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D3 Football: Amherst College Announces Its 2019 Captains

Mammoths-logo-flex-callout-reversed-1000x600By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Months after finishing its 2018 campaign with an 8-1 record, the Amherst College football team announced its captains for the upcoming season yesterday on Twitter.

Ollie EberthJames O’ReganAvery Saffold, and Henry Atkeson were each elected captains, according to the team’s Twitter handle, which credited all four student-athletes as “great leaders on the field and great ambassadors off it.”

All four student-athletes helped the Mammoths finish 4-0 at home last season, as well as capture their annual meeting with Williams College, too, which provided the Purple and White with its second-straight Little Three crown (they also beat Wesleyan University last season, as well).

Here are some highlights of all four student-athletes that will be tasked with leading Amherst to its third consecutive Little Three crown this season, as well as its first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title since 2015.

Avery Saffold (Defensive Back | Chicago, Ill.): Safford ended his junior year with a career-high 30.0 total tackles, including 21 solo stops in nine games. His 21 total tackles were the most he has recorded in his three years with Amherst. He also recorded four total tackles in three games while registering a quartet of solo stops in two contests.

James O’Regan (Wide Receiver | Wilmington, Mass.): O’Regan concluded his team’s nine-game schedule last fall with 39 catches (4.3 receptions per game) for 579 yards and four touchdowns. His best outing came against Wesleyan when he hauled in seven receptions for a season-best 134 yards and one touchdown.

Ollie Eberth (Quarterback | Andover, Mass.): The former St. John’s Prep signal-caller concluded his junior year with a career-best 1,634 passing yards on 122 completions (208 attempts) for 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for a career-high 405 yards on 97 carries for nine touchdowns. He tossed three touchdowns in a pair of wins over Bowdoin College and Colby College before rushing for a season-best three touchdowns in his team’s season-finale against Williams.

Henry Atkeson (Punter/Kicker | Raleigh, N.C.): Atekson recorded 39 punts last fall, including a career-long 72-yard boot against Middlebury College. The North Carolina native finished the season with 1,455 punting yards with 15 kicks landing inside his opponents’ 20-yard line. Additionally, four kicks resulted in touchbacks.

Noonan: What Quarterbacks Could Have An Impact This Saturday?

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Western New England’s Alec Coleman is just one of many D3 quarterbacks that can lead offenses with both his arm and legs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Chris Marion)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

Last week, a majority of New England’s D3 quarterbacks were forced to tuck and run – you can thank Mother Nature for last week’s ground and pound attack.

Sure, the weather may have been a factor for some offensive game plans, but watching quarterbacks lead teams down the field this fall with both their arms and legs seems to be the new norm for a position that used to be all about throwing touchdowns or fades.

And with a very important week approaching for some teams, one should expect to see their favorite school’s quarterbacks once again utilize both their arms and legs in must-win contests.

One of those quarterbacks that can pass and run is Alec Coleman of Western New England, who has scored 16 touchdowns in his last three contests, including nine scores on the ground.

Last week against Nichols College, Coleman helped the Bears erase a one-score deficit by finishing the game with five touchdowns, including four on the ground (Coleman’s four rushing scores matched a season-high, which he set one week earlier during his team’s 70-13 win over the University of New England).

Coleman began catching our attention for his passing and rushing abilities last month when he guided his team to impressive wins against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.

Through eight games this season, Coleman has accounted for 28 touchdowns, including a team-high 13 scores on the ground. He currently leads the Golden Bears’ rushing attack with 652 yards and should certainly enjoy more success this weekend against Endicott College.

Watching the Endicott defense attempt to slow down Coleman will be one of many storylines to follow when the two teams converge on Saturday in Beverly – a win for Coleman’s squad would most likely secure the Blue and Gold their second-straight conference crown.

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Springfield College’s Hunter Belzo has been a player to watch under center the past few weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan)

In Springfield this weekend, one should keep an eye on Hunter Belzo, the running back turned quarterback that has led Springfield College to some exciting wins this fall, including a 17-14 win last month at WPI (that was hands down one of my favorite football games I saw this season).

Belzo, who made his first career start under center against the Engineers last month, will look to keep the Pride in contention for a conference crown when Springfield hosts Maine Maritime Academy.

Similar to his performance two weeks ago against Catholic University, Belzo should have no problems finding the end zone against the Mariners with both his feet and arm.

Amherst College quarterback Ollie Eberth has quietly enjoyed a successful third season with the Mammoths, tossing eight touchdowns, while adding a career-best six scores on the ground.

Eberth recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns in his team’s first two wins of the season, while adding one score on the ground against Colby College and Middlebury College.

Last week against Tufts University, Eberth relied more on his teammates in the rushing game, but did conclude his team’s 19-13 win with 150 passing yards.

This week, Eberth will most likely depend on arm against a Trinity College defense that has surrendered an average of 204.9 yards per game through the air, while holding rushing attacks to roughly 65 yards per contest. But maybe Eberth could locate the end zone with his feet when Amherst’s offense makes it into the red zone on Saturday.

Trinity’s defense managed to slow down Tufts signal-caller Ryan McDonald, a player coach Jay Civetti considers “a runner first,” a few weeks ago, so it will be interesting to see if they can contain Eberth, as well.

McDonald is always a player to watch on the Jumbos – so far this season, he has scored 17 touchdowns, including seven on the ground. Last week against Amherst, McDonald rushed for a 25-yard touchdown late in the second, which brought the visitors within four points (10-6) of the Mammoths at the break.

A few other quarterbacks to keep an eye on this week:

  • Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): The Decatur, Georgia native has been a quarterback to watch this fall – currently, he has recorded career-bests in touchdown passes (six) and rushes (four). Despite being grounded for much of last week against Trinity, Jernigan has been able to lead a Panthers offense with both his arm and legs. Against Williams College, he rushed for a season-high 94 yards on 27 carries and one score, while tossing two touchdowns. One week later against Bates College, he relied on his arm more than his leg to lead the Blue and White to an exciting 35-34 victory. Look for Jernigan to return his form from earlier this season when the Panthers visit Hamilton College on Saturday.
  • Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron still has time to establish some new career-highs, both this week and next week, but our Noontime Sports Rookie of the Year has quietly produced a successful second season with the Ephs, which has seen the Duxbury, Massachusetts native toss eight touchdowns, while adding an additional eight scores on the ground. The eight rushing touchdowns shattered his mark of seven from one year ago. 
  • Mark Piccirillo (Wesleyan University): The Shelton, Connecticut native is always a quarterback to watch every week. So far this season, he has accounted for 15 touchdowns, including three on the ground. He needs 29 yards to match last year’s rushing total (474), which he should be able to muster against Williams on Saturday.

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D3 Football: Amherst Welcomes Malik Grove To Coaching Staff

Mammoths-logo-flex-callout-reversed-1000x600By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced yesterday on Twitter that Malik Grove will be joining the Amherst College football coaching staff as their running backs coach.

Grove arrives in Amherst, Massachusetts after concluding a successful collegiate career at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio.

As noted in the team’s post on Twitter, Grove was a three-year starting quarterback for the Falcons, finishing his career with 7, 647 passing yards and 2,198 rushing yards. He tossed 103 touchdowns and currently holds the NCAA Division II record for best career interception ratio (1.29%), only 13 interceptions in 1,0008 attempts.

Grove will oversee a rushing unit that averaged 178.6 yards per game last season and led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with 20 touchdowns on the ground. Jack Hickey concluded last season by leading the Amherst rushing attack with 640 yards on 106 carries and nine touchdowns. Additionally, quarterback Ollie Eberth found success on the ground, finishing the season with 244 yards on 70 carries and five touchdowns.

Amherst will kick-off its 2018 campaign on Saturday, September 15th when they visit Bates College for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

D3 Football Round-Up: Middlebury Tops Amherst, Husson Bests SUNY Maritime

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Another busy day of D3 Football is in the books and below is your afternoon round-up, enjoy!

Middlebury 35, Amherst 31: Jared Lebowitz tossed three touchdowns, including a 31-yard strike to Conrado Banky early in the fourth to lift the Panthers passed the Mammoths for the second-straight season. Amherst, which trailed 28-10 at the break, closed the gap with a trio of second half touchdowns, including an 81-yard strike from Ollie Eberth to James O’Regan with 7:51 remaining in the game.

Husson 35, SUNY Maritime 17: John Smith rushed for 217 yards and one score, while Cory Brandon completed 15 of 24 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles soared by the Privateers in a pivotal conference clash. Brandon Drumgole (SUNY Maritime) led all receivers with 101 yards on six receptions, while Kendal Parker concluded the contest with 18 total tackles, including a pair of stops for a loss of eight yards. Husson’s Luke Washburn tallied 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops, four quarterback hurries and two tackles for a loss of 19 yards.

SUNY Cortland 38, Buffalo 12: Steven Ferreira completed 10 of 23 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns, while the Red Dragons defense combined for five tackles for a loss of 30 yards, three interceptions, three pass break-ups and one sack as SUNY Cortland topped the Bengals at Coyer Field.

WPI 31, Catholic 14: Blake Rice tossed three touchdowns, Sean McAllen rushed for 148 yards on 30 carries, while Blayne Merchant recorded 12 total tackles as the Engineers rolled by the Cardinals in Washington, D.C.

Dean 28, Alfred State 14: Trent Waters tallied 13 total stops, including nine solo tackles, a pair of sacks and one forced fumble in the Bulldogs’ first-ever Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) win.

Williams 47, Bates 14: Bobby Maimaron completed 17 of 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 52 yards on 10 carries and one score as the Ephs secured its third win of the season over the Bobcats in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Castleton 35, Mount Ida 31: Moe Harris rushed for a pair of scores and 126 yards on 25 carries, while Mitchell Caron completed 12 of 16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans secured an important conference win over the Mustangs. Mount Ida quarterback Michael Pina completed the contest 18 of 32 passes for 210 yards, while tossing three touchdowns.

Westfield State 35, Mass. Maritime Acad. 28: Zach Howard‘s 44-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Owls hung onto defeat the Buccaneers in Westfield. Westfield State’s Travon Holder tallied 156 yards on 25 carries and two scores, while Mass. Maritime received 192 yards on 29 carries and two scores from tailback Richie Phillips.

Curry 30, UMass Dartmouth 27: Alex Corvese tossed two scores, while rushing for a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner with six seconds remaining as the Colonels rallied to defeat the Corsairs in Milton. Corvese completed 29 of 44 passes for 377 yards, while rushing for 18 yards on 13 carries.


SCOREBOARD 

Framingham State 32, Fitchburg State 16 (Friday)
Hobart 30, RPI 0
Ithaca 46, Rochester 6
MIT 51, Maine Maritime 6
Wesleyan 41, Colby 7
Gallaudet 73, Anna Maria 23
Trinity 41, Hamilton 13
Springfield 38, Coast Guard 7
Merchant Marine 52, Norwich 17
Tufts 31, Bowdoin 3
Hartwick 52, Morrisville State 34
Plymouth State 17, Bridgewater State 7
Alfred 21, St. John Fisher 14
Western Conn. 49, Worcester State 23

D3 Football Notebook: Husson-SUNY Maritime, A Game To Watch On Saturday

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Husson’s John Smith recorded a career and season-best 301 yards on Saturday against Endicott College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Monty Rand Photography/Husson University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan) 

Following an impressive performance from a week ago against Endicott College, Husson Univeristy senior John Smith and the Eagles will look to continue that momentum this Saturday, October 7th when they host SUNY Maritime in an important Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. – fans can follow the game with live stats, as well as through the webcast, too.

Smith, who tallied a career and season-best 301 yards against the Gulls, joined our friends at In The (D3FB) Huddle earlier this week to discuss his performance against the Gulls, but also this Saturday’s conference clash (as seen below!).

Make sure to follow In the (D3FB) Huddle on Twitter at @D3FBHuddle for updates, news and scores on both New England and Northeast D3 Football. 

Last season, Smith recorded his 11th-straight 100 yard game as the Eagles soared passed the Privateers, 33-12. Smith registered a pair of touchdowns, while the defense limited SUNY Maritime to 230 yards of total offense, including 29 net yards rushing.

Both teams enter the contest 1-0 in league play – Husson defeated Dean College earlier this season, while SUNY Maritime topped Alfred State last weekend.

Inside the Numbers (SUNY Maritime vs. Husson): Saturday’s conference clash between the Eagles and Privateers will feature two of the top ECFC quarterbacks. SUNY Maritime’s junior quarterback Thomas Wright ranks first in the conference in passing yards per game (282.8), while Husson’s junior signal-caller Cory Brandon is fourth (129.5). Wright leads all ECFC quarterbacks with eight touchdowns, while Brandon is tied for third (four TD’s) with Anna Maria College first-year Jayson Wallace.

Smith is currently the conference’s leading rusher when it comes to yards per game (183.0) – he has currently tallied 732 yards on 129 carries, while rushing for eight scores.

SUNY Maritime junior Brandonn Drumgole leads the ECFC in touchdown receptions (five) and yards per game (114.5), while classmate Curtis Smith is second in receiving yards per game (63.8).

Brandon has targeted three different receivers this season for touchdowns, including senior tight end DJ Allen, who leads the Eagles with two touchdown receptions. Allen is second on the team in receptions (10) – he has accumulated 60 yards through four games – while first-year Kyree Calli leads the unit with 14 receptions for 218 yards.

One of the players to watch in this game will be SUNY Maritime senior kicker Matthew Murphy, who has converted six of seven field goals this season, including a 48-yard boot. Murphy has also been clutch on extra points, connecting on all 22 attempts.

Finally, Husson’s defense has yielded the fewest points to opponents this season (11.8), while SUNY Maritime has surrendered 20.5 points per game.

Framingham State-Fitchburg State to meet on Friday: If you’re looking for some ‘Friday Night Lights’ tomorrow – and are nearby Fitchburg, Massachusetts – then consider stopping by for this one as the Falcons host Framingham State in an important Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tilt.

Framingham State, which was idle last weekend, has won four-straight games this season, including a 19-13 win over Bridgewater State two weeks ago. The win over the Bears has provided the Rams with an inside track to the conference crown.

Fitchburg State enters tomorrow’s contest winners of two-straight – they recently beat Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 24-17, but also Bridgewater State, 31-29. Sophomore Nelson Valerio highlighted his team’s win over the Buccaneers with a touchdown pass, as well as 193 passing yards. Valerio will certainly be a player to watch in this contest.

Last season, the Rams scored a 14-0 victory, thanks to its defense, which recorded seven sacks and eight tackles for a loss. Framingham State also pounced on a pair of fumbles, while recording two interceptions.

Amherst-Middlebury, the Game to Watch this week in the NESCAC: Both Amherst and Middlebury have been rather impressive this season, combining for six wins.

However, come Saturday, one team will improve to 4-0, while the other will fall to 3-1.

Amherst concluded last week’s tilt against Bowdoin College with 464 yards of total offense, including 210 yards on the ground. Junior tailback Jack Hickey led the Mammoth’s rushing attack by recording 118 yards on 13 carries, while rushing for one score. Sophomore Biafra Okoronkwo recorded a season-best 41 yards on five carries, including a burst of 16-yards.

Sophomore James O’Regan recorded a career-best 136 receiving yards on six catches – he also scored a touchdown. Classmate Justin Berry hauled in his initial collegiate catch for 20 yards, which was followed by a 23-yard touchdown run by sophomore Ollie Eberth.

In addition to the Mammoth’s offense, the defense was impressive, tallying eight tackles for a loss of 59 yards, while also accounting for five sacks.

As for Middlebury, the player to watch will be senior quarterback Jared Lebowitz, who completed 28 of 52 yards for 389 yards and three touchdowns. Lebowitz and the Panthers’ offense is currently fifth in NCAA Division III 368.7 yards of offense per game.

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