Noontime Sports Team Of The Week: Plymouth State Univ. Panthers

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After securing a hard-fought 17-7 win over Bridgewater State last weekend, the Plymouth State football team was voted this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week. (PHOTO CREDIT: Plymouth State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Plymouth State University Panthers were selected as this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week following our weekly Fan Poll, which appeared on Twitter yesterday (Monday, October 9th).

One of four teams selected for this week’s honor, the Panthers earned 67 percent of the votes, while MIT and Middlebury College collected 13 percent. Merchant Marine gained just seven percent out of a total of 78 votes.

Last week, the Western New England Golden Bears earned our initial weekly honor following an exciting overtime win over St. Lawrence University.

Plymouth State picked-up its fifth win of the season by defeating Bridgewater State, 17-7, last Saturday, thanks to Mitch Banuskevich, who amassed 208 yards of total offense, including 168 yards on 31 carries.

Banuskevich was selected to this week’s Noontime Sports Offensive team of the Week.

Prior to their win over the Bears, the Panthers defeated Worcester State, 16-6.

Plymouth State enters this week (week seven) with a 5-1 overall recorded and 3-1 ledger in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play. The Panthers will host Framingham State on Saturday, October 14th at 1 p.m.

Framingham State enters the week winners of five-straight, including a recent 32-16 victory over Fitchburg State, which saw senior Jaquan Harris tied the NCAA Division III record with five interceptions.

Extra, Extra: The Plymouth State Panthers appeared in a pair of Top 10 polls this week, including the Grinold Chapter New England Division III Poll where they earned a two-way tie for sixth with Curry College … Prince Gbaley was selected as a nominee by HERO Sports for this week’s Hero of the Week on Defense/Special Teams. Gbaley recorded a pair  of interceptions in his team’s 17-7 win over Bridgewater State, while returning a 35-yard punt for a touchdown in the third quarter. 

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The MASCAC In 2017

Players to Watch Noontime

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re inching closer to a brand new season of New England D3 Football and to get you even more excited for kick-off, we’re introducing a brand new Wednesday series where we highlight players to watch this upcoming season.

We’ll get things started with the players we’ll be watching this season in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)!

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OFFENSE

Malik Garrett 

Bridgewater State 

Running Back 

Alex McLaughlin

Bridgewater State 

Running Back 

Travis Bassett 

Bridgewater State 

Wide Receiver 

Jesse Brown

Fitchburg State 

Wide Receiver 

Adam Wojenski

Framingham State 

Quarterback 

Quron Wright

Framingham State 

Running Back 

Napoleon Miller

Framingham State 

Wide Receiver 

Stephen Beahn

Framingham State 

Wide Receiver 

Richie Phillips 

Mass. Maritime 

Running Back 

Eddie Sheridan

UMass Dartmouth 

Running Back 

Abbi Bamgbose

UMass Dartmouth 

Wide Receiver 

Mitch Banuskevich

Plymouth State 

Running Back 

Quinn Fleeting

Western Conn. 

Quarterback 

Kyle McKinnon

Western Conn.

Running Back 

Jawad Chisholm

Western Conn.

Wide Receiver 

Travon Holder

Westfield State 

Running Back

DEFENSE

Charles McCarthy

Bridgewater State 

Linebacker 

Olubiyi Ojo

Bridgewater State 

Linebacker

Cyrick Watford

Fitchburg State 

Defensive End 

Anthony Bednarz

Fitchburg State 

Defensive End 

Thomas Burns 

Framingham State 

Defensive Back 

Svenn Jacobson

Framingham State 

Linebacker 

Campbell Marchant

Framingham State 

Defensive Line

Brian Donahue 

Framingham State 

Linebacker 

Kenny Kern

Mass. Maritime 

Linebacker 

Marvey Mathurin

UMass Dartmouth

Linebacker

Tony Slaughter 

UMass Dartmouth

Defensive Back 

Joe Esposito

Plymouth State 

Defensive Tackle 

Kevin Maxen

Western Conn.

Linebacker 

Kenneth Marshall

Westfield State 

Defensive End 

John Ollari

Westfield State 

Linebacker 

Samuel Weeks

Worcester State 

Defensive Line

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.

New England D3 Football Notebook: Plymouth State Improves To 4-0, Matches 2007 Start

Plymouth State's David Hamilton rushed for his third touchdown in his career as the Panthers defeated UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Plymouth State)
Plymouth State’s David Hamilton rushed for his third touchdown in his career as the Panthers defeated UMass Dartmouth on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Plymouth State)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been nine years since Plymouth State’s football team commenced its campaign with four-straight wins, but earlier today the Panthers matched their start from 2007 as they defeated UMass Dartmouth, 30-14.

With the win, the Panthers – now 4-0 overall – improve to 2-0 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play.

Plymouth State sophomore quarterback Zack Edwards highlighted his team’s fourth consecutive victory, tossing a pair of touchdowns to bump his season total to seven.

First-year tailback David Hamilton reached the end zone for the third time this season – he finished the contest with 64 yards on 15 carries, while junior defensive back Blair Zentek registered a pair of interceptions with one of his picks resulting in a 91-yard touchdown return.

The Panthers return to the gridiron next Saturday, October 1 when they visit Westfield State for a 2:00 p.m. kick-off.

Endicott College snapped its three-game losing streak, defeating Nichols College on Homecoming Weekend by a score of 37-0. Junior fullback Lavante Wiggins rushed for a pair of scores, while senior wide-out Chris Lipscomb caught two touchdown passes – he finished the day with three catches for 88 yards.

Salve Regina bumped its record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in New England Football Conference (NEFC) play as the Seahawks soared past Coast Guard Academy, 48-10. Senior halfback Sam Pascale rushed for a season-high four touchdowns, along with a season-best 226 yards on 21 carries.

In Amherst, the Purple and White commenced their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title defense by defeating Hamilton College, 34-0. Senior quarterback Alex Berluti completed 17 of 27 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown, while classmate Devin Boehm hauled in seven catches for 113 yards and one score. Sophomore tailback Jack Hickey rushed for a trio of scores and finished the day with 67 yards on 18 carries.

Also in NESCAC play, Middlebury College commenced its campaign with a 40-3 thrashing against Bowdoin College. Junior quarterback Jared Lebowitz accounted for six touchdowns, including five through the air with two of them landing in the hands of senior wide-out James Burke.

New England D3 Football Notebook: MASCAC Teams Shine In First Week

West. Conn. State scored a dramatic win on Saturday to defeat Hartwick, 35-31. (Photo Credit: Western Connecticut State University Athletics)
West. Conn. State scored a dramatic win on Saturday to defeat Hartwick, 35-31. (Photo Credit: Western Connecticut State University Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

It was an exciting first week of Division III New England football.

We saw some interesting outcomes, along with some impressive individual and team efforts to secure opening-day wins.

Perhaps one of the biggest stories of the week was Plymouth State earning its first win at Castleton since September 2010. It was also the Panthers’ first opening day victory since September 2011.

Plymouth State overcame a one-point (7-6) deficit at the break to secure a 20-7 win over the Spartans.

“We knew we had to win the third and fourth quarters,” Plymouth State sophomore quarterback Zach Edwards told the Rutland Herald.

Edwards helped the Panthers secure the lead for good when he connected with junior wide receive Chris Kelly on a 37-yard touchdown strike in the third quarter before first-year halfback David Hamilton clinched the victory for Plymouth State in the fourth with a one-yard plunge.

Plymouth State will look to double its win total on Saturday, September 10 when they host Mount Ida for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

More MASCAC Week One Success: Framingham State – the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) defending champions – commenced their title defense with an opening day victory over Endicott College. The win was the Rams’ fourth-straight opening days win against the Gulls.

Framingham State junior Stephen Beahn hauled in six catches for a school record 248 yards, while registering a trio of touchdowns.

According to the school’s release, Beahn was a linebacker last season, but ended yesterday’s contest with an average of 41.3 yards per reception.

Including Framingham State, six MASCAC teams earned opening day wins, including Fitchburg State, UMass Dartmouth and Westfield State. UMass Dartmouth tallied the most points among all nine squads, outscoring Mount Ida, 40-9, on Friday evening.

UMass Dartmouth led Mount Ida, 13-3, at the break, but pushed ahead for good by tallying 13 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the fourth. Junior linebacker Brandon Miller recorded a career-best 12 tackles, while senior quarterback Cory Burnham tossed four touchdowns and completed 13 of 26 passes for 150 yards.

Shawn Brathwaite – a junior quarterback transfer from American International College (AIC) – helped Westfield State commence its season with a 34-21 win over Nichols College. Brathwaite threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns in his debut for the Owls.

An exciting finish in Danbury, Connecticut: MIT and WPI may have been the game of the evening on Friday, but perhaps the most dramatic win on Saturday occurred in Danbury, Connecticut where Western Connecticut State University needed a late touchdown reception to defeat Hartwick.

Junior quarterback Quinn Fleeting helped the Colonials overcome a three-point (31-28) deficit with 54 seconds remaining when he located classmate Jaward Chisholm for an 81-yard touchdown pass to help the hosts claim an opening day 35-31 victory.

Fleeting concluded the game with four touchdowns passes, while connecting on 27 of 40 attempts for 425 yards. Chisholm led all receivers with 229 yards on 14 receptions. He also hauled in two of Fleeting’s touchdown passes.

New England D3 Football: Team Effort Carries Plymouth State Past Castleton

Plymouth State junior Chris Kelly hauled in the go-ahead touchdown to help the Panthers earn their first win on the road against Castleton since 2010. (Photo Credit: Plymouth State Athletics)
Plymouth State junior Chris Kelly hauled in the go-ahead touchdown to help the Panthers earn their first win on the road against Castleton since 2010. (Photo Credit: Plymouth State Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Plymouth State highlighted the final day of the first week of the New England Division III football season with a thrilling 20-7 win over Castleton.

The win was the Panthers’ first victory in Vermont since September 2010.

Plymouth State sophomore quarterback Zach Edwards tossed one touchdown, while completing 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards. First-year halfback David Hamilton rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries and recorded his first collegiate touchdown on a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers’ defense concluded the contest by forcing five turnovers, including three interceptions. Senior RJ Ramsden led the unit with nine total tackles, including four solo stops, while first-year Matt Shea tallied four individual tackles.

Castleton led once in the contest when they capped a 10-play, 67 yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Nick Boles to senior wide-out Soren Pelz-Walsh.

The Spartans led at the break, 7-6, before the Panthers erased the one-point deficit with an Edwards touchdown pass to junior wide-out Chris Kelly.

Both teams are back in action next week with Plymouth State hosting Mount Ida, while Castleton travels to Fitchburg State.