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USAC Will Kick Off Its Spring Season This Saturday

By NoontimeSports.com

The USA South Athletic Conference (USAC) is set to kickoff its spring season this weekend, joining a slew of other NCAA D-III, NAIA, and FCS squads that will be in action tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

Brevard College will look to continue its success from 2019 on Saturday when they begin their spring season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Tommy Moss/Brevard College Athletics)

Brevard College and Huntingdon College will kickoff the truncated season on Saturday, February 20 before other teams return to the gridiron, both next week and the week after – Saturday, March 6, to be exact.

The USAC spring season will conclude with a championship game on Saturday, April 3 between the winner of the East and West Divisions.

Five teams, including Huntingdon, secured first-place nods in last week’s preseason coaches poll while Averett University and North Carolina Wesleyan College garnered a pair of first-place nods as two members of the East Division.

Let’s get you set for the opening weekend of USAC football with a quick preview of Saturday’s match-up between Huntingdon and Brevard:

Huntingdon has not played a football game since November 30, 2019 when they lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The game marked the end of an exciting run for the Hawks, who captured the USAC crown with an 8-4 record, including a 6-1 mark in league play.

Four Hawks earned postseason honors from D3Football.com, securing spots on the 2019 All-South Region Team, including Otis Porter, who departed the Huntingdon program as the all-time leader in receptions (160), receiving yards (3,045), and touchdown receptions (35). Darrell Hixon, who also joined Porter on the same team, returns this spring to anchor an offensive line that helped the Hawks offense average 404.2 yards per game.

Brevard enjoyed one of its best seasons in program history in 2019, posting an 8-2 overall record, which included an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Scotty Whitelaw Bowl win over Carnegie Mellon.

The eight wins were the most recorded by a Tornadoes squad since the 2009 squad won seven contests.

Dante Anderson will be one of many student-athletes to watch on this Tornadoes squad, both on Saturday and this season – the Hartwell, Georgia native, who was named a first-team all-conference defensive back in 2019, guided a Brevard defense that recorded a league-high 21 interceptions and five touchdowns. The Tornadoes defense will certainly be a unit to watch on Saturday as they will square-off against a Hawks offense that will feature nine new starters.

Huntingdon coach Mike Turk, who has won 110 contests with the Hawks, knows Saturday’s contest is an important one for his team, which he says is “playing for a trophy” this spring.

“As long as there’s a trophy on the line, we’re gonna approach it like we always have and try to do everything we can to reach that goal,” said Turk, via Solomon Crenshaw Jr. of the Alabama Newscenter.

Brevard and Huntingon will square-off at 2 p.m. – the game will be played in Montgomery, Alabama and can be seen on the Hawks’ YouTube channel.

Noontime’s Spring Football Notebook (Feb. 17, 2021)

By Matt Noonan

The third week of the spring college football season is quickly approaching, so let’s revisit some news, notes, and stories from the past two weeks, as well as slowly look ahead to this week’s slate of games.

McNeese State outlasted Tarleton State University in its season-opener: The Cowboys of McNeese State kicked-off the FCS spring season last Saturday with a thrilling 40-37 win over the Texans in double-overtime.

Cody Oregon highlighted his team’s victory against Tarleton State with five touchdowns, including two on the ground. Oregon’s 19-yard rushing touchdown during the second overtime period clinched the opening day win for a McNeese, which has not participated in a spring season since the 1890s.

Last Saturday’s win was the first for first-year coach Frank Wilson and the Cowboys, which have dealt with a lot over the past few months, including two major hurricanes that left the squad without a home or facility for close to six months.

The Cowboys are idle this weekend but will return to the field at the end of the month for their home-opener against Incarnate Word on Saturday, February 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. eastern.

Johnson ready to lead James Madison this Saturday: It’s been a little more than a year since the Dukes of James Madison University last played football, but the Purple and Gold will once again be a team to watch this spring – they enter their initial game against Morehead State on Saturday as the fourth-best team in FCS, per Hero Sports‘ preseason rankings.

Cole Johnson will be the team’s quarterback this spring after spending the past two years as the back-up to Bryan Schor and Ben DiNucci.

Johnson has certainly prepared for this moment, according to a recent interview with the Daily News-Record, and was able to secure the starting spot by beating fourth-year junior Gage Moloney.

Trinity (Texas) leads the SAA: It’s been a successful start to the Tigers’ 2021 spring season as the Maroon and White have won back-to-back games against Austin College and Millsaps College, thanks to some impressive play by its defense. The Tigers are currently in first place in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) with a 2-0 record.

Trinity’s defense has limited opponents to an average of just two touchdowns per game this month – last week, they held Millsaps to just one score while the offense produced three touchdowns, thanks to quarterback Tucker Horn. Ryan Merrifield and Anton Noble combined for three touchdown receptions while Michael Edmonson rushed for a game-high 99 yards on 18 carries and one score.

Michael Jewett led the Trinity defense with two sacks for a loss of nine yards while Ryan Arnold recorded just one interception against Millsaps quarterback Amryn Jeffrey, who ended the contest 7 of 20 for 184 yards.

Prior to their win over the Majors last weekend, the Trinity defense produced four sacks and seven tackles for a loss of 25 yards while registering five pass breakups.

Trinity will entertain Hedrix College this weekend with a kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. eastern.

Extra, Extra:

  • The East Texas Baptist Tigers will be idle this weekend but have won two games this month, including a 44-16 win over Belhaven University last weekend. KJ Kelly highlighted his team’s second win by posting 10 total tackles, including five solo stops and two interceptions, and two pass break-ups.
  • Mary Hardin-Baylor will enjoy its second bye week before returning to the field next Saturday, February 27 for an enticing matchup against Southwestern University.

    The Pirates of Southwestern were initially scheduled to play this weekend, but their matchup with Belhaven has been postponed due to “extreme weather conditions” in Texas.
  • Bryce Verble was named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) offensive player of the week on Monday after setting a single-game school record for passing yards last weekend in his team’s 48-43 setback to St. Andrews University.

    The Bluefield College signal-caller ended their second contest of the 2020-21 season with 432 passing yards and six touchdowns.
  • Georgetown College outscored the University of Cumberlands, 17-7, during the final two sessions to secure an opening-day 27-20 win.

    Chris Cline converted two field goals in the win, including a 38-yard boot in the opening quarter, while quarterback Hunter Krause completed 14 of 22 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns. Krause scored the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard keeper.

Noontime’s Spring Football Team of the Week (Feb. 8, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone!

The first official weekend of spring college football is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our initial Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

This week, we’re highlighting a few NCAA D-III student-athletes that competed this past weekend, but as the spring season progresses, we will include FBS and Division II players, too.


Noontime Sports’ Football Team of the Week (Feb. 8, 2021)

Austin Bertness (Trinity (Texas)): Bertness led all receivers in his team’s 11-point win over Austin with a game-high nine receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns.

Kyle Bell (Howard Payne): Bell posted a game-high 19 total tackles, including 10 solo stops against Texas Lutheran.

Tommy Bowden (Mary Hardin-Baylor): In his team’s first contest of the spring season, the sophomore signal-caller rushed for a pair of touchdowns while throwing for 104 yards and another score. The Cru scored a convincing 41-0 victory over Belhaven last Saturday.

Ben Brockman (Southwestern): Brockman led all defenders with 11 total stops, including eight solo tackles to go with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Southwestern opened its spring season with a 28-17 setback to East Texas Baptist.

Seth Cosme (Texas Lutheran): Cosme totaled 313 yards of total offense against Howard Payne, including 83 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 230 yards and two scores.

Blake Hinton (Hendrix): Hinton led his team with seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 17.6 yards per reception in his team’s initial spring win against Millsaps.

Amryn Jeffrey (Millsaps): Against Hendrix, Amryn Jeffrey completed 19 of 34 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns.

Landon McKinney (Howard Payne): Against Texas Lutheran, McKinney tallied 377 yards of total offense, including 68 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

Wyatt Messex (Trinity (Texas)): Messex enjoyed a successful start to his team’s spring season by completing 22 of 34 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for. game-high 46 yards on 14 carries.

Will Newman (Rhodes): In his team’s first contest of the spring season, Newman led the Rhodes defense with 12 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of three yards against Birmingham-Southern.

Jake Parker (Howard Payne): Parker caught a game-high 11 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown against Texas Lutheran.

Mason Perkins (Texas Lutheran): Perkins averaged 20.5 yards per reception in his team’s initial spring contest against Howard Payne. Perkins caught 10 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

Blake Phipps (Howard Payne): Against Texas Lutheran, Phipps tallied eight points on five extra points and a 42-yard field goal.

Branden Rew (Birmingham-Southern): Rew led all defenders in his team’s 52-0 win over Rhodes with three receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Aaron Rideaux (Austin): Against Trinity (Texas), Rideaux led his team with six grabs for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged a game-high 15.7 yards per reception.

Austin Russell (Millsaps): Russell hauled in a game-high 128 receiving yards on nine grabs, along with three touchdowns. He averaged 14.2 yards per reception.

Colton Strickland (McMurry): Against Sul Ross State, Strickland posted eight total tackles, including five solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 15 yards, and two quarterback hurries.

Kord Tuttle (Pacific Lutherlan): Against Pugent Sound, Tuttle posted 11 total stops, including eight solo tackles to go with one interception (14 yards). He finished last Saturday’s game with two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards and one sack for a loss of 15 yards.

Duncan Varela (Pugent Sound): In his team’s first spring season contest against Pacific Lutheran, Varela led all rushers with 132 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 14 yards and one touchdown.

Liam Vincifora (Millsaps): Vincifora concluded his team’s initial spring contest with 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss for 46 yards, and one sack for five yards.

Jacob Wood (Hendrix): Wood enjoyed a very successful start to his team’s spring season by completing 17 of 29 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a game-high 146 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.

Spring Football Begins This Weekend

Spring football – well, college spring football – begins this Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anderson Mancini on Visual Hunt / CC BY)

By Matt Noonan

It sounds crazy, but a spring football season – well, more a college spring football season is set to kickoff this weekend with a slew of NCAA D-III contests.

Next week, more games will be played, including the initial NCAA FCS contest of the 2020-21 academic year as McNeese State will visit Tarleton State University for a 7 p.m. kickoff. And once the calendar flips to March, there will be even more games, including a slew of NCAA D-II contests.

Again, this sounds crazy, spring football – well, college football, to be exact – taking place during the spring, but games will occur, along with other sports. And like winter sports, there will be challenges, along with cancelations and postponements, but from what I have gathered, it appears as if coaches and student-athletes are eager to return to the gridiron.

And like we have previously, we’ll do our best to keep you updated on a weekly basis with blogs, podcasts, and maybe some TikTok videos? Either way, we’re excited to cover some college football – yes, we will continue with some updates on northeast college basketball, but for now, let’s get excited for the start of a spring season because we don’t know if this will ever happen again!

Here is your week one schedule for spring football:

  • Hendrix at Millsaps, 1 p.m.
  • Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven, 1 p.m.
  • Austin at Trinity (Texas), 1 p.m.
  • Texas Lutheran at Howard Payne, 2 p.m.
  • Eastern Texas Baptist at Southwestern, 2 p.m.
  • Sul Ross State at McMurry, 2 p.m.
  • Pacific Lutheran at Pugent Sound, 3 p.m.
  • Birmingham-Southern at Rhodes, 7 p.m.