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Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch (Week One)

Connor Degenhardt and the New Haven Chargers face Bowie State hoping to win their first game against the Bulldogs since 1995. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand new season of college football has arrived — let’s celebrate!

In honor of the opening weekend of college football, it’s time to share our first installment of Noontime’s 10 Games to Watch.

This season, we will pick games from all three levels, including New England FCS and Division II schools for our weekly post. Last year — and yes, previously — we focused on Division III football, not D-I or D-II.

So, before a busy weekend of games begins, allow us to share our initial picks for the 2022 college football season.

Noontime’s Games to Watch for Week One (Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3)

Bentley at West Chester (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 6 p.m.): A new era of Falcons football begins this evening with first-year coach Alvin Reynolds guiding Bentley against a Golden Rams squad they beat last year by a score of 41-17. PREDICTION: Bentley over West Chester

Holy Cross at Merrimack (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 7 p.m.): Last year, Dan Curran’s Warriors scored an upset win, defeating the Crusaders on the road, thanks to a three-score effort in the second quarter. Can they duplicate their effort this evening in from of their home crowd? PREDICTION: Holy Cross over Merrimack  

Western New England at Springfield (Friday, Sept. 2 @ 7 p.m.): Springfield was picked to capture its third conference crown this fall – tonight, look for the Pride’s defense to lead them past the Golden Bears in the “Battle of Springfield.” PREDICTION: Springfield over Western New England

Framingham State at Brockport (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): The Rams’ conference title defense begins with some challenging foes, including tomorrow’s foe, which beat Framingham State last season, 31-0. PREDICTION: Brockport over Framingham State

Husson at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): This is truly a toss-up – I can see both teams winning this contest. But in the end, Husson’s Nic Visser will throw one more touchdown than UMass Dartmouth’s Dante Aviles-Santos to lead the Eagles to a thrilling opening day win. PREDICTION: Husson over UMass Dartmouth

Endicott at St. Lawrence (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): The Gulls overcame a slow start to beat the Saints last season. They’ll use a faster start to score an opening-day win this year. PREDICTION: Endicott over St. Lawrence

Ithaca at Bridgewater State (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12 p.m.): A challenging opening day matchup awaits the Bears of Bridgewater, which should be in the mix for the MASCAC crown this fall. PREDICTION: Ithaca over Bridgewater State

Sacred Heart at Lafayette (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 12:30 p.m.): The Pioneers have been quite successful against the Leopards in previous meetings with Sacred Heart winning their last five meetings. PREDICTION: Sacred Heart over Lafayette   

New Haven at Bowie State (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 1 p.m.): If the Chargers want to advance deep in the NCAA Division II postseason, they will need to beat teams like Bowie State, which advanced to the quarterfinals last fall for the first time in program history. New Haven has won three of four meetings with Bowie State – last year, the Bulldogs outlasted the Chargers, 21-13. PREDICTION: Bowie State over New Haven  

Stonehill at Bloomsburg (Saturday, Sept. 3 @ 2 p.m.): A new chapter of Stonehill football begins on Saturday – the Skyhawks moved up to Division I this year and will compete in the Northeast Conference. But before they compete against any conference foe, they should be able to score their initial win as an FCS program against a squad they defeated last year by a score of 35-13.

New England FCS Football Week One Schedule

Matthew Sluka and the Holy Cross football team begin its 2022 campaign on Friday against Merrimack College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger Photography/Courtesy of Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Earlier today, we unveiled the opening week schedule for New England Division II and III football.

Now, it’s time to share the schedule for the regions’ NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams, which will be something our blog will post regularly throughout the season.

New England FCS Week One Schedule

Thursday, September 1, 2022

  • Monmouth at New Hampshire at 7 p.m.
  • Rhode Island at Stony Brook at 7 p.m.
  • Bryant at Florida International at 7 p.m.

Friday, September 2, 2022

  • Holy Cross at Merrimack at 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

  • Central Conn. at University of Conn. at 12 p.m.
  • Sacred Heart at Lafayette at 12:30 p.m.
  • Stonehill at Bloomsburg at 2 p.m.
  • Maine at New Mexico at 8 p.m.

Noontime’s New England D-I Preseason Football Team

By NoontimeSports.com

As we inch closer to a brand new season of New England college football, Noontime Sports is excited to unveil its first-ever NCAA Division I preseason football team — we will release preseason squads for D-II and D-III in a few weeks.

Without further ado, here is our first-ever New England Preseason D-I Team — offense, defense, and special teams — and as usual, please let us know your thoughts by engaging with us on social media!

Noontime’s New England Preseason D-I Offense

QB: Phil Jurkovec | Boston College | Pittsburgh, Pa.

QB: EJ Perry | Brown University | Andover, Mass.

RB: Kevin Mensah | UConn | Worcester, Mass.

RB: Julius Chestnut | Sacred Heart | Bowie, Md.

WR: Zay Flowers | Boston College | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

WR: Cameron Ross | UConn | Newark, Del.

WR: Andre Miller | Maine | Old Town, Maine

WR: Tyshaun James | Central Conn. | Middletown, Conn.

TE: Trae Barry | Boston College | Summerdale, Ala.

OL: Zion Johnson | Boston College) | Bowie, Md.

OL: Alec Lindstrom | Boston College | Dudley, Mass.

OL: J’Von Brown | Central Conn. | Norwich, Conn.

OL: J.D. DiRenzo | Sacred Heart | Hammonton, N.J.

OL: Josh Sokol | Sacred Heart | Hopkinton, Mass.

OL: Nick Olsofka | Holy Cross | Louisville, Ky.


Noontime’s New England Preseason D-I Defense

DL: Benton Whitley | Holy Cross | Springfield, Mass.

DL: Truman Jones | Harvard University | Atlanta, Ga.

DL: Anthony Nelson | Harvard University | Tampa, Fla.

DL: Jack Daly | Bryant University | South Glastonbury, Conn.

DL: Kevin Peprah | Sacred Heart | Woodbridge, Va.

LB: Jacob Dobbs | Holy Cross | Macomb, Mich.

LB: Jordan Hill | Harvard University | Silver Spring, Md.

LB: Tre Jones | Central Conn. | Providence, R.I.

LB: Foday Jalloh | Central Conn. | West Lawn, Pa.

LB: Chris Outterbridge | Sacred Heart | Long Beach, N. J.

DB: Evan Horn | New Hampshire | Lebanon, Pa.

DB: John Smith | Holy Cross | Lake Worth, Fla.

DB: Niko Mermigas | Dartmouth College | Wexford, Pa.

DB: Andre Brackett | Bryant University | East Windsor, Conn.

DB: Darion McKenzie | Merrimack College | Berlin, Md.


Noontime’s New England Preseason D-I Special Teams

PK: Derek Ng | Holy Cross | Las Vegas, Nev.

P: Jon Sot | Harvard University | Clark, N.J.

LS: Evan Deckers | UMass | Avon, Conn.


Honorable Mentions: RB: Zane Dudek (Yale), RB: Peter Oliver (Holy Cross), RB: Joey Kenny (Rhode Island), TE: Joey Luchetti (Boston College), TE: Tyler Roberts (Merrimack College), TE: Jihad Edmond (Bryant University), TE: JJ Howland (Yale University), OL: Chad Broome-Webster (Brown University), OL: Spencer Rolland (Harvard University), OL: Nick Gargiulo (Yale University), OL: Clay Legault (Merrimack College), P: Patrick Haughney (Holy Cross), DB: Dexter Lawson, Jr. (Central Conn.), DB: Melvin Rouse II (Yale University), and P: Noah Gettman (Sacred Heart)

Football Friday Notebook (Jan. 29, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Football Friday, everyone!

We’re excited to start a weekly football notebook that will feature a slew of news (and links) from the gridiron.

And don’t forget, you can listen to our weekly Football Friday Podcast with Andrew Pezzelli and Zach Weiss on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Alright, let’s share some football stories (and links) – have a great weekend, everyone!


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College Football

  • Two days ago, Central Connecticut State University announced that they would not participate in the 2021 Northeastern Conference (NEC) spring football season.

    CCSU interim Director of Athletics Tom Pincine said Wednesday’s decision is in “the best interest of our University and football program,” while Ryan McCarthy, who is the coach of the Blue Devils, echoed the statement but also added that the team can “focus solely on returning to spring practice and preparing for the Fall 2021 season.”

    The Blue Devils have not competed since 2019 when they posted a school-record 11 victories and secured a spot in the opening round of the NCAA FCS postseason.
  • While CCSU won’t play football this spring, a Sacred Heart official told the New Haven Register that the Pioneers are planning to compete, despite no games listed on the team’s current schedule.
  • The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) unveiled its 2021 fall schedules with plans to “return to its Atlantic and Coastal divisions” later this year.

    While Notre Dame did compete under the ACC umbrella last fall, the Fighting Irish will return to being an independent for the 2021 college football season.
  • The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) held its ‘digital media day‘ today ahead of the league’s spring football season, which is scheduled to commence – or should we say kickoff? – Saturday, February 20, 2021.
  • The ASUN Conference announced earlier today that football will be the league’s 20th sport.

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Get Read For FCS New England Football This Spring

Most FCS New England football teams will compete in a few contests this spring. (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualhunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

The thought of seeing spring football in New England is slowly becoming a reality, especially for a handful of NCAA Division I FCS programs.

Yesterday, the Patriot League announced plans to play a shortened season this spring, which means Holy Cross will have a chance to compete for its second-straight league title after securing the conference crown in 2019.

Maine and New Hampshire will also compete this spring – the two teams will compete against members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) North Division. The CAA’s spring season is slated to begin on Saturday, February 20 with Davidson visiting Elon and James Madison hosting Morehead State.

Rhode Island, which is one of seven teams that makes-up the CAA’s North Division, will also be in action this spring – the Rams are currently scheduled to compete against Bryant on Saturday, February 27.

The CAA will not have a championship game like the Patriot League. Instead, the team with “the best overcall conference record” will secure the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Football Championship, which will begin Saturday, April 24.

The Northeastern Conference (NEC) plans to play a four-game conference schedule, which is good news for fans of Bryant, Central Connecticut, Merrimack, and Sacred Heart. Games will be played on Sundays or midweek with a conference championship expected to take place on either Friday, April 16 or Saturday, April 17.

As noted on Twitter, by Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the FCS national title game will be played Sunday, May 16 in Frisco, Texas.