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Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe Selected By The New England Patriots

Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe was selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. (PHOTO COURTESY: DraftWire.USAToday.com)

By Matt Noonan

Did the New England Patriots add some competition to its quarterback room?

Perhaps they did by selecting Bailey Zappe this afternoon in the fourth round of the 2022 National Football League (NFL) Draft.

Zappe quarterbacked Western Kentucky University last fall to a 9-5 overall record while establishing new single-season FBS records for passing yards (5,967) and touchdowns (62).

The 62 touchdown passes erased the original mark of 60, which was established by Joe Burrow in 2019.

Prior to becoming the quarterback at Western Kentucky, Zappe was spotted under center for three seasons (2018, 2019, and 2020) at Houston Baptist University, but elected to transfer after the Huskies’ 2020 season concluded after four games.

The team elected to not compete in the Southland Conference’s spring season.  

Zappe, who was selected with the 137th pick, may not be the flashiest quarterback selected in this year’s NFL Draft. However, he certainly seems to fit the “Patriot mold” given the squad may need an extra arm if Mac Jones were to get injured. Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham are still on the roster, but it is possible one or both quarterbacks may not make the final cut.

The Victoria, Texas native is not the biggest signal-caller or has the arm strength of North Carolina’s Sam Howell, but he does throw a “catchable ball” that should create some explosive plays. Zappe led all FBS signal-callers last fall in completions (51) and yards (1,805) on deep passes and could certainly develop into a capable backup quarterback.

With drafting Zappe, it’s possible Jarrett Stidham’s time in New England could be coming to an end. The 2019 draftee, who has played eight games for the Patriots, could be a valuable target for some teams looking for a younger backup quarterback.

As of this afternoon, it seems likely that Brian Hoyer would step in if Mac Jones were to get injured.  

Holy Cross, Chesney Agree To Contract Extension

Bob Chesney will be coaching the Holy Cross football team for the next five seasons. (PHOTO COURTESY: Boston Globe/Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Bob Chesney will be sticking around Worcester area for a few more years — five, to be exact.

The former Assumption College and Salve Regina University head coach inked his name on a five-year contract extension this morning to continue coaching Holy Cross through the 2026 season.

Chesney’s extension was announced this morning by Holy Cross Director of Athletics, Kit Hughes.

“I could not be happier with this process and the opportunity to reaffirm the College’s commitment excellence for Holy Cross Athletics,” Hughes said in a statement. “Under Coach Chesney’s leadership, our Crusader student-athletes have achieved new heights in the classroom, community, and field of competition.”

In four seasons with the Crusaders, Chesney has guided the Purple and White to 25 wins, along with three Patriot League titles and three appearances in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) postseason. Additionally, he led the Purple and White to its first-ever postseason win last November with a come-from-behind win against Sacred Heart University.

“Worcester has become home for my family, and we are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue our time in this great community and at Holy Cross,” Chesney said in this morning’s release about his extension.

Chesney was named the New England Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston after leading the Crusaders to a 10-3 record last fall, including a 6-0 mark in the Patriot League.

Holy Cross has improved every season under Chesney since his initial campaign in 2018 when the Crusaders placed second in the Patriot League with a 4-2 record while registering single-season records with seven blocked kicks, six blocked punts, and four blocked punts returned for touchdowns.

Revisiting Our Top Stories from 2021

The Williams College football team’s 2021 season was one of many stories we highlighted and covered this year. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan

With 2022 quickly approaching, I thought we could do one more look back — maybe a reflection? — of some of our most read and viewed stories from 2021.

The biggest story in my opinion was the return to the field for so many colleges and high schools in the New England region — yes, I know some teams or programs competed during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic — but there was a euphoric sense from so many seeing their local teams back on the field or in the gymnasium.

Let’s share some other stories we enjoyed producing over the last 12 months.

  • At the conclusion of the 2021 small college football season — New England NCAA Division III, to be exact — we created (and shared) our first-ever All-Noontime Sports Team. Our fans enjoyed it — well, we enjoyed producing it! — and look forward to doing more of these in the future. (We also created a preseason team, too!)

  • In late June, I, along with many in this region, was eager for the college football season to begin. So, I decided to produce our Way Too Early Top 20 D3 Poll, which had Williams College in the top spot.

    Perhaps I knew this year’s squad would finish 9-0?

  • Speaking of Williams — yes, I know the Ephs were mentioned above! — but they finished their 2021 campaign by completing a perfect season with an end-of-season win over Amherst College. Their 24-19 victory clinched their first-ever 9-0 record in program history.

  • A new piece of content we created was ‘Inside the Matchup,’ which highlighted a few NCAA Division III playoff games. And one of our most-read playoff previews, according to our stats, was Endicott College hosting RPI in the opening round of the national tournament.

  • Sometimes, a sound bite — yes, a quote or a few words — can be used to create a post.

    In early June, I produced a short piece about Chris Hogan telling NBC‘s Paul Burmeister that he thought Paul Rabil could compete in the National Football League (NFL).

    Rabil, a long-time and well-respected lacrosse player, retired at the conclusion of the 2021 Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), but apparently did ponder the idea of playing football when he was 23.
  • Speaking of Chris Hogan, did you know the former New England Patriots wide receiver competed for the Cannons Lacrosse Club earlier this year?

    Indeed, he did — the Cannons, who used to play outside of Boston, were one of the newest members of the PLL.

  • Let’s go back to football where not one, but two Northeast football teams — the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and UMass Dartmouthcaptured their respective New England Bowls.

  • We know football has been a major theme of this post, so why not share our first high school football story from early September, which saw Malden Catholic roll past Weymouth in its season-opener. And you can watch our interviews and highlights from our initial high school football coverage below:
  • Another great story from 2021: Anna Maria College captured its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown.

    The AMCATs crusied to an impressive 31-7 victory over SUNY Maritime to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

    Anna Maria will certainly be a team to watch in 2022 — can they win their conference again? We’ll have to wait and see!

  • We conclude this post with one more historical memory from New England: the Holy Cross football team won its first-ever postseason game by rallying to beat Sacred Heart University, 13-10.

    The three-point win over the Pioneers was certainly an exciting one — sadly, it did not translate into additional postseason wins, but it certainly provided the team with some momentum heading into the offseason. And like Anna Maria, Holy Cross will also be a team to watch in 2022.

Thanks for a great year, everyone — we wish all our fans, friends, and readers a very Happy New Year!

Inside The Matchup: Anna Maria @ Delaware Valley

Donte Simmons and the Delaware Valley football team head into the national postseason riding a 10-game winning streak. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chuck Greco)

By NoontimeSports.com

The 2021 NCAA Division III postseason begins Saturday, November 20, 2021, with 32 teams competing in 16 first-round matchups.

This week, Noontime Sports is highlighting four matchups that feature squads from New England, including Anna Maria College visiting Delaware Valley University.

Let’s learn more about this particular matchup that features a pair of teams that captured their respective conference crown this fall.


Game Time & Location: Delaware Valley will be the home team on Saturday — the game will take place in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS | VIDEO)

Team Schedules: Anna Maria | Delaware Valley

Team Statistics: Anna Maria | Delaware Valley


Anna Maria’s journey to the postseason: The AMCATs secured their first-ever trip to the national postseason last weekend by defeating SUNY-Maritime by a score of 31-7. With the win, Anna Maria captured its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title and concluded the regular season with a program best seven wins in a single-season.  

Delaware Valley’s journey to the postseason: The Aggies head into the postseason riding a 10-game winning streak, which includes eight conference wins. They captured the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) crown this past weekend with a 27-0 victory over Widener University.

Anna Maria’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: Saturday’s contest against the Aggies will mark the first time the AMCATs compete in the national postseason.

Delaware Valley’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: After capturing its third-straight conference crown on November 16, 2019, with a 28-21 victory over Widener in the Keystone Cup, the Aggies secured the league’s automatic berth to the postseason where they would win back-to-back matchups against Bridgewater College (30-22) and Wesley College (45-10). Their quest for a national title concluded in the quarterfinals with a 31-14 setback to North Central College, which went onto beat Wisconsin-Whitewater in the national championship.  

Anna Maria’s NCAA Tournament history: The 2021 AMCATs are the first team in program history to compete in the national postseason. Anna Maria has been playing football since 2009.

Delaware Valley’s NCAA Tournament history: The Aggies will be making their 10th trip in program history to the postseason with their initial appearance coming in 2004. Delaware Valley last entered the national tournament undefeated in 2017.

Players to Watch on Anna Maria: Alex Cohen(QB), Kristian Sapp (RB), Justin McMillian (WR), Deandre Wallace (WR), Ryan Kent (K), Hayden Braga (P), Armstrong Antoine (DB), Jude Sampson (DL), and Sam Jakana (LB).

Players to Watch on Delaware Valley: DaQuan Bohannan (QB) | Donte Simmons (HB | MAC Offensive Player of the Year), Tahmir Barksdale (WR), Yusuf Aladinov (DL), Anthony Nobile (DL), Anthony Tedesco (LB | Defensive Player of the Year), and Blaine Netterman (DB)

Let The Countdown Begin For The 2021 College Football Season

The 2021 College Football season is slowly approaching — yes, we advise you to enjoy your summer, but as of today, we’re less than 100 days away from the first set of games. (PHOTO COURTESY: Pilot MKN on Visualhunt / CC BY)

By Matt Noonan

Sure, we’re just a day (or two) away from Memorial Day Weekend, but we’re also another day closer to a brand new season of college football.

Of course, we want everyone to enjoy their summer, especially after a tumultuous year for many, but countdowns have begun to emerge through social media — some teams and coaches are counting the days until their first contest, which will most likely occur on either Friday, September 3 or Saturday, September 4.

According to ESPN.com, ten teams, including Hawaii and UCLA are slated to compete one week earlier on Saturday, August 28 while more matchups will follow on Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2.

Alabama, which captured the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title in January, will begin its campaign on Saturday, September 4 against Miami — the game is one of many to watch on the first official weekend of the season — while Clemson will entertain Georgia that evening at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on ABC.

Notre Dame and Florida State will square off on Sunday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. before Louisville and Ole Miss cap the weekend on Monday, September 6.

While we’ll be keeping our eyes on various teams from the northeast to the west coast (and other pockets of the country this fall), there will be a few local games to watch (and yes, follow!) during the opening weekend, including Colgate at Boston College (Sept. 4), UMass at Pittsburgh (Sept. 4), and Holy Cross at UConn (Sept. 4).

September 4 will also be a busy day for numerous NCAA Division II and III teams — it will certainly be an exciting moment for many that are eager to return to the field as most teams did not play last fall or this spring due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

All in all, we’re excited about the upcoming college football season — be on the lookout for more content over the next few weeks and months as we get closer to kickoff — but also eager to produce some additional content on the pros and high schools.