Mass. College Football: Five Assumption Players Named To Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Teams

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s today’s release about five players from the Greyhounds’ football team, which were named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Teams:

Brookfield, Ill. (January 14) — Five members of the Assumption College football team have earned 2013 Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Super Region One honors for their play in the 2013 season. The Hounds have a pair of First Team honorees and three players who earned spots on the Third Team.

Senior tight end Scott Simonson (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) earns a spot on the First Team for the second straight season after leading the Hounds with 39 receptions for 604 yards and five touchdowns. A Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection, Simonson is a two-time Daktronics First Team All-Region honoree and was named to the Worcester Area Football All-Star First Team. A Second Team All-American in 2012, Simonson has drawn interest from nearly every National Football League (NFL) team and has participated in a pair of postseason All-Star games.

Senior defensive lineman Khalid Pitts (Clifton, N.J./Clifton) picked up First Team honors for the first time in his career after also being named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team. A two-time Worcester Area Football First Team All-Star, Pitts posted 49 total tackles, including 27 solo stops. He also ranked second on the team in tackles for loss with 10.5 while tying for the team lead with five quarterback hurries.

Senior All-American kicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, Mass./St. John’s Prep) picks up Third Team honors after leading the Northeast-10 Conference in kicking points and field goals made. A Northeast-10 Conference First Team All-Star, Beuchert was also a Worcester Area Football First Team All-Star and the Worcester Area Special Teams Player of the Year. He finished the season with 15 field goals made, including a league-best 48-yarder, along with 79 total kicking points.

Junior defensive end Derrick Mann (Sharon, Mass./Sharon), the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year, was a Third Team selection for the first time. The Worcester Area Football Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Star, Mann was tied for the team lead in interceptions with three and led the team with 11 tackles for loss for a total of 53 yards. Mann was also a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection.

Senior defensive back Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett), a three-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection and First Team member this season, earns Third Team All-Region accolades for the first time. A three-time Worcester Area Football All-Star, Bates led the team with 96 total tackles and ranked fourth in the Northeast-10 with 8.7 tackles per game. In addition, he was tied for the team lead in sacks with 5.5.

The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 in 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started the published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America Teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen’s Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.

Both Simonson and Pitts will advance to a national ballot from which the 2013 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America Team will be named later this month.

Mass. College Football: Worcester Area Football Association Announces 23rd Annual Steve “Merc” Morris All-Star Team

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Worcester Area Football Association, here’s today’s release about the 23rd Annual Steve “Merc” Morris All-Star Team, which was selected by the eight sports information directors of Worcester County:

Worcester, MA — The Worcester Area Football Association has announced the 23rd Annual Steve “Merc” Morris All-Star Team as selected by the eight sports information directors of Worcester County.

The major award winners included senior running back Robert Small (Sleepy Hollow, NY) of Anna Maria as the Offensive Player of the Year and junior defensive end Derek Mann (Sharon, MA) of Assumption who was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Small, who rushed for 1,224 yards and 15 touchdowns, was named the ECFC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in average rushing yards (136.0 YPG) and yards per carry (6.2).

Mann, the Northeast-10 Defensive Lineman of the Year, paced the Greyhounds with 11 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and a trio of interceptions from his position up front.

Senior placekicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, MA) earned Special Teams Player of the Year honors while freshmen quarterbacks Garrett Dellechiaie (Leominster, MA) of Fitchburg State and Peter Pujals (Glenview, IL) shared Freshman of the Year laurels.

Beuchert has booted an eye-popping 15 field goals in 11 games for the eighth-highest total in Division II – including seven which have gone for 35 yards or greater. He was also 34-of-35 on PATs and netted 79 points to lead the Northeast-10 in kick scoring.

Dellechiaie and Pujals were both recognized as the Rookie of the Year in their respective conferences.

Dellechiaie led the MASCAC with a school-record breaking 25 passing touchdowns to go with 1930 yards and a .598 completion percentage. Pujals impressed with both the second highest passing yardage total (2,261) and scores through the air (19) in the Patriot League as he converted a remarkable .636 percent of his throws.

Mann and Beuchert were also received Division II/III New England Writers team nods last week.

For his efforts in guiding Fitchburg State to a 6-4 mark, a four win improvement from the 2012 campaign, head coach Pat Haverty was recognized as the Coach of the Year. Haverty, the Champion MASCAC Coach of the Year, guided the Falcons to a 5-3 record which was good for a tie for third in the final season standings and their first winning season since 2005.

The Worcester Area Football Association All-Star Team is named in memory of Steve “Merc” Morris, the longtime Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations and Assumption Hall of Famer. Morris was a 1972 graduate of Assumption and was a member of the athletics staff for 39 years before he passed away in January of 2011.

In addition to being the founder of the Worcester Area Association All-Star Program, Morris was a tireless supporter of collegiate athletics and had a key role in the lives of thousands of student-athletes.

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Mass. College Football: Assumption Places 11 On NE-10 Football All-Conference Teams

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Assumption College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about 11 football players that earned sports on the 2013 Northeast-10 Conference Football All-Conference Teams:

Easton, Mass. (November 20) — The Northeast-10 Conference has announced the 2013 Football All-Conference Teams as 11 members of the Assumption College football team have earned All-Conference recognition on either the First or Second Teams. Leading the way is junior defensive end Derrick Mann (Sharon, Mass./Sharon), who was named as the league’s Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Mann, a First Team All-Conference selection as well, was one of six Hounds to earn a spot on the First Team. Tied for the team lead in interceptions with three, Mann becomes the first Assumption player to earn Defensive Lineman of the Year honors. He led the team with 11 tackles for loss for a total of 53 yards, including 5.5 sacks for 39 yards that tied him for the team lead in that category. In addition to the three picks, he added one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries. Mann ranks fifth in the league in tackles for loss and tied for second in total sacks.

Senior All-American tight end Scott Simonson (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) earned First Team All-Conference honors for the first time after leading the Hounds with 39 receptions for 604 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 54.9 yards per game and 15.5 yards per reception, including a season-long of 56 yards. A Second Team All-American selection and an All-Region honoree in 2012, Simonson was named as a Preseason All-American this season by a number of publications and media outlets. He has also attracted substantial NFL interest from nearly every team in the league throughout the season.

Senior linebacker Matt Colangelo (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) earned First Team honors for the first time in his career after finishing third on the team with 69 total tackles. He added 5.5 tackles for loss for 14 yards, two interceptions, one pass breakup, three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

Senior defensive back Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) capped off his career with his third All-Conference honor and second as a First Team honoree. Ranking fourth in the league at 8.7 tackles per game, Bates finished the season with a team-best 96 tackles while tying for the team lead in sacks with 5.5 as a defensive back. He added eight tackles for loss of 35 yards, 5.5 sacks for 28 yards and three interceptions for 26 yards. He ranked second on the team in pass breakups with six, was tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries with five and led the team with two forced fumbles.

Senior defensive lineman Khalid Pitts (Clifton, N.J./Clifton) has been named to the First Team for the first time as he picks up All-Conference honors for the third straight season. Pitts posted 49 total tackles, including 27 solo stops, to go along with 10.5 tackles for loss to rank second on the team in that category. He also added a half sack and was tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries.

Senior kicker Tad Beuchert (Danvers, Mass./St. John’s Prep) is a First Team selection this season after leading the league in field goals made with 15 and in points scored among kickers with 79 in 11 games. A Second Team All-Conference honoree in 2012, Beuchert earned a pair of Northeast-10 Special Teams Player of the Week awards this season. Connecting on four field goals of 40 yards or better, Beuchert nailed a 48-yard field goal at Saint Anselm in mid-October that was the longest in the Northeast-10 this season.

Senior running back Matt Pedone (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) earns All-Conference honors for the second time in his career as he was named to the Second Team. Posting 917 yards on 176 rushing attempts, he ranked second in the league at 91.7 yards per game to go along with six rushing touchdowns on the season. In a road win at LIU Post in the regular-season finale, Pedone rushed for a career-high 209 yards, which was the single-game high in the Northeast-10 this season.

Senior Mike Stuppiello (Forked River, N.J./Lacey Township) picks up Second Team honors as he is an All-Conference selection for the second straight season. Starting all 11 games, he finished the season with 25 total tackles, six tackles for loss for 31 yards, four sacks for 27 yards and four quarterback hurries. He also had a 14-yard fumble recovery in a road win at eventual league champion American International, as well as a team-best two blocked kicks.

Senior Emanuel Riggins (Dorchester, Mass./Boston College HS) was named to the Second Team after posting 22 tackles as he earns All-Conference honors for the first time. He added 2.5 tackles for loss for eight yards, one sack, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

Senior safety Erik Abramson (Deerfield, Mass./Frontier Regional) was selected to the All-Conference Second Team as he also earned league recognition for the first time in his career this season. He ranked second on the team in total tackles with 75, including 41 solo stops. Abramson added 3.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, one interception, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.

Senior offensive lineman Jack Dustin (Foxboro, Mass./Xaverian) was chosen as a member of the Second Team as well, earning All-Conference honors for the first time. Dustin started all 11 games at left guard for the Hounds in 2013 as the team averaged 152.7 yards on the ground and 332 yards of total offense per contest.

Assumption finished the year at 6-5 overall and 6-3 in Northeast-10 play. The Hounds were picked eighth in the Northeast-10 Preseason Coaches Poll before posting a fourth-place finish in the end behind a 5-0 mark on the road in regular-season league action.

Mass. College Football: Week 11 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With another weekend of college football in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Andre Williams (Boston College) – The senior tailback, who is the current leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the nation among FBS (Football Subdivision) players, rushed for a single-game school record of 295 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-34 win over New Mexico State

Chase Rettig (Boston College) – The senior quarterback passed for 230 yards and tossed three scores.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – The first-year signal caller amassed 292 yards of total offense in his team’s setback to Lehigh, along with one touchdown pass.

Matt Pedone (Assumption College) – The senior halfback rushed for a career-high 209 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, which helped the Hounds defeat LIU Post, 37-27, and finish 5-0 on the road in league play.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – The senior placekicker was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals and 4-for-4 in extra-point attempts.

Sterry Codrington (Stonehill) –The junior defensive back helped the Skyhawks hold Merrimack to just 14 points and 359 total yards by registering a career-best 12 tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, a forced fumble, interception and pass breakup.

Kevin Arduino (American International) – The junior quarterback rushed for three scores and passed for 94 yards in his team’s win over So. Connecticut.

Mike Bates (Assumption) – The senior linebacker recorded 11 total tackles, five solo stops, one interception, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

Jere Brown (Merrimack) – The sophomore wide receiver hauled in nine receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown.

Colin Markus (Stonehill) – The sophomore halfback recorded a career-high 31 carries for 185 yards in his team’s win over the Warriors.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – The junior linebacker recorded a game-best 16 tackles, eight solo stops, one sack for a loss of nine yards and a pass breakup.

Nate Robitaille (Stonehill) – The junior wide receiver caught seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Taylor Russell (Stonehill) – The junior defensive lineman matched his career-high with five tackles, including one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Robert Baker (Becker) – The senior quarterback amassed 243 yards in the Hawks’ 20-3 win over Castelton State. Baker tossed two touchdowns and rushed for 41 yards on 14 carries.

Melvin Booker (Becker) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total stops, which included four-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 31 yards and five tackles for a loss of 31 yards.

Zach Grasis (WPI) – The junior tailback rushed for 155 yards and two scores in the Engineers’ 31-21 victory over Rochester.

Sean Murphy (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded five solo tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Rochester.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The senior running back rushed for a game-best 158 yards and three scores as the Rams defeated the Bears and claimed the inaugural MASCAC crown.

Mike McCarthy (Bridgewater State) – The senior quarterback completed 10-of-19 passes for 117 yards and rushed for 95 yards and three scores on 27 carries.

Patrick McGrath (Framingham State) – The senior linebacker finished with 13 total tackles, 10 solo stops and a fumble recovery.

Trevor McNeil (UMass Dartmouth) – The first-year linebacker recorded 10 total tackles, five solo stops, which included two tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack for a loss of six yards, a forced fumble and fumble recovery against the Falcons of Fitchburg State.

Steph’fon Teague (Fitchburg State) – The junior halfback rushed for 182 yards and one score on 27 carries. He also caught one pass for five yards and one touchdown in the Falcons’ 25-20 victory.

Mike Stanton (Mass. Maritime) – The senior quarterback completed 15-of-24 passes for 203 yards and tossed four touchdowns, as well as rushed for 57 yards and one score in his team’s 46-44 win over Plymouth State.

Sam Calley (Curry) – The senior defensive lineman finished his team’s contest against Nichols College with nine total tackles, which included six sacks for 21 yards, eight tackles for a loss of 24 yards and two forced fumbles.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed three touchdowns and completed 17-of-32 passes for 323 yards in the Gulls’ win over Western New England.

Peter Williams (MIT) – The junior quarterback completed 15-of-18 passes for 264 yards and five touchdowns against Maine Maritime.

Chris Tamasi (Amherst) – The junior linebacker concluded his team’s season with six solo tackles, which included two tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for a loss of seven yards.

Mass. College Football: Week Five Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fifth week of the college football season in the books, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Honor Roll.

Paul Stanton (Harvard) – Against Brown, the sophomore tailback rushed for two scores on 16 carries for 91 yards. His 91-yards on the ground were the most he’s recorded this season.

Norman Hayes (Harvard) – The junior registered four tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup against Brown.

Peter Pujals (Holy Cross) – Against Dartmouth, the first-year quarterback scored four touchdowns (two through the air, two on the ground), which helped the Crusaders earn their second win of the season. He completed 25-of-37 passes for 290 yards and rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries.

Roman SanDoval (Holy Cross) – The senior linebacker led all defenders with 12 total tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for a loss.

Joe Clancy (Merrimack) – The senior gunslinger tied his previous career high of seven touchdown passes last week in the Warriors win against Pace. Clancy completed 26-of-41 passes for 434 yards.

Brian Harrington (Stonehill) – For the fourth straight week, the junior linebacker recorded double-figures in total tackles. He finished with six solo stops against Bentley.

Tad Beuchert (Assumption) – His 44-yard field goal with just over three minute remaining in regulation secured an impressive road victory for the Hounds on Friday against AIC. The Danvers kicker also kicked a 28-yard field goal and was 2-of-3 on extra points.

Artis Holt (Merrimack) – The senior from Baltimore recorded 10 tackles (seven solo) and three pass breakups in his team’s win against Pace.

Jamal Johnson (Stonehill) – The Brockton native rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and a career-high matching two scores against the Falcons.

Jordan Koehler (Anna Maria) – The senior linebacker recorded a game-high 18 total tackles (10 solo), as well as two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery against Catholic.

Ehab Hamdan (WPI) – Against RPI, the senior wide out posted a season-best 117 receiving yards with one touchdown in the opening session, which propelled the Engineers to their first conference victory.

Eric Lacroix (WPI) – The sophomore defensive back recorded eight tackles (five solo), one tackle for a loss and a 33-yard interception in the second quarter.

Jonathan Marrero (Springfield) – Against Union, the sophomore signal caller accounted for four scores – three on the ground, one through the air. Marrero rushed for 167 yards in 22 carries and completed 4-of-14 passes for 43 yards.

Kevin Bumpus (Worcester State) – The junior gunslinger went 22-for-33 with 333 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for a score in his team’s bounce back effort against Massachusetts Maritime.

Brian Gencarelli (Worcester State) – Against the Buccaneers, the sophomore defensive back recorded 11 total tackles (eight solo), as well as a pair of interceptions and pass deflections.

Matthew Green (Bridgewater State) – The junior wide out finished with nine grabs for 136 yards and two touchdowns against Fitchburg State.

Drew Frenette (Endicott) – The junior quarterback tossed four touchdowns and rushed for 21 yards on five carries to lead the Gulls to their second victory of the season against Curry.

Jake Cox (Endicott) – Against Curry, the junior defensive back finished with 10 total stops (eight solo), one interception and one pass breakup.

Jake Laux (MIT) – Despite falling to Salve Regina, the senior linebacker recorded 15 total tackles (10 solo), one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.

Max Dietz (Amherst) – The senior defensive back recorded four tackles, four pass breakups and an interception against Bowdoin, a game Amherst claimed, 27-11.

Adam Datema (Williams) – The junior defensive end recorded a team-high 10 tackles and one sack against Trinity.

Jackson Bockhorst (Tufts) – The first-year kicker kicked three field goals, including a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter, which provided the Jumbos with a two-point lead.

Mass. College Football: Week Five Teams Of The Week

Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)
Stonehill captured their third win of the season by defeating Bentley on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Brian Willwerth for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

With the fifth week of the college football season in the books, as well as the first month, it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: For the second straight week, the Crimson earned our Division 1 Team of the Week following an impressive performance by quarterback Conner Hempel, who scored two touchdowns (one through the air, one on the ground). Running back Paul Stanton rushed for two scores against Brown, while Ricky Zorn led all receivers with four catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Eric Medes led Harvard’s defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo) and Norman Hayes recorded four total tackles (two solo), one-and-a-half tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, one interception and one pass breakup.

Harvard improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Ancient Eight. They head to Worcester next week to face Holy Cross, who is coming off a win against Dartmouth.   

Division 2 – Assumption College & Stonehill College: Both the Hounds and Skyhawks each earned a share of this week’s Division 2 honor for their effort on Friday and Saturday evening.

Assumption rallied to defeat AIC, while Stonehill earned an early lead against Bentley and never looked back.

Tad Beuchert kicked two field goals and converted two of three extra points for the Hounds. His second field goal with 3:21 remaining sealed the win for Assumption, who hadn’t beaten AIC since the 2009 season.

The Skyhawks relied on their ground attack against Bentley as Jamal Johnson rushed for 151 yards on 31 carries and two scores. Brian Harrington recorded 13 total tackles (six solo) and one tackle for a loss in the team’s third win of the season.

Division 3 – Worcester State: Coming off a loss to Bridgewater State, Worcester State rebounded with a 64-63 win against Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Quarterback Kevin Bumpus completed 22-of-33 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. His final strike to the end zone came at the end of the contest when he connected with Aaron Witkus for the game-winning score.

Bumpus also found the end zone with his feet as he rushed for nine yards and one score on two carries. Running back Dana Valentine recorded 126 yards on 29 carries for one score, while Dana Barry hauled in seven catches for 158 yards and two scores.

Mass. College Football: Friday Night Roundup

By NoontimeSports.com 

Two games occurred this evening and below are their summaries.

Assumption 26, AIC 23: Tad Beuchert kicked a 44-yard field goal with just 3:21 remaining to push the Hounds past the Yellow Jackets in Springfield. Assumption’s Bobby Jordan completed 16 passes for 195 yards and tossed one touchdown, while Erik Abramson finished with 13 total tackles (six solo). AIC’s Kevin Arduino completed 19-of-33 passes for one touchdown, while Maurice Easterling rushed for two scores on 17 carries for 117 yards.

Endicott 42, Curry 27: Drew Frenette completed 20-of-29 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns, Spencer Walsh rushed for two scores on 19 carries for 149 yards as the Gulls defeated the Colonels in Milton. Curry’s Kevin Fruwirth tossed two touchdowns in his team’s third setback.