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New Haven Picked To Win The NE10; Ranked 16th in the AFCA D-II Top 25

Connor Degenhardt and the University of New Haven football team will be a squad to watch this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s been a busy news day for the University of New Haven football team.

For starters, the Chargers were picked to finish atop the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) this fall after completing an undefeated season last November. New Haven won all eight of its league tilts before scoring an opening-round NCAA Division II postseason victory against Bentley University.

Seven of the eight NE10 coaches voted for New Haven to secure the top spot in today’s preseason poll while Assumption College collected one first-place vote in the second position.

Bentley, Pace University, and Saint Anselm College rounded out the top five, checking-in third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

The eight-team poll concluded with Southern Connecticut State University (sixth), American International College (seventh), and Franklin Pierce University (eighth).

In addition to being named the preseason favorite in the NE10, New Haven was slotted 16th in today’s American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NCAA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 FCS Poll.

Bentley also received attention from the AFCA with the Falcons joining a slew of teams that are currently receiving votes.

New Haven will return some key members of last year’s squad, including quarterback Connor Degenhardt and wide receiver Dev Holmes. Khyon Fitzpatrick will be the player to watch on defense after leading the Blue and Gold with 68 tackles.

New Haven will kick off its 2022 slate with a visit to eighth-ranked Bowie State on Saturday, September 3. The Chargers currently lead the all-time series, 3-1.

Five New England D2 Teams To Watch This Fall

Khyon Fitzpatrick and the New Haven Chargers will once again be a squad to watch in the Northeast-10 this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Clarus Studios)

By NoontimeSports.com

Our preseason college football coverage continues by highlighting five New England NCAA Division II teams to watch this fall – all the teams listed below compete in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10).

In case you missed it, make sure to check out our New England FCS and Division III teams to watch, as well.

American International College (AIC): After beginning their 2021 campaign with three-straight wins, including a dramatic come-from-behind victory against Pace University, the Yellow Jackets’ winning ways vanished with a hard-fought loss to Bentley. AIC would lose its next five contests before ending its season with a 14-7 victory over the Setters.

The hope for the Yellow Jacket is they can use their final contest from 2021 as motivation – perhaps a learning lesson? – for what they must do to contend for a conference title.

AIC was competitive last fall – they certainly provided challenges for the top teams in the league but look for coach Kris Kulzer’s squad to finish with a few more wins this fall.

Wide receivers Jaheim McGuire and Jaxon Ramsay return after combining for 64 catches, 1,079 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns.

Bentley University: A new signal-caller will be spotted under center this fall – quarterback Stephen Sturm graduated following an impressive career with the Falcons, which saw him throw for 7,166 yards and 58 touchdowns in four seasons.

Additionally, Bentley will have a new coach as Alvin Reynolds takes over for Bill Kavanaugh, who stepped down as the head football coach in March. Reynolds has been with the Falcons since 2018 – prior to arriving in Waltham, he spent time with a slew of NFL teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, and Jacksonville Jaguars

Reynolds will guide a Falcons squad that finished 9-2 overall last year, as well as secured a bid to the NCAA Division II postseason for the first time since 2004.

Halfback Nathaniel Larkins, who finished second on the team with 558 rushing yards, returns, along with wide receiver Noah Neville (32 catches for 555 yards and six touchdowns). Linebacker Salvatore Lupoli Jr. also returns – he placed second on the team in total tackles with 90.0.

Saint Anselm College: Quarterback Drew Willoughby will be the player to watch on the Hawks this fall.

Named the NE10 Rookie of the Year last November, Willoughby enjoyed an impressive debut with the Royal Blue and White by completing 251 of 431 passing attempts for 2,803 yards and 22 touchdowns. Additionally, he added three scores on the ground.

Willoughby led Saint Anselm’s to three conference wins last year – the hope is he can continue his impressive play this fall, beginning in the opening week against Millersville University.

Halfback Vincent Wagner returns, as well, along with wide receiver Anthony Brown, who led the Hawks with nine touchdown receptions.

Southern Connecticut State University: The Owls won four of 10 contests last fall, including a non-league victory over Central Connecticut State University in the opening week (the Blue Devils, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) squad, compete in the Northeast Conference (NEC)).

As a team, SCSU averaged 332.4 yards per game – most of their offensive yards came through the air, thanks to wide receivers Tylon Papallo and Izaiah Sanders, who represented the program on the league’s second team. Papallo and Sanders combined for 10 touchdown receptions to go with 76 catches for 1,196.

The expectation is both student-athletes will return this fall, which will certainly pose problems for opposing defenses.

Linebacker Robert Nunez, who earned NE10 All-Rookie honors, will also be a player to watch on the Owls. He finished second on the team in total tackles

 (63.0) and solo stops (29.0).

University of New Haven: 27 graduate students helped the Chargers not only finish atop the NE10 final standings last fall with 10 victories but also advance to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament (UNH beat Bentley in the opening round before falling to Kutztown University).

It’s possible a few of these student-athletes will return this fall, but UNH will return some underclassmen, including defensive back Khyon Fitzpatrick, who finished second on the team with 62.0 total tackles.

Fitzpatrick was recently named a preseason first-teamer by The College Football Network (TCFN) – he, along with Bentley’s Cedie Dashiell II, was the only two student-athletes from the NE10 on the list.  

New Haven has been the team to watch (and follow) these last few years in the NE10 so the expectation is they will once again be in the hunt for a league crown.

Bentley Outlasts AIC In Battle of Unbeatens

Nathaniel Larkins rushed for a game-high 131 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday against AIC. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bentley University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Three second-half touchdowns were all Bentley University needed to defeat American International College in Saturday’s battle of unbeaten squads in the Northeast-10 Conference.

The Falcons, who rallied to tie the game at the break, secured a hard-fought 35-27 victory over the Yellow Jackets to secure the top spot in the conference, along with its fourth consecutive victory.

Halfback Nathaniel Larkins rushed for a game-high 131 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns with his second score providing the visitors with their first and only lead of the game, which grew to a two-score advantage with 5:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Bentley quarterback Stephen Sturm completed 8 of 18 passes for 76 yards and one touchdown while adding 103 rushing yards on 14 carries.

AIC, which concluded the contest with 405 yards of total offense, was led by quarterback Jayson DeMild, who accounted for 298 yards of total offense, including 265 passing yards and three touchdowns. DeMild tossed two scores in the opening frame to Tommy Smith and Jaxon Ramsay before connecting with Jaheim McGuire in the fourth quarter to bring his team within one score (28-21) with 9:19 remaining.

Bentley’s Cole McCubrey intercepted DeMild on his team’s ensuing possession for a 45-yard touchdown return to provide the Falcons with a 35-21 lead with 5:17 remaining.

McCubrey concluded the game with a team-high eight total tackles, including three solo stops ad one forced fumble.

With the win, Bentley has now beaten AIC in six of their last seven meetings to bump their all-time series advantage to 15-12.

Bentley will look to continue its early-season momentum next Saturday, October 2 when they visit Saint Anselm College for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

AIC, which was competing at home for the first time since November 9, 2019, will look to bounce back next Friday, October 1 when they travel to Southern Connecticut State University for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Noontime’s New England D2 Top Five Poll (Aug. 30, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

The first week of the New England NCAA D-II college football season has officially arrived, which means it is time to unveil our first-ever Top Five Poll, which features teams from the Northeast-10 Conference. And speaking of the NE10, make sure to check out our New England D-II preseason team — there are quite a few Massachusetts and New England natives on our squad.

Best of luck to all teams competing, both later this week and weekend, and make sure to stop by for more New England college football content over the next few days.

Noontime’s New England D-II Top Five Poll (Week No. 1 | August 30, 2021)

  1. Univ. of New Haven (7-3, 6-2 in 2019): Picked to finish first in the preseason coaches poll, the Chargers, who begin their 2021 campaign at home against Franklin Pierce University on Saturday, will certainly be a team to watch in the conference this fall — keep your eyes on halfback Shamar Logan, who was one of two running backs named to our inagural preseason team, along with a defense that won’t make things easy on opposing offenses.

  2. Bentley University (6-4, 6-2 in 2019): The defending conference champions from 2019 will open their title defense against a West Chester University Rams squad that was picked to finish second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) preseason poll on Friday in Waltham. Quarterback Stephen Sturm returns for his final season with the Falcons — he was certainly a player to watch in 2019, recording career-bests in passing yards (2,221), touchdown passes (14), rushing yards (297), and rushing touchdowns (four).

  3. Stonehill College (6-4, 5-3 in 2019): Halfback Justin Felder is back — the Springfield Gardens, New York native garnered a slew of postseason honors in 2019, including the NE10’s MVP award, and will certainly provide some challenges for Bloomsburg University on Saturday.

  4. Assumption College (6-4, 5-3 in 2019): The Greyhounds offense was explosive in 2019, averaging 34.3 points per game, which was the most by any NE10 squad, along with 202.4 rushing yards. Assumption will be led by a few Massachusetts natives this fall, including defensive end Trenton Wright, who enjoyed his best season on defese.

  5. Saint Anselm College (4-7, 4-4 in 2019): Despite finishing with just four wins in 2019, the Hawks provided some serious challenges for some of the top teams in the league, including New Haven and Southern Connecticut State. The Hawks return some key pieces from their squad two years ago, including two members of the o-line — Michael Boucher and Brian Kosicki — that appeared on our preseason squad.

Noontime’s New England D-II Preseason Team

By NoontimeSports.com

We’re another day closer to the start of a brand new season of New England college football, which means it is time to share our first-ever NCAA Division II Preseason Team just two days after unveiling our Division I squad.

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 Division II Offense

QB: Stephen Sturm (Bentley University) | Collegeville, Pa.

QB: Anton Stoneking (Stonehill College) | Clayton, N.C.

RB: Shamar Logan (University of New Haven) | Brooklyn, N.Y.

RB: Justin Felder (Stonehill College) | Springfield Gardens, N.Y.   

WR: Anthony Brown (Saint Anselm College) | Belton, Texas

WR: Izaiah Sanders (So. Connecticut State) | Stamford, Conn.

WR: Tyvarius Daniels (Franklin Pierce University) | Springfield, Mass.

WR: Samad Davila (American International College) | New Brunswick, N.J.

TE: Tighe Beck (Assumption College) | Wakefield, Mass.

OL: Mike Zecchin (University of New Haven) | Thiells, N.Y.

OL: Tim Leonard (Bentley University) | Rumson, N.J.

OL: Michael Boucher (Saint Anselm College) | Milford, N.H.

OL: Joe Bastante (Stonehill College)| Bloomingdale, N.J. 

OL: David Brown (American International College) | Vauxhall, N.J.

OL: Brian Kosicki (Saint Anselm College) | Franklin, Mass.


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division II Defense

DL: Affiz Din-Gabisi (University of New Haven) | Somerset, N.J.

DL: Cedric Dashiell II (Bentley University) | Buena Park, Calif.

DL: Nate Bresson (Stonehill College) | Torrington, Conn.

DL: Trenton Wright (Assumption College) | Natick, Mass.

DL: Isiah Tolbert (American International College) | Paterson, N.J.

LB: Khalim Cisse (University of New Haven) | Willingboro, N.J.

LB: Ryan Hodgins (University of New Haven) | Flanders, N.J.

LB: Damien Williams (Saint Anselm College) | Oxon, Md.

LB: Jaysen Thompson (American International College) | South Hackensack, N.J.

LB: Ishmael Johnson (Franklin Pierce University) | Lynn, Mass.

DB: Sam Athy (Stonehill College) | Holliston, Mass.

DB: Ryan Sullivan (Saint Anselm College) | Stoughton, Mass.

DB: Kwadir Delgado-McIntyre (So. Connecticut State) | Hamden, Conn.

DB: Shawn Tafe (University of New Haven) | Bronx, N.Y.

DB: Jailen Branch (Bentley University) | Randolph, Mass.


Noontime’s New England Preseason Division II Special Teamers

K: Patrick May (Assumption College) | Boylston, Mass.

K: Morgan Smith (Franklin Pierce University) | South Glens Falls, N.Y.

P: Rady Rojas-Portilla (American International College) | Cienfuegos, Cuba