The small college football postseason has officially arrived, which means it is time to “go inside” various local matchups, beginning with Saturday’s New England Bowl meeting between Bridgewater State University and Catholic University.
Bridgewater State’s 2022 Season Review: For the third consecutive season, the Bears won six of 10 contests, including six of eight Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilts. The Red and White dropped their first three contests before cracking the win column with a week four victory over Western Connecticut.
The Bears have won two of their last three contests, including back-to-back home games against Framingham State (20-19) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (10-0).
Catholic’s 2022 Season Review: The Cardinals secured a spot in their first-ever New England Bowl game after concluding the regular season with six wins.
Coach Mike Gutelius’s squad began its season with a 37-27 win over McDaniel College before losing their next three contests. Catholic would bounce back with an impressive 42-7 win over MIT in week five that kept them in the mix for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Last weekend, Catholic fell to Springfield College in a de-facto NEWMAC title game that provided the Pride with the league crown, along with a spot in the 2022 NCAA Division III postseason.
Bridgewater’s Last New England Bowl Appearance: The Bears leaned on their defense in 2018 to clinch its first-ever New England Bowl with a 34-19 win over Salve Regina University.
Chris Easter was named the Most Valuable Player following an impressive defensive performance that saw the Poughkeepsie, New York native record a pair of interceptions to go with five pass breakups and six solo tackles.
Catholic’s Last Bowl Game: The Cardinals last competed in a bowl game in 2008 when they beat Johns Hopkins University in the ECAC Southeast Bowl by a score of 18-7.
Players to Watch on Bridgewater State: James Cahoon (QB), Adam Couch (RB), Michael Nocera (WR), Kyle Torres (WR), Jack McCarthy (WR), Shane Drake (K/P), Brendan Albert (LB), Steven Silvia (LB), Zachary Souza (DB), and Brian Campagna (DL).
Players to Watch on Catholic: Nico Casares (QB), Jared Colletti (RB), Kevin Licciardi (RB), Preston Jeffrey (WR), Malachi Hansen (WR), Connor Gill (K/P), Joe Nazzaro (LB), Carson Henry (LB), Dieter Kerat (LB), Mason Stillwell (DB), and Noah Miller (DB).