Welcome to the final week of the New England D-III Football regular season!
Western New England remained the top team for a second-straight week, while Framingham State and Middlebury College swapped spots, checking in fourth and fifth, respectively. Both squads captured their respective conference crowns this past weekend.
MIT moved-up one spot following an important win over Norwich University, while Wesleyan University moved-up five spots following an exciting win over 13th ranked Trinity College.
And finally, with their win over 15th-ranked Amherst College this past weekend, Williams College moved-up one spot to secure the ninth position.
New England D-III Football Week 11 Poll| November 11th, 2019
1. Western New England
8-1, 6-0 CCC
Last Week: No. 1
8-1, 5-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 2
3. Endicott College
7-2, 5-1 CCC
Last Week: No. 3
4. Framingham State
7-2, 7-0 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 5
5. Middlebury College
9-0, 9-0 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 4
6. Springfield College
6-3, 5-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 6
6-2, 5-1 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 8
8. Wesleyan University
8-1, 8-1 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 13
9. Williams College
7-2, 7-2 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 10
10. Western Connecticut
7-2, 5-2 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 11
11. Bridgewater State
5-4, 5-2 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 7
12. UMass Dartmouth
6-3, 4-3 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 9
13. Trinity College
5-4, 5-4 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 12
14. Nichols College
6-3, 4-2 CCC
Last Week: No. 17
15. Amherst College
4-5, 4-5 NESCAC
Last Week: No. 14
16. Norwich University
5-4, 2-4 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 15
17. Coast Guard Academy
5-4, 2-4 NEWMAC
Last Week: No. 16
18. Mass. Maritime Acad.
6-3, 4-3 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 19
19. Husson University
4-5, 4-2 CCC
Last Week: Not Ranked
20. Plymouth State
6-3, 4-3 MASCAC
Last Week: No. 18
On the Rise: Dean College, Salve Regina University, and Tufts University
Are you ready for another BIG week of New England D-III Football? I know I am, which is why I am ready to dish out my picks for this week’s ’10 Games to Watch.’
Last Week: I predicted seven of ten games correctly for the second-straight week to bump my overall record to 55-25 this season. Let’s see if I can keep my winning trend going this week – fingers crossed!
As usual, make sure to stay connected with our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB.
Husson University at No. 15 Nichols College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bison entered the week with some serious momentum following an epic four-overtime win against the University of New England. I think their win last week carries them to yet another win against a Maine team. PREDICTION: Nichols 28, Husson 20
Alfred State at Dean College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Bulldogs are two wins away from capturing their first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) crown. I expect their recent wins against Gallaudet University and SUNY-Maritime to provide Dean with enough momentum to beat the Pioneers on their home field. PREDICTION: Dean 30, Alfred State 18
No. 5 Framingham State at No. 19 Mass. Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Rams are clicking on all cylinders and should certainly be ready to take that so-called ‘next step’ toward winning yet another conference crown by capturing the Kelley Cup. PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime Academy 17
No. 1 WPI at No. 10 MIT (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): Ah, the battle of the Engineers – who you got? Cambridge or Worcester? While MIT needs this win to keep their conference title hopes alive, I am not sure if they will be able to make enough plays down the stretch, while containing WPI’s Sean McAllen and Connor Field. PREDICTION: WPI 35, MIT 21
No. 14 Norwich University at Catholic University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12 p.m.): The Cadets looked pretty impressive last week against Maine Maritime Academy so I expect Matt Dunn, Trevor Chase, and Manni Romero to continue that success one week later. PREDICTION: Norwich 35, Catholic 10
Hamilton College at No. 4 Middlebury College (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 12:30 p.m.): The Panthers are two wins away from finishing their season with a 9-0 mark, but Saturday’s tilt with the Continentals won’t be an easy one. Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum from recent wins against Amherst College and Tufts University, which should help the Blue and Gold keep this one close. PREDICTION: Middlebury 27, Hamilton 24
No. 2 Endicott College at No. 3 Western New England (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): Whoever wins this contest should have the inside track to the conference crown. Endicott beat the Golden Bears last season – they needed quarterback Joe Kalosky to help them secure an exciting win on their home turf. I am expecting Kalosky and the offense to once again be a factor, while the Gulls defense will find ways to contain WNE quarterback Alec Coleman. PREDICTION: Endicott 42, WNE 30
No. 9 Williams College at No. 16 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who look to keep pace with Middlebury for the top spot in the conference. Williams scored its first win last Saturday against Trinity College since 2001 and should be able to use that momentum to carry them past the Cardinals in Connecticut. PREDICTION: Williams 28, Wesleyan 20
No. 18 Plymouth State at No. 8 Bridgewater State (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 2:30 p.m.): With three games remaining, the Bears are still very much alive in their conference race, but need to beat a Panthers squad that somehow outlasted Massachusetts Maritime Academy last weekend by a score of 7-3. Look for BSU’s momentum from two weeks ago to help them score their fifth-straight win. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 30, Plymouth State 14
No. 11 UMass Dartmouth at No. 7 Western Connecticut (Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 6 p.m.): The Corsairs can play spoiler in this one as Western Connecticut looks to bounce back from a 25-point setback to Framingham State one week ago. This is a must-win for the Colonials, who need to keep pace with both the Rams of Framingham and Bears of Bridgewater State. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Western Connecticut 24
Welcome to the ninth week of the New England D-III Football season.
Once again, WPI remains our top team – they looked very impressive this past weekend against Merchant Marine – while Endicott College and Western New England remain our second and third teams, respectively. The Gulls and Golden Bears will meet this upcoming weekend in a game that could perhaps decide the winner of the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) conference.
Framingham State moved into the top five with a 39-14 win this past Saturday against Western Connecticut, which tumbled two spots to the seventh position, while Springfield College remained our sixth-best team in the region.
MIT moved into the Top 10 with an important win over Coast Guard Academy, while Williams College secured the ninth position with its sixth victory of the 2019 season.
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New England D-III Football Week Nine Poll| October 28th, 2019
For the second-straight season, Nichols College defeated the University of New England. But on Saturday, they needed not one, but four overtime sessions to outlast the Nor’easters in Biddeford, Maine.
Halfback Joshua Pierre-Charles helped the Bison keep their conference title hopes alive by rushing for a two-yard touchdown in the fourth extra session following a 21-yard field goal by UNE’s Kevin Heintz to clinch the three-point victory.
With the win, the Bison improve to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) league play.
Pierre-Charles concluded Saturday’s thriller with three touchdowns and a game-high 82 yards on 22 carries. He also caught three passes for 24 yards.
Nichols quarterback Michael Pina ended the game with 329 passing yards and three scores while adding 53 yards on nine carries.
UNE led Nichols, 21-14, at the break before both offenses swapped touchdowns and field goals over the final 30 minutes.
Quarterback Brian Peters completed 34 of 50 passes in the setback for 343 yards and four touchdowns – he also rushed for three yards on five carries.
Nichols’ Joe Cox led the defense with 11 total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of four yards. He also added one pass break-up, too.
The Bison face Husson University next weekend in another must-win game for Nichols, which needs to beat the Eagles, Curry College, and Endicott College to have a chance to secure the league title. Nicholas did lose earlier this month to Western New England but has scored conference wins over UNE, Becker College and Salve Regina.
Endicott, Salve Regina, and Western New England all scored conference wins this afternoon – the Gulls and Golden Bears are currently tied for the top spot in the conference and will meet next Saturday, November 2nd in Springfield, Massachusetts with the winner securing the inside track to the conference crown.
Adam Wojenski accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air, which helped Framingham State defeat Western Connecticut, 39-14, and secure the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) with three weeks remaining.
Wojenski completed 15 of 25 passes for 176 yards while rushing for a game-high 84 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.
The Framingham State defense ended the game with 10 tackles for a loss of 57 yards, including six sacks for a loss of 38 yards. Adeboye Oyaronbi tallied seven total tackles, including four solo stops and two sacks for a loss of 12 yards, while Cully Curran paced the unit with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops.
Western Connecticut’s Will Daniels led all receivers with eight catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.
With today’s win over the Colonials, the Rams have won five-straight contests since starting the season with back-to-back losses. Framingham State visits Massachusetts Maritime Academy next Saturday – the Buccaneers lost to Plymouth State this afternoon by a score of 7-3.
While Western Connecticut sees its six-game winning streak conclude, they still have a chance to win the MASCAC crown, pending how the final three weeks play out. The Colonials have already beaten Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime, two teams the Rams will face the next two weeks.
Westfield State scored its first win of the season with a 26-7 victory against Fitchburg State. Leesandro Colon rushed for a pair of touchdowns while finishing the game with 132 yards on 20 carries.
Westfield’s Joseph Mazzotta led the Owls defense with 14 total tackles, while George Cole added 12 total stops.
Terrell Watts accounted for five touchdowns – three through the air, two on the ground – while Saquan Kelly rushed for a game-high 80 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown as Dean College defeated Gallaudet University, 56-35, to secure the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 3-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play with just two games remaining. Dean needs to beat Alfred State and Castleton University the next two weeks in order to secure the program’s first-ever ECFC title.
The Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title race is down to just three teams: Endicott, Nichols, and Western New England. The Golden Bears currently have the edge with a win over the Bison earlier this month, but the Gulls can secure their first-ever CCC title with a victory next Saturday against the Golden Bears, along with a win over the Bison two weeks later. Endicott will also need to beat UNE, too – both Nichols and WNE have beaten the Nor’easters this season.
With today’s win over Western Connecticut, Framingham State controls its own destiny with three weeks remaining. They need to beat Bridgewater State and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, along with Worcester State in week 11. The Rams defense (and its offense, too) seem to be peaking at the right time, but their next two matchups against the Bears and Buccaneers are no gimmes.
Middlebury College remains the frontrunner in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), but cannot overlook its next two foes, Hamilton College and Tufts University. Hamilton beat Tufts this afternoon in Somerville, Massachusetts – they also scored an exciting win last week against Amherst College, which lost to Wesleyan University in double-overtime earlier today. If the Panthers can get past the Continentals next Saturday, then they should be able to find a way to beat the Jumbos in their season finale.
Both Wesleyan and Williams College are both in a position to still win the NESCAC, thanks to wins earlier this fall against Hamilton and Tufts. The Ephs and Cardinals will meet next week in Middletown, Connecticut with second place on the line.
WPI appears destined to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). The Engineers defeated Merchant Marine, 66-13, to secure their seventh win of the season. WPI will face MIT next weekend in a game the Engineers of Cambridge need to win in order to keep their title hopes alive.
Endicott College 41, Husson University 16
Nichols College 51, University of New England 48 (4OT)
No. 2 Endicott College at No. 20 Husson University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 12 p.m.): The Gulls offense has been really impressive this season, especially against conference foes and should continue its air attack against a talented Eagles squad, which needs to win this game to keep their conference title hopes alive. PREDICTION: Endicott 42, Husson 28
No. 5 Western Connecticut at No. 7 Framingham State (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 12 p.m.): This has the making for a high-scoring game but in the end, I think the Rams will march down the field in the minutes to score the game-winning touchdown. PREDICTION: Framingham State 40, Western Conn. 35
No. 16 Nichols College at No. 19 University of New England (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bison, who remain in the mix for the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) title. UNE was rather impressive last weekend and has the potential to play spoiler in this matchup. PREDICTION: UNE 30, Nichols 24
Dean College at Gallaudet University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): First place in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) is on the line, but I expect the Bulldogs defense and offense to make a few more plays down the stretch to beat the Bison on the road. PREDICTION: Dean 33, Gallaudet 25
No. 18 Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Plymouth State (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): Can the Panthers bounce back after registering just 53 yards of total offense? I don’t think so. But I do think Matt Long and the Buccaneers offense will have their way against a Plymouth State defense that yielded four passing touchdowns last weekend to Framingham State. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 31, Plymouth State 17
Hamilton College at Tufts University (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1 p.m.): Hamilton enters Saturday’s contest with some momentum following an exciting win over Amherst College one week ago. But can that momentum carry them past a Tufts squad that played perhaps its best game of the season one-week ago? We’ll have to wait and see but look for a big game from linebacker Greg Holt. PREDICTION: Tufts 28, Hamilton 20
No. 15 MIT at No. 12 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 1:30 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Engineers, who begin a crucial four-game stretch against a team that played its best game of the season last Saturday. The Coast Guard defense won’t make things easy for the MIT offense, but in the end, look for coach BrianBubna‘s squad to make a few extra plays down the stretch and squeak out an important road win. PREDICTION: MIT 26, Coast Guard Academy 20
SUNY-Maritime at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 2 p.m.): I picked against the Privateers last week – they proved me wrong and scored an important bounce-back win against Castleton University. I expect the Privateers to keep their title hopes alive with an important road victory in Paxton, Massachusetts. PREDICTION: SUNY-Maritime 28, Anna Maria 13
Merchant Marine at No. 1 WPI (Saturday, Oct. 26th at 3 p.m.): The Engineers looked pretty impressive last week against Catholic University, but will need their defense to slow down a very talented offense. Additionally, WPI will need to lean on its ground attack to score an important win in Worcester. PREDICTION: WPI 23, Merchant Marine 17