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D3 Football: Conference Race Watch (Week Nine)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re just two days away from another busy (and important) weekend of New England D-III Football.

Similar to last week, every Thursday for the remainder of the season will be dedicated to highlighting all five New England conference races. We’ll tell you which team(s) is in position to win their respective conference, as well as the squads that still have a chance to win or share their respective league titles.

As usual, you can follow our New England D-III Football coverage, as well as other regional updates (and news) at @Noontime_FB on Twitter.


Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

Current Leaders: Endicott College and Western New England 

In The Hunt: Nichols College 

Analysis: Endicott and Western New England are scheduled to meet this weekend – it is a big game. The winner will most likely have the inside track to the conference title.

Western New England does have wins over Nichols and University of New England, two teams the Gulls of Endicott have yet to face this season.

This matchup – Endicott versus Western New England – always seems to come down to the final drive or the play in the trenches. It will certainly be an exciting game to follow.

With a four-overtime win last Saturday against UNE, Nichols is still very much alive to win or share the conference crown, however, they need to win their final three contests, beginning this weekend against Husson University.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Current Leader: Dean College 

In The Hunt: Gallaudet University and SUNY-Maritime 

Analysis: With wins over Gallaudet and SUNY-Maritime, Dean is in prime position to capture its first-ever ECFC crown.

The Bulldogs play their final two games at home, including this Saturday when they host Alfred State. A win over Alfred State seems like a lock for the Bulldogs, however, the Pioneers have provided their conference foes with multiple challenges the past three weeks.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Current Leader: Framingham State 

In The Hunt: Bridgewater State and Western Connecticut

Analysis: With a 39-14 win last Saturday over the Colonials of Western Connecticut, Framingham State has positioned itself to win the MASCAC title, but they must score victories against Bridgewater State (week 10) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (this Saturday). Western Connecticut has beaten both teams, so they currently own the tie-breaker.

Bridgewater State is still very much alive after rebounding from an 0-3 start with four-straight conference wins. The Bears need to win their final three contests to have a chance to claim their second conference title.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Current Leader: Middlebury College 

In The Hunt: Wesleyan University and Williams College 

Analysis: With two weeks remaining in the NESCAC season, Middlebury appears to be the front-runner, but faces a Hamilton College squad that could provide the Panthers with some challenges. The Continentals enter the game with a lot of momentum following recent wins against Amherst College and Tufts University.

Wesleyan and Williams meet this week with the winner moving into the second position in the standings. If Middlebury gets tripped up by Hamilton, then whoever wins this particular meeting would be tied with the Panthers heading into the final week of the NESCAC season (the NESCAC plays a nine-week schedule, so next week is the final week of the 2019 season).


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Current Leader: WPI 

In The Hunt: MIT and Springfield College 

Analysis: The Engineers of Worcester – that would be WPI, to be exact – appear to be a lock to win this conference, especially after a commanding win last Saturday against Merchant Marine. They face MIT on Saturday in what is a must-win game for the Engineers of Cambridge. A win over MIT on Saturday should provide WPI with enough momentum to cap their season with back-to-back wins against Coast Guard Academy and Norwich University.

If MIT beats WPI, then they must end their season with wins against Norwich and Springfield to have a chance to secure the conference’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Springfield is idle this weekend, but is still very much alive, despite falling to WPI during the fourth week of the season.

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

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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

D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Oct. 26th, 2019)

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Hello, Friday – how are you?

It is time to dish out our weekly picks for ’10 Games to Watch’ for week eight. Are you ready for a jam-packed Saturday of football? I know I am!

Last Week: I predicted seven of ten games correctly to bump my overall record to 48-22 this season. Let’s see if I can keep my winning trend going this week – fingers crossed! 

As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB.

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Have a great weekend, everyone!


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Eight) 

Rankings based off this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll 

No. 2 Endicott College at No. 20 Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 12 p.m.): The Gulls offense has been really impressive this season, especially against conference foes and should continue its air attack against a talented Eagles squad, which needs to win this game to keep their conference title hopes alive. PREDICTION: Endicott 42, Husson 28 

No. 5 Western Connecticut at No. 7 Framingham State (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 12 p.m.): This has the making for a high-scoring game but in the end, I think the Rams will march down the field in the minutes to score the game-winning touchdown. PREDICTION: Framingham State 40, Western Conn. 35 

No. 16 Nichols College at No. 19 University of New England (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bison, who remain in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title. UNE was rather impressive last weekend and has the potential to play spoiler in this matchup. PREDICTION: UNE 30, Nichols 24 

Dean College at Gallaudet University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): First place in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) is on the line, but I expect the Bulldogs defense and offense to make a few more plays down the stretch to beat the Bison on the road. PREDICTION: Dean 33, Gallaudet 25

No. 18 Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): Can the Panthers bounce back after registering just 53 yards of total offense? I don’t think so. But I do think Matt Long and the Buccaneers offense will have their way against a Plymouth State defense that yielded four passing touchdowns last weekend to Framingham State. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 31, Plymouth State 17 

Hamilton College at Tufts University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum following an exciting win over Amherst College one week ago. But can that momentum carry them past a Tufts squad that played perhaps its best game of the season one-week ago? We’ll have to wait and see but look for a big game from linebacker Greg HoltPREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20 

No. 15 MIT at No. 12 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1:30 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Engineers, who begin a crucial four-game stretch against a team that played its best game of the season last Saturday. The Coast Guard defense won’t make things easy for the MIT offense, but in the end, look for coach Brian Bubna‘s squad to make a few extra plays down the stretch and squeak out an important road win. PREDICTION: MIT 26, Coast Guard Academy 20 

SUNY-Maritime at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 2 p.m.): I picked against the Privateers last week – they proved me wrong and scored an important bounce-back win against Castleton University. I expect the Privateers to keep their title hopes alive with an important road victory in Paxton, Massachusetts. PREDICTION: SUNY-Maritime 28, Anna Maria 13 

Merchant Marine at No. 1 WPI (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 3 p.m.): The Engineers looked pretty impressive last week against Catholic University, but will need their defense to slow down a very talented offense. Additionally, WPI will need to lean on its ground attack to score an important win in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 23, Merchant Marine 17 

D3 Football: Conference Race Watch (Week Eight)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

We’re just two days away from kicking off the eighth week of the 2019 New England D-III football season – crazy to think we only have four more weeks remaining, right?

As we inch closer to the end of the regular season, we’ll be posting a weekly ‘Conference Race Watch’ for all five New England conference, along with some analysis (and input) on what teams are still alive to win their respective league title.

As usual, you can follow our New England D-III Football coverage, as well as other regional updates (and news) at @Noontime_FB on Twitter.


Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

Current Leaders: Endicott College and Western New England 

In The Hunt: Husson University and Nichols College 

Analysis: As of now, it appears as if next Saturday’s (Nov. 2nd) meeting between Endicott and Western New England could decide this conference’s outright champion, but an Endicott loss this weekend to Husson or a Western New England setback to Curry College would make the final three weeks very interesting.

Endicott’s next four opponents will certainly provide them with challenges – games against Husson, Western New England and Nichols are must-wins, but the same could be said for the University of New England, too, which scored its first-ever win over the Eagles last Saturday.

If Husson and Nichols both lose this weekend then their chances of winning the CCC will would become rather slim. They would both need to win their final three games and hope one of their conference foes could trip-up Endicott and Western New England.

We’ll know a little bit more after Saturday’s slate concludes as to which teams will remain in the mix to win the CCC.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Current Leaders: Gallaudet University and Dean College

In The Hunt: Anna Maria College and SUNY-Maritime 

Analysis: Saturday’s match-up between Dean and Gallaudet should help us identify a potential league champion. Dean has scored two impressive conference wins the past two weeks, beating SUNY-Maritime at home before rolling past the AMCATs of Anna Maria on the road last Saturday. This is their final road contest of the season – they have only won one game away from campus this season, while Gallaudet has captured just one home victory.

Gallaudet played its best game of the season last weekend when they beat Alfred State on their home turf – they looked like a much different team than the one that needed an extra session (and extra point) to defeat Castleton University on the road.

A win for either Dean or Gallaudet most likely puts them in the driver’s seat heading into the final two weeks of conference play.

SUNY-Maritime and Anna Maria are both alive for the conference crown but need to win their final three remaining contests in order to have a chance to secure a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Privateers and AMCATs both lost to Dean College but can keep pace with the Bulldogs and Bison by scoring wins this weekend.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Current Leaders: Framingham State and Western Connecticut 

In The Hunt: Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy 

Analysis: Saturday’s matchup between Framingham State and Western Connecticut is a must-win for both squads who have yet to drop a single conference game this fall. The winner will certainly have the inside track to the conference crown, while a loss would not diminish the chance to share the league crown.

Framingham State’s defense was very impressive last week against Plymouth State while the offense seems to be finding its groove at the right time. Western Connecticut has looked rather impressive these past few weeks but did struggle against Bridgewater State. The Colonials beat the Bears back in week three, but Bridgewater State has rebounded quite nicely since the one-score setback, winning four-straight league contests, including a 56-20 win this past Saturday against UMass Dartmouth.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is still very much alive despite losing to Western Connecticut a few weeks ago. Like the Bears of Bridgewater State, who are idle this weekend, the Buccaneers need to win out and hope Framingham State and Western Connecticut get tripped-up down the stretch.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Current Leader: Middlebury College

In The Hunt: Amherst College, Trinity CollegeWesleyan University, and Williams College 

Analysis: Coach Bob Ritter‘s squad has scored some impressive (and dramatic) wins this fall but could endure some challenges in the final three weeks, especially against Hamilton College (week 10) and Tufts University (week 11). Middlebury played its best game of the 2019 season last Saturday when they beat Wesleyan to secure their sixth-straight win, as well as four victories against four of the top five teams in the NESCAC.

Wesleyan and Williams both lost to Middlebury, but need to win out and hope the Panthers get tripped up down the stretch. Both teams will face each other next weekend in what should be an exciting matchup.

Amherst and Trinity are also in play to share the conference crown, too, but need to win out and hope Middlebury loses one of its final three contests. Additionally, they both need to beat Wesleyan and Williams, too, which won’t be an easy task.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Current Leader: WPI 

In The Hunt: Merchant Marine, Springfield College, and MIT 

Analysis: The Engineers remain the top team in the NEWMAC thanks to their perfect mark. But that perfect record will be tested these next four weeks, beginning with Saturday’s matchup with Merchant Marine. The Mariners suffered their first conference loss to Springfield College last Saturday – the Engineers beat the Pride last month – so this is somewhat of a must-win for Merchant Marine. If WPI does get tripped-up by Merchant Marine, they still remain the team to beat over the final few weeks.

After starting their season 1-3, Springfield has rebounded with three-straight wins, including two hard-fought victories against Coast Guard Academy and Norwich University. Their win last Saturday against Merchant Marine was by far their most impressive win of the 2019 season. Springfield hosts Catholic University this weekend before enjoying a bye week ahead of their final two contests of the season. Springfield is still very much alive despite losing to WPI but needs to win its final three contests in order to have a chance to share the conference title.

Finally, last year’s NEWMAC champions – that would be MIT – are still in the mix to capture their second-straight title, but also needs to win its final four contests. Upcoming games against Coast Guard, Norwich, Springfield, and WPI won’t be easy, but if coach Brian Bubna‘s squad can pull out a win this Saturday in New London, Connecticut against the Bears it would provide the Engineers of Cambridge with a great deal of momentum heading into their final three contests.

Noonan: Seven Things We Learned From Week Seven of the New England D-III Football Season

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Joe Kalosky and the Endicott College Gulls began their stretch run with an impressive win over Curry College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11 

The seventh week of the New England D-III Football season is in the books. There were some interesting outcomes, as well as some surprises, too.

Week seven also helped me (and others) identify which teams are still in the mix for their respective conference crowns and what squads will play spoiler over the final four weeks of the 2019 season.

Here are seven thoughts (and takeaways) from what I learned from this past weekend.

1. Endicott College looks primed for a successful stretch run. The Gulls entered their bye week with a 4-1 record – I thought prior to their first game of the season against Framingham State that they would be 3-2 entering week seven – but between the play of their offense and defense, as well as kicker Nick DiCairano, I just can’t imagine any of their four remaining opponents halting their current momentum which they have gained over the past few weeks.

Endicott almost beat Wesley College last month, which would have been a huge feather in their cap but have rebounded quite well since the setback with three-straight Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) wins, including a hard-fought victory on the road against Salve Regina University.

iQuarterback Joe Kalosky has looked very comfortable behind an offensive line that has allowed him to go through his motions and find open receivers either over the middle or down the field. Additionally, first-year wideout Anthony Bracamonte has become a go-to target for the senior signal-caller – look for the former Thornton Academy receiver to help the Gulls continue their recent momentum this upcoming week against Husson University.

2. Middlebury College seems to be a lock for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). I picked the Panthers to beat the Cardinals of Wesleyan University this past weekend, but I didn’t expect the Blue and White to produce 45 points in 60 minutes.

Quarterback Will Jernigan had his best game of the season (in my opinion) by tossing four touchdowns in the win while completing 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards.

Maxwell Rye was also instrumental in his team’s sixth win of the season, too – the senior wide receiver from Longmeadow, Massachusetts has enjoyed his best season with the Panthers, catching 26 passes for 493 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdown receptions are the most Rye has recorded in a single-season.

On defense, Jack Pistorius continues to be a player to watch on Middlebury – he tallied a team-high 10 total tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

The win over the Cardinals was the Panthers’ most impressive performance of the season – yes, they looked good against Amherst College and Trinity College, but Saturday’s effort should translate into three more wins, beginning this Saturday against Bowdoin College.

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Bridgewater State head coach Joe Verria and the Bears have won four-straight contests since starting the season with three-straight losses. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)

3. Bridgewater State remains a team to watch in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Bears are still very much alive in the MASCAC with four weeks remaining.

Their 56-20 win over UMass Dartmouth helped the Red and White keep pace for the top spot with Framingham State and Western Connecticut, two teams that enter the eighth week of the 2019 season with identical undefeated conference records. Bridgewater lost to Western Connecticut earlier this season – they had a few chances to win that game – and will visit the Rams in the second week of November in what could determine a possible conference champion.

Bridgewater State quarterback Stefano D’Emilia re-wrote the record book yesterday against the Corsairs with eight touchdowns, including three on the ground. He threw for a school-record 345 yards while becoming the second Bears signal-caller to throw for more than 5,000 yards (Danny Higgins, who was a teammate of D’Emilia, concluded his career with 6,091 passing yards).

D’Emilia’s five touchdowns tied a school record – the former Bridgewater-Raynham Trojan also caught a two-point conversion in his team’s win over the Corsairs.

The Bears will be idle this upcoming weekend but should be able to maintain their recent momentum in two weeks when they host Plymouth State at 4 p.m.

4. Dean College needs three more wins to wrap-up its inaugural Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Title. I was bullish on the Bulldogs prior to their first game of the 2019 season. And I still am after back-to-back wins against Anna Maria College and SUNY-Maritime.

Against the Privateers, the Bulldogs defense recorded 12 tackles for a loss of 60 yards, including 10 sacks for a loss of 58 yards. Tyzohn Poole and Desmond Dias combined for five sacks for 30 yards, while quarterback Terrell Watts threw two touchdowns while adding a third score on the ground.

Yesterday against Anna Maria, Watts tossed four touchdowns, while adding a fifth score on the ground (four carries for one yard). Dias led the defense with 12 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards.

If the offense and defense can duplicate their performance from the past two weeks then I expect the Bulldogs to win their final road game of the season against Gallaudet University this Saturday. A win over the Bison should provide the squad with enough momentum to cap their regular-season slate with back-to-back wins against Alfred State and Castleton University.

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Randy Morgan established a new single-season record mark with the Becker College football team on Saturday against Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley

5. Randy Morgan continues to be a player to watch at Becker College. First-year tailback Randy Morgan has enjoyed a very successful start to his college career – yesterday against Nichols College, he established a new single-season record for rushing yards in a season by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries.

Morgan broke the program’s old record of 674 rushing yards in a season, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.

Through six games this season, Morgan has rushed for 733 yards on 132 carries and seven touchdowns, while adding four receptions for 48 yards. The seven rushing touchdowns are the most recorded by any member of the Hawks this season.

Morgan has rushed for 100 yards or more in four of six games this season and should have no problem finishing his team’s 2019 season with 1,000 yards or more.

6. Springfield College remains in the hunt for a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. After starting their season 1-3, Springfield has rebounded quite nicely with wins over Coast Guard AcademyMerchant Marine, and Norwich Academy.

The Pride, who were certainly a team expected to contend for their second conference crown this fall, currently sit a spot below WPI, which beat Springfield in week four by a score of 35-21.

WPI is the only undefeated team in the NEWMAC. They host Merchant Marine this weekend in a very important match-up. A loss to the Mariners would help the Pride’s chances of winning the title, but of course, Springfield needs to win its remaining three games, including Saturday’s meeting with Catholic University.

Pending how the next four weeks play out, look for Springfield to play an extra game in November – they will either compete in the NCAA Tournament or a New England Bowl.

7. Coast Guard Academy’s Ryan Jones was a player to watch against Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Jones enjoyed his best game of the season with the Bears by completing 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

Jones concluded the contest by becoming the fourth signal-caller in Coast Guard Academy football program history to throw for more than 4,000 yards. Currently, Jones has thrown for 4,145 yards, including 1,382 yards through seven contests this season.

Jones connected with Justin Moffatt 13 times in his team’s 33-8 win over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday. The 13 receptions were a career-best for Moffat, who broke the single-game record for receiving yards (256), which was originally held by Collis Brown, who hauled in 244 yards against Western New England in 2013. Moffat ended the game with two touchdowns.

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