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New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Four

Dante Aviles-Santos has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jared Marshall/UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Friday has officially arrived, which means one thing: we need to dish out our picks for New England NCAA Division III football games.

Last week, we didn’t do too bad as we selected seven games correctly to bump our season total to 19-11.

This week, let’s see if we can at least pick seven games correctly – maybe eight or nine?

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and enjoy the games, along with the amazing fall weather (can I get a hot coffee please?)

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Four

Norwich University at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Last week, the Gulls defense yielded its first touchdown of the season – so much for a third-straight shutout. Expect the Endicott defense to provide a few problems for a Cadets squad that has lost two-straight meetings with the Gulls, dating back to a late November contest in 2012. PREDICTION: Endicott over Norwich

Salisbury University at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears will cap their non-league schedule against a challenging foe that is looking to keep pace with Rowan University and Montclair State in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). PREDICTION: Salisbury over Western New England

Coast Guard Academy at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The AMCATs are seeking some additional momentum heading into conference play next week. On Saturday, look for another big game from quarterback Alex Cohen. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over Coast Guard Academy

Husson University at Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Springfield’s four-game homestand concludes with an important non-league clash with an Eagles squad that recently snapped its two-game losing streak. If Springfield is going to be victorious, they will need a big game from quarterback David Wells. PREDICTION: Springfield over Husson

Wesleyan University at Middlebury College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.): Both teams won their respective season-opener last week, but can this year’s Panthers squad slow down a high-powered Cardinals offense that produced 41 points last week? PREDICTION: Wesleyan over Middlebury

Tufts University at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos’ comeback against Trinity College fell short last week – it was impressive, though. Expect another big game from wide receiver Phil Lutz. PREDICTION: Tufts over Bates

Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Rams, which dropped their initial conference clash with UMass Dartmouth last week. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Westfield State

UMass Dartmouth at Worcester State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall – he has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three games and will certainly continue his early-season success against the Lancers’ secondary. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Worcester State  

Nichols College at Hartwick College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): The Bison are off to a 3-0 start – last week, they needed everyone on their roster to score a hard-fought win over Coast Guard Academy. This week, Nichols’ early-season momentum should continue against the Hawks in New York. PREDICTION: Nichols over Hartwick  

Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut (Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears as they have yet to crack the win column this season. Halfback Adam Couch has been the player to watch thus far on Bridgewater State. Last week against Plymouth State, he rushed for a game-high 111 yards and one touchdown. He also caught four passes for 64 yards. Western Connecticut’s John Giller is the player to watch on the Wolves after throwing for a season-high 305 yards in week three. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over Western Conn.

Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Four

Matt Hersch and the Colby College football team will attempt to win its second-straight contest on Saturday against Trinity College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Colby Athletics and Peter Li)

By NoontimeSports.com

The fourth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means its time to highlight five squads to watch this week, including the Mules of Colby College, which scored its first opening day win in six years last weekend.

Colby College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC): For the first time since 2016, the Mules scored an opening day win.

Colby topped Williams College last Saturday by a score of 24-14, which erased memories of last year’s meeting between the two squads that saw the Ephs beat the Mules, 42-0.  

Quarterback Matt Hersch highlighted his team’s win by completing 14 of 23 passes for two touchdowns while adding 46 yards on six carries and one score. Halfback Keon Smart led all rushers with 129 yards on 21 carries.

Colby’s defense intercepted quarterback Jack Dickinson twice while recording three sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

The Mules outgained the Ephs, 357-264, and will attempt to win their second-straight contest on Saturday against a Trinity College squad that was able to squeak past Tufts University last weekend.

Trinity has won its last five meetings with the Mules.

Dean College (0-3, 0-0 ECFC): Coach Andrae Murphy’s Bulldogs have produced the most points amongst all Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) squads through three weeks.

Yet, despite producing 108 points in three contests, the Bulldogs have surrendered 137 points, including 77 points earlier this month in a crazy setback to Nichols College.

Dean is inching closer to its first win – perhaps it occurs this weekend when the Bulldogs visit MIT?  

Wide receiver Quintus Reid has been a player to watch this fall – he currently ranks third in the ECFC in receiving yards (266) and is tied for second in touchdown receptions (four) with Anna Maria College’s Justin McMillian.

Reid’s teammate, Mozes Mooney, leads all ECFC receivers with five touchdown receptions.

In addition to Reid and Mooney, fans of New England small college football should keep their eyes on quarterback Nathan Cisco, who previously competed for the University of Idaho. Cisco has tossed eight touchdowns this season.

Framingham State (1-2, 0-1 MASCAC): This is an important week for the Rams.

Coming off its first loss to UMass Dartmouth since 2016, the Rams will look to bounce back against Westfield State on Saturday.

A win against the Owls would even their overall record, but also provide the Black and Gold with some much-needed momentum heading into an important matchup in week five with Plymouth State. The Panthers are idle this weekend, but currently sit atop the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) standings with a 3-0 record.

Halfback Devaun Ford will be one of many players to watch on Saturday – the Mashpee, Massachusetts native has rushed for a team-high 264 yards and two touchdowns this season. He led all rushers with 143 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown last week against UMass Dartmouth.

In addition to Ford, the Rams will need some key members of its defense to have a big game. Keep your eyes on Dylan DeWolfe, Gerell Boyce, and Cully Curran.

Nichols College (3-0, 0-0 CCC): In the words of coach Dale Olmsted, last Saturday’s win against Coast Guard Academy was a “team effort.”

The Bison scored their third-straight win, thanks to quarterback Xavier Powell, who concluded the non-league matchup with 318 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.  

Derrick Revolus recorded three interceptions to go with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops. Joshua Sayer led the Nichols defense with 13 total tackles – he also recorded one pass breakup.

The squad’s effort from last week will certainly be needed this week as Nichols concludes its non-conference slate with a visit to Hartwick College on Saturday. Hartwick was idle last weekend after dropping its initial contest of the 2022 season earlier this month to King’s College.

Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC): Quarterback John Giller has the Wolves heading in the right direction.

The sophomore signal-caller has tossed seven touchdowns in three contests while completing 47 of 93 passes for 716 yards.

Last week against Westfield State, Giller recorded a season-high 305 passing yards to go with three touchdowns. Eli Koukoulis caught two touchdowns – he is currently third on the team in receiving yards (117) but tied with Julian Ferguson for touchdown receptions (two).    

WestConn’s defense has received a boost from Jaeden Alexander, Nosa Uzamere, and Stephen Johnson – expect this trio, along with other members of the defensive unit to provide some challenges for Bridgewater State’s offense on Saturday.

Goffredo, Ford Lead Framingham State Past Western Connecticut, 35-21

Devaun Ford recorded 171 yards of total offense in their win on Saturday against Western Connecticut. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com

Make it five-straight wins for the Framingham State Rams as the Black and Gold topped Western Connecticut, 35-21, this afternoon at Bowditch Field to head into their bye week with a great deal of momentum.

Quarterback Nicolas Goffredo completed 16 of 28 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns while adding 67 yards on 12 carries. Devaun Ford led all rushers with 93 yards on 20 carries and caught three passes for 78 yards – he concluded the contest with two touchdowns (one rushing, one catching) – while Cully Curran and Anthony Behonick each recorded 10 total tackles.

Framingham State broke open a 7-7 tie by scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter to secure a 28-14 lead at the break. Devaun Ford, Marcus McBean Jr., and Elijah Nichols all located the end zone in the second session while Mack Driver registered the Colonials’ lone touchdown by capping a four-play, 40-yard drive with a four-yard rushing score with 6:47 remaining.

Julian Ferguson would close the gap for the visitors with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter by catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Giller before Framingham State responded midway through the fourth quarter with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Nicolas Goffredo to Devaun White to secure the team’s fifth consecutive conference win.

With a 5-2 record, including a 5-0 mark against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) teams, the Rams move into the top spot in the conference. Bridgewater State, which was idle today, sits right behind the Rams with a 4-2 record, including a 4-0 mark against conference foes.

Both Bridgewater State and Framingham State have beaten Western Connecticut this fall.  

Framingham State will look to continue its mid-season momentum in two weeks when they visit Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday, October 30 at 12 p.m. The Buccaneers will visit Western Connecticut next Saturday, October 23 – the game will also be played at 12 p.m., too.

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Seven

Endicott College will be one of five teams to watch this weekend when the Gulls visit Husson University. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time again when we highlight five teams to watch (and yes, keep an eye on) this weekend in New England NCAA Division III football.  

Bowdoin College (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC): The Polar Bears played their best game of the 2021 season last week. However, their effort did not result in a victory against Wesleyan University, but a message was sent to their conference foes: watch out.

From what I saw last weekend (from afar, of course) was a team that certainly could provide problems for opposing offenses and defenses. Additionally, Bowdoin’s quarterback – Andrew Boel – will be a player to watch, as well – he was named this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week.

Boel enjoyed a successful first start with Bowdoin last Saturday by completing 21 of 30 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

This week, the Polar Bears host an Amherst College squad that has won three of four matchups but has allowed at least 10 points – sometimes more – in all four meetings.

Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC): The Gulls surprised us last weekend against Western New England.

Not only did Endicott beat the Golden Bears, who put up 41 points one week earlier in its conference opener against Salve Regina University, but also scored on its first five series (four touchdowns, one field goal).

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia and halfback John Kenney combined for six touchdowns while the Endicott defense limited Western New England’s passing attack to a season-low 161 yards.

This week, the Gulls will attempt to continue its midseason momentum when they visit Husson University for an important conference matchup.

The Eagles have won four straight contests and have not lost since their season-opener against UMass Dartmouth.

Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC): The Pride scored their first win at home last week, defeating Coast Guard Academy, 60-0.

This week, Springfield will hit the road with hopes of winning their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup against Norwich University.

The Cadets also beat Coast Guard two weeks earlier in New London, Connecticut.

Springfield enters the seventh week as one of three teams in the NEWMAC with a perfect record in conference play – Catholic University and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) have yet to lose a league matchup, as well.

Keep your eyes on Springfield’s Tim Callahan and Patrick Ladas, who combined four rushing touchdowns last week against the Bears.

Springfield has won all three meetings against Norwich since both teams joined the NEWMAC in 2017.

Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC): The Colonials are looking to bounce back after seeing their comeback fall short one week ago to the Plymouth State Panthers.

Western Connecticut’s rushing attack was held to a season-low 102 yards on 32 carries while the Plymouth secondary provided a lot of challenges for quarterback John Giller, who completed 13 of 21 passes for 147 yards. Giller did toss two touchdowns in the three-point (16-13) setback to bump his season total to nine but also threw one interception.

This week, the Colonials visit Framingham State, which has yet to lose a conference game this fall. The Rams and Bridgewater State remain the top two teams in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), but a win by Western Connecticut could keep their league title hopes alive.  

Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC): The Golden Bears are looking for a bounce-back week.

After losing their first conference tilt of the 2021 season, the Blue and Gold will attempt to return to the win column on Saturday when they visit Curry College.

In 2019, the Golden Bears topped the Colonels at home by a score of 49-27, thanks to three touchdowns – two through the air and one on the ground – from Alec Coleman.

Coleman won’t be competing for the Golden Bears on Saturday, but a few members of the 2019 team will, including Erich Keutmann, who led the Western New England defense last week with 11 total tackles.

Despite last week’s loss to Endicott, Western New England is still in the hunt for the conference crown.