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Inside The Matchup: Framingham State @ Muhlenberg College

Devaun Ford and the Framingham State offense will look to continue their recent momentum against Muhlenberg College on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

By NoontimeSports.com

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

This week, Noontime Sports is highlighting four matchups that feature squads from New England, including Framingham State visiting Muhlenberg College.

Let’s learn more about this particular matchup that features two teams that competed in the 2019 national playoffs.


Game Time & Location: Muhlenberg will host Framingham State on Saturday, November 12 at Scotty Wood Stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. (LIVE STATS | VIDEO)

Team Schedules: Framingham State | Muhlenberg College

Team Stats: Framingham State | Muhlenberg College


Framingham State’s journey to the postseason: The Rams secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament by winning the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) — the Black and Gold won eight-straight league meetings this fall, including their last two against Bridgewater State (47-13) and Worcester State (40-21).

Muhlenberg’s journey to the postseason: After starting its season by winning two of three contests, the Mules ripped off seven-straight wins to capture the Centennial Conference (CC) they clinched the tile this past weekend with a 55-0 victory over Moravian University.

Framingham State’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: After winning their conference in 2019, the Rams advanced to the opening round, but saw their bid toward a national championship conclude against Wesley College.

Muhlenberg’s last trip to the NCAA Tournament: The Mules concluded their 2019 campaign with a 13-1 record — their lone loss came in the national semifinals to North Central, which went onto beat Wisconsin-Whitewater in the national championship. The loss to Cardinals concluded an impressive run for the Muhlenberg seniors, who helped the Red and White win 41 of 49 contests to go with a pair of conference titles and trips to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Framingham State’s NCAA Tournament history: The Rams have competed in the national tournament five times in program history with their first appearance in 2012. Saturday will mark the program’s sixth trip to the postseason.

Muhlenberg’s NCAA Tournament history: This Saturday will mark the 10th appearance for the Mules dating back to their initial trip in 2002.

Players to Watch on Framingham State: Nicolas Goffredo (QB), Devaun Ford (RB/WR | MASCAC Offensive Player of the Year), Marcus McBean Jr. (HB), Elijah Nichols (RB), Joshua Onujiogu (DE | MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year), Cully Curran (DB), Gerell Boyce (DL), and Dylan DeWolfe (LB | MASCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year).

Players to Watch on Muhlenberg: Michael Hnatkowsky (QB | named the conference’s offensive player of the year), Rory DeLuca (HB), Ethan Brader (HB), Michael Feaster (WR), Mitch Daniel (WR), Spencer Kirin (LB), and Joshua Barnett (LB).

Four New England D3 Football Teams Are Headed To The 2021 NCAA Tournament

Alex Cohen and the Anna Maria College football team will make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 20. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

By NoontimeSports.com

Anna Maria College made history this fall by becoming the first team in school history to win an Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown.

Now, the AMCATs will look to continue their recent momentum on Saturday, November 20 when they visit Delaware Valley in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Aggies, who are making a return trip to the national postseason, captured the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) crown while finishing their season with a perfect 10-0 record.

The winner of Anna Maria-DelVal will compete against Framingham State or Muhlenberg College. Both teams competed in the postseason two years ago with the Mules advancing to the national semifinals where they lost to North Central, which went on to beat Wisconsin-Whitewater in the championship. Framingham State lost to Wesley in the opening round.

Endicott College, which captured its first conference crown since 2013, secured a home date with RPI – the Engineers claimed the Liberty League (LL) title with a 19-17 victory over Union College, thanks to a last-second field goal by Trevor Bisson.

The winner of Endicott-RPI will compete against either SUNY Cortland or Springfield College – the two teams will meet in Cortland, New York. Both teams have a great deal of history as they have been competing against each other since 1946. They have never met in the postseason, so this will certainly be an intriguing matchup to watch.

All four contests (highlighted above) will begin at 12 p.m. eastern this Saturday, November with the winners advancing to the second round on Saturday, November 27.

32 teams secured spots in the 2021 NCAA Division III Tournament with five of them earning at-large bids.

The Early Outlook: New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

Brian Bubna and the MIT football team have represented the NEWMAC in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2018 and 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Paul Rutherford)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our early season/preseason college football coverage has begun — you may have seen our initial post on the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), but now, it is time to turn our attention to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

NEWMAC Teams:

  • Catholic
  • Coast Guard Academy
  • Merchant Marine Academy
  • MIT
  • Norwich
  • Springfield
  • WPI

2019 Conference Refresh: For the second-straight season, Brian Bubna and the MIT Engineers secured the league crown — the Engineers of Cambridge shared the title with the Engineers of Worcester (WPI).

MIT represented the conference in the NCAA Division III playoffs, but saw their bid for a national title conclude in the opening round against Muhlenberg College, which advanced to the national semifinals against North Central. The Cardinals edged the Mules before rolling past University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to secure the national championship.

WPI ended its 2019 campaign with a 9-1 record, along with a 35-6 victory over Western Connecticut in the New England Bowl.

Both teams are expected to be in the mix for the conference crown this fall — the same could be said for Merchant Marine and Springfield College. And perhaps a few more?

Merchant Marine outlasts Coast Guard in lone 2020 contest: The Mariners captured their 16th Secretaries Cup last November with a 24-14 win over Coast Guard, thanks to a game-high 151 rushing yards and one touchdown from Ian Blakenship.

Blakenship will be back under center this fall when the Mariners begin their 2021 campaign at FDU-Florham on Friday, September 3 at 7 p.m. The senior signal-caller from McRae, Georgia has rushed for six touchdowns in three seasons, including four during his team’s 2019 campaign, and has tallied 451 rushing yards in 11 contests. He will certainly be a player to watch for the Mariners this fall — the same could be said fullback Ceaser Gonzalez (103 rushing yards and one touchdowns against Coast Guard last November), Eric Davidson (linebacker) and Joshua King (linebacker).

Last November’s contest also provided us a glimpse of a few Coast Guard players to watch this year, which include Jared Colletti (wide receiver), Finnegan Hall (kicker), and Michael Palermo (linebacker).

Catholic will play six home games this fall: For the first time since 2014, the Catholic Cardinals will compete on their home turf six this time this season, including three times in September against McDaniel College (Sept. 4), Endicott College (Sept. 18), and Christopher Newport (Sept. 25).

Coach Mike Gutelius and the Cardinals did compete once this spring when Catholic outlasted Wilkes University, 27-22. The game was highlighted by an impressive 65-yard touchdown pass from Brady Berger to Preston Jeffrey.

Berger graduated this past spring after being named the Jone Dowd Role Model Award Winner. Jeffrey will be back for his final season with the Cardinals after recording career-highs in games played (eight), receptions (12), receiving yards (205), and touchdown receptions (two) during the 2019 season.

From a local angle, keep your eyes on three Massachusetts natives that will be competing this fall for the Cardinals: Mark Cheffers (wide receiver/Winchendon), Austin Haggerty (defensive back/Westford), and Griffin Renzella (linebacker/Wellesley).

Our Early-Season Favorite(s): It was just one game last November, but the Mariners of Merchant Marine should certainly be in the mix for the NEWMAC title — the same could be said for MIT, Springfield, and WPI.

There are certainly some unknowns when it comes to MIT, Springfield, and WPI, but all three programs have been in the mix in the past, which makes us think it could be a four or possibly five-team race for the top spot.

Coast Guard and Catholic could also be in the mix, and perhaps the dark horse is Norwich, which will begin its 2021 campaign against Salve Regina University, a team that should certainly content for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) crown.

Similar to the ECFC, there are some early-season favorites, but also some teams that could surprise us.

Noontime’s High School Football Stars Of The Week (Sept. 5, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Another week (and yes, weekend) of high school football is in the books.

A few new teams played their initial game of the 2020 season while others scored their third or fourth win, respectively. 

And just like last week when we unveiled our initial ‘High School Stars of the Week,’ it is time to highlight a slew of student-athletes from around the country that enjoyed a very successful day (or evening) on the gridiron.


Coaches, Athletic Directors, Fans, and Media Members are welcome to nominate players for our weekly ‘High School Stars of the Week’ by sending us an email to either MattNoonan@noontimesports.com or NoontimeSports@gmail.com. Please make sure to include statistics, too!


Noontime’s High School Football Stars of the Week (Sept. 5, 2020) 

Zayd Vestal (North Central | Indiana | Quarterback): Vestal led North Central to its first win over Warren Central in 21 years by completing 8 of 19 passes for 58 yards and one touchdown to Northwestern University commit Theran Johnson in the second quarter. 

Nathan McCahill (Cathedral | Indiana | Quarterback): For the second-straight week, McCahill earned our weekly honor by leading the Fighting Irish to a 52-7 win last Friday over Penn. McCahill concluded the game with four touchdowns, including three through the air.

Jaxson Dart (Corner Canyon | Utah | Quarterback): Dart led the Chargers to its fourth-straight win by completing 16 of 23 passes for 421 yards and six touchdowns. 

Noah Kjar (Corner Canyon | Utah | Wide Receiver): Against Jordan last Friday, Kjar registered 11 receptions for 207 yards and three touchdowns. 

Micah Wilson (Corner Canyon | Utah | Linebacker): The junior linebacker tallied 11 total tackles last Friday in his team’s win over Jordan. As noted by the Corner Canyon’s Twitter handle, Wilson leads the team with 10.5 tackles per game

Maddux Madsen (American Fork | Utah | Quarterback): The junior signal-caller made headlines for his nine touchdown performance last week during his team’s 69-49 win over East. Madsen completed 29 of 44 passes for 628 yards and nine touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 148.7. 

Fisher Ingersoll (American Fork | Utah | Wide Receiver): Fisher concluded his team’s fourth win of the 2020 season by catching nine passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 26.7 yards per reception. 

Cruz Hepburn (Lewiston | Idaho | Runningback): Hepburn rushed for three touchdowns, including the go-ahed and game-winning score to lead the Bengals of Lewiston past Lake City by a score of 58-50

Jack Prka (Coeur d’Alene | Idaho | Quarterback): Prka helped the Vikings score their first win of the 2020 season last Friday over Sandpoint. The senior quarterback threw three touchdowns while adding an additional score on the ground.   

J.J. McCarthy (IMG Academy | Florida | Quarterback): McCarthy provided first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White by completing 23 of 37 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. 

Reggie Davis (Robert E. Lee | Alabama | Runningback): Davis led the Generals to a 15 point win over Eufaula by rushing for 274 yards and two scores on 27 carries. 

Cole Jennings (Opp | Alabama | Defensive Line): Jennings highlighted the Opp Bobcats’ defensive effort last week against New Brockton by registering 10 total tackles and two sacks

We’ll have more high school football posts later this week, but for now, thanks for stopping by and we hope you enjoyed a few highlights from this past weekend!