Tag: Spring Football

Three MIAA Games Highlight Week Seven Of The Spring Football Season

By NoontimeSports.com

For those us from Massachusetts, the acronym MIAA is often associated with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association but it is also used to abreviate the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. And this weekend, six MIAA teams will be in action with two games scheduled for Saturday, March 20 while Kalamazoo College and Olivet College will cap the weekend with an early afternoon kickoff on Sunday, March 21.

Hope College, which won the MIAA conference crown in 2019, will not be competing this weekend or spring, but will use this time to prepare for their initial fall contest against Anderson University on September 4.

Here are this weekend’s matchups:

  • Albion College at Trine University (Saturday, March 20 at 1 p.m. est.)
  • Adrian College at Alma College (Saturday, March 20 at 1 p.m. est.)
  • Kalamazoo College at Olivet College (Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m. est.)

The Thunder of Trine enter the seventh week of the spring season with a perfect 2-0 record – they scored wins last October against Adrian (44-27) and Manchester University (37-0), and will attempt to capture their third-straight victory on Saturday, as well as their first win against Albion since 2018. Albion won the previous meeting in 2019 by a score of 24-14.

Similar to Trine, Adrian also competed last fall, appearing in three contests while securing an early October victory against Manchester (41-10). The Bulldogs enter their first spring game with a 1-2 record with hopes of evening the mark against an Alma squad they edged in 2019 by a score of 34-31.

Albion enters the spring season as the favorite, according to the MIAA preseason coaches poll, which was released earlier this month. The Britons secured five of six first-place votes while Olivet, which garnered one first-place selection, is projected to finish second. Trine rounded out the top three sports while Adrian and Alma are projected to finish fourth, respectively, while Kalamazoo rounded out the poll in the sixth position.

The MIAA’s spring season will run from this weekend to Saturday, April 17.

News and notes from the spring college football world

  • The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) spring season will kickoff this weekend with Greenville University visiting DePauw University. Saturday’s matchup with Greenville will be the Tigers’ final contest of the 2020-21 school year. – DePauw beat Ohio Wesleyan University last September before beating The College of Wooster. DePauw’s meeting with Wooster was an exhibition contest.
  • In case you missed it, four New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) teams kicked-off their spring seasons last weekend. William Patterson, which was initially scheduled to play last Saturday against Christopher Newport, will play its first game this Saturday, March 20 against Kean University. Kickoff between the two teams is scheduled for 12 p.m.
  • In honor of March Madness, ESPN asked the following question: what would a 64-team postseason bracket look like 2021? It is certainly an interesting read, but something we know (and sadly, most college fans do, as well) won’t happen.
  • The college football world has changed because of Covid-19, according to Chip Kelly, who believes Zoom will be something coaches will continue to use going forward, especially when connecting with recruits.
  • Last weekend was a busy weekend of NCAA D-II football – are you ready for more games this week?
  • Congratulations to former Fordham University quarterback Mike Nebrich, who has been inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Noontime’s Spring Football Team of the Week (Feb. 8, 2021)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone!

The first official weekend of spring college football is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our initial Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

This week, we’re highlighting a few NCAA D-III student-athletes that competed this past weekend, but as the spring season progresses, we will include FBS and Division II players, too.

Noontime Sports’ Football Team of the Week (Feb. 8, 2021)

Austin Bertness (Trinity (Texas)): Bertness led all receivers in his team’s 11-point win over Austin with a game-high nine receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns.

Kyle Bell (Howard Payne): Bell posted a game-high 19 total tackles, including 10 solo stops against Texas Lutheran.

Tommy Bowden (Mary Hardin-Baylor): In his team’s first contest of the spring season, the sophomore signal-caller rushed for a pair of touchdowns while throwing for 104 yards and another score. The Cru scored a convincing 41-0 victory over Belhaven last Saturday.

Ben Brockman (Southwestern): Brockman led all defenders with 11 total stops, including eight solo tackles to go with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Southwestern opened its spring season with a 28-17 setback to East Texas Baptist.

Seth Cosme (Texas Lutheran): Cosme totaled 313 yards of total offense against Howard Payne, including 83 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. He completed 14 of 22 passes for 230 yards and two scores.

Blake Hinton (Hendrix): Hinton led his team with seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 17.6 yards per reception in his team’s initial spring win against Millsaps.

Amryn Jeffrey (Millsaps): Against Hendrix, Amryn Jeffrey completed 19 of 34 passes for 206 yards and four touchdowns.

Landon McKinney (Howard Payne): Against Texas Lutheran, McKinney tallied 377 yards of total offense, including 68 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

Wyatt Messex (Trinity (Texas)): Messex enjoyed a successful start to his team’s spring season by completing 22 of 34 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for. game-high 46 yards on 14 carries.

Will Newman (Rhodes): In his team’s first contest of the spring season, Newman led the Rhodes defense with 12 total tackles, including 11 solo stops and two tackles for a loss of three yards against Birmingham-Southern.

Jake Parker (Howard Payne): Parker caught a game-high 11 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown against Texas Lutheran.

Mason Perkins (Texas Lutheran): Perkins averaged 20.5 yards per reception in his team’s initial spring contest against Howard Payne. Perkins caught 10 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

Blake Phipps (Howard Payne): Against Texas Lutheran, Phipps tallied eight points on five extra points and a 42-yard field goal.

Branden Rew (Birmingham-Southern): Rew led all defenders in his team’s 52-0 win over Rhodes with three receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Aaron Rideaux (Austin): Against Trinity (Texas), Rideaux led his team with six grabs for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged a game-high 15.7 yards per reception.

Austin Russell (Millsaps): Russell hauled in a game-high 128 receiving yards on nine grabs, along with three touchdowns. He averaged 14.2 yards per reception.

Colton Strickland (McMurry): Against Sul Ross State, Strickland posted eight total tackles, including five solo stops, three-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards, one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 15 yards, and two quarterback hurries.

Kord Tuttle (Pacific Lutherlan): Against Pugent Sound, Tuttle posted 11 total stops, including eight solo tackles to go with one interception (14 yards). He finished last Saturday’s game with two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 19 yards and one sack for a loss of 15 yards.

Duncan Varela (Pugent Sound): In his team’s first spring season contest against Pacific Lutheran, Varela led all rushers with 132 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 14 yards and one touchdown.

Liam Vincifora (Millsaps): Vincifora concluded his team’s initial spring contest with 10 total tackles, including six solo stops, two tackles for a loss for 46 yards, and one sack for five yards.

Jacob Wood (Hendrix): Wood enjoyed a very successful start to his team’s spring season by completing 17 of 29 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a game-high 146 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.

Spring Football Begins This Weekend

Spring football – well, college spring football – begins this Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anderson Mancini on Visual Hunt / CC BY)

By Matt Noonan

It sounds crazy, but a spring football season – well, more a college spring football season is set to kickoff this weekend with a slew of NCAA D-III contests.

Next week, more games will be played, including the initial NCAA FCS contest of the 2020-21 academic year as McNeese State will visit Tarleton State University for a 7 p.m. kickoff. And once the calendar flips to March, there will be even more games, including a slew of NCAA D-II contests.

Again, this sounds crazy, spring football – well, college football, to be exact – taking place during the spring, but games will occur, along with other sports. And like winter sports, there will be challenges, along with cancelations and postponements, but from what I have gathered, it appears as if coaches and student-athletes are eager to return to the gridiron.

And like we have previously, we’ll do our best to keep you updated on a weekly basis with blogs, podcasts, and maybe some TikTok videos? Either way, we’re excited to cover some college football – yes, we will continue with some updates on northeast college basketball, but for now, let’s get excited for the start of a spring season because we don’t know if this will ever happen again!

Here is your week one schedule for spring football:

  • Hendrix at Millsaps, 1 p.m.
  • Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven, 1 p.m.
  • Austin at Trinity (Texas), 1 p.m.
  • Texas Lutheran at Howard Payne, 2 p.m.
  • Eastern Texas Baptist at Southwestern, 2 p.m.
  • Sul Ross State at McMurry, 2 p.m.
  • Pacific Lutheran at Pugent Sound, 3 p.m.
  • Birmingham-Southern at Rhodes, 7 p.m.

Daily Noontime: Friday, January 29, 2021

By Matt Noonan

Happy Friday, everyone – we made it (insert crowd noise!).

It is VERY cold outside our home office in Boston so please be careful if you leave your home, apartment or condo. Maybe you should wear two hats and three pairs of mittens?

We’ll try to warm everyone up with a brand new Daily Noontime for Friday, January 29, 2021. And just for those keeping track at home, today is the final Friday of January – crazy, right?

As usual, be well, stay safe, hold the line, and have a great weekend, everyone!

It’s Football Friday, which means you probably should listen to today’s show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor!

Friday’s Headlines (January 29, 2021)

  • GameStop‘s wild ride – or should we say wild week? – continues today with traders in London and Mumbai getting involved.

    Last night, the CEO of Robinhood, Vlad Tenev, joined Chris Cuomo on CNN to provide some sort of clarity about what the heck is going on with GameStop and the markets.

    According to CBS News, GameStop’s shares have surged after Robinhood eased “trading restrictions.”

    This story is wild – seriously, there is a new plot twist every second, but you can bet more developments will occur (or be told?) over the weekend, so please stay tuned (and stand by!).
  • Sources are telling Front Office Sports (FOS) that Fox Sports is apparently interested in broadcasting National Hockey League (NHL) games again, which might mean the return of the “glowing puck.”
  • As we learned last night, the NCAA Selection Committee should provide college basketball fans with an update on teams “opting out” of their conference tournaments which could have an impact on the March Madness bracket.
  • Central Connecticut State University has elected to not play football this spring – the Northeast Conference (NEC) season is set to begin in a few weeks.

We’ll be back with more blogs later today (and this weekend), so make sure to stop by again soon!

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, July 22, 2020


By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to the midway point (a.k.a Wednesday).

It is rather gloomy outside, so make sure to bring a raincoat or umbrella in case you head out the door shortly. But before we dive into emails, Zoom calls and other work, let’s dish out a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ for Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

As usual, have a great day, everyone, and remember to keep wearing a smile on your face – better days are ahead!

Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 22, 2020