10 Games To Watch In Week Six (New England & Northeast)

10 Games To Watch

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

Happy Friday, everyone!

We have a busy weekend of games on tap, including a Friday Night Lights clash between Framingham State and Fitchburg State, so let’s get started with our weekly edition of 10 Games to Watch (in week six)!

As always, let us know what you think of our picks – send us a tweet to @NoontimeSports or @MattNoonan11. 

Framingham State at Fitchburg State, 7 p.m. (Friday, Oct. 6th): Last season, the Rams’ defense highlighted a 14-0 win. They’ll certainly need that unit to step-up against a talented Falcons offense. PREDICTION: Framingham State 17, Fitchburg State 10 

RPI at Hobart, 12 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The Statesmen are looking for a bounce back game, while the Engineers will also look to return to the win column after falling to Buffalo State two weeks ago. PREDICTION: Hobart 28, RPI 24 

SUNY Maritime at Husson, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Our fans are pumped-up for this game – this is an important Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) clash that could determine the ultimate winner of the conference. The Privateers must find a way to slow down John Smith, while the Eagles defense will need to find a way to slow down quarterback Thomas WrightPREDICTION: Husson 28, SUNY Maritime 24

Dean at Alfred State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Ricco Aaron was a big reason why Dean secured a hard-fought 10-3 win last week over Nichols College. He finished the contest with 20 total tackles, including a pair of tackles for a loss. Aaron will be needed again this week as the Bulldogs attempt to earn their first-ever ECFC victory. PREDICTION: Dean 17, Alfred State 13 

WPI at Catholic, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Both teams picked-up their first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win, but now the question is who will earn its second-straight conference win? Catholic’s defense was a big reason the Cardinals secured a 20-14 win over Coast Guard Academy, while WPI’s offense received a boost from Sean McAllen – he recorded three touchdowns, including two on the ground during the Engineers’ win over Maine Maritime Academy. PREDICTION: WPI 28, Catholic 21 

Bridgewater State at Plymouth State, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Coach Paul Castonia‘s squad is quietly putting together another successful campaign. Last week, they defeated Worcester State, 16-6. The win was a true team victory – look at the box score, everyone contributed. Bridgewater State is coming off its initial win of the season, but will that momentum continue this week in New Hampshire? PREDICTION: Plymouth State 21, Bridgewater State 14 

UMass Dartmouth at Curry College, 1 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Coach Mark Robichaud‘s squad scored an impressive, as well as shocking win a week ago when the Corsairs sailed by Western Connecticut, 17-13. Do they have more upset magic in them this week against a talented Curry squad that almost knocked-off Union College two weeks ago? PREDICTION: Curry 25, UMass Dartmouth 17 

Middlebury at Amherst, 2 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The winner of this contest will most likely have the inside track toward a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title, but the biggest question is which defense will step-up/slow down the opposing offense? We could be in for an offensive showcase on Saturday!  PREDICTION: Amherst 35, Middlebury 34 

Alfred at St. John Fisher, 4 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): Defense was the key for the Saxons last week, so can they continue that theme this week against the Cardinals? This is a must-win for St. John Fisher, which has yet to capture a single Empire 8 clash this season. PREDICTION: Alfred 28, St. John Fisher 17 

Worcester State at Western Connecticut, 6 p.m. (Saturday, Oct. 7th): The Colonials struggled a week ago, falling to UMass Dartmouth, 17-13. Can they bounce back, as well as slow down Worcester State quarterback Noah BrumPREDICTION: Western Conn. 23, Worcester State 16 

Noontime Sports Football Team Of The Month: Plymouth State Panthers

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports is proud to announce its first-ever ‘Team of the Month’ award – a monthly honor for a school’s athletic team. And with it being the final day of September, we are pleased to announce that Plymouth State’s football team has earned our initial honor of ‘Team of the Month’ for September.

Under the direction of head coach Paul Castonia; the Panthers have enjoyed a successful start to their 2016 campaign, winning four-straight contests, including a dramatic overtime week two victory against Mount Ida College. Plymouth State’s four-consecutive victories match their start from 2007.

Plymouth State began its campaign with an impressive 20-7 win over Castleton on September 3 – it was the program’s first win in Vermont since September 4, 2010. First-year tailback David Hamilton rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries, along with one touchdown, while sophomore quarterback Zack Edwards completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards, while tossing one touchdown. Senior defensive back RJ Ramsden paced the Green and White’s defense with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops – he also recorded an interception.

One week later, the Panthers defense came-up with a critical stop in overtime to defeat Mount Ida by a score of 30-28 (OT). Edwards tossed three touchdowns in the win, first-year wide-out Jacob Szulc hauled in eight catches for 122 yards – he also caught a pair of touchdown passes – and junior defensive back Blair Zentek concluded the game with two pass break-ups, along with five total tackles.

A team effort on offense, defense and special teams helped the Panthers defeat Western Connecticut State University on the road in week three – the win was the program’s first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) victory of the season. Sophomore tailback Mitch Banuskevich highlighted the team’s rushing attack, tallying 78 yards on 15 carries, while Hamilton registered 33 yards on 14 carries and one score. Senior defensive back Zach Ziemba concluded the game with a season-best 13 solo-stops with one of those tackles being a tackle for a loss of two yards.

Last weekend, the Panthers’ bumped their win total to 4-0 as they defeated UMass Dartmouth at home by a score of 30-14. Hamilton rushed for his third touchdown in the season, while first-year defensive back Matt Shea registered a team-best eight solo stops.

The Panthers begin their October slate on the road tomorrow when they visit Westfield State for a 2:00 p.m. kick-off.