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D3 Football: Getting To Know The 2019 Framingham State Rams

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Joshua Onujiogu (91) will be counted on to lead the Framingham State Rams defense this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

In just two days, the Framingham State University football team will take the field for the first time this season when they visit Endicott College for an important week one contest.

Framingham State and Endicott have met 14 times – the series is tied at 7-7 – but the Rams have won the last six meetings, dating back to a 35-23 win in week one of the 2013 season.

Before the Rams and Gulls tangle under the lights in Beverly, Massachusetts, here are some things you need to know about this year’s Framingham State football team, which will once again be led by coach Tom Kelley.


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The Rams’ 2018 Season: Framingham State won eight of 11 contests last fall en route to claiming a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title and spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Coach Tom Kelley was tabbed the MASCAC Champion’s Choice Coach of the Year, while 13 student-athletes landed on the first and second all-conference teams, including defensive lineman Joshua Smiley and quarterback Adam Wojenski.

Framingham State captured one of two non-conference games while ending the regular season on a four-game winning streak.

The Rams drew The College at Brockport in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament but saw their bid toward a national championship dashed with a 40-27 setback. Wojenski concluded the game with 450 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Wojenski’s New Targets: Heading into his final season with the Rams, quarterback Adam Wojenski is adjusting to some new wide receivers and tight ends he will be throwing the ball to this fall, including Jacob Maher, who transferred from Worcester State.

Maher, who played high school football for Marshfield High School, was recently named to the D3Football.com Preseason All-American team after earning a pair of New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England honors as a member of the Lancers.

“He’s a beast,” said Wojenski when asked about building a rapport with his new tight end.  “(Once) we get our timing down then we’ll be good to go.”

Maher won’t be the only wide receiver or tight end Wojenski will be targeting this fall as the Stratford, Connecticut native is expected to target Austin NunnElijah Nichols, and Manny Exilhomme, too.

Wojenski is confident in his new receivers, who he claims have “stepped up” in preseason practices. “They will be ready,” he said.

New Leadership on DefenseSimilar to the Rams’ offense, the defense will also look a bit different than last year due to some key graduation losses, but that doesn’t seem to faze Josh Smiley, who claims “(the) defense (has) bought into our system and we’re all ready to go.” 

Smiley is just one of a few returners on defense this fall – he will be joined up front by Rufus RushinsFacundo Isas, and Joshua Onujiogu.

The unit also returns linebackers Brian Donahue and Cully Curran, and strong safety Carls Alphonse

Framingham State’s defense will be guided by Mike Landers, who coached the wide receivers last fall.

Onujiogu has enjoyed working with Landers, who he claims has helped both him and his teammates understand more than just the typical x’s and o’s.

“(We’re) learning more things (that) we may have not thought of before,” said Onujiogu of Landers’ defensive formations and schemes.

Added Smiley, “We do (get) more freedom, but this is going to be a fast-moving defense.”

Youth Movement: For the Rams to enjoy a successful campaign this fall, they will need some first-year players to step-up on both offense and defense.

The Rams’ 2019 roster features a slew of first-year players, including halfback Devaun Ford, who is expected to start on Friday against Endicott.

Ford played locally for Mashpee High School and competed for a trio of Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Super Bowl teams, including the 2017 Division 7 squad that beat Blackstone Valley, 22-16.

Danny Marinaccio is also a first-year back that is expected to step up and help the offense this fall.

On defense, Issac Nascimento is a student-athlete that can help the secondary – he will certainly learn a great deal from the upperclassmen and coach Shawn Theriault

“We’re going to be young and we’re going to have to count on some of the young guys to step up,” said Kelley.

In the past, both first and second-year players have done quite well in Kelley’s system, and have helped the squad by making some key plays when needed.

Conference Favorites: The Rams were picked to win the MASCAC this fall, according to the 2019 preseason coaches poll.

Framingham State secured seven first-place votes, while Western Connecticut, which secured the second position, earned a pair of first-place nods.

Bridgewater StatePlymouth State, and UMass Dartmouth rounded out the top five, checking-in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, while Westfield State secured the sixth position.

Fitchburg State checked-in seventh, Massachusetts Maritime Academy secured the eighth position, while Worcester State placed ninth.

Conference play for most teams will begin in week three with the Rams hosting Westfield State at 12 p.m.


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Framingham State Rams

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports

We continue with our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by highlighting the Framingham State University Rams, who will begin their conference title defense on Friday, September 6th when they visit Endicott College.

The Rams’ 2018 Season: It was another successful season for coach Tom Kelley‘s crew, which captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with an 8-3 mark. Framingham State returned to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2015 but saw their national championship hopes dashed in the opening round against Brockport State.

Yet, despite falling to the Golden Eagles, the Rams remained one of New England’s top programs last fall, as well as the team to beat in the MASCAC. The Rams played their best football late in the season when they scored wins against UMass DartmouthWestern Connecticut, and Worcester State.

The 2019 Outlook: Framingham State graduated 19 student-athletes from last year’s unit, including halfbacks Quron Wright and Sebastein Robert, and wide receivers Mike Calicchio and Napoleon Miller. Additionally, the Rams bid farewell to some key members of their defense, too, so this season is all about the squad’s rising seniors, juniors and sophomores, who will be tasked with attempting to guide the Rams back to the national postseason for the second-straight season.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski returns for his final season and will most likely target Shaquille Joseph, who enjoyed a very successful second season with the Rams. Joseph ranked third on the team in receptions (27) while finishing second in touchdown receptions (6).

Fullback Rufus Rushins could be tasked with being more than just a third-down back for the Rams after finishing third on the team in rushing yards (235 yards). The Rams may also rely on Chris Jenkins or Nick Caliri, too.

Anthony Behonick and Joshua Smiley will be tasked with leading the Rams’ defense this fall – the duo combined for 115 total tackles last season, including five stops for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, keep an eye on Joshua Onujiogu, who will join Smiley on the defensive line.

The Rams will need some help in the secondary as defensive back Rashaun Rivers graduated this past spring, along with DeSean Hart and Kenny SullivanCully Curran will be the defensive back to watch heading into camp in a few weeks.

Framingham State’s Schedule: The Rams will be tested immediately with trips to Brockport and Endicott before welcoming Westfield State to Framingham on Saturday, September 21st for a 12 p.m. kick-off in week three.

Framingham will enjoy an early bye week during the final weekend of September before entertaining UMass Dartmouth on Friday, October 4th.

Framingham State closes the month of October with two key contests against Plymouth State and Western Connecticut before heading to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to compete in the annual Kelley Cup game.

After the Kelley Cup, the Rams will play their final home game against Bridgewater State. The game could decide this year’s MASCAC champion, so make sure to circle Saturday, November 9th on your calendar.

Players to Watch: Joshua Onujiogu (Defensive End/Wareham, MA), Adam Wojenski (Quarterback/Stratford, Conn.), Shaquille Joseph (Wide Receiver/Somerville, Mass.), Rufus Rushins (Fullback/Defensive Line/Lynn, Mass.), Henrique DeBoni (Kicker/Rio Claro, Brazil), Jared Archer (Offensive Line/Mansfield, Mass.), Andrew Fennelly (Offensive Tackle/Wayland, Mass.), Anthony Behonick (Linebacker/Rutland, Mass.), Joshua Smiley (Defensive Line/Springfield, Mass.), Jack Sullivan (Linebacker/Dartmouth, Mass.), and Cully Curran (Defensive Back/Arlington, Mass.).


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Noontime Sports Stars Of The Week (Week Ten) Powered By Zelos Athletics

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week ten!


Our Noontime Sports ‘Stars of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track an athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too! 


Our weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.


Junior Quarterback Joe Kalosky (11), Senior Offensive Lineman Drew Salvo (69)

Joe Kalosky tossed five touchdowns in Endicott College’s come-from-behind win over Western New England last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: David Le ’10/Endicott College Athletics)

Offensive Stars of the Week

Michael Bianco (Becker College): Bianco helped Becker College earn its first win of the season over University of New England by tallying 190 yards of total offense, including 180 on the ground and one score. Bianco averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Last Saturday marked the first time Bianco was spotted at halfback (he has normally been seen over the years on defense).

Cory Brandon (Husson University): Brandon shined in his team’s final home game of the season by completing 15 of 21 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles soared past Gallaudet University.

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Despite being on the losing end, Coleman turned in an impressive performance against Endicott College with 321 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (three on the ground). Coleman ended the game 22 of 39 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.

Christian Cole (Endicott College): Cole concluded last Saturday’s epic win over Western New England with eight catches for 147 yards (18.4 yards per catch) and two scores.

Max Chipouras (Trinity College): Against Amherst College, Chipouras rushed for a game-high 203 yards on 24 carries (8.5 yards per carry) and two touchdowns.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Gacioch tallied 395 yards of total offense, including 368 passing yards. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns.

Kyle Gaudet (Husson University): Gaudet hauled in a game-high seven grabs for 249 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Gallaudet University.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Hamilton College, Jernigan tallied 278 yards of total offense, including 246 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Against WPI, Jones scored three touchdowns, including two through the air, while completing 30 of 37 passes for 251 yards.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky enjoyed a very successful day against Western New England with five passing touchdowns and 409 yards of total offense. He completed 27 of 52 passes for 321 yards, while adding a team-high 88 yards on eight carries (11.0 yards per carry).

Ryan McDonald (Tufts University): McDonald appeared unstoppable against Colby College this past weekend, tallying 274 total yards of offense, including 223 passing yards (19 of 23) and two touchdowns. He led the Jumbos’ rushing attack with 51 yards on 12 carries and two scores.

Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca recorded a game-high 173 yards on 21 carries for an average of 8.2 yards per carry, while reaching the end zone once during his team’s 32-13 win over Worcester State.

Riley Shanley (Endicott College): Shanley matched Christian Cole with eight grabs, but finished last Saturday’s tilt against Western New England with 106 yards and two touchdowns.


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Springfield College’s Nick Giorgio (No. 94) powered the Pride’s defense against Maine Maritime Academy. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

Defensive Stars of the Week

Gene Baisden (Dean College): Against Castleton University, Baisden registered six solo stops, including a trio of tackles for a loss of 21 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards as the Bulldogs scored an exciting 19-17 win.

Sam Casey (WPI): Against Coast Guard Academy, Casey recorded 13 total tackles, including a game-high 10 total tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards and one interception for a 32 yard return.

James Christiano (Trinity College): In a huge win over Amherst College, Christiano registered six total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 25 yards, two sacks for a loss of 19 yards and one forced fumble.

Jackson Eighmy (Wesleyan University): Against Williams College, Eighmy tallied five tackles for a loss of 31 yards and three sacks for a loss of 25 yards as the Cardinals scored a Little Three win on the road.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield College): Against Maine Maritime Academy, Giorgio recorded five solo stops (and total tackles), including four tackles for a loss of 15 yards, two sacks for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Kurtis Jolicoeur (Western New England): Against Endicott College, Jolicoeur matched Joshua Salem with a game-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, while adding four tackles for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble and two blocks.

Samuel Kenny (Fitchburg State): Kenny paced the Falcons defense against Plymouth State with 11 total tackles, including seven solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and three sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against UMass Dartmouth, McCabe stuffed the stat sheet with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, five tackles for a loss of 18, one-and-a-half sacks for five yards and one forced fumble.

Chris Rice (Castleton University.): Rice recorded a game-high 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards and one pass break-up against Dean College.

Franny Rose (Bowdoin College): Against Bates College, Rose registered a game-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards, one sack for a loss of eight yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Joshua Smiley (Framingham State): Against Western Connecticut, Smiley recorded seven total tackles, including six solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 26 yards, two sacks for a loss of 16 yards and two forced fumbles.

Tarik Smith (Husson University): Smith turned in an impressive performance against Gallaudet University by tallying five total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 10 yards, two solo stops, two quarterback hurries and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards.

Elvin Suazo (Husson University): Against Gallaudet University, Suazo recorded a game-high nine total tackles, including seven solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one sack for a loss of six yards.


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Andrew Verre was just one of many players that shined for the Salve Regina Seahawks last Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Zan Carver)

Special Team Stars of the Week

Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen was a perfect five-for-five against Bates College, including one-for-one on field goals (31 yard boot). He also recorded four punts for 165 yards (41.3 yards per boot) with one kick landing inside the Bates’ 20-yard line.

Mac Kimball (Becker College): Kimball connected on five of six kicks (all four extra points), including a 32 yard field goal in his team’s first win of the season against University of New England.

Andrew Verre (Salve Regina): Against Nichols College, Verre tallied 11 points on a pair of field goals, including a 36 yard boot, along with five extra points.


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