D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the seventh week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week

OJ Armstrong (Tufts University): Armstrong led the Tufts receiving core with six catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos rolled past Bowdoin College in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Tim Callahan (Springfield College): Callahan led all rushers with 161 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns as Springfield topped Merchant Marine on the road.

Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia accounted for eight touchdowns and 398 yards of total offense last Saturday in his team’s big win against UMass Dartmouth. The senior signal-caller completed 15 of 27 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns while adding a game-high 53 rushing yards on 12 carries and three scores.

Tijani Harris (Trinity College): Harris rushed for a game-high 158 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns which helped the Bantams top Colby College at home.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Wesleyan University, Jernigan completed 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 36 yards on 12 carries.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Jones completed 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Bears of Coast Guard Academy top Maine Maritime Academy.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky was impressive against Curry College, completing 19 of 23 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Fitchburg State, Long amassed 245 yards of total offense, while recording four touchdowns. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown while adding 100 yards on 15 carries and three scores.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello rushed for 265 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns against Western New England.

Justin Moffatt (Coast Guard Academy): Moffatt caught a game-high 13 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears topped Maine Maritime Academy on the road.

Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan rushed for a game-high 188 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns while catching one pass for 11 yards against Nichols College.

David Morrison (Husson University): Against the University of New England, Morrison completed 25 of 39 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 16 yards on six carries.

Julian Nyland (WPI): Nyland accounted for 209 yards of total offense against Catholic University by completing 10 of 13 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 19 yards on four carries and one score.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 20 of 27 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs topped Anna Maria College on the road.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): The senior signal-caller was close to perfect last Saturday, completing 35 of 38 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns as the Rams topped Plymouth State on the road.


Defensive Team of the Week

Brett Bates (Amherst College): Against Hamilton College, Bates tallied seven total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 26 yards, along with one forced fumble and one pass break-up.

Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison defense with 16 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of three yards against Becker College.

Desmond Dias (Dean College): Dias led the Dean defense against Anna Maria with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards. He also recorded one sack for a loss of 13 yards.

Seth Gewanter (Castleton University): Against SUNY-Maritime, Gewanter stuffed the stat sheet with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards and one forced fumble.

Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin College): Gowetski stuffed the stat sheet against Tufts University with 11 total tackles, including four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 14 yards.

Will Kearney (Wesleyan University): Against Middlebury College, Kearney posted a team-high 18 total tackles, including seven solo stops.

Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu helped the Rams defense limit Plymouth State to just 53 yards of total offense and five first downs. The defensive end concluded the game with six total tackles (five solo stops), including three tackles for a loss of 19 yards.

Sean Reall (UMass Dartmouth): Reall led the Corsairs’ defense against Bridgewater State with 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards. He also recorded one block, too.


Special Teams of the Week

Patrick Crowley (Coast Guard Academy): Crowley posted nine points against Maine Maritime Academy off two field goals, including a 44-yard field goal, and three extra points.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano posted 11 points on eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal against Curry College while recording 10 kickoffs for 613 yards with three touchbacks.

Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra drilled a career-long 32-yard field goal while connecting on six extra points as the Pride of Springfield College stretched their winning streak to three games with an important road victory over Merchant Marine.

Jeremy Jackson (UMass Dartmouth): Jackson punted the ball six times for 232 yards against Bridgewater State with two kicks landing inside the Bears’ 20-yard line.

Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied nine points off seven kicks, including a 20-yard field goal as the Panthers topped Wesleyan University in a battle of undefeated teams.

Alex Santiago (Nichols College): Santiago connected on all six kicks last Saturday against Becker College, including a 33-yard field goal. He finished the game with eight points.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade concluded last Saturday’s game with 10 points off seven extra points and one field goal (27-yards) as the Engineers rolled past Catholic University.

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Oct. 15th, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the sixth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week

Devaun Ford (Framingham State): Ford rushed for a game-high 139 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns as the Rams topped Fitchburg State on the road.

Matt Hersch (Colby College): Hersch completed 14 of 31 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against Middlebury College.

David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 21 of 30 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns while adding 11 yards on 10 carries as the Colonials defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy at home.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Colby College, Jernigan completed 12 of 30 passes for 172 yards while rushing for a game-high 153 yards on 21 carries and three scores.

Nick Juvelier (Curry College): Against Husson University, Juvelier completed 22 of 39 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 11 yards on two carries.

Nick Kimball (Western Connecticut): Kimball led all receivers last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime with nine catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Lambert concluded last Saturday’s meeting with Bates College with four passing touchdowns – he completed 14 of 21 passes for 222 yards. He also added six yards on eight carries.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long stuffed the stat sheet against Western Connecticut last Saturday by completing 7 of 16 passes for 82 yards while adding 34 yards on 20 carries and one score. He also punted the ball four times for 208 yards with three kicks landing inside the Colonials’ 20-yard line.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Against Hamilton College, Maimaron completed 11 of 19 passes for five touchdowns, while adding 80 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Anthony Martinez (Castleton University): Martinez led the Spartans with seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns last weekend against Gallaudet University.

Shawn Noel, Jr. (Husson University): Noel rushed for a game-high 145 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns to help the Eagles beat the Colonels, 42-40, in Maine.

John Robertson (MIT): Robertson rushed for 263 yards on 34 carries and one touchdown last Saturday as the Engineers topped Maine Maritime Academy in Cambridge.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero concluded last Saturday’s game against Merchant Marine with seven catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Matthew Simco (Wesleyan University): Simco led the Cardinals receiving core with eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown against Tufts University.

Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola hauled in a game-high eight receptions for 168 yards and four touchdowns as the Ephs beat Hamilton in Williamstown.

Nick Villanueva (Curry College): Villanueva led the Curry receiving core with seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a back and forth 42-40 setback to Husson.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Against SUNY Maritime, Watts completed 12 of 17 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, while adding seven rushing yards on four carries and one score.


Defensive Team of the Week

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College): Anderson was instrumental in helping the AMCATs pick-up their first win of the season against Alfred State. The second-year defensive back tallied a team-high 24 total tackles, including 16 solo stops and three tackles for a loss of seven yards. He also recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Marcus Bullard (Colby College): Bullard led the Mules defense with 15 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of nine yards. He also recorded one interception against Middlebury College.

Cully Curran (Framingham State): Curran concluded last Saturday’s game against Fitchburg State with eight total tackles, including two solo stops and one tackle for a loss, while registering one fumble recovery (two yards) and two pass break-ups.

Ricky Goodson (Amherst College): Goodson stuffed the stat sheet against Bowdoin College with five total tackles, including four solo stops and one tackle for a loss of 12 yards. He also tallied one forced fumble, one interception for 31-yards and one pass break-up.

Jack Pistorius (Middlebury College): Against Colby College, Pistorius tallied 11 total tackles, including six solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards.

Tyzohn Poole (Dean College): Poole led the Bulldogs defense against SUNY Maritime with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops and three tackles for a loss of 12 yards.

Cahan Quinn (Norwich University): Quinn posted 14 total tackles, including six solo stops and four tackles for a loss of 14 yards.

TJ Rothmann (Williams College): Rothman led the Ephs defense with 10 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 14 yards. The 10 tackles were all solo stops and helped the Ephs defeat Hamilton College.

Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello led the Colonials defense with seven solo stops, including two tackles for a loss of seven yards, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass break-up as Western Connecticut defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy last Saturday in an important conference clash.


Special Teams of the Week

Dan Carey (Plymouth State): Carey connected on all six kicks last Saturday against Westfield State, including a 24-yard field goal.

J.P Dallazem (Trinity College): Dallazem recorded a season-high nine points last Saturday against Bates College with six extra points and a 36-yard field goal. The 36-yard field goal was the first-year kicker’s longest boot of the season.

Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra tallied eight points on four kicks last Saturday against Coast Guard Academy, including a season-long 27-yard field goal.

Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Von Jess tallied eight points last Saturday against Tufts University on four kicks, including a pair of field goals. His longest kick was a 37-yard field goal.

Kyle Wall (Worcester State): Wall punted the ball eight times last Friday against Bridgewater State for 312 yards (39.0 yards per punt). Four of his kicks landed inside the Bears’ 20-yard line.

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Oct. 8th, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the fifth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week 

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 11 of 25 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns against Springfield College.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Framingham State, Gacioch amassed 440 total yards of offense, including 343 passing yards and two touchdowns. The junior signal-caller also rushed for a game-high 97 yards on 20 carries and two scores.

Zach Levy (Curry College): Levy helped the Colonels score their first win of the 2019 season by rushing for a game-high 216 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against the University of New England.

Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Lambert connected on 15 of 23 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns while adding 41 yards on 14 carries.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long accounted for 232 yards of total offense, including a game-high 160 rushing yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. He also completed 10 of 19 passes for 72 yards.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello rushed for a game-high 163 yards on 20 carries (8.2) and three touchdowns last Saturday against Endicott College.

Shea McManaway (Endicott College): McManaway led all receivers last Saturday against Salve Regina with 118 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns.

Jacob Maher (Framingham State): Maher hauled in five catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday against UMass Dartmouth.

Alex Maldjian (Middlebury College): Maldjian rushed for a game-high 125 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns against Amherst College.

Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for 183 yards on nine carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.

Aaron-Moses Williams (Worcester State): Williams completed 30 of 41 passes for 405 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Nikolas Moquin (Maine Maritime Academy): Moquin completed 22 of 32 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns while adding 19 yards on four carries against WPI.

Randy Morgan (Becker College): The first-year tailback rushed for a team-high 152 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown last Saturday against Husson University.

Brian Peters (Univ. of New England): The third-year signal-caller completed 33 of 49 passes for a game-high 444 yards and three touchdowns against Curry College.

Michael Pina (Nichols College): Pina completed 34 of 50 passes for a game-high 325 passing yards and two touchdowns against Western New England.

Garrett Poussard (Husson University): Against Becker College, Poussard rushed for a game-high 159 yards on 31 carries (5.1 yards) and two touchdowns.

Keithen Shepard (MIT): Shepard caught a game-high seven catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday against Merchant Marine.

Jeremy Soule Jr. (Bridgewater State): Soule Jr. rushed for a game-high 195 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns as the Bears defeated Westfield State last weekend.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 14 of 25 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns last Saturday against UMass Dartmouth while adding 53 yards on 11 carries.


Defensive Team of the Week

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College): Anderson registered 14 total tackles, including seven solo stops and one sack for four yards, along with a forced fumble last Saturday against Apprentice.

Zack Catarius (Salve Regina): Catarius stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Endicott College with 12 total tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 22 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards. Additionally, Catarius scooped one fumble.

Noah Clack (Bowdoin College): Against Wesleyan University, Clack tallied a team-high 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops and three tackles for a loss of seven yards.

Jack Fontana (Mass. Maritime Academy): Fontana paced the Buccaneers’ defense last Saturday with 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops. He also recorded one sack for a loss of three yards.

Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Worcester State, Johnston tallied six total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 19 yards and two forced fumbles.

Joe Kelly (Amherst College): Kelly paced the Mammoths’ defense with 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops and three tackles for a loss of 10 yards. He also recorded five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.

Colin McCabe (Mass. Maritime Academy): McCabe tallied eight total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 30 yards and two fumble recoveries last Saturday against Worcester State.

Ricky Montalvo (Western New England): Against Nichols College, Montalvo tallied 11 total tackles, including three-and-a-half tackles for 15 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for 13 yards.

Philip Orlando (Coast Guard Academy): Orlando stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Catholic University with 13 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 11 yards and two forced fumbles.


Special Teams of the Week

Matt Alswanger (Tufts University): Alswanger connected on all five kicks, including one field goal for 21-yards against Bates College.

Michael Chen (Bowdoin College): Chen tallied seven points off two field goals and one extra point. His longest field goal was a 40-yarder.

J.P Dallazem (Trinity College): Against Hamilton College, the first-year kicker (and punter) tallied a career and season-high seven points off four extra points and a 31-yard field goal for seven points.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCiarano tallied 12 points on six kicks, including a trio of field goals. The senior kicker booted a career and season-long 47-yard field goal.

Kieran Lombard (Western New England): Lombard connected on six kicks last Saturday against Nichols College, including three field goals with his longest kick being a 44-yard field goal.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade registered nine points off six extra points and a 38-yard field goal last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy.

D3 Football: Team of the Week (Oct. 1st, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the fourth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week

Maurice Ashley (Bridgewater State): Ashley hauled in game-high 107 receiving yards on four grabs and three touchdowns as the Bears rolled past Fitchburg State.

David Collins (Becker College): Collins rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown in his team’s initial conference meeting of the 2019 season against Endicott College.

Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels hauled in a game-high 157 receiving yards on six receptions and two touchdowns against Worcester State.

Brendan Dolan (Tufts University): Dolan recorded a game-high 104 receiving yards on five catches and one touchdown against Amherst College.

Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 25 of 40 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Cadets defeat Castleton University last Saturday.

Ollie Eberth (Amherst College): Eberth accounted for 247 yards of total offense against Tufts University. He completed 11 of 23 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while adding 56 yards on 10 carries.

Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns to lead WPI past Springfield College last Saturday.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): The third-year signal-caller guided the Corsairs to their fourth win of the season by completing 32 of 45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 104 yards on 22 carries and one score.

David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 23 of 38 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns against Worcester State.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Trinity College, Jernigan completed 13 of 29 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 44 yards on 12 carries and one score.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long racked up 197 total yards of offense, including 48 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 149 yards.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron accounted for 218 total yards of offense last Saturday against Bowdoin College. He rushed for a game-high 127 yards on eight carries and one touchdown while completing four of ten passes for 91 yards and one score.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday in his team’s conference opener against Western New England.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a team-high 151 yards on four catches and one touchdown against Castleton University.

Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott tallied 223 yards of total offense against Bates College, including 31 yards on seven carries. Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Brendan Smith (Western New England): Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Bears returned to the win column with a 50-38 victory against University of New England.

Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against University of New England.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts registered 225 yards of total offense last Saturday against Kean University. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 yards on eight carries.


Defensive Team of the Week

Nick Ashley (Worcester State): Ashley led the Lancers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including three solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded two fumble recoveries, too.

Sam Casey (WPI): Casey paced the Engineers’ defense against Springfield College with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. He also forced one fumble and recorded one interception for 46 yards.

Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison’s defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards.

Jackson DeAngelo (Endicott College): Against Becker College, DeAngelo stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack for a loss of 14 yards, as well as one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Ahmeir Funderburke (Dean College): Against Kean University, Funderburke stuffed the stat sheet with 11 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and three solo stops.

Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime Academy): Johnston tallied eight total tackles, including three solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards against Westfield State last Saturday.

Joe Kelley (Amherst College): Kelly tallied a team-high 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for nine yards against Tufts University. He also recorded four quarterback hurries, too.

Alex Norton (Middlebury College): Norton recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up in his team’s win over Trinity College.

Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Norwich University, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 24 yards and three sacks for a loss of 21 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a 32-yard return, along with one quarterback hurry.

R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy): Robiskie helped the Bears defense return to the win column last Saturday against Curry College by tallying five solo tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one pass break-up.

Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Worcester State with eight total tackles, including four solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for eight yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith led the Pride’s defense against WPI with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. Smith also recorded two interceptions for 25 yards.


Special Teams of the Week

Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina): DiSanto accounted for seven of his team’s 15 points off two field goals and one extra point last Saturday against Nichols College. DiSanto’s longest field goal was a 39-yard kick.

Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio connected on all five extra points last Saturday against Worcester State while recording a pair of punts that landed inside the host’s 20-yard line.

George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Westfield State, Lampros connected on five kicks, including a 32-yard field goal, while recording two touchbacks on a pair of kickoffs.

Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied 12 points off three field goals and three extra points against Trinity College. His longest field goal was a 32-yard kick.

Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein converted five of six extra points while recording two punts inside the Bowdoin College 20-yard line. Additionally, he recorded three touchbacks, too.

Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Against Bates College, Von Jess tallied 12 points off six extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 42-yard kick. He also recorded four touchbacks, too.

Patrick Walsh (Tufts University): Walsh punted the ball fives for 244 yards against Amherst College with four kicks landing inside the Mammoths’ 20-yard line. His longest punt was a 61-yard kick.

Player Perspective: Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy)

Matt Long WBE

Massachusetts Maritime Academy senior Matt Long enjoyed a successful debut under center last week for the Buccaneers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Justin Reidy Photography)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

For the past three seasons, Matt Long has been tasked with carrying the ball for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy football team.

But against Maritime (N.Y.) last Friday evening, the Weymouth, Massachusetts native was asked to throw the ball, too, which is something he hasn’t done since he was a senior in high school.

Long completed 7 of 11 passes for 114 yards – his longest heave was a 52-yard pass to classmate Will Bennett – while adding 141 yards on 16 carries for three touchdowns as the Buccaneers defeated the Privateers, 31-14, to claim the Chowder Cup trophy for the first time since 2016.

The seven completions were the most Long has recorded as a quarterback for the Buccaneers – he did throw four passes last fall – while the three touchdowns were the most he has recorded in a single game since he was a senior in high school.

Noontime Sports spoke with Long about his team’s first win and what they must do this weekend against Maine Maritime Academy. Long was one of four Buccaneers named to our week two ‘team of the week.’

Your team captured the Chowder Cup for the first time since 2016. How does an opening day win like this help the team moving forward?

I think an opening day win (will) help us tremendously moving forward. (The victory) showed off the hard work we put in every week (throughout the preseason and practices), and if we continue our current (hard-working) mentality than we can be very successful in upcoming games.

You were very successful with rushing the football against Maritime (N.Y.). It sounds cliché, but what worked for you? 

The offensive game plan (seemed to be) clicking. The offensive line did a great job in the run and pass game which created holes for the whoever had the ball. (The o-line) gave me plenty of time to throw the ball, too. The receivers worked hard to get open and give us a chance to move the ball downfield, which helped with opening up the run game even more.

When was the last time you scored three touchdowns in a game? 

I haven’t scored three times in a game since my senior year at Weymouth High School (Mass.).

You were a halfback for the Buccaneers the past few seasons so was it a difficult transition going from running back to the quarterback position? 

It was difficult getting used to (being a) quarterback again. I played quarterback in high school, and we ran a similar (style) offense (like we do with the Buccaneers) so it made it easier with re-learning the playbook.

I know it is early, but being one of 17 seniors on this squad, how do you hope this season plays out? I presume competing for a conference championship, right? 

A championship is always the end goal but it’s important to us to keep the focus on our upcoming opponent. We need to continue to put the work into our daily practices so we can get the results we want on Saturdays.

Your team heads to Maine Maritime on Saturday for the Admiral’s Cup. What must your team do to be successful for a second-straight week? 

We need to put in the effort and work, (both today and the rest of this week) to help us prepare for the game. We need to practice good habits and technique, transfer it over to our (gameplan) and keep (our current) momentum going.