Tag: MASCAC Football

D3 Football: Maher, Johnston Secure Spots On AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America Teams

Framingham State’s Jacob Maher concluded his initial season with the Rams as an AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-America First Teamer. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Framingham State Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

A pair of New England D-III Football student-athletes were recently named to the 2019 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Teams.

Jacob Maher of Framingham State secured a spot on the first team, while Kyle Johnston of Massachusetts Maritime Academy earned a spot on the second team.

Maher wrapped up his first and final season of college football with the Rams this fall by catching a team-high 56 receptions for 819 yards and eight touchdowns. The senior tight end from Marshfield, Massachusetts averaged 5.1 receptions and 74.5 yards per contest. He caught a season-high three touchdowns in his team’s 39-33 win over UMass Dartmouth in October before hauling in two touchdowns in his team’s regular-season finale against Worcester State.

Prior to earning an end of season honor from the AFCA, Maher earned and All-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) first-team honor and a spot on the New England Football Writers (NEFW) Division II/III team.

Johnston, who also appeared on the NEFW D-II/III team, enjoyed his best season with the Buccaneers by recording a career-best 57.0 total tackles, including 37 solo stops and 20 assists in 10 contests. The defensive lineman from Raynham, Massachusetts tallied career-highs in sacks (12.5), tackles for a loss (19.5), and forced fumbles (three) in 10 games this fall and was also named to the All-MASCAC first team. 

In four seasons with the Buccaneers, Johnston tallied 164.0 total tackles, including 121 solo stops to go along with 49.5 tackles for a loss and 25.5 sacks. He also recorded eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and seven pass breakups, including three last season.

D3 Football: Wojenski Leads Framingham State To Second-Straight New England Bowl Win

Framingham State quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns in his team’s New England Football Bowl victory against Curry College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Framingham State quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns, while completing 19 of 28 passes for 246 yards as the Rams topped Curry College, 48-14, in the 2017 New England Football Bowl this afternoon at Bowditch Field.

With the win, Framingham State has now won a pair of New England Football Bowls, including the inaugural game last year when they defeated Salve Regina in Newport, Rhode Island.

All five of Wojenski’s touchdowns were recorded in the first half as he connected with Khaneil Bruce and Quron Wright for a pair of strikes, respectively, while locating Shaquille Joseph on his team’s initial drive for a 24-yard score.

Wojenski would toss his next four touchdowns in the second quarter, which provided the hosts with a 34-7 advantage at the break.

Napoleon Miller and Sebastein Robert extended Framingham State’s advantage with rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, while Curry mustered just one score in the third quarter when quarterback Alex Corvese hauled in a two-yard score on the far side from wide receiver Spencer Tyler.

The Rams conclude their 2017 season at 10-1 overall, while Wojenski ended his second season with the Black and Gold by tossing 19 touchdowns in eight contests.

Mass. Maritime’s Phillips Earns NEFW Division II/III Gold Helmet Award

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy tailback Richie Phillips earned this week’s NEFW Division II-III Gold Helmet Award. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mass. Maritime Academy Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Following an impressive showing against Maine Maritime Academy last weekend, Massachusetts Maritime Academy senior tailback Richie Phillips earned this week’s Division II-III Gold Helmet, which was presented by the New England Football Writers and Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Phillips, who received the prestigious award this afternoon at the weekly New England Football Writers Luncheon at Harvard University, recorded a career-high 146 yards on  on 25 carries, while registering a pair of scores, including a 31-yard touchdown reception at the end of the first half.

Prior to earning today’s prestigious award,  Phillips earned a spot on this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll, which was posted on Tuesday, September 19th.

The Buccaneers’ 34-25 win helped the squad secure the Admiral’s Cup for the first time since 2014. And according to today’s release, Massachusetts Maritime has now won five of the last seven meetings against Main Maritime, dating back to the 2011 season.

Through two games this season, Phillips has rushed for 196 yards on 48 carries and three touchdowns, while recording two catches for 45 yards. His catch this past weekend – the 31-yard touchdown reception – is the longest reception he has recorded this season.

Prior to earning today’s Division II-III Gold Helmet Award, Phillips’ teammate George Lampros was named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Football Special Teams Player of the Week. Lampros concluded last week’s contest with a pair of field goals (34 and 39 yards out) – both kicks were his first, as noted in Sunday’s release – while converting four extra points.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy will begin conference play this Saturday, September 23rd when they visit Framingham State for the annual Kelley Cup. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Previewing The 2017 Bridgewater State Football Schedule

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Bridgewater State head coach Joe Verria and the Bears will begin their 2017 campaign on Saturday, September 2nd at Buffalo State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The defending Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champions will host five games this season at Bridgewater State University, while making the trek to five institutions, including Buffalo State in week one.

Bridgewater State, which has unveiled its 2017 slate on its athletic department’s website, will play its initial home game on Saturday, September 9th when the Bears entertain Endicott College with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

The Gulls and Bears last met in 2012 with Bridgewater State claiming a 20-14 win in BridgewaterMike McCarthy highlighted the contest with a pair of rushing scores – he concluded the game with 144 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Bridgewater State won nine games in 2012 and competed in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament against Widener.

Following a pair of non-conference clashes, the Bears will hop into league play with a ‘Friday Night’ clash with Framingham State University. Last season, Malik Garrett highlighted his team’s dramatic (and exciting) win over the Rams as he rushed for a pair of scores, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime, which helped the Bears lock-up the conference crown.

Bridgewater State will close out the opening month with a visit to Fitchburg State (Saturday, September 23rd) and a home date against Westfield State (Saturday, September 30th).

The Bears will visit a pair of squads in October, beginning with Plymouth State on Saturday, October 7th followed by a trip to UMass Dartmouth (Oct. 13th). Bridgewater State beat both squads last season, but needed two overtimes to top the Panthers in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater State will host Western Connecticut on Saturday, October 21st as part of the school’s ‘Homecoming Weekend’ before capping its regular season with back-to-back November tilts against Worcester State (Nov. 4th) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Nov. 11th).

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PROGRAM NOTE: We’ll have more on the Bears as we get closer to the start of the 2017 football season. 

New England D3 Football: Resiliency Has Been The Key For Bridgewater State

Bridgewater State Interim Head Coach Joe Verria has guided the Bears to six-straight wins, dating back to a week three victory over Worcester State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)
Bridgewater State Interim Head Coach Joe Verria has guided the Bears to six-straight wins, dating back to a week three victory over Worcester State.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)

By Matt Noonan 

Resiliency has been the key for Bridgewater State’s football team this season.

Two weeks into their 2016 campaign, Joe Verria’s crew was starring at a possible third-straight setback when Worcester State commenced their contest with the Bears by scoring a first quarter touchdown. The advantage didn’t last long, however, as Bridgewater State overcame the one-score deficit to en route to their first of six-straight MASCAC victories with a 34-14 win over the Lancers.

“We got on a run (after losing) our first two games of the season, but now we have won six in a row,” said Verria, who was tabbed the program’s interim head coach in August.

“We have won games in all kinds of different ways. Close games, high scoring games, so these kids are very, very resilient and they are finding ways to close games out now.”

The Bears’ six-game winning streak hasn’t been a cakewalk – Bridgewater State has won four of their six contests by at least a touchdown, including a six-point victory over Plymouth State during a dramatic double-overtime win last month, which saw the Bears rally to force an extra session.

“The double-overtime win over Plymouth (State) was an amazing game and win for our team, especially being down 14-0 (at the start of the game),” said Verria.

While winning six-straight games is a testament to the resiliency and hard work this Bears squad has displayed over the past few weeks, Verria and his squad know their momentum will be tested this Saturday when they visit Framingham State in what could determine a possible MASCAC regular season champion.

Bridgewater State – currently first in the MASCAC with a 6-0 ledger – can lock-up their first conference crown in eight seasons with a win over the Rams. A victory for the Rams, however, would setup a scoreboard watch the following week – the last weekend of the regular season.

“They’re a very, very good football team,” Verria said of his team’s upcoming opponent.

“We have lost to Framingham State the past three years, so I think everyone from day one has been gunning for them. They have been the perennial champion and until they’re dethroned, they still are the perennial champion in my opinion.”

Verria knows his team will need to play their best football against a Rams squad that enters the contest winners of three-straight. Both teams posses strong offensive and defensive units – the defense has been key for both squad’s this season.

Framingham State overcame a three-point deficit at the break last season to defeat Bridgewater State, 27-17. The win provided the Rams with their sixth consecutive MASCAC title, along with an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III Tournament.

“Coach (Tom) Kelley has done a tremendous job over there, (leading them) into the national playoffs … they’re a good football team, they’re a good team,” said Verria.

“(Our players) have been focused (this week), so you can just feel there is a difference.”