Mass. College Football: Camping With Stonehill College Football

Stonehill College football prepares for its upcoming 2015 season. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

Stonehill College football prepares for its upcoming 2015 season. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth)

By Brian Willwerth 

EASTON, Mass. — The Stonehill College Skyhawks are looking to improve on last year’s 5-6 record. On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to catch up with the team at practice, on a hot and humid day at W.B. Mason Stadium.

After using several different quarterbacks in 2014, Matt Foltz will be leading the offense this year. He went 2-1 in the three games last year. He was very effective with his legs, scoring six touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, he completed nearly 64% of his passes, throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions.

“He’s really coming along,” said head coach Robert Talley. “He has a really good grasp of the offense, and every day he seems to improve.”

One of the players Foltz will try to get the ball to is wide receiver – and co-captain – Gordon McLeod. He has 1,350 receiving yards in his Stonehill career.

“We expect to be fast,” said McLeod. “We weren’t too consistent last year….so that’s what we’re striving for.”

The running game will be led by tailback Colin Markus, whom Talley called “a game breaker.” Markus rushed for over 700 yards and five touchdowns in 2014.

The Skyhawks’ defense — ranked first in the Northeast-10 last year in just about every single category — lost some players to graduation, including two key members of the secondary, so others will need to step up and fill the void.

“We’re pretty talented on that side of the ball. It’s just a matter of how quickly we can come together as one unit,” said Talley.

Talley said special teams have been a strong point, and he expects this year to be no different. Kicker Steve Grzywacz is a four-year starter.

Stonehill opens the season on the road, on September 5 against the Huskies of Bloomsburg University.

Mass. College Football: AIC, Stonehill Clinch NE-10 Championship Berths

By Matt Noonan

American International College (AIC) and Stonehill College will compete for the Northeast-10 Conference Championship in two weeks as both squads secured spots in the title match yesterday with conference wins. The Skyhawks defeated Pace, while AIC topped New Haven.

AIC is currently slated to host the championship in two weeks (Saturday, Nov. 16), but could travel to Easton if they lose next weekend to Southern Connecticut and Stonehill beats Merrimack College.

The Yellow Jackets defeated the Skyhawks earlier this season, 31-10, but since that particular setback, Stonehill has won four straight.

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Mass. College Football: Catching Up With Stonehill’s Robert Talley


CAMBRIDGE, MA – After earning an exciting win last weekend against New Haven, Stonehill College’s football team will look to continue its momentum this weekend against LIU Post.

Earlier this week, Noontime Sports caught up with Coach Robert Talley at the New England Football Writers’ Luncheon at Harvard University to chat about the team’s win against the Chargers, and below are highlights from the conversation.

On defeating the Chargers: “It’s nice to know that after all the hard work you put in that it pays it off, but mostly for our kids, as well as our seniors that had never beaten New Haven. Being able to go down there and do it at their place was definitely something special.

“When you come close (like we did last year at home) and know how much more work it takes to get the win – I talk about it all the time about how it’s hard to win anything, so it kind of energizes the team. We just came out with the victory, but it let’s us know that we still need to work. The kids are excited, we’re excited, but fortunately we have to play (LIU) Post, which is a very good football team.”

On the team’s most recent road wins: “On both occasions (against New Haven and Southern Connecticut), we went into halftime knowing we could have some success, but we didn’t have many opportunities. You look at the New Haven game and we throw an interception going into halftime, (but) if we don’t do that then you’re looking at the game (knowing) we could be up at that point, so I think it was just a confidence level. I think that both sides were playing with confidence and that’s what really is making the difference.”

On the play of the underclassmen: “We don’t have a lot of senior starters, but (the underclassmen) have played behind some really good players over the last few years and they’ve been stepping up. I like the fact that it’s not just one person we’re relying on when it comes to our receiving core or our line or relying on a bunch of different guys to make catches, along with the defense, same thing there, so it’s been good to see people step up.”

Mass. College Football: Week Eight Teams Of The Week


With the eighth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: The Crimson’s current winning streak extended to five games on Saturday as Harvard defeated Lafayette to improve to 5-0 for the second straight season.

Cameron Brate and Paul Stanton Jr. each scored touchdowns to start the game, which provided the hosts with the lead for good.

Quarterback Michael Pruneau, who started for the second straight week, finished the contest with three touchdowns and 263 yards through the air.

Defensively, Joshua Boyd finished with seven total stops, two solo tackles and one sack, while D.J. Monroe matched his teammate with seven total stops, along with one interception and one pass break-up.

Harvard returns to Ancient Eight play this weekend when they host the Tigers of Princeton for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Division 2 – Stonehill College: For the second week in a row, the Skyhawks earned this particular honor following another dramatic comeback, this time against New Haven.

Stonehill overcame a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes from Logan Meyer, who finished the game with three touchdowns and 288 passing yards. Meyer’s second touchdown, which was hauled in by Gordon McLeod, brought the visitors within five, while his third and final strike to the end zone, a seven-yard toss to Corey White, sealed the victory.

Brian Harrington led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles, eight solo stops and a forced fumble, while Sterry Codrington finished with 10 total stops, seven solo tackles, one sack for a loss of 12 yards and a pass break-up.

Stonehill is now 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10). They’re currently in a three-way tie for first place with American International College and New Haven.

The Skyhawks will be at home this weekend against LIU Post. 

Division 3 – Mount Ida College: After a 1-3 start, the Mustangs have turned the corner with back-to-back wins.

This past weekend, they improved to 2-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) with a 56-34 victory against Anna Maria. Mount Ida is now tied for second in the conference with Norwich, a team they’ll face in Newton in two weeks.

Against the AMCATs, EJ Isom rushed for two scores on nine carries for 108 yards, while Jordan Hyman hauled in both touchdown passes from Jawad Yatim. Hyman finished the contest with eight catches for 154 yards.

Defensively, Jovan Wilkins led the Green and White with 10 total stops, along with one interceptions, while Kalyn Smithson registered eight total stops, five solo tackles, three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass break-up.

Mount Ida will attempt to pickup their third conference win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Becker College to face the Hawks at 1 p.m.  

Mass. College Football: Afternoon News & Notes

By Matt Noonan 

There were some interesting outcomes this afternoon and below are a few news and notes from the day.

* Harvard’s perfect record remained intact as the Crimson defeated Lafayette, 35-16, at Harvard Stadium. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for two scores and 113 yards on 21 carries, while Ricky Zorn hauled in four catches for a game-high 103 receiving yards.

* After earning an exciting first win a week ago, UMass struggled to continue its momentum as Buffalo defeated the Minutemen, 32-3.

* Stonehill rallied for one of its biggest wins in program history as the Skyhawks defeated New Haven, 29-26. Quarterback Logan Meyer capped a 12-point rally with a touchdown pass to Corey White with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Stonehill is now tied for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10) with American International College and New Haven.

* As we highlighted in our last post, AIC’s Kevin Arduino accounted for five touchdowns this afternoon — four on the ground, one through the air, which helped the Yellow Jackets defeat Bentley.The junior signal caller ran for 129 yards on 13 carries and threw for 222 yards.

As noted in the press release, this was AIC’s first win on Bentley’s home turf since 1999.

* Merrimack’s Joe Clancy tossed six touchdowns and completed 38-of-56 passes for 441 yards in the Warriors’ 51-9 victory against St. A’s. Through seven games, Clancy has recorded 34 touchdowns and completed 268-of-410 passes for 2,950 yards.

* Mount Ida is on a two-game winning streak and is currently tied for second in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Jordan Hyman led the Mustangs’ receiving core with eight grabs for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Jovan Wilkins matched a game-high 10 total stops.

Despite the loss, Anna Maria’s Robert Small rushed for 136 yards and three scores.