It maybe early July, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think about football, right?
As we inch closer toward a brand new season of New England college football, Noontime Sports will begin to generate a list of players and teams to watch for the upcoming season, as well as our first of many Top 10 polls, too (our first poll will be a preseason poll, which will be posted later next month).
So, consider this an early plug for our 2018 preseason football coverage – yes, we are eager for football to return, but are enjoying some down time before camps and games officially commence.
If you do crave some football then make sure to check out our Football Friday Podcast– we do have a few new podcast interviews, including a recent conversation with the new Bates College coach Malik Hall and Western New England‘s Jason Lebeau.
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Our preseason football coverage will officially begin in a few weeks, but in the meantime, enjoy these long, summer days – the weather is pretty nice today in Boston!
Joe Germinerio tossed three touchdowns, while completing 30 of 38 passes for 292 yards, while Tyree Brown hauled in a game-high 118 yards on 11 catches – he also caught a touchdown, too.
Nathaniel Keith III led the Golden Eagles’ defense with 10 total stops, including seven solo tackles, while scooping a fumble. Julius Mizro concluded the contest with one sack for a loss of 21 yards, one forced fumble, one pass break-up, one interception (four yards) and six total tackles (one solo stop).
Brockport’s defense limited Wesley tailback E.J. Lee to just 82 yards on 23 carries – he did rush for a touchdown, though. Alex Kemp recorded three grabs for 94 yards and one touchdown reception, while quarterback Khaaliq Burroughs concluded the afternoon 16 of 35 for 233 yards and one touchdown.
Both teams entered the break tied at 21-21, but a three-score third quarter, jumpstarted by a Joseph Ortiz touchdown reception helped the Golden Eagles push ahead for good.
Brockport led 42-28 after three quarters before scoring their final touchdown midway through the final session with 9:01 remaining.
Wesley concludes its season 10-2 overall, while the Golden Eagles picked-up their 12th consecutive victory of the season.
Delaware Valley 37, Husson 15: One week after stunning the NCAA Division III Football world with their first-ever postseason victory, the Husson Eagles saw their run toward the ultimate prize conclude in Pennsylvania as the Aggies rolled to their 12th straight win, thanks to four touchdowns from Dashawn Darden (three through the air, one on the ground).
Darden accounted for three first half touchdowns, which helped the hosts secure a 19-0 advantage at the break, but Husson responded early in the third quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run by John Smith. Smith’s score capped an eight play, 71 yard drive, which brought the visitors with 12 points of the Aggies with 10:50 remaining in the third.
DelVal would counter on the ensuing possession with a two-yard plunge by LaQuille Nesbitt, which helped the Aggies push ahead for good.
Smith concluded the contest with a game-high 161 yards on 32 carries, while Devauntay Ellis led the Aggies’ rushing attack with 100 yards on 18 carries.
Husson concludes its season at 10-2 after claiming its second-straight Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown earlier this month when they defeated Alfred State in Maine.
It’s Monday, which means it is time to announce our weekly Noontime Sports Team of theWeek!
PROGRAM NOTE: This will be our final installment of the ‘Team of the Week’ – circle back next week for our end of the year awards and teams!
Offensive Player of the Week: Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox led all rushers with 221 yards on 18 carries, while registering a trio of rushing scores. He averaged 12.3 yards per carry against MIT.
Defensive Player of the Week: Wesley Becton (Middlebury): Becton registered 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 40 yards and three-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 34 yards.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Matthew Murphy (SUNY Maritime): Murphy converted seven of eight kicks, including a pair of field goals for 11 points.
Offensive Team of the Week
Dante Aiken (WNE): Against Nichols, Aiken rushed for 120 yards on 15 carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score.
Brady Berger (Catholic): Berger concluded the season completing 23 of 38 passes for 303 yards and three touchdown passes against Maine Maritime Academy.
Noah Brum (Worcester State): Brum concluded his team’s season against Framingham State by completing 24 of 43 passes for 336 yards, while tossing three scores, including two touchdown passes to Jacob Maher.
Craig Carmilani (Amherst): Carmilani led Amherst with six receptions for 101 yards (16.8 yards per reception) and one score in his team’s final contest of the season against Williams.
Alex Corvese (Curry): Corvese tossed five touchdowns against Salve Regina, while completing 25 of 33 passes for 347 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards on 13 carries.
Frank Cosolito (Middlebury): Cosolito led all receivers against Tufts with 100 yards on nine receptions (11.1 yards per reception) and three scores.
Corey Creeger (Maine Maritime Academy): Creeger rushed for 129 yards on 25 carries, while completing 4-of-11 passes for 85 yards and two scores.
Mark Dietrich (WNE): Dietrich led all receivers with five receptions for 123 yards and three scores in his team’s eighth win of the season.
Darrion Green (Gallaudet): Against SUNY Maritime, Green rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries for two scores, averaging 8.1 yards per carry.
Richard Harris (Dean): Harris rushed for 212 yards on 27 carries and one score in his team’s season finale against Anna Maria. Harris averaged 7.9 yards per carry.
Travon Holder (Westfield State): Against Western Connecticut, Holder rushed for 187 yards on 38 carries and two scores in his team’s 18-0 win. Holder averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
Shaquille Joseph (Framingham State): Joseph hauled in his first two touchdown receptions of the season (and his collegiate career), while concluding the game with two grabs for 37 yards.
Andrew Light (Mount Ida): Light led all receivers 121 yards on two receptions and two scores in his team’s final contest of the season.
Jacob Maher (Worcester State): Maher led all receivers with 11 receptions for 195 yards (17.7 yards per reception) and two scores. His longest reception was a 42-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams): Maimaron capped an impressive first-year with the Ephs by rushing for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against Amherst last Saturday, which provided the Ephs with their first win over the Mammoths since 2010. Maimaron rushed for 133 yards on 33 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and four scores, while completing 23 of 41 passes for 183 yards.
Sean McAllen (WPI): McAllen rushed for a game-high 132 yards on 28 carries and two scores, while hauling in a trio of receptions for 11 yards. McAllen averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
Ryan McDonald (Tufts): McDonald concluded the season with 145 yards on 29 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and one rushing score, while completing 11 of 25 passes for 121 yards.
Alex McLaughlin (Bridgewater State): McLaughlin led all rushers with 152 yards on 25 carries and one score in his team’s setback to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Jack Meservy (Middlebury): Against Tufts, Meservy completed 26 of 45 passes for 275 yards and three scores, while rushing for two scores one eight carries for three yards.
Brice Moore (Merchant Marine): Against Coast Guard, Moore rushed for a game-high 207 yards on 40 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and two scores in his team’s 48-23 win, which was seen on ESPN3.
Jace Pena (UMass Dartmouth): Pena capped his team’s season with four touchdown passes, while completing 14 of 28 passes for 234 yards.
Richie Phillips (Mass. Maritime Academy): Phillips rushed fro 149 yards on 37 carries for an average of 4.0 yards per carry, along with one score in his team’s 21-18 win over Bridgewater State.
Sonny Puzzo (Trinity): Against Wesleyan, Puzzo completed 9 of 19 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 48 yards on six carries (8.0 yards per carry) and one score.
Jake Schwern (Colby): Schwern led all rushers with 262 yards on 30 carries (8.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns in his team’s big win over Bowdoin last Saturday.
Anthony Service (WNE): Against Nichols, Service completed 5 of 11 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 50 yards on seven carries (7.1 yards per carry) and one score.
Michael Slaughter, Jr. (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter Jr. ruhed for a game-high 144 yards on 28 carries and one score, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
John Smith (Husson): Smith rushed for five scores, while recording 287 yards on 38 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per carry against Mount Ida.
Connor Sullivan (Salve Regina): Sullivan led all receivers with eight catches for 154 yards and two scores against Curry. Sullivan averaged 19.3 yards per reception.
Nick Vailas (Bowdoin): Vailas set a single-game for receiving yards (230), while tying a single-game mark with 14 receptions in his team’s setback to Colby. He also concluded the game with one touchdown reception.
Nick Villanueva (Curry): Villanueva hauled in six catches for 90 yards and three scores, while averaging 15.0 yards per reception.
Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 281 yards, while tossing a trio of scores in his team’s ninth win of the season.
Defensive Team of the Week
Micah Adickes (Tufts): Against Middlebury, Adickes recorded five total tackles, including three solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one fumble recover and one quarterback hurry.
Gene Baisden, Jr. (Dean): Baisden Jr. concluded the season with seven solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss of 29 yards and two sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while forcing a fumble.
Coy Candelario (Bates): Against Hamilton, Candelario tallied six total stops, including five solo stops, one pass break-up, one forced fumble and a half-a-tackle for a loss of 10 yards.
Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded his team’s final contest of the season with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops, six-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks (11 yards) and one pass break-up.
Emmanuel Hans (Anna Maria): Hans capped his teams season with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 15 yards.
Corey Jean-Jacques (Trinity): Against Wesleyan, Jean-Jacques registered eight total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble.
Shane Libby (Trinity): Libby turned in a monstrous performance against Wesleyan, tallying 10 total tackles, including nine solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.
Francis Lubega (WPI): Against Norwich, Lubega tallied five total tackles, including four solo stops, four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 27 yards, three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, and one forced fumble.
Ricky Montalvo (WNE): Montalvo registered 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 16 yards and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards.
Geoffrey Paige (Endicott): In his team’s final contest of the season, Paige tallied nine total tackles, along with one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards and one forced fumble.
Kendal Parker (SUNY Maritime): Parker turned in an impressive performance in the Privateers’ final contest of the season by tallying 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss of nine yards and a fumble recovery for two yards. He also registered a sack for a loss of seven yards, too.
Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter recorded eight total tackles, including four solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 12 yards and two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.
Craig Strand (Colby): Strand helped his team capture the 129th meeting between Colby and Bowdoin by registering 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, two sacks for a loss of 14 yards and one forced fumble.
Elvin Suazo, Jr. (Husson): Suazo, Jr. recorded nine total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 10 yards and one sack for a loss of nine yards in his team’s regular season finale against Mount Ida.
Andrew Yamin (Amherst): Yamin recorded nine solo tackles in his team’s season finale against Williams, including a pair of tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.
Special Teams of the Week
John Baron (Colby): Baron connected on all five kicks, including a 38-yard field goal for seven points against Bowdoin.
John Glaser (Endicott): Against Becker, Glaser connected on all six kicks, including a 25-yard field goal for eight points.
Spencer Herrington (WPI): In his team’s season finale against Norwich, Herrington connected on all six extra points.
Andrew Sisti (Bowdoin): Sisti connected on all four kicks. including a pair of field goals for eight points.
James Tooker (UMass Dartmouth): Tooker connected on all six kicks, including a 31-yard field goal for eight points.
Valentin Wagner (WNE): Wagner connected on all seven kicks in his team’s big win over Nichols last Saturday.
Welcome to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, New England and New York Division III Football fans! Below are the squads from both New England and New York that will be competing in this year’s national tournament.
Brockport (10-0, 7-0 E8)
Husson University (9-1, 7-0 ECFC)
Plymouth State (9-1, 7-1 MASCAC)
RPI (8-2, 4-1 LL)
Springfield College (10-, 7-0 NEWMAC)
Western New England (8-2, 5-0 CCC)
What are the match-ups?
Western New England (8-2) at Delaware Valley (10-0) |
Husson (9-1) at Springfield (10-0)
Plymouth State (9-1) at Brockport (10-0)
RPI (8-2) at Wesley (9-1)
NCAA Tournament coverage this week – what can you expect?
Game information and stats
Players to Watch in the postseason in all four match-ups
Podcasts – you can expect an extra Football Friday Podcast to two this week on all four match-ups
Ah, it’s Friday, which means a brand new weekend of New England and New York D3 Football is on the horizon – wahoo!
Let’s dish out this week’s (week nine) 10 Games to Watch in D3 Football (New England an New York) – as always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media throughout the weekend for news, notes and scores.
Fitchburg State at Western Connecticut (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): As of this week, Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials are in the driver seat for the MASCAC crown. However, they certainly should not overlook this Falcons squad, which beat them last season, 17-14. PREDICTION: West Conn. 27, Fitchburg State 17
WPI at MIT (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): This is a big one for both teams, which will look to keep the pressure on Springfield – the Pride currently remain atop the NEWMAC with an impressive 8-0 record. A win for the Engineers of WPI would keep their regular season title hopes alive, while a victory for the Engineers of MIT could set-up a potential de-facto championship game in two weeks. PREDICTION: WPI 28, MIT 25
Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): Last season, the Corsairs defeated the Rams, but can they do its again this season? We’ll see – the Rams need a win to keep their conference championship hopes alive! PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21
Becker at Nichols (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 12 p.m.): We have a unique Worcester rivalry in the making here, especially after a hard-fought win by the Bison last fall (16-13). Can the Bison make it back-to-back seasons with a win over the Hawks or will Becker soar past Nichols in this meeting? PREDICTION: Nichols 30, Becker 20
Trinity at Middlebury (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Can the Bantams’ momentum continue this weekend against a solid Panther squad that has rebounded from a last-second setback to Williams College? We’ll find out – the Panthers must find a way to slow down the Bantams’ rushing attack, specifically Max Chipouras, who has rushed for nine touchdowns this season. PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Middlebury 24
Salve Regina at Western New England (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Golden Bears appear to have found their groove, but can they continue their current momentum against a Seahawks squad that appears eager to snatch the inaugural Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 26, Western New England 21
Ithaca at Utica (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): A convincing 34-12 win over Buffalo State last week has us thinking this Pioneers squad will provide some serious challenges for these Bombers.PREDICTION: Utica 30, Ithaca 25
Brockport at Buffalo State (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1 p.m.): Defense wins championships, and as of now, the Golden Eagles’ defense is legit. This will be a tough test for the Bengals’ offense! PREDICTION: Brockport 34, Buffalo State 14
Amherst at Tufts (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 1:30 p.m.): Despite a loss to Middlebury, these Mammoths still remain in the hunt for a NESCAC crown. And to remain in the hunt, they’ll need to defeat a Tufts squad, which is flying high after an exciting win a week ago in Williamstown. PREDICTION: Tufts 21, Amherst 20
SUNY Cortland at St. John Fisher (Saturday, Oct. 28th at 2 p.m.): Since falling to Brockport last month, these Red Dragons have been on a roll, winning three consecutive contests. Can they keep this momentum going, especially against a St. John Fisher? PREDICTION: Cortland 27, St. John Fisher 15