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D3 Football: Zelos Athletics Players of The Week (Monday, Nov. 4th, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the ninth week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too


This season, Noontime Sports will select at least one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.

The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Terrell Watts tossed a program-record seven touchdowns which helped the Bulldogs of Dean College outlast Alfred State, 50-46. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrell Watts (Dean College | Quarterback | New Haven, Conn.): The second-year signal-caller tossed a program-record seven touchdown passes last Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to an important (and thrilling) conference win over Alfred State.

Tabbed this week’s Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Week, Watts completed 18 of 29 passes for 260 yards with five of his seven touchdowns landing in the hands of Errol Breaux, who concluded the game with 125 yards on eight catches. The five touchdown receptions were a season-best for Breaux.

Watts’ seven touchdown passes places him third in touchdowns thrown in a single game this season. Evan Lewandowski of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse tossed nine touchdowns earlier this season against University of Wisconsin-Platteville, while Wyatt Smith of Linfield College threw for eight scores against University of Puget Sound last month.

In eight games this season, Watts has completed 152 of 247 passes for a career-high 2,012 yards and 25 touchdowns.


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Tony Slaughter established a new single-season record for tackles for a loss last Saturday against Western Connecticut. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth | Defensive Back | Springfield, Mass.): Slaughter concluded last Saturday’s win against Western Connecticut with 13 total tackles, including 12 solo stops. Additionally, he recorded two sacks and three tackles for a loss of 11 yards to establish a new single-season record for tackles for losses.

As noted in Sunday’s release about Slaughter being named this week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, Slaughter erased Marvey Mathurin‘s single-season record by bumping his total to 18 tackles for a loss of 70 yards. Mathurin posted 17.5 tackles for a loss of 65 yards in 2017, which was his final season with the Corsairs.

Through eight contests this season, Slaughter has registered 50.0 total tackles, including 36 solo stops, six sacks for a loss of 38 yards, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups. He has also tallied two blocks.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Sullivan (Framingham State | Linebacker | Dartmouth, Mass.): Sullivan paced the Rams defense last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards. One of his tackles was a sack for a loss of nine yards.

The seven solo stops is a season-best for the senior, while the four tackles for a loss were also a season-best. Sullivan’s lone sack was the senior’s first of the season.

Sullivan has competed in six games this season, logging 21.0 total tackles, including 12 solo stops and four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards.


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Mark Wright drilled a season-long 43-yard field goal last Saturday, which helped MIT tie the game and eventually win it in double-overtime. (PHOTO COURTESY: Robert Krawitz)

Special Teamer of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT | Kicker | Fort Worth, Texas): Wright drilled a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter, including a 41-yard kick as time expired to send last Saturday’s game to overtime and help MIT defeat WPI, 28-22.

Wright posted a season-high eight points off two field goals, including a season-long 43-yarder, along with two extra points to bump his season total to 27 points. The third-year kicker has converted four of seven field goals while kicking 15 of 19 extra points.

D3 Football: Nichols Outlasts UNE, Framingham State Tops West Conn.

SATURDAY ROUNDUP

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For the second-straight season, Nichols College defeated the University of New England. But on Saturday, they needed not one, but four overtime sessions to outlast the Nor’easters in Biddeford, Maine.

Halfback Joshua Pierre-Charles helped the Bison keep their conference title hopes alive by rushing for a two-yard touchdown in the fourth extra session following a 21-yard field goal by UNE’s Kevin Heintz to clinch the three-point victory.

With the win, the Bison improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league play.

Pierre-Charles concluded Saturday’s thriller with three touchdowns and a game-high 82 yards on 22 carries. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.

Nichols quarterback Michael Pina ended the game with 329 passing yards and three scores while adding 53 yards on nine carries.

UNE led Nichols, 21-14, at the break before both offenses swapped touchdowns and field goals over the final 30 minutes.

Quarterback Brian Peters completed 34 of 50 passes in the setback for 343 yards and four touchdowns – he also rushed for three yards on five carries.

Nichols’ Joe Cox led the defense with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of four yards. He also added one pass break-up, too.

The Bison face Husson University next weekend in another must-win game for Nichols, which needs to beat the Eagles, Curry College, and Endicott College to have a chance to secure the league title. Nicholas did lose earlier this month to Western New England but has scored conference wins over UNE, Becker College and Salve Regina.

Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England all scored conference wins this afternoon – the Gulls and Golden Bears are currently tied for the top spot in the conference and will meet next Saturday, November 2nd in Springfield, Massachusetts with the winner securing the inside track to the conference crown.

Adam Wojenski accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air, which helped Framingham State defeat Western Connecticut, 39-14, and secure the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with three weeks remaining.

Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards while rushing for a game-high 84 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

The Framingham State defense ended the game with 10 tackles for a loss of 57 yards, including six sacks for a loss of 38 yards. Adeboye Oyaronbi tallied seven total tackles, including four solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards, while Cully Curran paced the unit with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.

Western Connecticut’s Will Daniels led all receivers with eight catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.

With today’s win over the Colonials, the Rams have won five-straight contests since starting the season with back-to-back losses. Framingham State visits Massachusetts Maritime Academy next Saturday – the Buccaneers lost to Plymouth State this afternoon by a score of 7-3.

While Western Connecticut sees its six-game winning streak conclude, they still have a chance to win the MASCAC crown, pending how the final three weeks play out. The Colonials have already beaten Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime, two teams the Rams will face the next two weeks.

Westfield State scored its first win of the season with a 26-7 victory against Fitchburg State. Leesandro Colon rushed for a pair of touchdowns while finishing the game with 132 yards on 20 carries.

Westfield’s Joseph Mazzotta led the Owls defense with 14 total tackles, while George Cole added 12 total stops.

Terrell Watts accounted for five touchdowns – three through the air, two on the ground – while Saquan Kelly rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown as Dean College defeated Gallaudet University, 56-35, to secure the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 3-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play with just two games remaining. Dean needs to beat Alfred State and Castleton University the next two weeks in order to secure the program’s first-ever ECFC title.


Quick Hitters 

  • The Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title race is down to just three teams: Endicott, Nichols, and Western New England. The Golden Bears currently have the edge with a win over the Bison earlier this month, but the Gulls can secure their first-ever CCC title with a victory next Saturday against the Golden Bears, along with a win over the Bison two weeks later. Endicott will also need to beat UNE, too – both Nichols and WNE have beaten the Nor’easters this season.
  • With today’s win over Western Connecticut, Framingham State controls its own destiny with three weeks remaining. They need to beat Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, along with Worcester State in week 11. The Rams defense (and its offense, too) seem to be peaking at the right time, but their next two matchups against the Bears and Buccaneers are no gimmes.

  • Middlebury College remains the frontrunner in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), but cannot overlook its next two foes, Hamilton College and Tufts University. Hamilton beat Tufts this afternoon in Somerville, Massachusetts – they also scored an exciting win last week against Amherst College, which lost to Wesleyan University in double-overtime earlier today. If the Panthers can get past the Continentals next Saturday, then they should be able to find a way to beat the Jumbos in their season finale.
  • Both Wesleyan and Williams College are both in a position to still win the NESCAC, thanks to wins earlier this fall against Hamilton and Tufts. The Ephs and Cardinals will meet next week in Middletown, Connecticut with second place on the line.
  • WPI appears destined to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Engineers defeated Merchant Marine, 66-13, to secure their seventh win of the season. WPI will face MIT next weekend in a game the Engineers of Cambridge need to win in order to keep their title hopes alive.

Saturday’s Scoreboard 

  • Endicott College 41, Husson University 16
  • Nichols College 51, University of New England 48 (4OT)
  • Western New England 49, Curry College 27
  • Salve Regina 45, Becker College 0
  • Alfred State 21, Castleton University 15
  • Dean College 56, Gallaudet University 35
  • SUNY-Maritime 13, Anna Maria College 10 (OT)
  • Framingham State 39, Western Connecticut 14
  • Plymouth State 7, Mass. Maritime Academy 3
  • Westfield State 26, Fitchburg State 7
  • UMass Dartmouth 46, Worcester State  8
  • Colby College 23, Bates College 20
  • Hamilton College 36, Tufts University 21
  • Williams College 29, Trinity College 15
  • Wesleyan University 31, Amherst College (2OT)
  • Middlebury College 47, Bowdoin College 29
  • Norwich University 51, Maine Maritime Academy 10
  • MIT 22, Coast Guard Academy 16
  • WPI 66, Merchant Marine 13
  • Springfield College 49, Catholic University 21

D’Emilia’s Eight Touchdowns Highlights A ‘Unbelievable’ Bridgewater State Game Plan

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Bridgewater State’s Stefano D’Emilia recorded eight touchdowns in his team’s week seven victory against UMass Dartmouth. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bridgewater State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Stefano D’Emilia recalls scoring four or five touchdowns in previous games, both in college and high school, but never recording eight touchdowns, which he did this past weekend to help Bridgewater State University score an important conference victory against UMass Dartmouth

D’Emilia matched a single-game program record with five touchdown passes while adding three scores on the ground. He completed 15 of 27 passes for a school-record 345 yards, while also catching a two-point conversion in the opening half.  

His impressive effort earned him a pair of weekly honors, including the Division II/III Gold Helmet Award by the New England Football Writers

Two days after scoring eight touchdowns against the Corsairs, D’Emilia was happy to discuss his team’s win – the conversation shifted rather quickly from his eight touchdowns to the game plan his coaches drew up that allowed both him and his teammates to play what the senior signal-caller believes was their best game of the season. 

“Honestly, all week we put in our game plan and our offensive coaches did an unbelievable job,” said D’Emilia, who has thrown for 17 touchdowns this season. 

“Coach (Rene) Moyen and Coach (Pat) Callahan put us in a position to be successful on the field and it was a matter of us taking the game plan and running with it, but they put in some stuff that worked well (for us) and continued to work throughout the game, (but) that game plan we had was just unbelievable.” 

The game plan not only allowed D’Emilia to flourish against a Corsairs defense, which has limited opposing quarterbacks to 234.7 passing yards per game this fall but also featured a Bears’ offensive line that did not yield a single sack for the first time this season. 

D’Emilia lit up when discussing his offensive line – he calls this unit the “hardest workers in the room” – and was thankful for their effort to allow him to go through his progressions, while also paving holes for him to rush past the Corsairs defense for a game-high 53 yards. 

“I can’t say enough about the offensive line,” said D’Emilia. “Every single day they come in and their goal is to get better, and without them nothing is possible. 

“The quarterback is only as good as those front five and I am so lucky to play with them,” he added.  

Seniors Michael Casey (center), Austin White (left guard), Nicholas Spinale (right guard), and Tyilin Landrum (right tackle), along with junior Daniel Flores Martinez (left tackle) and sophomore Alexander Byron (right tackle) make-up the Bears’ offensive line that has helped the offense register 400 total yards of offense in four of seven contests this season. 

In addition to the offense, the Bears’ defense was impressive, too – they intercepted both UMass Dartmouth quarterbacks five times while combining for six tackles for a loss of 16 yards. The unit also recorded seven pass break-ups, while forcing a pair of fumbles. 

“I think this is by far the most complete game we have played as a team thus far, but with that being said I don’t think this is as good as we can play,” said D’Emilia. “I think there is always room for improvement and our motto is that we can’t be satisfied.” 

Not being satisfied was discussed quite a few times on the sidelines during their win against UMass Dartmouth even when leading 27-7 after one-quarter of play. It has become a rallying cry for these Bears, who began their current campaign with three-straight losses but are currently tied with Massachusetts Maritime Academy for second place in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Bridgewater State is idle this weekend – they embark on an important three-game stretch beginning next Saturday, November 2nd against Plymouth State University – but are expected to utilize this downtime to get rested and ready so they can attempt to capture their second conference title since winning it in 2016. 

Sure, D’Emilia and his teammates would probably love to play this weekend and continue their recent momentum, which began with a week four victory against Fitchburg State, but as the senior from Bridgewater, Massachusetts explains, “it will be good to get a few days off and get healthy, and regain what we have going.” 

D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Framingham State Rallies To Beat UMass Dartmouth

SATURDAY ROUNDUP

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Second-half adjustments seemed to be the difference Saturday afternoon for Framingham State, which overcame a 13-point deficit at the break to defeat UMass Dartmouth, 39-33, at Bowditch Field.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski tossed five touchdowns in the win, while halfback Devaun Ford sealed the victory by capping a six-play, 50-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run with 5:37 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Corsairs attempted to answer on its next three series but saw their drives conclude with a punt, turnover on downs and fumble.

UMass Dartmouth quarterback Stephen Gacioch concluded Saturday’s contest with 343 passing yards and two touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground. Gacoich led all rushers with 97 yards on 20 carries, while Wojenski rushed for a team-high 53 yards.

Wojenski connected with Jacob Maher for three touchdowns, including a pair of scores in the second half. Maher led all receivers with 215 yards on five catches (43.0 yards per reception).

With the win, the Rams improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

The Corsairs, who entered the contest on a four-game winning streak, suffered their first setback of the 2019 season after scoring a pair of important conference wins the past two weeks against Fitchburg State and Plymouth State.

Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)Quarterback Will Jernigan tossed three touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the second overtime, which helped the Panthers score an impressive road win.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 4-0, while the Mammoths slipped to 3-1.

Jernigan concluded the contest 17 of 36 for 306 yards, while halfback Alex Maldjian rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 30 carries and two scores.

Middlebury led by two scores (21-6) at the break, but the Mammoths clawed back in the second half with three touchdowns, including a pair in the third quarter before Jernigan sent the game to overtime with a 54-yard strike to Greg Livingston with 6:21 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Conor Kennelly booted a 31-yard field goal in the second overtime to provide Amherst with a three-point (31-28) lead before Jernigan connected with Maxwell Rye on a nine-yard scoring play to secure the win.

Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24: Joe Kalosky and Dylan Bonfilio combined for three touchdown passes, including the eventual go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter as the Gulls improved to 4-1 and 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play.

Salve Regina’s Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 163 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns, including his team’s final score, which brought the Seahawks within six points with 2:47 remaining.

Kalosky concluded the game 31 of 39 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while Bonfilio finished one of one with a six-yard touchdown pass to Riley Shanley early in the fourth quarter.

Endicott’s Nick DiCairano tallied 12 points off six kicks, including a 47-yard field goal.

Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17: Chad Shade and Tim Callahan each recorded second-half touchdowns, which helped the Pride defeat the Cadets and claim their first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season.

Shade concluded Saturday’s tilt with 169 yards on 31 carries, while Callahan added 140 yards on 27 carries.

Norwich’s Matt Dunn completed 11 of 25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including one score to Manni Romero, who led all receivers with 128 yards on three catches.

WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20Sean McAllen and Connor Field combined for 285 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Nick Ostrowski led the WPI defense with10 total tackles, including eight solo stops as the Engineers defeated the Mariners of Maine Maritime in Worcester this afternoon.

Maine Maritime quarterback Nikolas Moquin completed 22 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns while adding 15 yards on four carries.


New England D-III Football Scoreboard | Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2019

  • Husson University 28, Becker College 12
  • Curry College 34, University of New England 31
  • Western New England 30, Nichols College 19
  • Endicott College 30, Salve Regina 24
  • Merchant Marine 35, MIT 29 (OT)
  • Springfield College 21, Norwich University 17
  • WPI 51, Maine Maritime Academy 20
  • Coast Guard Academy 20, Catholic University 14 (OT)
  • Williams College 17, Colby College 0
  • Tufts University 33, Bates College 28
  • Trinity College 31, Hamilton College 24
  • Middlebury College 34, Amherst College 31 (2OT)
  • Wesleyan University 20, Bowdoin College 13
  • Bridgewater State 41, Westfield State 17
  • Plymouth State 42, Fitchburg State 0
  • Mass. Maritime Academy 28, Worcester State 13
  • Framingham State 39, UMass Dartmouth 33
  • Apprentice 35, Anna Maria College 20

D3 Football Saturday Roundup: Nichols, WNE Open Conference Play With Wins

SATURDAY ROUNDUP

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Saturday was a busy day across New England with some exciting outcomes in the Division III football world.

Nichols College scored its first win over Salve Regina University since 2009 as the Bison outlasted the Seahawks, 25-15, in Dudley, Massachusetts.

Quarterback Michael Pina completed 15 of 30 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown while adding two scores on the ground.

The Bison led 15-12 at the break and held the Seahawks to just three points in the second half.

With the win, Nichols improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) play. The Bison visit Western New England next Saturday, October 5th with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Speaking of the Golden Bears, they bounced back from a week three setback with a commanding 50-38 victory against University of New England. Quarterback Brendan Smith tossed three touchdowns in the win, while halfback Jamyre Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

UNE quarterback Brian Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns.

Erich Keutmann led the Western New England defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one sack.

In Vermont, Middlebury College defeated Trinity College, 32-27, to improve to 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. The win over the Bantams was also the Panthers’ first since the 2014 season.

Middlebury’s defense recorded eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards, including five sacks for a loss of 29 yards. Alex Norton concluded the game with seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Will Jernigan tallied 241 total yards of offense and two scores (one passing and one rushing touchdown).

WPI moved to 4-0 and 1-0 in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 35-21 victory over Springfield College.

Connor Field rushed for 116 yards on 30 carries and for two touchdowns, while Billy Mitchell (five receptions for 104 yards) and Nic Rossi (four receptions for 76 yards) each caught one touchdown pass from Julian Nyland.

Sam Casey and Nick Ostrowski paced the WPI defense with 10 total tackles, respectively.

In Washington, D.C, Chris Mauck tossed two touchdowns, while John Robertson rushed for a game-high 122 yards as MIT topped Catholic University, 32-13.

With the win, the Engineers improve to 2-1 and 1-0 in league play. MIT visits Merchant Marine next week – the Mariners defeated Maine Maritime Academy this afternoon by a score of 62-13.

Western Connecticut erased a two-score deficit at the break with five touchdowns in the second half to defeat Worcester State University, 42-28.

David James tossed four touchdowns in the win, including two to Will Daniels, who led the Colonials receiving core with 157 receiving yards on six catches.

Stephen Gacioch‘s three-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Jackson with 5:49 remaining in the second quarter helped the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth defeat Plymouth State, 21-14, to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

Gacioch concluded the contest with 305 passing yards while adding 104 yards on 22 carries.

UMass Dartmouth visits Framingham State next Saturday for an important conference clash, which is scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.


New England D-III Football Week Four Scoreboard 

  • Morrisville State 42, Husson University 15
  • Endicott College 58, Becker College 12
  • Nichols College 25, Salve Regina University 15
  • Coast Guard Academy 17, Curry College 7
  • Western New England 50, University of New England 38
  • Kean University 47, Dean College 13
  • RPI 38, Anna Maria College 0
  • Norwich University 35, Castleton University 14
  • Bridgewater State 50, Fitchburg State 6
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy 31, Westfield State 7
  • Western Connecticut 42, Worcester State 28
  • UMass Dartmouth 21, Plymouth State 14
  • Hamilton College 45, Colby College 24
  • Williams College 41, Bowdoin College 10
  • Amherst College 26, Tufts University 16
  • Middlebury College 32, Trinity College 27
  • Wesleyan University 48, Bates College 12
  • Merchant Marine 62, Maine Maritime Academy 13
  • MIT 32, Catholic University 13
  • WPI 35, Springfield College 21
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