field goal.
This week, the Rams welcome Westfield State to Framingham — it is a game we believe they will win to even their record at 2-2 heading into an important October stretch.
MIT (1-1, 0-0 NEWMAC): The Engineers were idle last week after seeing their comeback against Salve Regina fall short in week two.
This week, coach Brian Bubna’s squad heads to Dean College in what should be an interesting matchup for both the Engineers and Bulldogs.
Both MIT and Dean are seeking their second win of the 2021 season after scoring opening day victories earlier this month
Through two contests, MIT has limited its opponents to just two touchdowns, but can this Engineers defense slow down a Dean offense that is averaging 28.3 points per game? Additionally, Dean’s passing attack could provide challenges for the MIT secondary — that is one matchup to watch — but keep an eye on the Engineers’ rushing attack, which is led by Jay Theriault (115 yards and one touchdown) and Brady Klein (82 yards and two touchdowns).
Springfield College (1-2, 0-0 NEWMAC): Similar to Bridgewater State, the Pride of Springfield has also been quite competitive this fall, despite dropping two of three games to Union College and Western New England.
Against Union, the Pride tallied 435 yards of offense after registering a season-best 495 one week earlier against Rowan University while limiting the Dutchmen to a season-low in total points (30).
Springfield College quarterback David Wells registered season-highs in completions (four), passing yards (145), and one passing touchdown to go with 56 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. Kicker Christian Hutra tallied five points on two extra points and a 30-yard field goal, which brought the visitors within a touchdown with 2:54 remaining.
The Pride head to Husson University this Saturday for a chance to even their record before their initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) clash next month against Coast Guard Academy.
Springfield last competed against Husson in 2017 when the two squads met in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Williams College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC): The Ephs were impressive in their initial game of the 2021 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season by scoring a big win over the league’s 2019 champions Middlebury College last Saturday.
Quarterback Bobby Maimaron accounted for three touchdowns, including two on the ground while Joel Nicholas added 41 yards on 13 carries and three scores.
On defense, Jarrett Wesner, Edward Manzella, and TJ Rothman combined for 22 total tackles to go with two interceptions. The defense did not make things easy on Middlebury quarterback Will Jernigan, who threw for a game-high 215 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with three interceptions.
The opening day win momentum should continue this week as Williams travels to Tufts University for an enticing matchup between two teams that are expected to contend for the conference crown.
Tufts dropped its season-opener to Trinity College, but a few Jumbos, including quarterback Matt Crowley, wide receiver Jackson Butler, and linebacker Spencer Alligood played well — all three, along with others will be players to watch on Saturday against Williams.
The last time the Ephs topped the Jumbos in Somerville was October 20, 2012.