One week after seeing their nine-game winning streak from 2019 snapped in Williamstown, the Middlebury College football team bounced back with a 24-0 victory over Bates College in their home-opener.
Quarterback Will Jernigan completed 11 of 24 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown while adding two score on the ground to go with 56 rushing yards.
Middlebury’s Peter Scibilia led all rushers with 81 yards on 18 carries while Kwesi Adu-Diawuo and Gordon Pollock combined for 14 total tackles, including one sack and one interception.
Brendan Costa led Bates with 150 yards of total offense, including 35 yards on 14 carries.
In Somerville, Joel Nicholas rushed for the game-winning touchdown in overtime as Williams College edged Tufts University, 32-29.
Nicholas rushed for two scores and a team-high 94 yards on 22 carries while Bobby Maimaron tallied two scores, including one on the ground, which provided Williams with an early 7-6 advantage after one quarter.
Tufts led the Ephs, 12-7, at the break, while Williams outscored the hosts, 19-14, in the second half.
Ivan Shuran, who finished the game with eight points, sent the game to overtime by booting a 43-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining. Tufts attempted to ice the first-year kicker with a timeout before he converted his second field goal.
The Jumbos scored first in overtime with a 40-yard field goal by Patrick Walsh before the Ephs countered with Nicholas, who found an open hole to his left.
Tufts’ Tyler Johnson led all rushers with 100 yards on 21 carries while rushing for one touchdown. Philip Lutz led the Jumbos receiving core with three grabs for 104 yards and one touchdown.
Moises Celaya tallied four points, including three points on a go-ahead and eventual game-winning field goal with 8:45 remaining in the fourth quarter as Colby College edged Amherst College, 10-7, for its first win of the 2021 season.
In Framingham, Nicolas Goffredo completed 9 of 23 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns to go with 38 yards on seven carries while Joshua Onujiogu stuffed the stat sheet with nine total tackles, including five tackles for a loss of 26 yards and one interception for a 47-yard return as the Rams won their second-straight game, defeating Westfield State, 41-6.
In Franklin, MIT leaned on its ground game to defeat Dean College by a score of 27-0.
Brady Klein, Ashton Robinson, and Jay Theriault each recorded one rushing touchdown in the Engineers’ second win while Dean’s Errol Breaux led all receivers with six receptions for 109 yards.
In Newport, Rhode Island, Joey Mauriello rushed for a game-high 309 yards and two touchdowns while Jack Maguire completed 26 of 32 passes for 298 yards and five touchdowns as Salve Regina erased a 35-16 deficit at the break to defeat Rowan, 50-35.
Husson University won its third-straight contest by defeating Springfield College, 26-21, in Bangor, Maine. Quarterback Nic Visser threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win while Tucker Buzzell tallied 13 total tackles.
Springfield trailed, 26-7, at the break, but closed the gap with two second half touchdowns from Aiden Lewin and Isaiah Cashwell.
Elsewhere in New England, Endicott topped Norwich, 30-21, UMass Dartmouth beat Worcester State, 52-7, and Wesleyan rolled past Hamilton, 30-14.
With the fourth week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.
Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’ Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week, too – these posts (and teams) can be seen every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.
Offensive Team of the Week
Maurice Ashley (Bridgewater State): Ashley hauled in game-high 107 receiving yards on four grabs and three touchdowns as the Bears rolled past Fitchburg State.
David Collins (Becker College): Collins rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown in his team’s initial conference meeting of the 2019 season against Endicott College.
Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels hauled in a game-high 157 receiving yards on six receptions and two touchdowns against Worcester State.
Brendan Dolan (Tufts University): Dolan recorded a game-high 104 receiving yards on five catches and one touchdown against Amherst College.
Matt Dunn (Norwich University): Dunn completed 25 of 40 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Cadets defeat Castleton University last Saturday.
Ollie Eberth (Amherst College): Eberth accounted for 247 yards of total offense against Tufts University. He completed 11 of 23 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns while adding 56 yards on 10 carries.
Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for a game-high 116 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns to lead WPI past Springfield College last Saturday.
Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): The third-year signal-caller guided the Corsairs to their fourth win of the season by completing 32 of 45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 104 yards on 22 carries and one score.
David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 23 of 38 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns against Worcester State.
Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Trinity College, Jernigan completed 13 of 29 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 44 yards on 12 carries and one score.
Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Long racked up 197 total yards of offense, including 48 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 149 yards.
Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): Maimaron accounted for 218 total yards of offense last Saturday against Bowdoin College. He rushed for a game-high 127 yards on eight carries and one touchdown while completing four of ten passes for 91 yards and one score.
Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 31 of 41 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns last Saturday in his team’s conference opener against Western New England.
Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero hauled in a team-high 151 yards on four catches and one touchdown against Castleton University.
Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott tallied 223 yards of total offense against Bates College, including 31 yards on seven carries. Scott completed 14 of 20 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.
Brendan Smith (Western New England): Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Bears returned to the win column with a 50-38 victory against University of New England.
Jamyre Soberanis (Western New England): Soberanis rushed for a game-high 168 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns last Saturday against University of New England.
Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts registered 225 yards of total offense last Saturday against Kean University. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 yards on eight carries.
Defensive Team of the Week
Nick Ashley (Worcester State): Ashley led the Lancers’ defense with 11 total tackles, including three solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards. He also recorded two fumble recoveries, too.
Sam Casey (WPI): Casey paced the Engineers’ defense against Springfield College with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. He also forced one fumble and recorded one interception for 46 yards.
Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison’s defense with 12 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of nine yards.
Jackson DeAngelo (Endicott College): Against Becker College, DeAngelo stuffed the stat sheet with five total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one sack for a loss of 14 yards, as well as one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Ahmeir Funderburke (Dean College): Against Kean University, Funderburke stuffed the stat sheet with 11 total tackles, including two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards, one sack for a loss of four yards and three solo stops.
Kyle Johnston (Mass. Maritime Academy): Johnston tallied eight total tackles, including three solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards against Westfield State last Saturday.
Joe Kelley (Amherst College): Kelly tallied a team-high 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for nine yards against Tufts University. He also recorded four quarterback hurries, too.
Alex Norton (Middlebury College): Norton recorded seven total tackles, including five solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 26 yards and two sacks for a loss of 16 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up in his team’s win over Trinity College.
Chris Rice (Castleton University): Against Norwich University, Rice stuffed the stat sheet with six total tackles, including four tackles for a loss of 24 yards and three sacks for a loss of 21 yards. Additionally, Rice recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for a 32-yard return, along with one quarterback hurry.
R.J. Robiskie (Coast Guard Academy): Robiskie helped the Bears defense return to the win column last Saturday against Curry College by tallying five solo tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 18 yards, while recording one forced fumble and one pass break-up.
Vincent Scancarello (Western Connecticut): Scancarello stuffed the stat sheet last Saturday against Worcester State with eight total tackles, including four solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for eight yards. Additionally, he recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith led the Pride’s defense against WPI with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and one tackle for a loss of one yard. Smith also recorded two interceptions for 25 yards.
Special Teams of the Week
Angelo DiSanto (Salve Regina): DiSanto accounted for seven of his team’s 15 points off two field goals and one extra point last Saturday against Nichols College. DiSanto’s longest field goal was a 39-yard kick.
Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio connected on all five extra points last Saturday against Worcester State while recording a pair of punts that landed inside the host’s 20-yard line.
George Lampros (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Westfield State, Lampros connected on five kicks, including a 32-yard field goal, while recording two touchbacks on a pair of kickoffs.
Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied 12 points off three field goals and three extra points against Trinity College. His longest field goal was a 32-yard kick.
Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein converted five of six extra points while recording two punts inside the Bowdoin College 20-yard line. Additionally, he recorded three touchbacks, too.
Mason Von Jess (Wesleyan University): Against Bates College, Von Jess tallied 12 points off six extra points and two field goals – his longest boot was a 42-yard kick. He also recorded four touchbacks, too.
Patrick Walsh (Tufts University): Walsh punted the ball fives for 244 yards against Amherst College with four kicks landing inside the Mammoths’ 20-yard line. His longest punt was a 61-yard kick.