Mass. College Football: Nichols’ Respass Named NEFC Offensive Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about Quillian Respass being named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College sophomore Quillian Respass (Huntington, N.Y.) has been named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week.

Respass tallied 536 total yards (331 pass, 205 rush) and eight total touchdowns (four rush, four pass) in the Bison’s 63-52 loss at Maine Maritime Saturday afternoon. He completed 19-of-27 pass attempts and rushed 27 times for an average of 7.6 ypc.

In the process, Respass tied the program record for most rushing touchdowns in one game, which was accomplished by Matt Fox against UMass Boston in 2000 and again by Anthony Smith against Bridgewater State in 2003.

“Quillian has been a great addition to our program,” said Nichols third-year head coach Kevin Loney. “From the moment he walked in, he’s played the game at a different speed. I expect big things as our offense continues to gel.”

In his first season in Dudley, Respass had passed for 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 420 yards and six TD’s. He becomes the second Nichols’ student-athlete to earn NEFC Offensive POW honors in 2013. Senior captain Dylan Rimsky (Denville, N.J.) received the same honor on September 8 after he established single-game program records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290) in the Bison’s 28-27 overtime win against Westfield State two days prior.

The Bison (1-6, 0-5 NEFC) travel to Curry on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.

Mass. College Football: MIT, Salve Regina Earn Week 8 Victories

By Matt Noonan 

MIT and Salve Regina commenced the eighth week of the college football season with victories and below are their game summaries.

Salve Regina 43, Curry 10: The Seahawks soared to a two score lead and never looked back as they defeated the Colonels and extended their current winning streak to four games. Curry’s Kevin Fruwirth completed 22-of-43 passes for 268 yards, while Jordan Shairs rushed eight times for 44 yards and hauled in five catches for 57 yards.

Salve Regina’s Steven Wilken completed 14-of-27 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, while Richie Edwards tallied 108 yards on the ground. Jiyon Ruffin led the visitors on defense with 10 total tackles, seven solo stops, which included two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards.

Salve Regina improves to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the New England Football Conference (NEFC), while Curry falls to 2-4 and 2-2.

MIT 48, Nichols 0: Justin Wallace rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Peter Williams completed 18-of-23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns as the Engineers snapped their two-game losing streak and earned their first NEFC victory.

The Engineers, who concluded its first three drives with touchdowns finished the contest with a school record 563 total yards of offense.

Samuel Inman led all receivers with eight grabs for 86 yards, while teammate Seve Esparrago registered six catches for 81 yards and one score.

Nichols’ Devon Nelson led all defenders with 12 total tackles. Five of those tackles were solo stops. Orlando Vega finished with nine tackles, while Brian Camacho recorded six tackles, which included one tackles for a loss.

Jake Laux led MIT’s defense with nine total stops, three solo, one tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

With the win, MIT improves to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Nichols falls to 1-5 and 0-4.

Mass. College Football: Catching Up With Head Coach Kevin Loney (Nichols College)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Nichols College commenced their 2013 campaign with an exciting overtime victory against Westfield State at home last Friday night.

The Bison, who trailed the Owls by two touchdowns, rallied to force an extra session before their defense stopped Westfield on a two-point conversion, which sealed the win.

A few days after their exciting victory, Noontime Sports caught up with Head Coach Kevin Loney to discuss the victory and how the Bison will use it going forward into their next game tomorrow evening against Western Connecticut State University.

On last week’s victory: “I think for the upperclassmen, they’ve been through so many close games over the last four years. They’ve come out on the wrong side on a lot of those, so finally to win one against a good opponent that we haven’t beaten in a long time (should help our team realize) that we can do this and that’s a big thing. I called a timeout right before the last play of the game. (Westfield) lined up to go for two (in overtime). We saw the play on film, so I called timeout and said that was the play. (My team responded) by saying, ‘We’ve got it, Coach,’ but the kids now feel (confident), which is a big thing and now we’ve got to keep building on that (for the rest of the season).”

On starting the season with a win: “Being that it was against Westfield State, a team our seniors had not beaten and two years ago, our first year as a (coaching) staff here we lost to those guys in a very similar game by a point, they blocked an extra point at the end of the game to beat us. Our kids were pretty amped up for last year’s game too, but last Wednesday in practice I knew our kids were ready to play. For us, winning early and getting it over with will be a big thing for us. Now that the monkey is off our back, let’s go play.

“Things have been good this week in practice. They’re practicing with confidence, but they still have a bit of an edge and urgency. Last year we beat UMass Dartmouth and going through practice (afterward) there was just such a relief for our guys because they had been so tensed for two years and then finally we could take a deep breath. Again, they’ve practiced with a bit of an urgency this week, so hopefully that carries through to Friday night.”

On the team’s current attitude: “Last Saturday, our men’s soccer team played Springfield College and beat them, which is a huge win for them and a bunch of our guys were at the game and (from interacting with some of the guys I felt) they’re starting to believe. Guys are starting to believe in our process and how we’re going to go through it, and they came out Sunday and had a good practice and a good film session.

“I did say to the team, ‘Your biggest improvement is from week one to week two,’ so obviously it’s a totally different opponent this week because West Conn is a spread offense and they’re extremely athletic and they’re going to be really good, so I think it’s a good thing for our guys to be able to go play and challenge ourselves to play better football this week.”

On a growing moment from this summer: “During one of our double sessions, we cut practice early to give the guys a bit of a breather and I think it was a day when we had our Green and White scrimmage. We went out that night and practiced a little bit and it was just a light practice to give the guys a little bit of work. Once we ended practice, the kids stayed for an extra hour. They were running and doing other stuff with no coaches involved. They just did it, and I was walking up the hill and thought they were probably going to stay for (an extra few minutes), but it was an hour and that’s never happened since I’ve been here. We have coaches on our staff that was here (before I arrived) and it’s never happened, but they still do it.

“The team is taking ownership in their success and to me that’s probably the biggest change because it can’t always be coach driven. If you have players that want to be good and willing to work at it then you’re going to have success, so that is a really god thing.”

On the senior class legacy: “We’ve got a good group of kids and we’ve gone through a lot here in terms of turning our roster over and being more of a Northeast roster over the last three years. I think the kids that have lasted with us have bought into our philosophy and our ideas about how to build this program for the long haul. It is shown by how we practice every day and how we handle ourselves in meetings, which has been really fun to watch.”

Mass. College Football: Teams Of The Week (Week 2)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The second week of the college football season is in the books. We’ll be posting our first Honor Roll of the season later today, but a new post that we’ll be doing this season is “Teams of the Week.”

Every Monday we will post these teams (one from each Division) and similar to our Honor Roll, everyone is encouraged to submit possible teams via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Below are the three teams that earned this week’s honor.

Division 1: Boston College – “Be A Dude” seems to be working for the Maroon and Gold, who’re now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in ACC Conference play. Against Wake Forrest on Friday, BC relied on its ground game as Andre Williams rushed for 204 yards on 35 carries and scored one touchdowns in his team’s 24-10 victory. Quarterback Chase Rettig matched his touchdown total from week one with two as he connected with Alex Amidon (five catches, 93 yards, one touchdown) and Spiffy Evans (one catch, 22 yards, one touchdown).

The Eagles will head to California next weekend for an afternoon contest against University of Southern California.

Division 2: Bentley University – A complete team effort lifted the Falcons past the Mercyhurst in their season opener in Waltham on Saturday. Jet Kollie score two touchdowns (one on the ground, one through the air), Michael Baron kicked one field goal and two PATs and Kyle Young recorded a game-high 14 tackles (four solo).

Bentley will jump right into conference play on Friday as they host Assumption College under the lights at 7 p.m.

Division 3: Nichols College – Trailing Westfield State, 21-7, the Bison rallied to force an extra session and win their season opener under the lights on Friday. The Nichols defense came up with an enormous stop in overtime, which sealed the win as they denied a two-point conversion attempt.

Connor Richard led the defense with seven tackles (five solo), while Lucas Bogdanski registered the unit’s only sack. Offensively, quarterback Quillian Respass finished 20-of-33 for 310 yards. He tossed three touchdowns to Dylan Rimsky, who hauled in 14 catches for 290 yards.

Nichols will return to the gridiron Friday for a non-conference clash against Western Connecticut State.

Mass. College Football: Nichols’ Rimsky Named NEFC Offensive Player of the Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about senior captain Dylan Rimsky, who was named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Senior captain Dylan Rimsky (Denville, N.J.) has been named New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Rimsky established Nichols single-game records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290) in the Bison’s 28-27 overtime win against Westfield State Friday night at Vendetti Field. Rimsky hauled in a 63-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, then caught a 32-yard pass in overtime to put the Bison in front for good. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to Westfield State and also gave the Bison their first win in a season opener since 2007.

“I am very proud of Dylan. What a great way to start off his senior season!” Nichols head coach Kevin Loney. “He has a tremendous work-ethic, and it showed on Friday. He’s been overshadowed here for a few years, but I guess that’s over now. I look forward to seeing what he has in store in the future.”

Rimsky was named to the NEFC Honor Roll last October after catching eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown at Plymouth State.

The Bison return to action on Friday when they host Western Connecticut State at Vendett Field at 7 p.m.