Tag: Kevin DeWall

Under The Helmet With Endicott College Quarterback Joe Kalosky

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A last second touchdown pass by Endicott College quarterback Joe Kalosky helped the Gulls score an exciting week two win over Bridgewater State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s been an exciting week for the Endicott College sophomore signal-caller Joe Kalosky, who guided his team to an improbable comeback last Saturday against Bridgewater State.

Kalosky’s last second heave – a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sheilan Velazquez – helped the Gulls pick-up their initial win of the season, as well as gain some exciting traction, both on television and social media. Kalosky, along with coach Kevin DeWall, appeared on SportsCenter AM five days ago to discuss the exciting win, which had New England D3 football fans eager for more football this week.

This week, Kalsoky and the Gulls will visit MIT on Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The two teams met last season with Endicott claiming a 21-9 win, thanks to the now sophomore quarterback, who completed the game with 145 passing yards, along with a rushing touchdown in the opening session.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Kalosky to discuss his team’s exciting week two victory over the Bears of Bridgewater State.

It’s been a few days since your team’s exciting win over Bridgewater State, so tell me what the past few days have been like? 

The weekend was an exciting time for both our school and football program. However, after our Sunday meetings, our team completely shifted our focus to MIT. We’re not dwelling on the past. We are focused on MIT.

Have you ever led a game-winning drive like you did last Saturday in high school or perhaps in the backyard with friends? 

When I played for Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, I had a similar win on Thanksgiving Day during my junior year against Wolcott High School. We received a kickoff after their go-ahead touchdown with about 40 seconds remaining – we were down by five points. We ran a few plays to get in arms distance of the end zone. We snapped the ball with less than 10 seconds left from the 41-yard line. We had a “Big Ben” play designed and ran it perfectly – technically, how it was drawn up. I threw it high and into the end zone and my receiver tapped it backwards to a trailing receiver which one-handed-it and walked into the end zone. We won 39-38.

Here is Kalosky’s game-winning touchdown pass from Thanksgiving Day 2013. 

How does a win like last week help the squad going into not just this week, but the next few weeks? 

I believe last week’s win helped us establish the mentality of never giving up. We played hard from the first to last snap. And its a win that will give us momentum (going forward) – is also a step forward for us in becoming the team we want to be, too.

Heading into this week’s clash with MIT, what are a few things you and the offense must do to be successful? 

Heading into the MIT game (this Saturday, September 16th), we need to clean-up the aspects that we can control (on both sides of the ball). We hurt ourselves offensively too much during the first two weeks, but we have talent and just need to put it all together, so all eleven guys are on the same page.

Who is your all-time favorite quarterback? 

Brett Favre. Growing up, I loved to watch his competitiveness and will to win. He had a strong arm and believed he could make any throw in the game (at any time). I admired his uncharacteristic and spontaneous plays, too. He made something out of nothing and the play was never dead in his mind.

Have you always played quarterback? If not, what other positions did you play growing up? 

Mostly, I have always played quarterback since I was younger, but I did play linebacker on defense.

It is a cliché question, but what do you enjoy most about the sport of football? How has it helped you be successful off the gridiron? 

I enjoy the competitiveness and camaraderie of the sport. Football has helped me be successful off the field by working well and communicating with others along with always having the competitive instinct.

You are majoring in Educational Studies. Tell me why you chose this major and what you hope to do with it after graduation in 2020? 

I chose this major because I want to make a difference in kids’ lives. After graduation, I would like to get a job as a teacher in either a fourth or fifth grade urban area classroom. I would like to help kids that may not have much outside of the classroom and build them up to become a successful person.

Finally, what is your all-time favorite football movie? 

My all-time favorite football movie is Friday Night Lights. This movie came out when I was playing youth football and it painted a picture of what football in my life would be like. This movie prompted me to play football in high school and eventually I made the decision to continue playing football at the collegiate level.

Endicott’s DeWall, Kalosky Appear On SportsCenter AM

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it, Endicott College football made an appearance on ESPN‘s SportsCenter AM today – Sunday, September 10th – to discuss their dramatic and exciting 29-28 win over Bridgewater State.

Following a quick recap of the game-winning drive, Endicott coach Kevin DeWall and quarterback Joe Kalsoky joined the SportsCenter AM crew to discuss how the Gulls engineered an improbable comeback with less than a minute remaining.

After appearing on SportsCenter AM, Kalosky was named this week’s Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) Offensive Player of the Week for tossing a career-best four touchdowns, including the game-winning score.

Endicott’s game-winning score also gained attention from other media outlets, including NESN, the Salem News and Saturday Down South.

The Gulls return to action next Saturday, September 16 when they visit MIT for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

Endicott, DeWall Continue To Keep The Focus On Growth

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Despite an opening day loss to Framingham State, Endicott College coach Kevin DeWall believes his team did exhibit some growth. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was just one game, but Endicott College coach Kevin DeWall believes last Saturday’s non-conference clash against Framingham State provided his young Gulls with an idea of what they must do to contend with some of the best teams in New England.

“That was a good team, good test for us and I know we didn’t perform as well as we can, but I know we will, so we’ll go back to work and get better for week two,” said DeWall following his team’s opening week setback to the Rams.

Getting better for week two will remain the Gulls’ goal today, tomorrow and Friday before they embark on their initial road trip of the season on Saturday when Endicott visits Bridgewater State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

Similar to Endicott, Bridgewater State lost its season-opener to Buffalo State, but will certainly be ready to provide DeWall’s bunch with some challenges on both offense and defense.

Bridgewater State and Endicott College have not met since they both competed in the New England Football Conference (NECF) in 2012, but this is certainly a game DeWall and his staff believe will help the squad improve as they inch closer toward their first league game in October against Western New England (Saturday, October 14).

“(Our) non-conference schedule is going to really battle-test us and with that being said, we’ll look back and assess our depth, our decision making (and) our schemes,” said DeWall.

Following their visit to Bridgewater, Endicott will compete in three more non-conference tilts, including a week four visit to Hobart, a team the Gulls faced last season in Beverly. After visiting the Statesmen, the Gulls will wrap-up its non-conference slate with a visit from Husson University. The Eagles, who captured the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown last season, will be competing against Endicott every season, beginning in 2019 when they join the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) conference as its eighth member (University of New England will join the CCC next season as the league’s seventh member).

One game won’t define a season, but last Saturday’s clash with the Rams should help the Gulls moving forward, especially the team’s underclassmen that DeWall believed made some key plays at times. “I saw a lot of young kids making plays out there,” he said.

Some of those ‘young kids’ making plays was quarterback Joe Kalosky and wide receivers Zach DeNike and Anthony Whiteley. Whitley was tabbed this week’s CCC Offensive Rookie of the Week after completing his initial game of D3 Football with four catches for 67 yards and three rushes for 21 yards.

Said DeWall, “I think at the end of the day, we’ll be able to take a lot of positive (things) away from this game.”

Noontime Sports 2016 Year In Review

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Ah, the final day of 2016 has arrived.

And just like past years, it’s time to revisit some of our favorite stories from the past 12 months.

Yet, unlike past years, this year’s ‘year in review’ is made-up of a variety of stories from ‘Catching Up’ to features on the Amherst College and Endicott College football programs to Wheaton women’s basketball providing Coach Melissa Hodgdon with her 200th win as a head coach.

I also made sure to highlight a few podcasts from the past few months – yes, Noontime Sports the Podcast returned this summer and I am super excited to host the 16th episode, which will be posted later next week.

So, sit back, relax, and re-read or listen to some of our biggest posts from 2016, and have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year!

See you in 2017!

Endicott Football Continues To Grow And Develop Under Coach DeWall

Coach DeWall's Endicott Gulls enter this weekend's clash with WNE riding a three-game winning streak. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)
Coach DeWall’s Endicott Gulls enter this weekend’s clash with WNE riding a three-game winning streak. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s a big week for the Endicott College football team as the Gulls host undefeated Western New England tomorrow (Saturday, October 22) in a pivotal New England Football Conference (NEFC) clash.

“We will be playing a very good Western New England team this Saturday,” said Endicott head coach Kevin DeWall.

“Both teams are currently undefeated in conference play, so both teams have goals and aspirations of winning our conference and advancing to the NCAA Playoffs.”

Endicott enters the contest on three-game winning streak following a pair of road wins, including a victory last weekend at Maine Maritime Academy. Quarterback Joe Kalosky highlighted his team’s performance, tossing a career-best three touchdowns, while Lavante Wiggins rumbled for 65 yards on 11 carries and one score.

In addition to their win over the Mariners, Endicott also earned a pair of conference victories against Nichols College (37-0) and MIT (21-9).

“We have made some very good progress since day one, so the 3-0 start in conference play is exciting,” said DeWall. “It is also the standard and expectation we have set for our program. We know we have many areas that we still need to improve on, and the guys are eager to grow and develop together.”

Growth and development have been the keys to Endicott’s success this season, and despite losing a trio of non-conference games last month, DeWall believes those contests will help the Gulls remain competitive over the next few weeks.

“We did not fair as we wanted the past two years with a handful of young players in these non-conference games,” DeWall said, “but the experience has been great for our team.”

In addition to growth and development, DeWall has also seen numerous players – both upperclassmen and first-years – step-up when needed.

“There are many players who have stepped up their game (over) the last few weeks; too many to truly name,” said DeWall.

“The upperclassmen are now becoming more comfortable in their second year of our offensive and defensive schemes, and our first year players have had half a season to digest everything, and you can physically see them improve with each rep and each week of game experience.”

With players stepping up, while the team continues to grow and develop, you can bet DeWall’s crew will provide challenges, not just for Western New England, but their remaining conference foes.

“Here in our second year with this coaching staff taking over this program, we continue to teach the guys what it takes to improve and win each day, and there has been steady improvement throughout,” said DeWall.

“If our team has continues to grow and develop, we anticipate it will be an exciting game between two good teams (on Saturday).”