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Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week Seven)

Spencer Fetter and the Trinity College Bantams have won four straight contests — this weekend, they host Bates College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

The seventh week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means it is time to unveil our 10 Games to Watch!

Last week, we picked eight of ten contests correctly — not bad, eh? — to bump our season total to 43-17 (so we have selected 43 of 60 contests correctly, which is pretty good, right?).

We have some exciting matchups to follow this week, so without further ado, scroll down and see who we think will win their respective matchup!


FEATURED GAME: Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC) at Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: After losing to Plymouth State one week ago, we expect the Colonials to bounce back with a much-needed road win against the Rams of Framingham State to remain in the mix for the conference crown. PREDICTION: West Conn. 24, Framingham State 16

FEATURED GAME: Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC) at Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: Do we smell a potential upset? Trinity is on a roll – they look good! – but Bates is coming to town with some confidence, along with some momentum after scoring their first win of the 2021 season last Saturday against Tufts University. Sure, Trinity is the favorite but maybe Bates finds a way to beat the Bantams for the first time since 1979? PREDICTION: Trinity 27, Bates 21

FEATURED GAME: Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC) at Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Gulls head to Maine with a lot of momentum after scoring an exciting win one week ago against Western New England. Let’s see if their midseason momentum continues against an Eagle squad that has not lost a game since the first weekend of September. PREDICTION: Endicott 24, Husson 17


MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) at United States Merchant Marine Academy (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Mariners are hands down the best team in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – we find it hard to see this team fall to the Engineers at this point of the season. PREDICTION: USMMA 38, MIT 13

Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC) at Alfred State (2-3, 1-0 ECFC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The AMCATs return from their bye week eager to continue their early-season momentum against a Pioneers team that scored an impressive win one week ago against SUNY-Maritime. PREDICTION: Anna Maria 34, Alfred State 27

Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC) at Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC) Saturday, October 16 at 12 p.m.: The Pride produced 60 points one week ago – maybe they put up 30 or 40 this week? PREDICTION: Springfield 35, Norwich 14

Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC) at Bowdoin College (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Mammoths are one of the biggest surprises of the 2021 season so let’s see if they can continue their early-season momentum against a Polar Bears squad that almost edged the Cardinals of Wesleyan University last week. PREDICTION: Amherst 20, Bowdoin 18

Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC) at Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC) Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m.: The Golden Bears should be able to bounce back against a Colonels squad that lost to both Endicott and Husson by a touchdown. PREDICTION: WNE 30, Curry 20

Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0) at Tufts University (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Could the Jumbos hand the Cardinals their first loss of the 2021 season? It’s possible as they have not made it easy on a few teams this fall, including Amherst College and Williams College. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Wesleyan 24

Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC) at Hamilton College (2-2, 2-2 NESCAC) Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.: Halfback Joel Nicholas rushed for a pair of touchdowns last week against Colby College last week and will be one of a few players to watch on the Ephs this week against the Continentals. PREDICTION: Williams 34, Hamilton 14  

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Seven

Endicott College will be one of five teams to watch this weekend when the Gulls visit Husson University. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s that time again when we highlight five teams to watch (and yes, keep an eye on) this weekend in New England NCAA Division III football.  

Bowdoin College (0-4, 0-4 NESCAC): The Polar Bears played their best game of the 2021 season last week. However, their effort did not result in a victory against Wesleyan University, but a message was sent to their conference foes: watch out.

From what I saw last weekend (from afar, of course) was a team that certainly could provide problems for opposing offenses and defenses. Additionally, Bowdoin’s quarterback – Andrew Boel – will be a player to watch, as well – he was named this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week.

Boel enjoyed a successful first start with Bowdoin last Saturday by completing 21 of 30 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns.

This week, the Polar Bears host an Amherst College squad that has won three of four matchups but has allowed at least 10 points – sometimes more – in all four meetings.

Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC): The Gulls surprised us last weekend against Western New England.

Not only did Endicott beat the Golden Bears, who put up 41 points one week earlier in its conference opener against Salve Regina University, but also scored on its first five series (four touchdowns, one field goal).

Quarterback Mike Ingraffia and halfback John Kenney combined for six touchdowns while the Endicott defense limited Western New England’s passing attack to a season-low 161 yards.

This week, the Gulls will attempt to continue its midseason momentum when they visit Husson University for an important conference matchup.

The Eagles have won four straight contests and have not lost since their season-opener against UMass Dartmouth.

Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC): The Pride scored their first win at home last week, defeating Coast Guard Academy, 60-0.

This week, Springfield will hit the road with hopes of winning their second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup against Norwich University.

The Cadets also beat Coast Guard two weeks earlier in New London, Connecticut.

Springfield enters the seventh week as one of three teams in the NEWMAC with a perfect record in conference play – Catholic University and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) have yet to lose a league matchup, as well.

Keep your eyes on Springfield’s Tim Callahan and Patrick Ladas, who combined four rushing touchdowns last week against the Bears.

Springfield has won all three meetings against Norwich since both teams joined the NEWMAC in 2017.

Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC): The Colonials are looking to bounce back after seeing their comeback fall short one week ago to the Plymouth State Panthers.

Western Connecticut’s rushing attack was held to a season-low 102 yards on 32 carries while the Plymouth secondary provided a lot of challenges for quarterback John Giller, who completed 13 of 21 passes for 147 yards. Giller did toss two touchdowns in the three-point (16-13) setback to bump his season total to nine but also threw one interception.

This week, the Colonials visit Framingham State, which has yet to lose a conference game this fall. The Rams and Bridgewater State remain the top two teams in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), but a win by Western Connecticut could keep their league title hopes alive.  

Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC): The Golden Bears are looking for a bounce-back week.

After losing their first conference tilt of the 2021 season, the Blue and Gold will attempt to return to the win column on Saturday when they visit Curry College.

In 2019, the Golden Bears topped the Colonels at home by a score of 49-27, thanks to three touchdowns – two through the air and one on the ground – from Alec Coleman.

Coleman won’t be competing for the Golden Bears on Saturday, but a few members of the 2019 team will, including Erich Keutmann, who led the Western New England defense last week with 11 total tackles.

Despite last week’s loss to Endicott, Western New England is still in the hunt for the conference crown.

Noontime’s New England D3 Top 20 Poll (Oct. 11, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Six weeks of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season are in the books.

The seventh week officially began yesterday, which means it is time to share a brand-new Top 20 Poll that featured some movement, along with some new members of this week’s list.

Noontime’s New England D-III Top 20 Poll | Monday, October 11, 2021

1. Endicott College (5-1, 2-0 CCC | LW: No. 5): Five straight scoring drives to start the game set the tone for an exciting win over Western New England.

2. Trinity College (4-0, 4-0 | LW: No. 2): The Bantams provided coach Jeff Devanney with his 100th win on Saturday as they rolled to their fourth-straight win against Hamilton College.  

3. Williams College (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 3): Williams cruised past Colby College, thanks to a complete effort by its offense and defense.

4. Western New England (3-3, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 1): The Golden Bears struggled to contain an Endicott offense that concluded its first four series with touchdowns.

5. Salve Regina University (5-1, 2-0 | LW: No. 6): Salve Regina bounced back with a commanding win over the University of New England to keep pace with Endicott and Husson University (and yes, Western New England, too) for the top spot in the conference.

6. Framingham State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No. 7): The Rams moved up after scoring its fourth-straight conference win to keep pace with Bridgewater State for the top spot in the conference.

7. Bridgewater State (4-2, 4-0 MASCAC | LW: No 8): The Bears scored another big win last weekend over Worcester State to head into their bye week with some momentum.

8. Husson University (4-1, 1-0 CCC | LW: No. 10): The Eagles moved up two spots after scoring its fourth-straight win, including its initial league victory over Curry College. Saturday’s matchup with Endicott will certainly be one to watch.

9. Wesleyan University (4-0, 4-0 NESCAC | LW: No. 4): For the second-straight week, the Cardinals escaped with a hard-fought victory against a team from Maine.

10. Western Connecticut (3-3, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 9): One week after scoring an important conference win against UMass Dartmouth, the Colonials suffered a 16-13 setback to Plymouth State.

11. UMass Dartmouth (4-2, 2-2 MASCAC | LW: No. 14): The Corsairs moved up two spots after scoring a hard-fought win over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. This week, the Corsairs visit Westfield State.

12. Curry College (2-3, 0-2 CCC | LW: No. 13): It’s not often that a team moves up after a setback, but these Colonels have provided challenges to both Endicott and Husson, which is why they are switching spots with the University of New England.

13. University of New England (3-2, 1-1 CCC | LW: No. 12): The Nor’easters dropped one spot following a difficult setback to the Seahawks. UNE will be idle this weekend but faces some unique challenges over the next few weeks.

14. Springfield College (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC | LW: No. 18): Springfield flexed its offensive muscles this past weekend with seven rushing touchdowns. Look for this momentum to continue this week against Norwich University.

15. Anna Maria College (3-1, 1-0 ECFC | LW: No. 16): The AMCATs were idle this past weekend, but don’t expect the break to derail their early-season momentum.

16. Norwich University (2-4, 1-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 15): After scoring an important conference win against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets struggled against the best team in their conference this past weekend.

17. Amherst College (3-1, 3-1 NESCAC | LW: No. 19): The Mammoths move up two spots after scoring an important road win against Middlebury College, thanks to quarterback Mike Piazza, who finished with 104 yards of total offense and one touchdown pass.

18. MIT (2-2, 0-1 NEWMAC | LW: No. 11): The Engineers were idle this past weekend but face a challenging test this weekend against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

19. Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Despite suffering their first conference setback last weekend, these Buccaneers did provide some problems for the UMass Dartmouth offense. This week, the Bucs host Worcester State.

20. Bates College (1-3, 1-3 NESCAC | LW: Not Ranked): Quarterback Brendan Costa earned the Gold Helmet award for New England Division II/III student-athletes – it was announced on Sunday! – after recording 367 yards of total offense and four touchdowns against Tufts University. Last Saturday’s win was Bates’ first against the Jumbos since 2013 (and first in Somerville since 2012).

On the Rise: Bowdoin College, Castleton University, Coast Guard Academy, and Nichols College

Noontime’s D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Six

Joshua Onujiogu and the Framingham State defense shined last week against Plymouth State. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/Frank Poulin Photography)

By Matt Noonan

The second half of the 2021 New England NCAA Division III football season begins this weekend – man, that first half went by quick, eh?

Luckily, there is still plenty of football left to be played, and as usual, it is time to highlight our five teams to watch this weekend.

Amherst College (2-1, 2-1 NESCAC): Through three weeks of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season, the Mammoths have been a pleasant surprise, winning two of three contests, including a 24-21 victory last weekend against Tufts University.

Quarterback Brad Breckenridge concluded last week’s game with 223 yards of total offense, including 103 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Saturday’s performance against the Jumbos was Breckenridge’s most impressive outing this fall after struggling one week earlier against the Colby College defense.  

As a team, Amherst’s best effort occurred two weeks ago in an opening day win against Bates College when the Purple and White recorded 432 yards of total offense. Can they duplicate that performance this week against Middlebury College?

In addition to watching Brad Breckenridge, make sure to keep your eyes on defensive back Matt Durborow, who concluded last week’s game against Tufts with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops (Ryan Monteleone also recorded 12 total tackles, too).

Framingham State (3-2, 3-0 MASCAC): Tom Kelley’s squad has seemed to click into gear heading into the stretch run.

After starting its season with back-to-back losses, the Rams have won three consecutive conference tilts, including a 33-0 win over Plymouth State last Saturday.

Devaun Ford rushed for a pair of scores while Elijah Nichols hauled in a game-high 12 receptions for 116 yards. Cully Curran paced the defense with five solo tackles while the unit combined for four sacks and eight tackles for a loss of 44 yards. Framingham’s defense also recorded four pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

This week, the Rams visit Fitchburg State, which is seeking its first win under Scott Sperone. A win for Framingham State certainly would provide them with additional momentum heading into next week’s conference clash with Western Connecticut.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy (3-1, 2-0 MASCAC): The Buccaneers enter the sixth week of the season riding a two-game winning streak that will be tested on Saturday against a UMass Dartmouth squad that suffered its second setback of the 2021 season last weekend to Western Connecticut.

A win over the Corsairs would keep the Buccaneers in the race for the top spot for the conference crown.

Cole Keefe, Hunter Lassere, and Mack Brown led the Massachusetts Maritime defense last week against Westfield State – the unit tallied five sacks and 12 tackles for a loss of 56 yards to go with one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. Expect the Buccaneers defense to provide the UMass Dartmouth offense with some challenges.

Norwich University (2-3, 1-0 NEWMAC): The Cadets looked pretty good last weekend against Coast Guard Academy – Norwich beat the Bears, 24-21, for its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory.

Norwich concluded the game with 492 yards of total offense and converted two fourth-down attempts.

Trevor Chase led all receivers with eight grabs for 155 yards and two touchdowns while Jeremy Henault stuffed the stat sheet with five solo stops, including one tackle for a loss of four yards, two interceptions, and one pass breakup.

Last week’s win resulted in Norwich securing a spot on our weekly Top 20 poll.

This weekend, Norwich will need to play its best football against the top team in the conference: the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-1 MASCAC): With a 34-19-win last week over UMass Dartmouth, the Colonials have found themselves back in the conference crown mix.

Mack Driver highlighted his team’s third win of the season by rushing for 119 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns while Ambrose Richards registered eight total tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 12 yards.

Coach Joe Loth praised his team for their effort against the Corsairs, saying his squad “executed three great game plans” on offense, defense, and special teams.

All three units will be tasked with executing great game plans again this week against Plymouth State.

Observations & Thoughts From Five Weeks of New England D2 & D3 Football

Western New England’s Steven Fedorchak set the program record for touchdown receptions last weekend against Salve Regina. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By Matt Noonan

We’re slowly reaching the halfway mark of the 2021 college football season – crazy, right?

But the good news is there is still plenty of football left to be played.

While yesterday – Sunday, October 3, 2021 – technically marked the beginning of the sixth week of the season, here are some observations from what I have witnessed over the past few weeks.

Let’s begin in the Northeast 10 Conference (NE10) where Bentley University has won five straight contests to stretch its current winning streak to 10 games, dating back to October 2019.  

The Falcons, who currently occupy the top spot in the conference, have won three consecutive league matchups this fall, including a 34-21 contest this past weekend against Saint Anselm. Quarterback Stephen Sturm account for four touchdowns – three passing, one rushing – and 379 yards of total offense against the Hawks while Cole McCubrey registered a team-high 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops (Rene Nunez also recorded nine solo tackles).

Bentley enters the sixth week of the season as the 18th best team in Division II, according to the latest American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Poll. The Falcons are one of nine teams on this week’s list that have won five consecutive contests this fall.

West Florida and Northwest Missouri State, which secured the first and second positions in this week’s AFCA D-II Poll, boast identical 4-0 records.

As noted above, there is still a lot of football left to be played, but Bentley has certainly found ways to score hard-fought wins, both this past weekend and at the end of September against American International College.

This week, the Falcons host a Pace University squad that provided challenges for New Haven, which broke open a 14-14 tie with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Last week’s Pace-New Haven contest marked the first time the Chargers competed on the road this school year.

Coach Chris Pincince seemed proud of his team’s effort against the Setters, saying that “a win is a win, we look forward. We took another step toward another goal (of winning the Northeast 10 title) that we have.”

New Haven hosts Saint Anselm this week – the Chargers defense will be tasked with slowing down an impressive Hawks passing attack that is led by quarterback Drew Willoughby, who has thrown for 10 touchdowns and 1,410 yards in four contests.

As of now, it appears as if both Bentley and New Haven are the frontrunners for the conference crown as neither squad has dropped a league contest thus far, but don’t overlook Southern Connecticut (3-2, 2-1), Assumption College (2-3, 2-1), and Stonehill College (3-1, 1-1). All three, along with possible American International College could conclude the season in the top spot.

Sure, we picked against Western New England this past weekend in the previous 10 Games to Watch – I thought Salve Regina University would continue its early-season momentum against the Golden Bears – but the Blue and Gold proved me wrong as they defeated the Seahawks, 41-3, in their initial Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) contest.

Steven Fedorchak highlighted his team’s big win over the Seahawks by setting a new program record for touchdown receptions with 23. He concluded the contest with a game-high 87 yards on six catches.

With the win, the Golden Bears returned to the top spot in our weekly poll and seem destined to occupy that position for the remainder of the season baring a future setback to say Endicott College this week or another conference foe later this fall.

We’ll share our weekly picks later this week, but from what I have seen from Western New England thus far, as well as this past weekend, they certainly are the favorite to win their fourth-straight CCC title.

Alex Cohen recorded six touchdowns last weekend in his team’s first-ever win against Keystone College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Anna Maria College)

Here are a few more teams to keep an eye on over the next few weeks:

Anna Maria College: The AMCATs have been a great story this fall.

Anna Maria has won three of four meetings, including its first-ever with Keystone College, which saw quarterback Alex Cohen account for six touchdowns – five passing and one rushing.

Last Saturday’s win provided coach Dan Mulrooney with his seventh victory as the AMCATs head coach – the seven wins are the most recorded by a head coach in program history, dating back to their initial season in 2009.

Anna Maria has never won the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) but could be in line for the title, pending how the next few weeks play out.

Framingham State: After losing back-to-back non-conference games earlier this season, the Rams have bounced back, winning three straight, including their first conference clash of the season with UMass Dartmouth.

Coach Tom Kelley’s squad enters the sixth week of the season tied with Bridgewater State for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) – the two teams will compete next month in Framingham.

The Rams pitched their first shutout of the season last weekend against Plymouth State (33-0) and will attempt to extend their winning streak to four games on Saturday when they visit Fitchburg State for a 3 p.m. kick-off.

Norwich University: The Cadets scored a big win last weekend against Coast Guard Academy to secure a three-way tie atop the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) standings.

After starting their 2021 campaign with back-to-back losses, Norwich has rebounded quite well – hey, they did not make things easy on Endicott, which rallied to beat the Cadets on their home field.

Keep an eye on the Cadets moving forward – maybe their win against Coast Guard Academy is just the start of an exciting second-half run.

Trinity College: I watched the Bantams game last weekend against Middlebury College and came away impressed.

Trinity blanked the defending champions by a score of 28-0, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Spencer Fetter, who has thrown eight touchdowns this fall while completing 62 of 91 passes for 952 yards.

Fetter was impressive, but the same could be said for others, including halfback William Kirby and linebacker Brian Casagrande, who both scored one touchdown last weekend.

Trinity is one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams that have yet to drop a game this season – they will attempt to continue their winning ways on Saturday when they visit Hamilton College for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

University of New England: The Nor’easters are one win away from matching their program record for wins in a single season after capturing their last three matchups, including a pair of non-league wins over Alfred State and Bridgewater State.

Last Saturday, UNE scored its first win in program history against Nichols College, thanks to three rushing touchdowns from Jack Mahoney, Jaymeson Maheux, and Connor Sirois.   

UNE travels to Salve Regina this weekend for its second conference tilt of the 2021 season.