The fifth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to highlight five teams to watch this weekend.
Anna Maria College (2-1, 0-0 ECFC): The AMCATs have been a great story this fall, winning two of three contests, including an exciting 29-24 victory last weekend against Coast Guard Academy.
This week, Anna Maria will visit Keystone College in its first-ever meeting with the Giants — Keystone has yet to win a game this fall, but Saturday’s clash with the AMCATs will be their first as a member of the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
Quarterback Alex Cohen will be a player to watch in this game as the senior signal-caller has thrown for 852 yards through three contests, as well as connected with wide receiver for three of his four touchdowns.
On defense, keep your eyes on Sam Jakana, who finished last week’s game against the Bears with 10 total tackles — all solo stops! — including four tackles for a loss of 17 yards.
Colby College (1-1, 1-1 NESCAC): The Mules snapped a 22-game losing streak to Amherst College last weekend by outlasting the Mammoths, 10-7.
Colby’s defense highlighted the win while halfback Devin Marrocco provided the Blue and White with an early lead mid-way through the opening quarter by capping a 13-play, 71-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run.
Moises Celaya booted a season-long 38-yard field goal midway through the final session to provide the visitors with a few more points that helped them depart Amherst with a much-needed win after losing their season-opener to Wesleyan University one week earlier by a score of 21-5.
This week, the Mules face-off against a 1-1 Hamilton College squad that won its season-opener against Bowdoin College but lost its second matchup to Wesleyan.
Last week’s win against Amherst should provide the Mules with some much-needed momentum against a Hamilton squad that beat them in 2019 by a score of 45-24.
In 2018, the Mules topped the Continentals at home by a score of 23-21, thanks to a pair of fourth quarter field goals by Walter Thilly.
Curry College (2-1, 0-0 CCC): After starting their season with a 41-7 setback to MIT, the Colonels have bounced back, defeating Coast Guard Academy (21-18) and Hartwick College (14-7) to enter conference play with some momentum.
Curry was idle this past weekend, but its defense was a unit to watch two weeks ago against Hartwick — Curry’s defense finished the game with two sacks, six tackles for a loss, one interception, and seven pass break-ups. Gregory Silvia and James Nyamwaya each recorded 10 total tackles.
Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw for a season-high 301 yards in the win – he also completed 24 of 37 passes and tossed one touchdown.
Mullaney’s go-to targets through three games are Maxx Bell (18 receptions for 141 yards) and Gabe DeSouza (15 catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns) – both receivers will be players to watch on Saturday against Endicott College.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC): The Buccaneers returned to the win column last week after falling to Anna Maria College one week earlier by a score of 23-13.
Massachusetts Maritime’s defense was the story of last week’s conference win against Fitchburg State as the unit tallied 72 total tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss of 47 yards, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and one interception returned for 30 yards.
Hugh Wells was one of many members of the Buccaneers defense to watch last week – the West Hartford, Connecticut native registered three total tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 18 yards and one forced fumble.
Jonah Mitchell and Colbe Andrews powered the offense by combining for 120 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
This week, the Buccaneers visit Westfield State for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. A win over the Owls will keep Massachusetts Maritime in the mix for the top spot in the conference with Bridgewater State and Framingham State, along with UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut.
Salve Regina (4-0, 0-0 CCC): The Seahawks have been a great story this fall.
The team’s most recent win against Rowan University was very exciting – Salve Regina trailed, 35-16, at the break, but stormed back during the final two sessions to cap its non-conference slate with a 50-35 victory.
Halfback Joey Mauriello has been the players to watch on the Seahawks – the Colts Neck, New Jersey native was named this week’s New England Football Writers (NEFW) Gold Helmet recipient for Division II/III after rushing for a school-record 279 yards and three fourth quarter touchdowns. Mauriello concluded the contest with 332 all-purpose yards.
Mauriellio and the Seahawks face a challenging test this weekend against Western New England, a squad that has dropped two-straight to Salisbury University and Utica College.
Salve Regina has not beaten Western New England since 2013 – the victory occurred in Newport, Rhode Island. Their last victory against the Golden Bears on the road came in 2012 when Salve Regina topped Western New England, 43-0.