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D3 Football Roundup: Middlebury Bounces Back Against Bates

Middlebury College’s Will Jernigan tallied three touchdowns, including two on the ground Saturday in his team’s bounce-back win against Bates College . (PHOTO COURTESY: Will Costello)

By NoontimeSports.com

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.

College Football Roundup: Goffredo, Framingham Upset UMass Dartmouth

Joshua Onujiogu (91) led the Framingham State defense on Saturday against UMass Dartmouth. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com

Framingham State has officially registered its initial win of the 2021 college football season. 

Nicolas Goffredo quarterbacked the Rams to a Homecoming victory over UMass Dartmouth — the former Catholic Memorial signal-caller completed 14 of 26 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns while adding a game-high 82 yards rushing on seven carries and one score. 

Halfback Devaun Ford rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown — he also caught three passes for 18 yards — while Joshua Onujiogu led the Rams defense with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops. 

For his impressive efforts on offense, Goffredo was named the 2021 Calder Award on Homecoming Day at Framingham State. 

Across the state in Williamstown, Bobby Maimaron completed 9 of 17 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown while rushing for a game-high 162 yards on 19 carries and two scores as Williams College defeated Middlebury College, 41-13, in their 2021 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener. 

Williams defense intercepted Middlebury quarterback Will Jernigan three times, however, the 2019 NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year did throw for 215 yards and two touchdowns while halfback Peter Scibilia rushed for a team-high 67 yards on 10 carries. 

In Hartford, Connecticut, Spencer Fetter completed 21 of 24 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns while William Kirby rushed for a game-high 96 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns to power Trinity College to an impressive 42-28 opening day win over Tufts University

Despite the loss, Tufts quarterback Matt Crowley, who previously competed for St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts, concluded the game 9 of 13 for 213 yards and three touchdowns.  

John Kenney and Clayton Marengi combined for 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough to list Endicott College past Catholic University, which edged the Gulls by a score of 32-29 in Washington, D.C.

In Worcester, RPI captured the Transit Trophy Game by defeating WPI, 24-10. 

RPI quarterback George Marinopoulos completed 21 of 28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns in the win for the Engineers while Austin Charles paced the defense with seven total tackles, including six solo stops.  

WPI’s Brendan Olexa concluded the game 13 of 24 for 109 yards and one touchdown while adding 24 yards on five carries. 

Joey Mauriello’s lone touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter proved to be the difference during a non-conference clash between Montclair State and Salve Regina

The Seahawks, who improve to 3-0 overall, edged the Red Hawks, 24-21, in Montclair, New Jersey, thanks to Mauriello, who rushed for a game-high 100 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown, along with Jack Maguire, who finished the game 13 of 31 for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

Michael Palermo tallied a game-high 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards while Jared Colletti and Spencer McMillion combined for 276 rushing yards and three touchdowns as Coast Guard Academy rolled past Nichols College, 33-6, in their first game in New London, Connecticut since November 16, 2019. 

In Paxton, Alex Cohen completed 25 of 36 passes for 355 yards and one touchdown — he also added two additional scores on the ground to lead Anna Maria College past Massachusetts Maritime Academy by a score of 23-13. 

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Aug. 30, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand new season of New England D-III football has officially arrived — welcome to week one, by the way! — which means it is time to unveil our first Top 20 Poll of the 2021 season.

In addition to reading/seeing which teams made today’s poll, make sure to check out our first-ever New England D-III preseason team, which was posted last Friday.

Best of luck to everyone competing, both later this week and weekend (or later in September!), and make sure to stop by later this week for future New England football content and coverage!

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll (Week No. 1 | August 30, 2021)

  1. Western New England (9-2, 7-0 CCC in 2019): The Golden Bears begin a brand new season as our initial favorite — WNE welcomes back some key pieces from both side of the ball from 2019, including wide receiver Steven Fedorchak and linebacker Erich Keutmann.

  2. Endicott College (9-2, 6-1 CCC in 2019): When we last saw the Gulls, they were celebrating a New England Bowl victory in November 2019. Expect that end-of-season momentum to continue two years later when Endicott begins its 2021 campaign on Saturday against St. Lawrence University.

  3. UMass Dartmouth (7-3, 5-3 MASCAC in 2019): Quarterback Stephen Gacioch returns for his final season with the Corsairs — UMD enjoyed one of their best seasons in program history in 2019, and should be able to duplicate that success this fall.

  4. Williams College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC in 2019): The Ephs return some key pieces from its 2019 squad, including wide receiver Frank Stola, who “almost rewrote the entire Williams record book” two years ago.

  5. Middlebury College (9-0, 9-0 NESCAC in 2019): Similar to the Ephs, the Panthers welcome back some key pieces from their 2019 squad, including quarterback Will Jernigan, who was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Year.

  6. Wesleyan University (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC in 2019): The Cardinals return some impressive talent on both sides of the ball — Bryce Jenkins, who was named to our preseason team, will anchor an offensive line that will be ready to provide quarterback Ashton Scott with plenty of time to go through his progressions.

  7. Western Connecticut (8-3, 6-2 MASCAC in 2019): Look for wide receiver Will Daniels to lead the offense while Jarius Bailey to quarterback a defense that will provide some challenges for William Paterson University on Saturday.

  8. Trinity College (5-4 5-4 MASCAC in 2019): The Bantams are poised to bounce back this fall after producing just five wins two years ago.

  9. Springfield College (6-4, 5-2 NEWMAC in 2019): Fullback Tim Callahan will be tasked with leading one of the best rushing attacks in Division III two years ago.

  10. Bridgewater State (6-4, 6-2 MASCAC in 2019): Coach Joe Verria and the Bears enter the 2021 season “excited,” but also optimistic about their chances to compete for a conference crown.

  11. Nichols College (6-4, 4-3 CCC in 2019): The Bison enter the 2021 season as a squad to watch — look for them to challenge Endicott and WNE later this fall.

  12. MIT (7-3, 6-1 NEWMAC in 2019): The Engineers were a bit higher in our “Way Too Early” preseason poll earlier this summer, but we expect them to move up as the 2021 season progresses.

  13. WPI (10-1, 6-1 NEWMAC in 2019): Similar to the Engineers of Cambridge, the Engineers of Worcester should make the climb on this list — yes, they graduated some key pieces from their 2019 squad, but this unit appears “pumped” to be back on the field together.

  14. Tufts University (4-5, 4-5 NESCAC in 2019): Like the Bantams of Trinity, the Jumbos are expcted to bounce back this fall — both teams will meet in the conference’s season-opener in a few weeks, so let the countdown begin for Saturday, September 18.

  15. Husson University (4-6, 2-5 CCC in 2019): Coach Nat Clark and the Eagles are excited to be back on the field — the Eagles were picked to finish fourth in the conference preseason poll, but have potential to surprise some New England fans this fall.

  16. Salve Regina University (4-6, 3-4 CCC in 2019): The Seahawks will begin their 2021 campaign with a challenging test against Norwich University.

  17. Framingham State (8-3, 8-0 MASCAC in 2019): This placing may come as a surprise for many, but the Rams enter the 2021 season with some question marks on both sides of the ball. However, some members of the 2019 squad is back, including Joshua Onujiogu.

  18. Dean College (4-6, 4-1 ECFC in 2019): The Bulldogs were picked to capture the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) this fall — Dean won the league two years ago and will face some challenging tests in September.

  19. Colby College (2-7, 2-7 NESCAC in 2019): We mentioned this on our early summer poll, but keep your eyes on the Mules this fall.

  20. Coast Guard Academy (5-5, 2-5 NEWMAC in 2019): The Bears return some pieces from last year’s squad that competed against Merchant Marine Academy — they were picked to finish fifth in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conferece (NEWMAC) preseason poll.

On The Rise: Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Norwich University, and University of New England

The Early D3 Football Outlook: Teams To Watch In 2020

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Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak will be one of many players to watch on the Golden Bears this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our early New England D-III football coverage has begun with our ‘Way Too Early‘ Top 20 Poll – what did you think? 

Now, it is time to dig a bit deeper and highlight a few teams we believe fans should watch (and keep their eyes on) once the season officially kicks-off in a few months.

Dean College: After winning their first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title last November, the Bulldogs enter the 2020 season with a great deal of momentum. Sure, their 2019 campaign concluded with a difficult loss to the Gulls of Endicott College in the New England Bowl, but with a slew of starters expected to return this fall, including quarterback Terrell Watts, wide receiver Errol Breaux, and defensive end Wadell Alceus, don’t expect these Bulldogs to take a step backward.

Endicott College: The Gulls – like most squads highlighted on this list – did graduate some key players from last year’s squad, as well as their 2018 campaign, too. But Endicott does return some important pieces on both sides of the ball, including tight end Riley Shanley, defensive back Dylan Gardner, quarterback Dylan Bonfilio, and linebackers Tim Russell and Kevin O’Brien. All five players, along with some newcomers and returners will make the Gulls a team to continue to watch in the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC Football) conference.

Framingham State: After a slow start to its 2019 campaign, the Rams scored a must-needed win over Westfield State, which provided Framingham with all the momentum they needed to win their conference’s crown. This year, the Rams will look a bit different – they won’t have quarterback Adam Wojenski under center – but will have return some key pieces on both sides of the ball, including halfback Devaun Ford, who was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Rookie of the Year. On defense, look for Joshua Onujiogu to lead a unit that limited opposing rushing attacks to less than 100 yards per game.

Middlebury College: After winning nine consecutive contests last fall, it is hard to pick against these Panthers, who will certainly be challenged from the get-go. Yes, the Panthers bid farewell to some key players from a year ago, but welcome back quarterback Will Jernigan for one more season. Jernigan will be tasked with leading an offense that averaged 30.6 points per game while registering 410.6 yards per contest.

UMass Dartmouth: Quarterback Stephen Gacioch was fun to watch last season – he recorded career-bests in passing yards per game (277.6) and touchdowns (20) while rushing for a career-high six scores. Gacioch should be the player to watch again with these Corsairs, who ended their 2019 campaign with seven wins.

Wesleyan University: Quarterback Ashton Scott enjoyed a successful 2019 season – he finished with 17 touchdowns while completing 147 of 240 passes for 1,939 yards. Scott will be one of a few players to watch on offense – keep your eyes on halfback Glenn Smith and wide receiver Matthew Simco – while Taj Gooden will be asked to lead a defense that limited opponents to 19.1 points per game.

Williams College: We believe this Ephs team has a chance to win the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall. They will be challenged, of course, but with quarterback Bobby Maimaron guiding the offense to linebackers Jarrett Wesner and TJ Rothmann leading the defense, these Ephs should be well-prepared to combat whatever they will face once their season begins in September.

Western New England: Some believed the Golden Bears were a bit lower than anticipated on our ‘Way Too Early’ New England D-III Football Top 20 Poll last week. And you know, we agree – these Golden Bears should have been a bit higher on our poll. Wide receiver Steven Fedorchak and linebacker Erich Keutmann should be able to help the Blue and Gold defend their conference crown not just against Endicott, but also other league foes.

A few other teams worth noting – we will certainly have more on them – include MIT, Salve Regina, Trinity College, Tufts University, and Western Connecticut. 

NCAA D3 Football Tournament: Inside The Framingham State-Wesley Matchup

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Framingham State quarterback Adam Wojenski will be one of a few players to watch on the Rams this Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s time to highlight the second New England D-III football team that will be competing this weekend in the NCAA Division III Tournament. And that squad is the Framingham State University Rams, which enter the postseason on an eight-game winning streak.

The Rams, who captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) this fall with some important late wins over Bridgewater StateMassachusetts Maritime Academy, and Western Connecticut, will be making their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as well as their second-straight trip as Framingham State competed last season against The College of Brockport.

Below are a few notes about Saturday’s match-up, including some stats (and numbers) on both teams, as well as players to watch.


Framingham State (8-2) at Wesley College (9-1) 

Gametime/Location: Saturday, November 23rd at Wesley College, Dover, Delaware. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Rankings: Wesley is currently the tenth best team in D-III, according to the latest D3Football.com Top 25 Poll. Framingham State was not ranked nor receiving votes in this week’s poll.

Conference Affiliation: Framingham State competes in the MASCAC, while Wesley is a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

Last Appearance in the NCAA Tournament: The Rams’ 2018 season concluded in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with a 40-27 setback to Brockport. The Golden Eagles secured a 24-0 lead at the break before the Rams trimmed the deficit in the second half by outscoring the hosts, 27-16.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski concluded the contest 28 of 58 for 450 yards and two touchdowns – he did have three interceptions – while Brockport’s Joe Germinerio completed 19 of 40 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.

Wesley did not compete in the NCAA Tournament last season but did advance to the second round in 2017 following a 45-27 win over RPI. The Wolverines’ run toward a national championship concluded with a 49-28 setback to Brockport.

Inside the Numbers with Framingham State: The Rams have produced 346 points this season while allowing 176 … The 346 points are the most any MASCAC team produced this fall. They also led the conference in points per game (34.6), touchdowns (51), rushing yards (1,728), rushing yards per game (172.8), few yards allowed per game (274,8), interceptions (14), and fewest rushing yards allowed per contest (90.5) … Framingham State will be making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament – they have never won a postseason contest. Saturday’s meeting with Wesley will be the team’s second in the postseason as the two squads met in 2015 with the Wolverines winning by a score of 42-22.

Inside the Numbers with Wesley College: Wesley is currently second in the NJAC with 337 points – Salisbury University is first with 417 points. The Wolverines are averaging 33.7 points per game … Wesley is second in the NJAC in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 157 points (15.7 points per game) … Wesley is second in the conference in total offense – they are averaging 441.7 yards per game … The Wolverines are first in total defense in the NJAC, yielding an average of 249.7 yards per game … Wesley boasts the second-best rushing offense in the NJAC behind Salisbury and is first in the conference in passing offense .. Saturday’s postseason contest will be coach Chip Knapp‘s first as the team’s head coach since taking over for coach Mike Drass last season.

Framingham State Players to Watch: 

  • Andrew Fennelly (O-Line): Named the MASCAC Football Offensive Lineman of the Year.
  • Devaun Ford (RB): Named the MASCAC Offensive Rookie of the Year. Ford rushed for 1,003 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games. He is averaging 100.3 yards per contest.
  • Joshua Onujiogu (DE): Named the MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year. He has recorded 44.0 total tackles and eight sacks in nine contests this season.
  • Adam Wojenski (QB): The senior signal-caller has completed 184 of 303 passes for 2,455 yards and 27 touchdowns (eight interceptions). He has also rushed for 429 yards on 88 carries and four touchdowns.
  • Jacob Maher (TE): The Worcester State transfer leads the Rams in receptions (54), receptions per game (5.4), receiving yards (792) and touchdowns (eight).
  • Cully Curran (DB): Leads the defense with 67.0 total tackles … has recorded 39 solo tackles, including seven-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 22 yards, one fumble recovery, one interception, and five pass break-ups.
  • Anthony Behonick (LB): Second on the team in total tackles (49.0) … the junior linebacker has recorded 37 solo stops, including eight-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 16 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three interceptions, and one pass break-up.

Wesley College Players to Watch:

  • Drew Fry (QB): The first-year signal-caller will get the start on Saturday, as noted (and confirmed) by WDEL 1150AM/101.7FM. Fry, who was a three-year starter for Middletown in Delaware, was named the 2018 offensive player of the year.
  • Marcellus Pack (RB): The senior tailback has rushed for 595 yards on 102 carries and seven touchdowns.
  • Ruhann Peele (WR): The senior wide-out leads the team in receptions (81), receptions per game (8.1), receiving yards (1,141), and receiving touchdowns (12).
  • Corterris Simpson (WR): Second on the team in receptions (45), receptions per game (4.5), receiving yards (522), and touchdowns (five).
  • Nick Bruhn (PK/P): Has recorded 63 points on nine field goals and 36 extra points. His longest field goal was a 31-yard kick.
  • Dante Daniel (LB): The third-year linebacker leads the defense in total tackles (83.0) … Daniel has recorded 43 solo tackles, including eight-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 23 yards, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, one interception, and seven pass break-ups.
  • Shymere Vessels (DE): Vessels has recorded 57.0 total tackles, including 26 solo stops, 10 tackles for a loss of 29 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.