Mass. College Football: MMA’s Cameron Discusses The Cranberry Bowl

By NoontimeSports.com 

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Massachusetts Maritime Academy will look to conclude its regular season slate with a victory against Bridgewater State in tomorrow’s 35th Annual Cranberry Bowl presented by Ocean Spray.

Buccaneers head coach Jeremy Cameron would certainly like to send his seniors, who have tallied 20 wins over the past four seasons, out with a win. And after yesterday’s luncheon concluded, we caught up with Cameron to chat about the game, as well as his team’s season.

On tomorrow’s game: “It would be a big step forward (to end our season with a win). 6-4 would be one of the best years we’ve had here in a long time, but then to beat Bridgewater for the second time in four years or the second time in 17 years would be a big step forward for us going into the offseason. It’s one of our goals and it’s what all of our energy is going toward right now.”

On the senior class: “They have and we have 17 of them, and there are some key players like Mike Stanton, Keith Caruso, Stefan Gustafson, Michael Sylvia, John Bochman, Sheldon Roper, John Moriarty (and) Brandon Rodrigues (are just a few), so I’d like to send those guys off and we just appreciate what that senior class has done to our program for the last four years.

“We start practice off every day by ringing a bell, which means it is time to go to work, so this week our seniors have been ringing the bell prior to practice, so we know what it means to them, while the other guys are pulling in the same direction to get that last win for them.”

On the team’s impressive statistical performances: “Offensively, we do try to push the tempo, so you’re obviously going to put up yards and things of that nature. Defensively, we just haven’t played consistent all year for a variety of reason and we make no excuses. We’ve got young players and we’ve had some guys get banged up, but we think we’ve got a solid plan in place, the kids believe in it, we think we’re going to have our best defensive effort this week and we’re confident that our offense will be consistent like they have all year.”

On the team’s growth this season: “We feel like the future is bright. We want to win and it gives us momentum in the offseason, but going into next year we feel pretty good. We feel we have two quarterbacks that are going to be good next year. Most of the receivers are back except for Keith Caruso, who is a valuable piece, but we do feel like we’ve got some young guys and if they step up a little bit more they could (equal) his contributions. We’ll miss Stefan Gustafson, although we’ve got a couple running backs that can be very good college football players and some of them have already proven that like Austin Pierce and David Yerxa. On the offensive line, we will have to replace John Moriarty, who will be a tough replacement because he’s a very, very good offensive lineman, but we’ve got some younger guys that have been in the system, so we feel good about them. (Finally and) realistically, the entire defense is back with the exception of Michael Sylvia, so what you see tomorrow is what you’ll see next year with a ton of game experience under their belt and we feel like we can put together a pretty solid defense next season.”

On defending BSU quarterback Mike McCarthy: “We’ve seen all of their games and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, but frankly I am just blown away by him. He’s an absolute stud. The way he runs the ball, week after week is amazing. You know you still can’t stop him and then when you allocate too many people to try and stop him he just pulls up and he can make all the throws, so the kid is one of the best football players that I have seen. He’s a competitor, tough and just the total package. We’re looking forward to seeing him play on Saturday, but we just hope to contain him.

“This guy is a legitimate quarterback. This kid can drop back and he can throw a 15-yard dig route, he can throw a 40-yard post (or) the vertical game, but this guy is the real guy.”

Mass. College Football: Week 11 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior tailback, who is the current leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the nation among FBS (Football Subdivision) players, rushed for a single-game school record of 295 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-34 win over New Mexico State

Chase Rettig (Boston College) – The senior quarterback passed for 230 yards and tossed three scores.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year signal caller amassed 292 yards of total offense in his team’s setback to Lehigh, along with one touchdown pass.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback rushed for a career-high 209 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, which helped the Hounds defeat LIU Post, 37-27, and finish 5-0 on the road in league play.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – The senior placekicker was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals and 4-for-4 in extra-point attempts.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill) –The junior defensive back helped the Skyhawks hold Merrimack to just 14 points and 359 total yards by registering a career-best 12 tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, a forced fumble, interception and pass breakup.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior quarterback rushed for three scores and passed for 94 yards in his team’s win over So. Connecticut.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total tackles, five solo stops, one interception, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in nine receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – The sophomore halfback recorded a career-high 31 carries for 185 yards in his team’s win over the Warriors.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a game-best 16 tackles, eight solo stops, one sack for a loss of nine yards and a pass breakup.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Taylor Russell (Stonehill) – The junior defensive lineman matched his career-high with five tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback amassed 243 yards in the Hawks’ 20-3 win over Castelton State. Baker tossed two touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards on 14 carries.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total stops, which included four-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 31 yards and five tackles for a loss of 31 yards.

Zach Grasis (WPI) – The junior tailback rushed for 155 yards and two scores in the Engineers’ 31-21 victory over Rochester.

Sean Murphy (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded five solo tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Rochester.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior running back rushed for a game-best 158 yards and three scores as the Rams defeated the Bears and claimed the inaugural MASCAC crown.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback completed 10-of-19 passes for 117 yards and rushed for 95 yards and three scores on 27 carries.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker finished with 13 total tackles, 10 solo stops and a fumble recovery.

Trevor McNeil (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year linebacker recorded 10 total tackles, five solo stops, which included two tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack for a loss of six yards, a forced fumble and fumble recovery against the Falcons of Fitchburg State.

Steph’fon Teague (Fitchburg State) – The junior halfback rushed for 182 yards and one score on 27 carries. He also caught one pass for five yards and one touchdown in the Falcons’ 25-20 victory.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 15-of-24 passes for 203 yards and tossed four touchdowns, as well as rushed for 57 yards and one score in his team’s 46-44 win over Plymouth State.

Sam Calley (Curry) – The senior defensive lineman finished his team’s contest against Nichols College with nine total tackles, which included six sacks for 21 yards, eight tackles for a loss of 24 yards and two forced fumbles.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 17-of-32 passes for 323 yards in the Gulls’ win over Western New England.

Peter Williams (MIT) – The junior quarterback completed 15-of-18 passes for 264 yards and five touchdowns against Maine Maritime.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior linebacker concluded his team’s season with six solo tackles, which included two tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.

Mass. College Football: Takeaways From Framingham State-Mass. Maritime

By Matt Noonan 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Here are a few takeaways from this afternoon’s conference clash between Framingham State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Game Summary: The Rams jumped out to a 27-12 lead and never looked back as Framingham State defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 58-12, at Bowditch Field. With the win, the Rams claimed the ‘Kelley Cup,’ a tradition that began seven years ago. 

Rams quarterback Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns and completed 15-of-24 passes for 308 yards, while Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for two scores on 25 carries for 228 yards.

The Buccaneers were led by running back Stefan Gustafson, who finished with 98 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Mike Stanton completed just five passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Inside The Numbers: The Rams finished with 34 first downs and 658 yards of total offense. They also registered their most points of season, too. Framingham State recorded 51 points in two quarters and stopped the Buccaneers on 12 third downs.

Overall, the teams combined for 47 first downs, 150 offensive plays, 509 rushing yards, 276 return yards and 907 total yards of offense.

Framingham State’s Air Attack: One of the keys to victory for the Rams was their passing game, something the squad wanted to establish early on. And against the Buccaneers secondary, Jared Gauthier, Tevin Jones, George Jordan and Travis Hayes combined for 16 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

What’s Next: The Rams, who have won six straight, will travel to Bridgewater State next Saturday, while the Buccaneers return to Buzzards Bay to host Plymouth State. 

Mass. College Football: 10 Games To Watch This Weekend

By NoontimeSports.com 

Before the first score of any game this weekend is recorded, let’s roll out our 10 Games To Watch!

Princeton at Harvard: This is a big game for the Crimson, who enters the contest 5-0 for the second year in a row. Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania (Penn) are in a three-way tie for first place in the Ancient Eight, so the winner will most likely be in the drivers seat for the rest of the season. Keep an eye on running back Paul Stanton Jr., who rushed for 113 yards last weekend and two touchdowns.

Boston College at North Carolina: This is certainly a winnable game for the Eagles, who’re coming off their bye week, as well as a 24-14 loss two weeks ago to No. 3 Clemson. First-year head coach Steve Addazio told reporters recently that he expects his offensive line to step up.

Western Michigan at Massachusetts: Consider this a winnable game for the Minutemen, who will celebrate their homecoming for the second year at Gillette Stadium. A win would not only improve UMass to 2-6 overall, but 2-2 in the MAC.

LIU Post at Stonehill: After earning two impressive wins on the road, which included a victory last weekend against New Haven, Robert Talley’s Skyhawks will look to keep their momentum going against a talented Post squad, which defeated Pace last weekend, 58-0. Stonehill enters the game 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference and is currently in a three-way tie for first place with AIC and New Haven.

Bentley at Merrimack: The Falcons will look to rebound this weekend on the road in North Andover against quarterback Joe Clancy, who leads the conference in touchdown passes (34) and passing yards per game (421.4). Bentley quarterback Danny Guadagnoli ranks third in passing yards per game (261.4), and has tossed 13 touchdowns this season.

Mount Ida at Becker: The Mustangs will take their two-game winning streak on the road this weekend against a Hawks squad that’s hungry for their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) victory. A win would help Mount Ida in its quest toward capturing its second conference title. Yet, they do need help, though, and luckily there are a few more weeks of the season remaining.

Westfield State at Bridgewater State: Both teams need this victory to keep their conference championship hopes alive. The Owls defense has performed quite well over the past few weeks and even shut down the Massachusetts Maritime offense last weekend, which did manage to score 27 points. This weekend, Westfield State’s defense will need to contain quarterback Mike McCarthy, who finished last weekend’s contest with seven touchdowns.

UMass Dartmouth at Mass. Maritime: The Corsairs have strung together two impressive victories and will attempt to earn their third straight win, something they haven’t accomplished since the 2008 season. That third consecutive victory won’t come easy, as they’ll have to contain Mike Stanton and the Buccaneers offense, which has tallied 237 points in six games.

Merchant Marine at WPI: It’s back to football for the Mariners, who will look to earn their first Liberty League victory of the season against WPI, a team they defeated last year, 28-13. The Engineers will look to snap a two-game skid and even their mark in conference play.

Amherst at Tufts: Going out on a limb here, but this has the making of a possible upset. The Jumbos recorded 35 points last week in a loss to Williams. It was the most points they’ve totaled this season. Tufts has also lost five straight to Amherst, but did defeat the Lord Jeffs at home in 2007. A win for the Jumbos would snap their 28-game losing streak and provide the Powder Blue and White with their first victory since September 2010.

Mass. College Football: Week Seven Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

A.J. Doyle (Massachusetts) – The sophomore gunslinger tossed season-bests two touchdowns and 249 passing yards to lead the Minutemen to their first victory of the season.

Rob Blanchflower (Massachusetts) – The senior tight end recorded a season-best 98 yards receiving, as well as registered his first score of the Minutemen’s current campaign against Miami (Ohio).

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year quarterback finished Saturday’s game with six touchdowns, three on the ground and three through the air, as the Crusaders cruised to their third victory of the season against Bucknell. Pujals completed 19-of-29 passes for 298 yards and rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries.

Jet Kollie (Bentley) – The junior running back scored two touchdowns and amassed 266 all-purpose yards against Pace on Saturday in just three quarters. Kollie rushed for 181 yards on 12 carries to break the school record for average gain per rush.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – The senior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and finished with 323 yards of total offense in three quarters of Saturday’s game. He averaged 12.4 yards per play.

Jeff Hill (Bentley) – The junior wide receiver hauled in two touchdowns in Bentley’s 56-13 win against Pace. Hill finished with four receptions for 108 yards, and was on the receiving end of a 60-yard scoring strike on the Falcons’ first play of the game.

Gordon McLeod (Stonehill) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a career-high 109 receiving yards on five catches to help the Skyhawks rally to victory against Southern Connecticut.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker posted his sixth straight double-figure effort against Southern Connecticut with a game-high 16 total tackles, 11 solo stops, along with a fumble recovery.

Andrew Kibarian (Stonehill) – The first-year defensive end recorded a season-high matching eight tackles, six solo, as well as a season-best two tackles for a loss of five yards.

Matt Pedone (Assumption) – The sophomore halfback registered 131 yards of total offense and two scores on Friday against St. A’s. Pedone rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries and recorded two catches for 29 yards.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior quarterback completed 51-of-71 passes for 538 yards and three touchdowns in Merrimack’s loss to New Haven.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a game-best 13 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Melquan Pinkney (Mt. Ida) – The first-year halfback registered 129-yard on 17 carries and two rushing touchdowns in Mount Ida’s first conference win against Castleton State.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total stops against Westfield State, two solo tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of two yards.

Cullen Hanna (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year signal caller recorded season-highs of 179 yards passing and three touchdowns against Bridgewater State.

Abiola Aborishade (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore wide receiver, who caught the game-winning touchdown, registered a game-high 10 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Derek Tarpey (UMass Dartmouth) – The sophomore linebacker finished with 22 total tackles, which was a career-high, 14 solo stops, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one sack.

Stefan Gustafson (Mass. Maritime) – The senior running back rushed for career-high 235 yards on 35 carries and tied school record with four rushing touchdowns (including 87 yarder, third longest in school history) in Buccaneers’ wild 54-53 victory at Western Connecticut.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 22-of-33 passes for 349 yards and two scores in Bucs’ 54-53 win at Western Connecticut.  Stanton set up the game-winning score in closing minutes with 51-yard connection.

Jordan Shairs (Curry) – The junior running back recorded 194 yards of total offense as he rushed for 161 yards on 17 carries for one score, as well as hauled in five catches for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Colonels’ second conference win against Coast Guard.

Kevin Cook (Western New England) – The junior halfback finished Saturday’s game against Salve Regina with 127 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior inside linebacker recorded six solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 13 yards, a fumble recovery and one pass break-up in his team’s 14-10 win against Colby College.

James Howe (Williams) – The sophomore defensive lineman finished Saturday’s game against Middlebury with eight total tackles, five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss and a half a sack.

Mass. College Football: Week Four Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fourth week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Conner Hempel (Harvard) – In his first-career start with the Crimson, the junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns in his team’s win against San Diego.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – Against Monmouth, SanDoval led the Crusaders with a game-best 11 tackles (nine solo).

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – This week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles (nine solo), one tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior gunslinger finished his team’s contest with five touchdowns, four through the air, one on the ground against Pace on Saturday.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback from Holden, posted a career-high 187 rushing yards on 26 carries. He rushed for two scores in his team’s setback to Stonehill on Friday.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley) – Against LIU Post, the Framingham native threw for four touchdowns and 381 yards, both career-bests.

Logan Meyer (Stonehill) – The senior gunslinger helped the Skyhawks to their second victory of the season by completing 27-of-49 passes for 372 yards and five touchdowns.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The Attleboro native hauled in a career-best 13 passes for a career-high 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Walsh (Bentley) – The sophomore wide receiver had his best game in a Falcons uniform as he caught five passes for 136 yards, which included a 65-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that tied the game at 24.

Andrew Holfinger (Endicott) – This week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week recorded a team-best 11 tackles, four tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one-and-a-half sacks.  

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – Against Worcester State on Friday evening, the Martha’s Vineyard native accounted for six touchdowns (five passing, one running). He led all rushers with 98 yards on 22 carries.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – This week’s Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week hauled six passes for a career-high 202 yards and a school-record five touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior halfback rushed for 192 yards on 30 carries for one score, as well as hauled in three catches for 23 yards and one touchdown.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – Completed 22-of-28 passes for 357 yards and pair of touchdowns of 36 and 33 yards as Buccaneers claimed third straight Admiral’s Cup with 52-18 victory at Maine Maritime.

Phillip Nwosu (Amherst College) – The senior kicker recorded 11 points, three field goals and two extra points in the Lord Jeffs’ first win of the season against Hamilton.

Mass. College Football: Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

A majority of this week’s contests occurred this afternoon and below is the afternoon roundup.

Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7 – A.J. Doyle’s second quarter touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe evened the score at 7, but that was the closest the Minutemen got as Vanderbilt answered with a pair of touchdowns and one field goal to win the game. Doyle completed 20-of-28 passes for 133 yards and rushed for 29 yards on eight carries.

Harvard 42, San Diego 20 – Conner Hempel tossed four touchdowns in his first-career start as the Crimson cruised to their first win of the season.

American International 48, Pace 27 – Kevin Arduino tossed four touchdowns and completed 13-of-20 passes for 344 yards, while Terrell Williams rushed for 165 yards on 15 carries for the Yellow Jackets.

Springfield 41, Mount Ida 0 – Jonathan Marrero rushed for three touchdowns on 14 carries for 150 yards, while the Pride’s defense recorded seven sacks, forced three fumbles and got a defensive score.

Norwich 31, WPI 14 – Al Georgio rushed for a game-high 193 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Keyen Foley rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, as well as completed 12-of-20 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown pass, as the Cadets defeated the Engineers for the second year in a row.

Framingham State 42, Fitchburg State 21 – Matthew Silva tossed four touchdowns; Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 192 yards and one touchdown as the Rams defeated the Falcons in their first home game of the season. Fitchburg quarterback Garrett Dellechiaie finished 15-of-28 for 178 yards with two touchdowns.

Mass. Maritime 52, Maine Maritime 18 – Mike Stanton tossed two touchdowns, Stefan Gustafson rushed for a career-best 201 yards and one touchdown as the Buccaneers defeated the Mariners and claimed the 41st Annual Admiral’s Cup.

Westfield State 36, UMass Dartmouth 7 – Tim Rich and Erik Washburn combined for two passing touchdowns and 178 passing yards, while Troy Cutter finished with nine tackles (eight solo), one tackle for a loss, one interception and one pass breakup as the Owls earned their second win of the season.

Kean 24, Endicott 17 – Despite two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half, the Gulls fell short of defeating Kean in their first ever meeting with a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) program. Alec Matys led Endicott’s receiving core with seven catches for 106 yards.

Amherst 23, Hamilton 7 – The Lord Jeffs defense recorded five interceptions, while kicker Phillip Nwosu kicked three field goals and two extra points in Amherst’s first win of the season.

Colby 31, Williams 8 – Tom Murphy’s one-yard touchdown run was all the Ephs could muster as Williams fell in its opener to the Mules.