The Final D3 Football Game of 2020 Is Next Saturday

Ryan Jones previously quarterbacked Coast Guard Academy last season against Merchant Marine. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

One more NCAA D-III football game remains on the calendar for next Saturday, November 14. And it will feature Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

We learned this particular matchup would occur back in September when both institutions announced they would have three programs – football, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball – compete for the Superintendents’ Trophy, which is something both academies contend for on a yearly basis, as noted in the September release on the Coast Guard Academy’s athletic website.

The Coast Guard Academy men’s soccer team and women’s volleyball team each captured their respective meeting with Merchant Marine last month.

Last year, Merchant Marine’s football team topped Coast Guard Academy, 56-41, to secure the Secretaries’ Cup while the Bears beat the Mariners one year earlier by a score of 26-12. The 2018 victory marked the first time the Bears had beaten the Mariners on the road since 1996. It was also the first road win in the series for former head coach Bill George, who retired last fall.

Kickoff for next Saturday’s game is at 12:05 p.m. Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 while following along with live stats.

Noontime’s Senior Salute: Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy)

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Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones guided the Bears to a 5-5 record this past season, including a pair of overtime wins. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy)

By NoontimeSports.com

Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones enjoyed a successful final season with the Bears, throwing for a career-high 13 touchdowns while recording a career-best 1,930 passing yards.

Jones, who competed in all 10 contests last season, became the fourth signal-caller in program history to throw for more than 4,000 yards when he guided the Bears to a 33-8 victory over Maine Maritime Academy. He also led the Bears to a pair of overtime victories last fall, too, including an early-season one-point win over Nichols College. The win against Nichols was the team’s first extra session victory since Coast Guard Academy edged Worcester State University in 2012.

In 2018, Jones and the Bears celebrated their first win over archrival Merchant Marine since 1996 to cap their campaign with seven wins. The seven wins were the most any Coast Guard Academy team has won in a single-season since winning the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division in 2007 with an 8-2 record.

We recently spoke with Ryan Jones about his final season with the Bears, but also his future plans beyond graduation.


What will you remember most about your senior year? 

Our double-overtime win against Catholic University on homecoming. 10,000 people went (in attendance and went) nuts. It was an awesome atmosphere.

Looking back on the 2019 season, what game (or games) will you remember most? Why these particular games? 

Both of our overtime wins were really exciting, but beyond that, our win over Maine Maritime sticks in my mind. That day, I (recorded) 4,000 passing yards (in my career) while Justin Moffatt broke a school’s single-game receiving record with 256 yards. That was a fun day.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Coast Guard Academy football team these past four years?

The people here at Coast Guard Academy are just different. They’re the best kind of friends and teammates. I’ll miss the camaraderie more than anything, on and off the field.

Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan (or hope) to stay involved with the sport of football in some capacity? Any interest in coaching in the future?

Definitely. Maybe not right away as my career will likely demand quite a bit of my time for the first few years (beyond graduation), but I can definitely see myself coaching middle school or high school ball in the future.

Tell me about your major – how did you choose it? – and what are your future plans beyond graduation?  

I’m a marine and environmental science major. I chose it because I want to get into the medical field someday, most likely the physician’s assistant route. MES was the only major here at the Coast Guard Academy that gave me a solid background in advanced chemistry and other sciences that will be important for allowing me to continue my education in a medical graduate program.

After graduation, I’m headed to Mississippi for my first assignment as an officer, but hope to one day be selected for either a

Down the road, I hope to be selected for one of our Tactical Law Enforcement or Counter-Terrorism team.

D3 Football: Zelos Players of The Week

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the eleventh (and final) week of the New England Division III Football regular season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too


This season, Noontime Sports will select at least one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.

The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

As usual, stay connected with our Noontime Sports New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


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Quarterback Ryan Jones accounted for five touchdowns (three passing and two rushing) in his final game on Saturday with the Coast Guard Academy football team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy | Quarterback | Punxsutawney, Pa.): In his final game with the Bears, Jones completed 12 of 27 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns while adding 36 yards on 16 carries and two scores against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday. Despite the season-ending loss to the Mariners in the Secretaries Cup, Jones rushed for a season-best two touchdowns – he had only rushed for one score in two games earlier this season. Additionally, he threw for 300 yards (or more) for just the second time this fall after throwing for a career-high (and season-best) 353 yards last month in his team’s win over Maine Maritime Academy.


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Tony Slaughter led the Corsairs’ defense with 11.0 total tackles in its season-finale against Westfield State. (PHOTO COURTESY: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

Defensive Player of the Week: Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth |Defensive Back | Springfield, Mass.): In his final game with the Corsairs, Slaughter recorded 11.0 total tackles, including seven solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards, which helped UMass Dartmouth defeat Westfield State, 19-13. Slaughter also recorded two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry, too. The 11.0 total tackles were two stops shy of his season-high of 13.0, which he registered earlier this month in his team’s 28-12 win over Western Connecticut.


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Mark Wright drilled a 36-yard field goal last Saturday, which helped MIT edge Springfield College in its season finale. (PHOTO COURTESY: Robert Krawitz)

Special Teamer of the Week: Mark Wright (MIT | Kicker | Fort Worth, Texas): Wright booted a 36-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining to send the Engineers past the Pride of Springfield College, 43-40, in a wild season finale that helped MIT clinch its second-straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. Additionally, Saturday’s win over Springfield secured MIT a spot in this weekend’s NCAA Tournament. MIT will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season, as well as the third time since its initial appearance in 2014. Wright ended the game with nine points off five kicks, including two field goals.

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the seventh 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, which can be seen (here on our site) every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.


Offensive Team of the Week

OJ Armstrong (Tufts University): Armstrong led the Tufts receiving core with six catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Jumbos rolled past Bowdoin College in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Tim Callahan (Springfield College): Callahan led all rushers with 161 yards on 12 carries and three touchdowns as Springfield topped Merchant Marine on the road.

Stefano D’Emilia (Bridgewater State): D’Emilia accounted for eight touchdowns and 398 yards of total offense last Saturday in his team’s big win against UMass Dartmouth. The senior signal-caller completed 15 of 27 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns while adding a game-high 53 rushing yards on 12 carries and three scores.

Tijani Harris (Trinity College): Harris rushed for a game-high 158 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns which helped the Bantams top Colby College at home.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Against Wesleyan University, Jernigan completed 18 of 25 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 36 yards on 12 carries.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Jones completed 26 of 34 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns which helped the Bears of Coast Guard Academy top Maine Maritime Academy.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky was impressive against Curry College, completing 19 of 23 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns.

Matt Long (Mass. Maritime Academy): Against Fitchburg State, Long amassed 245 yards of total offense, while recording four touchdowns. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown while adding 100 yards on 15 carries and three scores.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello rushed for 265 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns against Western New England.

Justin Moffatt (Coast Guard Academy): Moffatt caught a game-high 13 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears topped Maine Maritime Academy on the road.

Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan rushed for a game-high 188 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns while catching one pass for 11 yards against Nichols College.

David Morrison (Husson University): Against the University of New England, Morrison completed 25 of 39 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 16 yards on six carries.

Julian Nyland (WPI): Nyland accounted for 209 yards of total offense against Catholic University by completing 10 of 13 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 19 yards on four carries and one score.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Watts completed 20 of 27 passes for 252 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs topped Anna Maria College on the road.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): The senior signal-caller was close to perfect last Saturday, completing 35 of 38 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns as the Rams topped Plymouth State on the road.


Defensive Team of the Week

Brett Bates (Amherst College): Against Hamilton College, Bates tallied seven total tackles, including two tackles for a loss of 26 yards, along with one forced fumble and one pass break-up.

Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison defense with 16 total tackles, including 13 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of three yards against Becker College.

Desmond Dias (Dean College): Dias led the Dean defense against Anna Maria with 12 total tackles, including five solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards. He also recorded one sack for a loss of 13 yards.

Seth Gewanter (Castleton University): Against SUNY-Maritime, Gewanter stuffed the stat sheet with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of three yards and one forced fumble.

Joe Gowetski (Bowdoin College): Gowetski stuffed the stat sheet against Tufts University with 11 total tackles, including four-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 17 yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 14 yards.

Will Kearney (Wesleyan University): Against Middlebury College, Kearney posted a team-high 18 total tackles, including seven solo stops.

Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu helped the Rams defense limit Plymouth State to just 53 yards of total offense and five first downs. The defensive end concluded the game with six total tackles (five solo stops), including three tackles for a loss of 19 yards.

Sean Reall (UMass Dartmouth): Reall led the Corsairs’ defense against Bridgewater State with 14 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 11 yards. He also recorded one block, too.


Special Teams of the Week

Patrick Crowley (Coast Guard Academy): Crowley posted nine points against Maine Maritime Academy off two field goals, including a 44-yard field goal, and three extra points.

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano posted 11 points on eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal against Curry College while recording 10 kickoffs for 613 yards with three touchbacks.

Christian Hutra (Springfield College): Hutra drilled a career-long 32-yard field goal while connecting on six extra points as the Pride of Springfield College stretched their winning streak to three games with an important road victory over Merchant Marine.

Jeremy Jackson (UMass Dartmouth): Jackson punted the ball six times for 232 yards against Bridgewater State with two kicks landing inside the Bears’ 20-yard line.

Carter Massengill (Middlebury College): Massengill tallied nine points off seven kicks, including a 20-yard field goal as the Panthers topped Wesleyan University in a battle of undefeated teams.

Alex Santiago (Nichols College): Santiago connected on all six kicks last Saturday against Becker College, including a 33-yard field goal. He finished the game with eight points.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade concluded last Saturday’s game with 10 points off seven extra points and one field goal (27-yards) as the Engineers rolled past Catholic University.

D3 Football: Zelos Athletics Players Of The Week (Monday, Oct. 21st, 2019)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the seventh week of the New England Division III Football season in the books, it is time to unveil our offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, which is powered by Zelos Athletics.


Our Noontime Sports ‘Players of the Week’ post is powered by Zelos Athletics, which uses FusionSport Technology to track athletes’ performance metrics during speed, agility, and plyometric drills. Zelos Athletics also provides individual and team speed and agility training, combined with strength & conditioning training, too


This season, Noontime Sports will select at least one player for our three weekly honors: offensive, defensive and special teamer of the week.

The ‘Players of the Week’ post will be published every Monday throughout the season and shared on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

As usual, stay connected with our Noontime Sports New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB


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Coast Guard Academy quarterback Ryan Jones became the fourth signal-caller in program history to throw for 4,000 yards. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy | Quarterback | Punxatawney, Pa.): Ryan Jones became the fourth signal-caller in academy history to throw for 4,000 yards last Saturday as the Bears defeated Maine Maritime Academy, 33-8.

Jones concluded last Saturday’s game with a career-high 353 passing yards while tossing a season-best three touchdowns, including two scores to Justin Moffatt, which helped Coast Guard bounce back from their second conference setback of the season.

The senior signal-caller posted his highest completion rate (76.5 percent) of the 2019 season by completing 26 of 34 passes. The three touchdown passes were the most he has thrown in a single-game fall.

Through seven contests, Jones has completed 125 of 223 passes for 1,382 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns are the most he has tossed in a single-season with the Bears.


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Becker College halfback Randy Morgan established a new single-season rushing record last Saturday in his team’s conference meeting with Nichols College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Randy Morgan (Becker College | Halfback | Spring Hill, Fla.): Randy Morgan broke the Becker College single-season rushing record this past weekend by tallying 188 yards on 27 carries while scoring two touchdowns.

The 188 yards bumped Morgan’s total to 733 rushing yards through six games this season, which shattered the original mark of 674 yards, which was established by Jacob Holmes in 2015.

Morgan, who is averaging 122.2 rushing yards per game, has rushed for 100 yards or more in four games this season. The 188 rushing yards from this past weekend against Nichols College is the most he has accumulated in a single-game this fall. Last week, he rushed for 152 yards against Husson University.

The first-year tailback leads the Hawks with seven rushing touchdowns.


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Dean College’s Desmond Dias (12) has enjoyed a very successful first season with the Bulldogs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nathan Minese Photography)

Defensive Player of the Week: Desmond Dias (Dean College | Linebacker | Rochester, Mass.): Desmond Dias has become a player to watch on the Dean College defense this season, especially the past two weeks.

Against Anna Maria College last Saturday, the first-year linebacker posted a season-high 12.0 total tackles which helped the Bulldogs score an important conference win in Paxton, Massachusetts. Dias ended the game with five solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 15 yards and one sack for a loss of 13 yards.

In five games this season, Dias has tallied 32.0 total tackles, including 15 solo stops and six tackles for a loss of 35 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, which occurred this past weekend against Anna Maria.


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Nick DiCairano tallied 11 points last Saturday which helped Endicott College top Curry College in Beverly, Massachusetts. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace ’20)

Special Teamer of the Week: Nick DiCairano (Endicott College | Kicker | Trumbull, Conn.) Against Curry College this past weekend, Nick DiCairano posted 11 points off eight extra points and a 47-yard field goal which helped the Gulls of Endicott College pick-up their fifth win of the season.

DiCairano has tallied 11 points or more three times this fall – he has also booted a 47-yard field goal in three games this season, including in his team’s season-opener against Framingham State.

Through six contests this season, DiCairano has tallied 52 points off 31 extra points and seven field goals.