Tomorrow’s matchup – the 49th meeting between these two academies – will be streamed on ESPN3 with kickoff scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
Below is our pregame preview, as well as our prediction – let us know if you agree or disagree by sending a tweet to @NoontimeSports. Enjoy the game, everyone!
Noontime’s Coast Guard-USMMA Preview: It’s been nearly a year since the Bears and Mariners tangled on the gridiron, but it seems as if both teams are eager and ready to play some football.
Coast Guard enters the contest with a great deal of experience on both sides of the ball. Quarterback John Barbera, who has appeared in five contests, including three last season, will start his first game for the Bears – expect the Glen Mills, Pennsylvania native to target Justin Moffatt, who led the NEWMAC last season with 66 receptions while posting a career-best in receiving yards (872) to go with five touchdowns.
Linebacker Eugene Bizer will be tasked with leading a Coast Guard defense that will need to slow down a Mariners squad that averaged 41.1 points per game last fall. Merchant Marine’s offense is very run-heavy and it is expected that the Mariners will lean heavily on halfback Matt Restifo, who finished last season with career-bests in rushing yards (389), yards per game (43.2), and touchdowns.
Eric Davidson and Colton Ray will be two players to watch on the Mariners defense tomorrow – this particular unit limited opposing foes to 112.7 rushing yards per game last season.
Noontime’s Prediction: This has the potential for a back-and-forth affair, but I think this contest will come down to whichever defense can slow down the opposing attack. I don’t anticipate a high-scoring affair like we witnessed last season, but instead both teams scoring at least three, maybe four touchdowns. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 30, USMMA 26
Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones guided the Bears to a 5-5 record this past season, including a pair of overtime wins. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy)
Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful final season with the Bears, throwing for a career-high 13 touchdowns while recording a career-best 1,930 passing yards.
Jones, who competed in all 10 contests last season, became the fourth signal-caller in program history to throw for more than 4,000 yards when he guided the Bears to a 33-8 victory over Maine Maritime Academy. He also led the Bears to a pair of overtime victories last fall, too, including an early-season one-point win over Nichols College. The win against Nichols was the team’s first extra session victory since Coast Guard Academy edged Worcester State University in 2012.
In 2018, Jones and the Bears celebrated their first win over archrival Merchant Marine since 1996 to cap their campaign with seven wins. The seven wins were the most any Coast Guard Academy team has won in a single-season since winning the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division in 2007 with an 8-2 record.
We recently spoke with Ryan Jones about his final season with the Bears, but also his future plans beyond graduation.
What will you remember most about your senior year?
Looking back on the 2019 season, what game (or games) will you remember most? Why these particular games?
Both of our overtime wins were really exciting, but beyond that, our win over Maine Maritime sticks in my mind. That day, I (recorded) 4,000 passing yards (in my career) while Justin Moffatt broke a school’s single-game receiving record with 256 yards. That was a fun day.
What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Coast Guard Academy football team these past four years?
The people here at Coast Guard Academy are just different. They’re the best kind of friends and teammates. I’ll miss the camaraderie more than anything, on and off the field.
Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan (or hope) to stay involved with the sport of football in some capacity? Any interest in coaching in the future?
Definitely. Maybe not right away as my career will likely demand quite a bit of my time for the first few years (beyond graduation), but I can definitely see myself coaching middle school or high school ball in the future.
Tell me about your major – how did you choose it? – and what are your future plans beyond graduation?
I’m a marine and environmental science major. I chose it because I want to get into the medical field someday, most likely the physician’s assistant route. MES was the only major here at the Coast Guard Academy that gave me a solid background in advanced chemistry and other sciences that will be important for allowing me to continue my education in a medical graduate program.
After graduation, I’m headed to Mississippi for my first assignment as an officer, but hope to one day be selected for either a
Down the road, I hope to be selected for one of our Tactical Law Enforcement or Counter-Terrorism team.
With the seventh week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.
Offensive Team of the Week
OJ Armstrong (Tufts University): Armstrong led the Tufts receiving core with six catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos rolled past Bowdoin College in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Tim Callahan (Springfield College): Callahan led all rushers with 161 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns as Springfield topped Merchant Marine on the road.
Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia accounted for eight touchdowns and 398 yards of total offense last Saturday in his team’s big win against UMass Dartmouth. The senior signal-caller completed 15 of 27 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns while adding a game-high 53 rushing yards on 12 carries and three scores.
Tijani Harris (Trinity College): Harris rushed for a game-high 158 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns which helped the Bantams top Colby College at home.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Wesleyan University, Jernigan completed 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 36 yards on 12 carries.
Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Jones completed 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Bears of Coast Guard Academy top Maine Maritime Academy.
Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky was impressive against Curry College, completing 19 of 23 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Fitchburg State, Long amassed 245 yards of total offense, while recording four touchdowns. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown while adding 100 yards on 15 carries and three scores.
Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello rushed for 265 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns against Western New England.
Justin Moffatt (Coast Guard Academy): Moffatt caught a game-high 13 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears topped Maine Maritime Academy on the road.
Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan rushed for a game-high 188 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns while catching one pass for 11 yards against Nichols College.
David Morrison (Husson University): Against the University of New England, Morrison completed 25 of 39 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 16 yards on six carries.
Julian Nyland (WPI): Nyland accounted for 209 yards of total offense against Catholic University by completing 10 of 13 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 19 yards on four carries and one score.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 20 of 27 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs topped Anna Maria College on the road.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): The senior signal-caller was close to perfect last Saturday, completing 35 of 38 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns as the Rams topped Plymouth State on the road.
Defensive Team of the Week
Brett Bates (Amherst College): Against Hamilton College, Bates tallied seven total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 26 yards, along with one forced fumble and one pass break-up.
Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison defense with 16 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of three yards against Becker College.
Desmond Dias (Dean College): Dias led the Dean defense against Anna Maria with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards. He also recorded one sack for a loss of 13 yards.
Seth Gewanter (Castleton University): Against SUNY-Maritime, Gewanter stuffed the stat sheet with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards and one forced fumble.
Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin College): Gowetski stuffed the stat sheet against Tufts University with 11 total tackles, including four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 14 yards.
Will Kearney (Wesleyan University): Against Middlebury College, Kearney posted a team-high 18 total tackles, including seven solo stops.
Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu helped the Rams defense limit Plymouth State to just 53 yards of total offense and five first downs. The defensive end concluded the game with six total tackles (five solo stops), including three tackles for a loss of 19 yards.
Sean Reall (UMass Dartmouth): Reall led the Corsairs’ defense against Bridgewater State with 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards. He also recorded one block, too.
Special Teams of the Week
Patrick Crowley (Coast Guard Academy): Crowley posted nine points against Maine Maritime Academy off two field goals, including a 44-yard field goal, and three extra points.
Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano posted 11 points on eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal against Curry College while recording 10 kickoffs for 613 yards with three touchbacks.
Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra drilled a career-long 32-yard field goal while connecting on six extra points as the Pride of Springfield College stretched their winning streak to three games with an important road victory over Merchant Marine.
Jeremy Jackson (UMass Dartmouth): Jackson punted the ball six times for 232 yards against Bridgewater State with two kicks landing inside the Bears’ 20-yard line.
Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied nine points off seven kicks, including a 20-yard field goal as the Panthers topped Wesleyan University in a battle of undefeated teams.
Alex Santiago (Nichols College): Santiago connected on all six kicks last Saturday against Becker College, including a 33-yard field goal. He finished the game with eight points.
Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade concluded last Saturday’s game with 10 points off seven extra points and one field goal (27-yards) as the Engineers rolled past Catholic University.
With the seventh week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.
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Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones became the fourth signal-caller in program history to throw for 4,000 yards. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy | Quarterback | Punxatawney, Pa.): Ryan Jones became the fourth signal-caller in academy history to throw for 4,000 yards last Saturday as the Bears defeated Maine Maritime Academy, 33-8.
Jones concluded last Saturday’s game with a career-high 353 passing yards while tossing a season-best three touchdowns, including two scores to Justin Moffatt, which helped Coast Guard bounce back from their second conference setback of the season.
The senior signal-caller posted his highest completion rate (76.5 percent) of the 2019 season by completing 26 of 34 passes. The three touchdown passes were the most he has thrown in a single-game fall.
Through seven contests, Jones has completed 125 of 223 passes for 1,382 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns are the most he has tossed in a single-season with the Bears.
Becker College halfback Randy Morgan established a new single-season rushing record last Saturday in his team’s conference meeting with Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Randy Morgan (Becker College | Halfback | Spring Hill, Fla.): Randy Morgan broke the Becker College single-season rushing record this past weekend by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries while scoring two touchdowns.
The 188 yards bumped Morgan’s total to 733 rushing yards through six games this season, which shattered the original mark of 674 yards, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.
Morgan, who is averaging 122.2 rushing yards per game, has rushed for 100 yards or more in four games this season. The 188 rushing yards from this past weekend against Nichols College is the most he has accumulated in a single-game this fall. Last week, he rushed for 152 yards against Husson University.
The first-year tailback leads the Hawks with seven rushing touchdowns.
Dean College’s Desmond Dias (12) has enjoyed a very successful first season with the Bulldogs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nathan Minese Photography)
Defensive Player of the Week: Desmond Dias (Dean College | Linebacker | Rochester, Mass.): Desmond Dias has become a player to watch on the Dean College defense this season, especially the past two weeks.
Against Anna Maria College last Saturday, the first-year linebacker posted a season-high 12.0 total tackles which helped the Bulldogs score an important conference win in Paxton, Massachusetts. Dias ended the game with five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 13 yards.
In five games this season, Dias has tallied 32.0 total tackles, including 15 solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 35 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, which occurred this past weekend against Anna Maria.
Nick DiCairano tallied 11 points last Saturday which helped Endicott College top Curry College in Beverly, Massachusetts. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace ’20)
Special Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Kicker | Trumbull, Conn.) Against Curry College this past weekend, Nick DiCairano posted 11 points off eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College pick-up their fifth win of the season.
DiCairano has tallied 11 points or more three times this fall – he has also booted a 47-yard field goal in three games this season, including in his team’s season-opener against Framingham State.
Through six contests this season, DiCairano has tallied 52 points off 31 extra points and seven field goals.
Joe Kalosky and the Endicott College Gulls began their stretch run with an impressive win over Curry College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)
By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
The seventh week of the New England D-III Football season is in the books. There were some interesting outcomes, as well as some surprises, too.
Week seven also helped me (and others) identify which teams are still in the mix for their respective conference crowns and what squads will play spoiler over the final four weeks of the 2019 season.
Here are seven thoughts (and takeaways) from what I learned from this past weekend.
1. Endicott College looks primed for a successful stretch run. The Gulls entered their bye week with a 4-1 record – I thought prior to their first game of the season against Framingham State that they would be 3-2 entering week seven – but between the play of their offense and defense, as well as kicker Nick DiCairano, I just can’t imagine any of their four remaining opponents halting their current momentum which they have gained over the past few weeks.
Endicott almost beat Wesley College last month, which would have been a huge feather in their cap but have rebounded quite well since the setback with three-straight Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) wins, including a hard-fought victory on the road against Salve Regina University.
iQuarterback Joe Kalosky has looked very comfortable behind an offensive line that has allowed him to go through his motions and find open receivers either over the middle or down the field. Additionally, first-year wideout Anthony Bracamonte has become a go-to target for the senior signal-caller – look for the former Thornton Academy receiver to help the Gulls continue their recent momentum this upcoming week against Husson University.
2. Middlebury College seems to be a lock for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). I picked the Panthers to beat the Cardinals of Wesleyan University this past weekend, but I didn’t expect the Blue and White to produce 45 points in 60 minutes.
Quarterback Will Jernigan had his best game of the season (in my opinion) by tossing four touchdowns in the win while completing 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards.
Maxwell Rye was also instrumental in his team’s sixth win of the season, too – the senior wide receiver from Longmeadow, Massachusetts has enjoyed his best season with the Panthers, catching 26 passes for 493 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdown receptions are the most Rye has recorded in a single-season.
On defense, Jack Pistorius continues to be a player to watch on Middlebury – he tallied a team-high 10 total tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.
The win over the Cardinals was the Panthers’ most impressive performance of the season – yes, they looked good against Amherst College and Trinity College, but Saturday’s effort should translate into three more wins, beginning this Saturday against Bowdoin College.
Bridgewater State head coach Joe Verria and the Bears have won four-straight contests since starting the season with three-straight losses. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)
3. Bridgewater State remains a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Bears are still very much alive in the MASCAC with four weeks remaining.
Their 56-20 win over UMass Dartmouth helped the Red and White keep pace for the top spot with Framingham State and Western Connecticut, two teams that enter the eighth week of the 2019 season with identical undefeated conference records. Bridgewater lost to Western Connecticut earlier this season – they had a few chances to win that game – and will visit the Rams in the second week of November in what could determine a possible conference champion.
Bridgewater State quarterback Stefano D’Emilia re-wrote the record book yesterday against the Corsairs with eight touchdowns, including three on the ground. He threw for a school-record 345 yards while becoming the second Bears signal-caller to throw for more than 5,000 yards (Danny Higgins, who was a teammate of D’Emilia, concluded his career with 6,091 passing yards).
D’Emilia’s five touchdowns tied a school record – the former Bridgewater-Raynham Trojan also caught a two-point conversion in his team’s win over the Corsairs.
The Bears will be idle this upcoming weekend but should be able to maintain their recent momentum in two weeks when they host Plymouth State at 4 p.m.
4. Dean College needs three more wins to wrap-up its inaugural Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Title. I was bullish on the Bulldogs prior to their first game of the 2019 season. And I still am after back-to-back wins against Anna Maria College and SUNY-Maritime.
Against the Privateers, the Bulldogs defense recorded 12 tackles for a loss of 60 yards, including 10 sacks for a loss of 58 yards. Tyzohn Poole and Desmond Dias combined for five sacks for 30 yards, while quarterback Terrell Watts threw two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground.
Yesterday against Anna Maria, Watts tossed four touchdowns, while adding a fifth score on the ground (four carries for one yard). Dias led the defense with 12 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
If the offense and defense can duplicate their performance from the past two weeks then I expect the Bulldogs to win their final road game of the season against Gallaudet University this Saturday. A win over the Bison should provide the squad with enough momentum to cap their regular-season slate with back-to-back wins against Alfred State and Castleton University.
Randy Morgan established a new single-season record mark with the Becker College football team on Saturday against Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley
5. Randy Morgan continues to be a player to watch at Becker College. First-year tailback Randy Morgan has enjoyed a very successful start to his college career – yesterday against Nichols College, he established a new single-season record for rushing yards in a season by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries.
Morgan broke the program’s old record of 674 rushing yards in a season, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.
Through six games this season, Morgan has rushed for 733 yards on 132 carries and seven touchdowns, while adding four receptions for 48 yards. The seven rushing touchdowns are the most recorded by any member of the Hawks this season.
Morgan has rushed for 100 yards or more in four of six games this season and should have no problem finishing his team’s 2019 season with 1,000 yards or more.
6. Springfield College remains in the hunt for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. After starting their season 1-3, Springfield has rebounded quite nicely with wins over Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine, and Norwich Academy.
The Pride, who were certainly a team expected to contend for their second conference crown this fall, currently sit a spot below WPI, which beat Springfield in week four by a score of 35-21.
WPI is the only undefeated team in the NEWMAC. They host Merchant Marine this weekend in a very important match-up. A loss to the Mariners would help the Pride’s chances of winning the title, but of course, Springfield needs to win its remaining three games, including Saturday’s meeting with Catholic University.
Pending how the next four weeks play out, look for Springfield to play an extra game in November – they will either compete in the NCAA Tournament or a New England Bowl.
7. Coast Guard Academy’s Ryan Jones was a player to watch against Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Jones enjoyed his best game of the season with the Bears by completing 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.
Jones concluded the contest by becoming the fourth signal-caller in Coast Guard Academy football program history to throw for more than 4,000 yards. Currently, Jones has thrown for 4,145 yards, including 1,382 yards through seven contests this season.
Jones connected with Justin Moffatt 13 times in his team’s 33-8 win over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. The 13 receptions were a career-best for Moffat, who broke the single-game record for receiving yards (256), which was originally held by Collis Brown, who hauled in 244 yards against Western New England in 2013. Moffat ended the game with two touchdowns.