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D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch (Week 2)

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Jake Wood and the Nichols College Bison host Coast Guard Academy on Friday, September 13th. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Week two is ready to begin this afternoon and evening with some intriguing match-ups.

Last week, we didn’t do so well with our picks. In fact, we finished 2-8 – can we bounce back this week? We certainly hope so – we discussed our not-so-great picks on this week’s Noontime Sports Football Friday Podcast (Week Two Preview).

Anywho, let’s dish out some picks and enjoy another weekend of New England Division III Football.


Week Two | Friday, September 13th & Saturday, September 14th

Rankings based off of this week’s New England Division III Top 20 Football Poll

No. 9 Coast Guard Academy at No. 15 Nichols College (Friday, September 13th @ 5 p.m.): Both teams scored opening-day wins, but the Bison offense was very impressive against Dean College. Look for Jake Wood to add to his touchdown total this afternoon (and evening). PREDICTION: Nichols 28, Coast Guard 21 

No. 2 Western New England at Westfield State (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Golden Bears scored an impressive opening day win and should continue that momentum against the nearby Owls. PREDICTION: WNE 30, Westfield State 13 

SUNY Maritime at Mass. Maritime Academy (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Privateers needed a field goal as time expired to defeat Maine Maritime. Will they need a late score to edge the Buccaneers in Buzzards Bay? PREDICTION: Maritime (N.Y.) 21, Mass. Maritime 18

Becker College at Worcester State (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): First-year halfback Randy Morgan will be the player to watch in this Worcester area meeting. PREDICTION: Becker 28, Worcester State 14 

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Keyshaun Robinson and the Husson University Eagles begin their 2019 season in Dartmouth, Massachusetts against the Corsairs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Monty Rand Photography)

No. 8 Husson University at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 14th @ 12 p.m.): Coach Nat Clark and the Eagles will be tasked with slowing down an air attack that produced six touchdowns last week. Husson’s balanced offense should help the Green and Gold score an opening day win for their first-year head coach. PREDICTION: Husson 28, UMass Dartmouth 24 

Bates College at No. 4 Amherst College (Saturday, September 14th @ 1 p.m.): The Bobcats are ready to take the so-called ‘next-step,’ but will need their defense to jumpstart their offense against a tough Mammoths squad. PREDICTION: Amherst 28, Bates 17 

No. 1 Trinity College at No. 18 Tufts University (Saturday, Sept. 14th @ 1:30 p.m.): The Bantams begin their title defense and the start of a four-peat with an opening day win against the Jumbos. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Tufts 14 

No. 14 Williams College at No. 17 Middlebury College (Saturday, September 14th @ 2 p.m.): Both teams are expected to challenge Trinity for the top spot in the conference this fall. This is not an easy start for the Ephs, who are determined to return to their 2017 form but look for a late field goal to be the difference in this must-watch NESCAC clash. PREDICTION: Williams 17, Middlebury 14 

RPI at No. 6 WPI (Saturday, September 14th at 2:30 p.m.): The Transit Trophy is on the line in this one, so look for both sides to be amped and ready to make an extra play when needed. PREDICTION: RPI 28, WPI 17 

No. 20 Dean College at No. 12 Western Connecticut (Saturday, September 14th @ 6 p.m.): The Colonials needed an extra session to edge William Patterson one week ago, while Dean fell to Nichols in its home-opener. This is an important contest for both teams, but in the end, we think the Colonials have a slight edge. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 28, Dean 14 

D3 Football: New England Conference Predictions

CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

A brand new season of New England Division III football is set to commence in two days – there are some very intriguing matchups to follow this week, beginning with some must-see games on Friday, September 6th.

Yet, before any of these games officially begin, allow us – Noontime Sports – to dish out our conference predictions for the 2019 season, including our projected winner, runner-up, and dark-horse.


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Projected Winner: Western New England 

After a successful first season as head coach, Jason LeBeau will once again guide the Golden Bears to a conference title and first-round appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Runner-Up: Endicott College 

The Gulls return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball but face some serious challenges in the first three weeks against Framingham State and Wesley College.

Dark Horse: Husson University.

The Eagles begin a new era under first-year coach Nat Clark, who has prior experience with the program under former head coach Gabby Price. Husson graduated some key pieces of last year’s squad, but do return some talented upperclassmen that will challenge Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England for the top spot.


Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Projected Winner: Maritime (N.Y.) 

It is hard to pick against the Privateers, who were picked to capture the ECFC crown, per the league’s preseason coaches poll. Maritime will be led by first-year coach Mickey Rehring, who has some work to do with finding replacements from last year’s squad, including the offense.

Runner-Up: Dean College

The Bulldogs enter the upcoming season with expectations of taking the so-called ‘next-step.’ Dean has the potential to challenge the Privateers for the top spot in the ECFC with a slew of returners from both last season and 2017.

Dark Horse: Castleton University 

Coach Tony Volpone seems focused on watching his team improve and get better this fall – he, along with the coaching staff return a young roster that will certainly be an interesting team to watch as the season progresses.


Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Projected Winner: Framingham State 

The Rams seem to embrace the so-called ‘target’ on their back – they know they will face challenges from both conference and non-conference foes this fall, but that shouldn’t stop them from winning eight or nine games.

Runner-Up: Bridgewater State 

The Bears graduated some key pieces from last year’s 8-3 squad, including wide receiver Jack Lavanchy. Bridgewater State does return 40 student-athletes from last season, which should help the Bears compete with the Rams for the top spot in the conference.

Dark Horse: Western Connecticut 

Western Connecticut graduated some key pieces from last year’s squad this past spring, including half-back Kyle McKinnon, but do return wide receiver Will Daniels, quarterback David James, and defensive end Jordan Fletcher, which will help the Colonials challenge both the Bears and Rams for a MASCAC title.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Projected Winner: Trinity College 

The Bantams have won the last three conference crowns and should find a way to capture their fourth consecutive title this fall, thanks to some key returners on both sides of the ball, including its defensive line. Trinity will also rely on running back Spencer Lockwood, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut in 2017.

Runner-Up: Amherst College 

The Mammoths return some impressive talent on offense – they will once again be led by quarterback Ollie Eberth, who accounted for 19 touchdowns last fall, including nine on the ground. Amherst does have some graduation holes to fill on defense, but should once again be in the mix for the conference crown.

Dark Horse: Williams College 

The Ephs faced some adversity last fall but still managed to win five of nine contests. This season, Williams should lean heavily on its junior class to keep pace with Amherst and Trinity, as well as Middlebury College, which beat the Ephs last fall in Williamstown.


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

Projected Winner: Springfield College 

Despite losing some key pieces last September, the Pride still managed to post an eight-win season, which concluded with a New England Bowl victory over Maritime (N.Y.). Springfield returns most of last year’s squad, especially on offense, but will need players like AJ Smith and Jack Pavelchak to step-up on defense.

Runner Up: WPI

For WPI to enjoy another successful season, they will need to rely on their senior class, especially halfbacks Connor Field and Sean McAllen on offense and linebacker Nick Ostrowski on defense. This senior class seems committed to doing whatever is needed to help the Engineers challenge Springfield (and others) for the top spot in the NEWMAC.

Dark Horse: MIT 

After capturing its first-ever NEWMAC crown last fall, coach Brian Bubna and his staff will look to duplicate their 2018 performance this season, despite some key graduation losses on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Udgam Goyal. MIT does return some talent (and leadership), which should help the Engineers be in the hunt for a second-straight conference title.


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Husson Eagles

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at the Husson University Eagles, who begin a new era in program history this fall as a member of Commonwealth Coast Football.

The Eagles, who previously competed in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), will begin their 2019 season on the second Saturday of September – that would be September 14th, to be exact – when they visit UMass Dartmouth for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Eagles’ 2018 Season: Husson commenced its season by winning two of four contests before stringing together six consecutive wins to secure the ECFC title, as well as a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Eagles’ national championship hopes were dashed one week after beating Plymouth State in their season finale with a 38-14 setback to RPI in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Yet, despite the loss, the Eagles again proved they can compete with the best, both in New England and outside the region.

2018 was the final season for coach Gabby Price, who announced months after his team’s final contest that he would be stepping down. Nat Clark was named the program’s new coach roughly two weeks after Price’s announcement.

The 2019 Outlook: As noted above, the Eagles will begin a new chapter in program history this fall as a member of the Commonwealth Coast Football league – Husson will compete against some talented New England squads, including Endicott CollegeSalve Regina University and Western New England.

Husson will certainly be a team to watch again this year, however, they do have some holes to fill, beginning at quarterback.

Cory Brandon, who was the team’s signal-caller the past few years, has graduated – he was one of 14 student-athletes to graduate this past spring – so perhaps we could see David Morrison under center or Frank Veino. Both student-athletes appeared in games last year, however, Morrison competed in all 10 contests, so it’s likely we will see him against the Corsairs in week two.

In addition to identifying a new starting quarterback, the Eagles will need to find replacements for wide receivers Kyle Gaudet and Ty Bassett, as well as linebacker Elvin Suazo.

Keyshaun Robinson could become the go-to target for Morrison or Veino – the senior tight end finished second on the team with 38 receptions for 526 yards and seven touchdowns. Additionally, Tyler Halls, who transferred from Western New England, could be a wide receiver to watch this fall, as well. Halls enjoyed a successful first season with the Eagles last year, catching 28 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

In addition to some new wide-outs and tight ends stepping up, look for the Eagles to rely on its ground game. Husson returns Miece Loureiro and Solomon Hassen, who combined for 1,783 yards and four touchdowns.

Husson returns a slew of offensive linemen, including Collin SpenceAidan Asher, and Jacob Cameron, which should help the Eagles continue its success from last year, both on the ground and through the air.

Ace Curry should be the player to watch on defense – the Lewiston, Maine native finished second on the team last season in total tackles. Kaleb Caron, who stuffed the stat sheet with 51.0 total tackles, including seven tackles for a loss for 36 yards and 2.5 sacks, will also be a player to watch, too.

Husson’s Schedule: After traveling to UMass Dartmouth in week two, the Eagles will host WPI in their season-opener on September 21st before finishing the month of September with a trip to Morrisville State.

Husson will dive into conference play in the first week of October with a trip to Becker College followed by three consecutive home games, including an important matchup with Endicott on October 26.

Husson will end the regular season with a trio of marquee matchups, beginning with a visit to Nichols College followed by a home date with Salve Regina. The Eagles will visit Western New England on Saturday, November 16th with hopes of competing one week later in either the NCAA Tournament or New England Bowl.

Players to Watch: David Morrison (Quarterback/Ashland, Mass.), Frank Veino (Sanford, Maine), Keyshaun Robinson (Tight End/Brooklyn, N.Y.), Tyler Halls (Wide Receiver/Lisbon, Maine), Miece Loureiro (Halfback/Westbrook, Maine), Solomon Hassen (Halfback/Los Angeles, Calif.), Collin Spence (Offensive Line/Windsor, Conn.), Aidan Asher (Offensive Line/Portsmouth, R.I.), Jacob Cameron (Offensive Line/Conway, N.H.), Ace Curry (Defensive Back/Lewiston, Maine), Kaleb Caron (Linebacker/West Gardiner, Maine), and Devin Pickett (Kicker/Sidney, Maine).


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