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Mass. College Football: Week 9 Honor Roll

Mr. 4,000! On Saturday, Framingham State’s Melikke Van Alstyne eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark! (Photo Credit: Matt Nooann for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The ninth week of the college football season is in the books. And now it’s time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Treavor Scales (Harvard) – The senior tailback returns to the list following an impressive outing against Dartmouth where he rushed for 89 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Joshua Boyd (Harvard) – Against the Big Green, the senior from Hyde Park recorded seven tackles (five solo), one sack and a tackle for a loss.

Nick Clancy (Boston College) – In one of the more exhilarating contests of the season, the senior linebacker finished his team’s contest against Maryland with nine tackles (four solo), a tackle for a loss and three pass breakups.

Mike Fess (Holy Cross) – Despite his team’s heartbreaking defeat to Fordham, the junior wide receiver hauled in eight catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeff Hill (Bentley University) – Against Merrimack College, the Mansfield native caught eight passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s sixth victory of the season. All eight of the receptions resulted in a touchdown or first down, and five of the receptions came on third-down plays. Hill was named this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Markell Rice (American International College) – This week’s NE-10 Defensive Player/Special Teams Player of the Week recorded a game-high 12 tackles (six solo), along with two interceptions and a pass breakup in his team’s 37-34 win against Saint Anselm.

Sonny Dillinger (Assumption College) – On Senior Day, the senior safety recorded 10 tackles (six solo), a half tackle for a loss, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his team’s win against Pace University.

Danny Guadagnoli (Bentley University) – The junior quarterback from Framingham tallied four touchdowns and accumulated 417 yards of total offense. Guadagnoli completed 19-of-34 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a team-high 76 yards on 10 carries and two scores.

Mitch McClune (WPI) – Against St. Lawrence, the Pembroke native set a school record with four interceptions in his team’s first Liberty League win of the season. McClune was named this week’s Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week.

John Antonopoulos (WPI) – The junior from Cambridge, who was mentioned on this week’s Liberty League Honor Roll, accounted for four touchdowns (three through the air, one on the ground) and recorded a career-best 347 yards in WPI’s 36-17 victory against St. Lawrence.

Kayln Smithson (Mount Ida College) – In his team’s epic win against Becker College, the sophomore linebacker accounted for five tackles (four solo), one sack, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one interception and one pass breakup.

Darren Hartwell (Williams College) – Against Hamilton College, the senior wide receiver from North Reading registered 297 all-purpose yards (138 yards on three kick returns, 73 yards on four punt returns). He electrified the crowd from the start with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which provided the Ephs with all the momentum. He also caught six passes for 86 yards and one touchdown (38-yard score). Hartwell’s touchdown reception marked his 19th of his career, a new school record.

Mike Murphy (Endicott College) – In his team’s 50-45 win against Western New England College, the senior receiver from Chelmsford hauled in 11 catches for 139 yards and a single game school record five touchdowns. Murphy was named this week’s New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Corey Spencer (Worcester State) – The former Arlington Catholic gunslinger completed 38-of-47 passes for a school record 421 yards and three touchdowns.

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – The junior tailback from Salem eclipsed the 4,000 rushing yard mark with 126 yards and one score in his team’s victory against Coast Guard.

Dan Dowling (Westfield State) – The senior linebacker/punter, who was this week’s NEFC Defensive Player of the Week, tallied a game-high 15 tackles (14 solo) and forced fumble in his team’s loss to Massachusetts Maritime.

Mass. College Football: Weekly Honor Roll (Week 4)

Harvard’s Treavor Scales secured his team’s first conference victory on Saturday with four rushing touchdowns against Brown University! (Photo Credit: GoCrimson.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The fourth week of the college football season is officially in the books. So, that means its time for our annual Tuesday edition of the Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll, which we’ve provided below.

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Bryan Narcisse, Worcester State – The junior linebacker not only recorded seven tackles (five solo) against Westfield State last Saturday, but also two and a half sacks, too.

Shaine Grogan, WPI – Against RPI, the senior linebacker recorded a game-best 12 tackles, which included one for a loss.

Treavor Scales, Harvard – The Crimson senior tailback was a major factor against Brown University, as he recorded four touchdowns on the ground in Harvard’s first Ivy League contest of the season. Scales finished the game with 136 yards on 18 carries.

Michael Cox, Massachusetts – The Dorchester native rushed for 188 yards and two scores against Miami University, which wasn’t enough to help the Minutemen secure their first conference victory.

Roman SanDoval, Holy Cross – The senior linebacker concluded the contest with 14 total tackles, which included a sack and two tackles for a loss.

Logan Silver, Holy Cross – Excluding SanDoval, Silver also was a factor in his team’s 13-10 loss on Saturday against Dartmouth College. The sophomore free safety recorded two tackles, a sack, an interception and two pass breakups.

Kevin Anderson, Stonehill College – Against Assumption College, the Topsfield native and senior cornerback matched the program’s single-game record with three interceptions for the second time in his Skyhawk career. Anderson returned his third interception for a 98-yard touchdown and ended the contest with 168 all-purpose yards. He was also awarded this week’s Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Mike Stanton, Mass. Maritime – The Buccaneers air attack was clearly the reason Massachusetts Maritime was able to edge visiting Coast Guard, as the junior quarterback threw for a school-record 420 yards, along with three touchdowns in his team’s second win of the season. Stanton was named this week’s New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Joune Fraser, UMass Dartmouth – The senior defensive back sealed the victory for the Corsairs in the third quarter of Saturday’s contest against Plymouth State when he scooped up a fumble and raced 88-yards to the end zone. Fraser finished the game with 11 tackles (eight solo) and was named this week’s New England Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Joe Mallock, Williams College – The junior kicker/punter earned this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for connecting on two field goals and going 5-for-5 on PAT attempts.

Joel Altavesta, Springfield College – The senior fullback rushed for 214 yards on 17 carries while scoring three touchdowns in his team’s 44-14 victory against Rochester.

Mass. College Football: Harvard 28, San Diego 13

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – It’s been roughly one month since No. 24 Harvard took the field in preparations for their Ivy League title defense, and on Saturday the Crimson commenced another season with a 28-13 victory against the University of San Diego.

The win wasn’t exactly the prettiest, as Harvard’s offense only produced points in the second and fourth quarters, while their defense struggled to contain San Diego in the first and third. Harvard’s offense and defense also racked up 119 yards on eight penalties, which didn’t please head coach Tim Murphy.

“There’s no excuse,” exclaimed Murphy. “We talked about it coming in and our style of football is make people beat us, don’t beat yourselves.

“Don’t beat yourselves with turnovers, don’t beat yourselves with metal mistakes, and don’t beat yourselves with penalties. The penalties we had today were completely unnecessary. Sometimes you get an aggressive penalty and today they were completely unnecessary and really put us in a bind on two drives in the first half and we will address it.”

Yet, penalties aside, the Crimson were still able to overcome their mistakes by producing 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, which secured the win.

Quarterback Colton Chapple, who appeared nervous at times, began the final frame with an eight-yard pass to Kyle Juszczyk, which was followed up by two rushing touchdowns during the final six minutes by Treavor Scales (19 carries, 177 yards, 2 TDs).

“There were some definite tangible adjustments [throughout the game],” said Murphy. “Eventually we were able to run the football and we also got a couple breaks on some penalties, so a combinational of those things were the difference.”

San Diego began the contest with a 19 play, 81-yard drive, which didn’t result in six points, but instead an Ernie Collins field goal.

The Crimson answered in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Chapple to Cameron Brate that provided Harvard with a 7-3 advantage at the break.

Once the second half commenced, Chapple, who completed only one pass on three attempts in the third quarter, fought to move his team up field, but the Crimson’s offense stalled and the Toreros mustered 10 points on back-to-back drives, which gave them their only lead of the contest before Harvard’s offense went to work in the fourth.

“Hats off to Harvard playing a good game when it mattered most,” said San Diego head coach Ron Caragher. “[The] second and fourth quarter I thought they really played solid football.”

Game Notes:

* With the win Saturday, Harvard has now won 12 consecutive home openers at Harvard Stadium. 

* Harvard is now 59-2 when leading at halftime. That record began in the 2003 season.

* San Diego quarterback Mason Mills completed the game with 354 yards. Harvard has not allowed an opposing quarterback to throw more than 300 yards since 2003.

* The Crimson defense finished the contest with 14 pass breakups and seven sacks. 


Mass. College Football: Harvard – San Diego Second Half Thoughts

By Matt Noonan  

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Saturday’s non-conference tilt between Harvard and San Diego concluded with a 28-13 victory for the Crimson. Below are some notes from the final two frames

* Harvard’s Colton Chapple began the second half completing one of three passes for 10 yards. He was also sacked, too. However, he recovered early in the fourth quarter with an eight-yard pass to Kyle Juszczyk, which gave the Crimson the lead for good.

* San Diego appeared to have all the momentum once the second half commenced, as they tallied two scores on back-to-back drives in the third. However, after Harvard went ahead in the fourth, the Toreros offense returned to the field and failed to convert their 17th first down of the game, as Brian Reilly chased quarterback Mason Mills out of the pocket on a third-down and four.

* Harvard’s running back Treavor Scales secured the win following a failed fourth down attempt by San Diego’s offense, as he ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run late in the final quarter.

* In the fourth quarter, Harvard’s offense compiled 236 yards through the air and on the ground, while San Diego ended the period with 84 yards.

* San Diego was whistled five times in the second half, while Harvard recorded one penalty.

Harvard Expected To Defend Ivy League Crown In 2012

By Matt Noonan 

On Tuesday, the Ivy League unveiled its “preseason prognostications” for the upcoming football season. And for the fourth time in five seasons, Harvard was chosen as the favorite to win the Ancient Eight.

Last season, the Crimson finished their season 9-1 overall, and 7-0 in league play, which helped them earn their 14th Ivy League title.

When asked to describe his team for the upcoming season, which will begin its defense against San Diego on Saturday, September 15, head coach Tim Murphy described Harvard as a “solid” unit that is eager to begin their season.

“I think I speak for all of our coaches and all of our players that we are excited to get going,” said Murphy via the league’s teleconference call on Tuesday. “As far as our team is concerned, we expect to have a very solid team. How much better than that? I’m not sure because we certainly do have some question marks, but as a starting point, we always start with our defense and we expect it to be a very solid defense.”

Murphy’s defense was one of many factors last season, which helped the Crimson cruise to a perfect record in league play. Yet, despite the various 11 men on the opposite side of the ball, rising senior Colton Chapple, who was a backup to Collier Winters last year,displayed flashes of brilliance, especially when he tossed five touchdowns against Bucknell. Those five strikes marked the first time since 1953 that a Harvard quarterback had thrown that many touchdowns in a span of 544 games.

“Colton [Chapple] is one of those guys who has just gotten better and better and if he continues on his trajectory, we expect that he can be one of the best [quarterbacks] in the league,” exclaimed Murphy. “He was only a solid thrower when he got here – we took him as a tough guy with potential. Clearly it’s Colton’s team.”

Another player to watch this season, according to the Ivy League, is rising senior Kyle Juszczyk, who is a preseason All-America selection by various media outlets. Juszczyk, who is listed as a tight end, will also be spotted at halfback and wide receiver this season, which should pose problems for opposing coaches and defensive coordinators, especially when crafting a game plan. The senior tight end led the receiving core last season with 37 receptions for 512 yards and seven touchdowns.

“In Kyle, we thought he was terrific in high school and he has turned out even better in college. There are very few guys, who can line up at multiple positions. It is so rare and when we have one of those guys, we’d better use him [the right way],” said Murphy.

Of course, Chapple and Juszczyk are just a few names to note, but don’t forget seniors Joshua Boyd, Brian Owusu, Nnamdi Obukwelu and Treavor Scales, as well as junior Cameron Brate.

“All in all, we have the nucleus and the foundation of being a very solid football team,” stated Murphy.