Mass. College Football: Week Five Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fifth week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Paul Stanton (Harvard) – Against Brown, the sophomore tailback rushed for two scores on 16 carries for 91 yards. His 91-yards on the ground were the most he’s recorded this season.

Norman Hayes (Harvard) – The junior registered four tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup against Brown.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – Against Dartmouth, the first-year quarterback scored four touchdowns (two through the air, two on the ground), which helped the Crusaders earn their second win of the season. He completed 25-of-37 passes for 290 yards and rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – The senior linebacker led all defenders with 12 total tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for a loss.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior gunslinger tied his previous career high of seven touchdown passes last week in the Warriors win against Pace. Clancy completed 26-of-41 passes for 434 yards.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – For the fourth straight week, the junior linebacker recorded double-figures in total tackles. He finished with six solo stops against Bentley.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – His 44-yard field goal with just over three minute remaining in regulation secured an impressive road victory for the Hounds on Friday against AIC. The Danvers kicker also kicked a 28-yard field goal and was 2-of-3 on extra points.

Artis Holt (Merrimack) – The senior from Baltimore recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) and three pass breakups in his team’s win against Pace.

Jamal Johnson (Stonehill) – The Brockton native rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and a career-high matching two scores against the Falcons.

Jordan Koehler (Anna Maria) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total tackles (10 solo), as well as two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery against Catholic.

Ehab Hamdan (WPI) – Against RPI, the senior wide out posted a season-best 117 receiving yards with one touchdown in the opening session, which propelled the Engineers to their first conference victory.

Eric Lacroix (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded eight tackles (five solo), one tackle for a loss and a 33-yard interception in the second quarter.

Jonathan Marrero (Springfield) – Against Union, the sophomore signal caller accounted for four scores – three on the ground, one through the air. Marrero rushed for 167 yards in 22 carries and completed 4-of-14 passes for 43 yards.

Kevin Bumpus (Worcester State) – The junior gunslinger went 22-for-33 with 333 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a score in his team’s bounce back effort against Massachusetts Maritime.

Brian Gencarelli (Worcester State) – Against the Buccaneers, the sophomore defensive back recorded 11 total tackles (eight solo), as well as a pair of interceptions and pass deflections.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – The junior wide out finished with nine grabs for 136 yards and two touchdowns against Fitchburg State.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and rushed for 21 yards on five carries to lead the Gulls to their second victory of the season against Curry.

Jake Cox (Endicott) – Against Curry, the junior defensive back finished with 10 total stops (eight solo), one interception and one pass breakup.

Jake Laux (MIT) – Despite falling to Salve Regina, the senior linebacker recorded 15 total tackles (10 solo), one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Max Dietz (Amherst) – The senior defensive back recorded four tackles, four pass breakups and an interception against Bowdoin, a game Amherst claimed, 27-11.

Adam Datema (Williams) – The junior defensive end recorded a team-high 10 tackles and one sack against Trinity.

Jackson Bockhorst (Tufts) – The first-year kicker kicked three field goals, including a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, which provided the Jumbos with a two-point lead.

Mass. College Football: Week Five Teams Of The Week

Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)
Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fifth week of the college football season in the books, as well as the first month, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: For the second straight week, the Crimson earned our Division 1 Team of the Week following an impressive performance by quarterback Conner Hempel, who scored two touchdowns (one through the air, one on the ground). Running back Paul Stanton rushed for two scores against Brown, while Ricky Zorn led all receivers with four catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Eric Medes led Harvard’s defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo) and Norman Hayes recorded four total tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup.

Harvard improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight. They head to Worcester next week to face Holy Cross, who is coming off a win against Dartmouth.   

Division 2 – Assumption College & Stonehill College: Both the Hounds and Skyhawks each earned a share of this week’s Division 2 honor for their effort on Friday and Saturday evening.

Assumption rallied to defeat AIC, while Stonehill earned an early lead against Bentley and never looked back.

Tad Beuchert kicked two field goals and converted two of three extra points for the Hounds. His second field goal with 3:21 remaining sealed the win for Assumption, who hadn’t beaten AIC since the 2009 season.

The Skyhawks relied on their ground attack against Bentley as Jamal Johnson rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and two scores. Brian Harrington recorded 13 total tackles (six solo) and one tackle for a loss in the team’s third win of the season.

Division 3 – Worcester State: Coming off a loss to Bridgewater State, Worcester State rebounded with a 64-63 win against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Quarterback Kevin Bumpus completed 22-of-33 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. His final strike to the end zone came at the end of the contest when he connected with Aaron Witkus for the game-winning score.

Bumpus also found the end zone with his feet as he rushed for nine yards and one score on two carries. Running back Dana Valentine recorded 126 yards on 29 carries for one score, while Dana Barry hauled in seven catches for 158 yards and two scores.

Mass. College Football: WSU Tops WPI, 15-14

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Worcester State sports information department, here’s Friday’s release about the Lancers football team defeating crosstown rival WPI, 15-14:

Worcester, MA — Worcester State junior Jack Sprague (Maynard, MA) hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass on fourth-down from classmate Pat Viencek (Bernardston, MA) with 37 seconds left in regulation to help lead the Lancers to a 15-14 victory over crosstown rival WPI in non-conference football action this evening at Coughlin Field.

The Blue and Gold (2-0) have now won three in a row over the Engineers (1-1) who hold the all-time series edge at 14-7. All three wins for WSU have come with under six minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

Following an interception by freshman Carrick Driscoll (E. Longmeadow, MA) that helped set Worcester State up on their own 20 with 2:37 remaining in the game, Viencek made several clutch passes to help the Lancers overcome the late deficit.

Facing third and 15 on their own 37, junior Casey Hippert (Douglas, MA) snatched a 21-yard completion as he sprinted into enemy territory on the WPI 42.

After a key pass interference call put WSU on the Engineer 34, Sprague kept the chains moving with a 14-yard catch to get into the red zone.

With under one minute to play, WPI freshman Kevin Lynch (E. Bridgewater, MA) diagnosed a screen pass that went for a tackle for a loss on first down and then junior Vincent Samuel (Merrick, NY) swatted a pass at the line of scrimmage on third and 12.

That set the stage for Viencek’s heroics as he completed the fourth down play to Sprague for what proved to be the game-winning score.

Worcester State claimed the early 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by senior Alex Blakeslee (Shrewsbury, MA) on their first possession with 11:26 remaining in the opening quarter.

On the Engineers second series of the contest, junior Zach Grasis (E. Brookfield, MA) coughed up the ball on their own nine to put the Lancers in great field position.

After the visitors nearly stonewalled the hosts at the goal line, the Blue and Gold drew up a fake field goal play to extend the lead to 9-0 on an eight-yard scoring strike from Driscoll to junior Zack Skerry (Milford, MA) with 3:59 in the first quarter.

WPI immediately responded with a 41-yard flick by senior John Antonopoulos (Cambridge, MA) to classmate Ehab Hamdan (Revere, MA) with 1:45 on the clock. Hamdan snuck behind the secondary on a curl route and he streaked into the end zone for the score.

Both defenses locked heads for a scoreless second as Worcester State maintained their 9-6 margin at the intermission.

Early in the third, the Engineers took the 12-9 edge on a four-yard plunge by Grasis with 11:42 on the clock. WPI took advantage of a muffed punt return that was recovered on the WSU eight yard-line.

With 1:53 remaining in the stanza, Lynch darted through the line and blocked a Lancer punt at the 15 that rolled through the back of the end zone for a safety to make it a 14-9 contest.

In the fourth quarter, the hosts were stopped twice on fourth down by the Engineer defense and on their last series, the Boynton Hillers took over on their own 32 with 8:30 left in the game.

WPI drove into Lancer territory, but were halted on fourth down by Driscoll’s clutch interception in the end zone.

Viencek amassed 260 yards passing on the day for the Lancers in relief of injured junior Kevin Bumpus (Bridgewater, MA), completing 18-of-37 of his pass attempts.  Bumpus, the reigning Division II/III Gold Helmet award winner, was 10-for-21 for 103 yards before exiting midway through the second quarter.

Hippert led all players with 183 receiving yards on eight catches while senior AJ Scerra (Marlboro, MA) hauled in a game-best 11 passes for 76 yards. Junior Dana Valentine (Roxbury, MA) added 54 yards on the ground to go with four receptions for 40 yards.

Senior Adam Straughn (Rockland, MA) paced all players with 12 tackles (10 solo) while classmate Nick Doria (Watertown, MA) chipped in with seven solo stops. Skerry added to his strong day up front for WSU with six tackles, including a pair of sacks.

Lynch led the defensive effort for WPI as he registered a team-best 10 tackles (eight solo) to go along with a pair of pass breakups and the blocked punt. Junior Robert Harasimowicz (Gardner, MA) added eight stops while Samuel was credited with a sack and half.

Grasis totaled 77 yards on 28 carries and the touchdown. Antonopoulos finished 15-for-27 for 152 yards and one score. Hamdan paced the receiving corps with six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown while senior Jake Konowitch (Northampton, MA) and junior Larry McGillicuddy (Stow, MA) both hauled in a pair of pass receptions.

Worcester State nearly enjoyed a 2-1 edge in totals yards (415-210) and doubled up the Engineers on first downs (24-12).  WPI turned the ball over four times while the Lancers had only one possession-changing miscue. The Crimson and Gray did have a 32:38-27:22 bulge in time on the field.

Worcester State opens up MASCAC play next Friday night traveling to NCAA Division III Bridgewater State at 7 PM. WPI wraps up its non-conference slate by entertaining Norwich next Saturday at 1 o’clock.

Mass. College Football: Worcester State’s Bumpus Earns D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award

Worcester State's Kevin Bumpus earned the D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award yesterday at the New England Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)
Worcester State’s Kevin Bumpus earned the D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award yesterday at the New England Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Worcester State junior quarterback Kevin Bumpus earned this week’s Division II/III Golden Helmet award for his impressive performance last weekend in the Lancers season-opening victory over Anna Maria.

Bumpus completed 20-of-35 passes for a school-record 427 yards with four touchdowns.

After his team’s first game concluded, Bumpus was recognized as the MASCAC (Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference) Offensive Player of the Week.

As noted in the school’s release, Bumpus becomes the first player to earn this award since Izzy Ayala in 2004.

After the New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with the Bridgewater native.

On being named this week’s recipient: “I have known about the award and for Coach to put me in the position to win an award like this is a great honor and for (the New England Football Writers’) to elect me for an award like this is just very humbling and leaves me speechless. I’ve got great teammates and good wide receivers, which makes my job a lot easier, though. They take a lot of pressure off me, which is awesome.”

On what worked against Anna Maria: “We saw some things we could take advantage of and we absolutely did from an offensive standpoint and our defense put us in good positions. I feel like we won the field position battle in the game, so we had a couple short drives here and there, which made my job a lot easier. We saw some stuff on film that we thought we could take advantage of and we absolutely did.”

On facing WPI on Friday: “It’s definitely a unique rivalry. They’re right down the street and it’s like a battle for Worcester almost. I actually got to see them play against Curry the other night and they’re a great football team. The atmosphere around the game is very exciting and I hope it’s the same type (for this week’s game), especially being on a Friday night.”

On scouting WPI’s defense: “They’re very fast and they’re a very disciplined football team. They rarely make mistakes, so we’ve been working in practice all week on things we can try to take advantage of and hopefully they workout in our favor.”

On working with former QB Corey Spencer: “I’ve been able to bounce ideas off Corey from stuff he saw last year, so he’s great to bounce ideas off of him and ask questions like what did you do when they went this coverage or what did you do when the defense rolled to Cover 3? He really is just a great guy to bounce idea off and give me advice and how’s my footwork and what should I be doing on this play. He’s really great to have around.

“I met him my first year at Worcester State and he’s just a great kid, very personable kid and I have a great relationship with Corey, and (it will help) me week-to-week.”  

Mass. College Football: Week Two Honor Roll

Framingham State's Melikke Van Alstyne helped the Rams earn an impressive road win against Endicott College! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Framingham State’s Melikke Van Alstyne helped the Rams earn an impressive road win against Endicott College! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the second week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior halfback rushed for a career-high 204 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles second win of the season. He earned the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Offensive Back of the Week honors today.

Bryce Jones (Boston College) – This week’s ACC Defensive Back of the Week finished Friday’s contest against Wake Forrest with two solo tackles, one interception, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.

Tajae Sharpe (UMass) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-high 11 receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. His 11 catches are the most he’s recorded in a single game thus far. Last week he was held to one catch for 13 yards against Wisconsin.

Jet Kollie (Bentley University) – In his first game with the Falcons, (Kollie transferred from Lafayette) the junior running back rushed for 48 yards on nine carries and one score, as well as recorded four receptions for 36 yards with one touchdown.

Kyle Young (Bentley University) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-best 14 total tackles (four solo) and one tackle for a loss in the Falcons opener against Mercyhurst.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack College) – The senior quarterback began his final season with the Warriors by completing 35-of-50 passes for 309 yards, while tossing four touchdowns. Clancy’s final touchdown to Shane Ferguson helped the Warriors edge Wagner, 42-41.

Jere Brown (Merrimack College) – The sophomore wide receiver registered a game-high 102 yards through the air, along with one touchdown.

Jimmy Holland (Merrimack College) – The senior from Billerica finished his team’s first contest with 10 tackles (seven solo) and three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 13 yards.

Terrell Williams (American International College) – The junior halfback led all rushers with 120 yards on 19 carries. Williams also scored a touchdown in the Yellow Jackets’ first loss of the season to East Stroudsburg.

Joel Brown (American International College) – The sophomore linebacker started his season with 11 total tackles (six solo), along with one-and-a-half sacks for an eight-yard loss.

Mike Stuppiello (Assumption College) – Against Bryant University, the senior defensive lineman finished with six tackles (five solo) and two sacks.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill College) – The junior linebacker from Rockland recorded a game-high 17 total tackles (nine solo) and forced a fumble in his team’s setback to Bloomsburg.

Robert Baker (Becker College) – This week’s Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Week threw for 206 yards and four touchdowns in the Hawks exciting victory against Fitchburg State.

Jovan Wilkins (Mount Ida College) – The junior from New York, who was named this week’s ECFC Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the week, helped the Mustangs earn an impressive road victory against UMass Dartmouth by forcing three turnovers, blocking a kick and recording a team-high seven tackles.

Quillian Respass (Nichols College) – The sophomore gunslinger helped the Bison rally to defeat Westfield State by tossing three touchdown passes and completing 20-of-33 passes for 310 yards.

Dylan Rimsky (Nichols College) – This week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week established single-game records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290). He hauled in three touchdowns, including the 32-yard score in overtime.

Marcell Cooper (Endicott College) – The senior defensive lineman finished his team’s contest against Framingham State with a career-high 15 tackles (five solo), as well as one-and-a-half tackles for a loss.

Kevin Bumpus (Worcester State) – The junior quarterback from Bridgewater finished with 427 yards through the air (a school record in passing yards) with four touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior tailback rushed for 214 yards on 38 carries for one touchdown in the Rams win against Endicott.

Zach Grasis (WPI) – This week’s WPI Men’s Student Athlete of the Week, rushed for career highs of 195 yards and four touchdowns in the Engineers 48-28 victory against Curry College.