Football Friday Notebook: Friday Night Lights Returns to New England!

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By | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports fans and friends!

We have some exciting news to share: Friday Night Lights has officially returned to New England – let’s go!

(Special thanks to Coach Eric Taylor for some inspirational words to kick-off the very first Friday Night Lights weekend in New England!). 

So, while we anxiously await for games to kickoff, let’s dish out some links and news from the New England football world.

Friday Night Lights Games to Watch/Follow/Attend Tonight (Friday, Aug. 31st)

WPI at Anna Maria, 7 p.m.
Western New England at Springfield College, 7 p.m.
Nichols at Westfield State, 7 p.m.
Becker at MIT, 7 p.m.
Dean at Curry, 7 p.m. 

News and Notes from the New England Football World 

Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful debut under center last night for the Coast Guard Academy football team – he finished with 411 yards of total offense. He tossed a career-best 336 yards for two scores, while rushing for 75 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Despite falling to Coast Guard in its first-ever varsity contest, University of New England quarterback Brian Peters said it was “awesome” to be on the gridiron last night.

Despite the distance, the UNE fans made sure to support their Nor’Easters on the road last night when they traveled to New London, Connecticut to face-off against Coast Guard.

Prior to last night’s tilt against UNE, Coast Guard offensive coordinator Ray LaForte told quarterback Ryan Jones the following: “I’m going to make you better.”

University of Maine pounded its rival last night, defeating University of New Hampshire, 35-7, in Orono, Maine. Perhaps this was a statement win?

Last night was the final preseason game for the New England Patriots, so here are 17 thoughts from the great Chad Finn of the Boston Globe!

Finally, an in case you missed it piece from the Washington Post: A California high school football team has chosen to cancel its season after being outscored, 102-0, in its first two contests.

Tweet of the Week 

Did you see Danny Etling‘s 86-yard touchdown run last night against the New York Giants? If not, make sure to watch it now (below!).

Stay connected with Noontime Sports’ football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB!  

Mass. College Hockey: BU’s Eichel Signs With Buffalo Sabres

Boston University's Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend's NHL Drat to ink his name on a three-year, entry level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday.  (Photo Courtesy

Boston University’s Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend’s NHL Drat to ink his name on a three-year, entry level contract with Buffalo on Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy

By Matt Noonan 

Boston University rising sophomore Jack Eichel became the first skaters from this past weekend’s NHL Draft to ink his name on a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Eichel, who hails from Chelmsford, was the second round pick in this year’s draft. His decision to sign with Buffalo ended his collegiate career with the BU men’s ice hockey team.

“I’m super excited to be a part of this organization,” Eichel told “I signed today and that makes it official that I’ll be leaving school and pursuing my career in professional hockey, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.”

As a member of the BU Terriers men’s ice hockey team, Eichel claimed the Hobey Baker Award (second freshman to earn the award since Maine’s Paul Kariya won it in 1993) and netted 26 goals and 45 assists in 40 games. Eichel guided the Terriers to a Hockey East regular-season and tournament crown, and helped the Terriers reach the NCAA Championship contest.

Mass. College Hockey: Saturday Evening Roundup


Here are the scores and results from this evening’s contests.

QUICK NOTE: All games below were men’s ice hockey tilts. No local women’s games were played today. 

UMass 2, Colgate 0: Troy Power and Conor Sheary each netted one goal, while Steve Mastalerz deflected 18 shots as the Minutemen defeated Colgate in non-conference action. Both teams will return to the ice tomorrow, face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Bentley 4, Boston University 1: Brett Switzer recorded one goal and one assist, while Steve Weinstein registered two helpers as the Falcons shocked the Terriers in their first-ever meeting. BU’s Matt Lane lit the lamp for the fourth time this season in the third period, which trimmed the deficit to 3-1.

Maine 5, AIC 1: Chris Porter provided the Yellow Jackets with an early lead before the Black Bears netted five straight goals to secure a weekend sweep. AIC’s Ryan Kerpan finished the contest with 39 saves.

Mass. College Sports: Friday Night Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

There were a few basketball and hockey games that occurred this evening and below are their results and summaries.


Springfield 91, Worcester State 49 (Men’s Hoops): Springfield’s Robbie Burke recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds (nine defensive) as the Pride defeated the Lancers in Springfield. Josh Downes contributed 15 points off the bench for Springfield, while Brendan Rios led Worcester State with 18 points and five boards.

Springfield 54, Worcester State 40 (Women’s Hoops): The Pride stretched its current winning streak to four games as they defeated the Lancers in Worcester. Jamie Bickelhaupt led Springfield with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Worcester State’s Meaghan Burns led all players with 19 points.


Maine 7, AIC 1: Devin Shore recorded five points (one goal, four assists), while Connor Leen finished with four points (one goal, three assists) as the Black Bears topped the Yellow Jackets in Maine. Daniel Clairmont registered AIC’s lone goal in the second period, which was set up by Chris Porter and Brandon Fagerheim.

UMass Boston 9, Wentworth 2: Frankie DeAugustine (four goals) registered his first career hat trick in a Beacons sweater as UMass Boston defeated the Leopards in non-conference action. Mike Cox and Lawton McCracken each potted one goal for Wentworth.

Mass. College Hockey: Hockey East Quarterfinals Scoreboard


The Hockey East men’s quarterfinals commenced for most teams this evening and below are the local scores.

UMass Lowell 2, Maine 1 (OT) – Derek Arnold‘s extra session goal lifted the River Hawks past the Black Bears and provided the hosts with a series sweep. With the win UMass Lowell will advance to next Friday’s semifinals.

Boston College 4, Vermont 2 – Johnny Gaudreau‘s 19th goal of the season, which was recorded at 18:58 in the third, secured the Eagles their first win of the best-of-three series.

Boston University 3, Merrimack College 0 – Matt Nieto recorded two points (one goal, one assist) as the Terriers topped the Warriors in Boston and earned their first win of the best-of-three series.