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New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Four

Dante Aviles-Santos has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three contests. (PHOTO COURTESY: Jared Marshall/UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Friday has officially arrived, which means one thing: we need to dish out our picks for New England NCAA Division III football games.

Last week, we didn’t do too bad as we selected seven games correctly to bump our season total to 19-11.

This week, let’s see if we can at least pick seven games correctly – maybe eight or nine?

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and enjoy the games, along with the amazing fall weather (can I get a hot coffee please?)

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Four

Norwich University at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Last week, the Gulls defense yielded its first touchdown of the season – so much for a third-straight shutout. Expect the Endicott defense to provide a few problems for a Cadets squad that has lost two-straight meetings with the Gulls, dating back to a late November contest in 2012. PREDICTION: Endicott over Norwich

Salisbury University at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears will cap their non-league schedule against a challenging foe that is looking to keep pace with Rowan University and Montclair State in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). PREDICTION: Salisbury over Western New England

Coast Guard Academy at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The AMCATs are seeking some additional momentum heading into conference play next week. On Saturday, look for another big game from quarterback Alex Cohen. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over Coast Guard Academy

Husson University at Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Springfield’s four-game homestand concludes with an important non-league clash with an Eagles squad that recently snapped its two-game losing streak. If Springfield is going to be victorious, they will need a big game from quarterback David Wells. PREDICTION: Springfield over Husson

Wesleyan University at Middlebury College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.): Both teams won their respective season-opener last week, but can this year’s Panthers squad slow down a high-powered Cardinals offense that produced 41 points last week? PREDICTION: Wesleyan over Middlebury

Tufts University at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.): The Jumbos’ comeback against Trinity College fell short last week – it was impressive, though. Expect another big game from wide receiver Phil Lutz. PREDICTION: Tufts over Bates

Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Rams, which dropped their initial conference clash with UMass Dartmouth last week. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Westfield State

UMass Dartmouth at Worcester State (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): Quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos has been the player to watch on the Corsairs this fall – he has recorded 12 touchdown passes through three games and will certainly continue his early-season success against the Lancers’ secondary. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Worcester State  

Nichols College at Hartwick College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m.): The Bison are off to a 3-0 start – last week, they needed everyone on their roster to score a hard-fought win over Coast Guard Academy. This week, Nichols’ early-season momentum should continue against the Hawks in New York. PREDICTION: Nichols over Hartwick  

Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut (Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears as they have yet to crack the win column this season. Halfback Adam Couch has been the player to watch thus far on Bridgewater State. Last week against Plymouth State, he rushed for a game-high 111 yards and one touchdown. He also caught four passes for 64 yards. Western Connecticut’s John Giller is the player to watch on the Wolves after throwing for a season-high 305 yards in week three. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over Western Conn.

Noontime’s Five D3 Football Teams to Watch in Week Four

Matt Hersch and the Colby College football team will attempt to win its second-straight contest on Saturday against Trinity College. (PHOTO COURTESY: Colby Athletics and Peter Li)

By NoontimeSports.com

The fourth week of the New England NCAA Division III football season is quickly approaching, which means its time to highlight five squads to watch this week, including the Mules of Colby College, which scored its first opening day win in six years last weekend.

Colby College (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC): For the first time since 2016, the Mules scored an opening day win.

Colby topped Williams College last Saturday by a score of 24-14, which erased memories of last year’s meeting between the two squads that saw the Ephs beat the Mules, 42-0.  

Quarterback Matt Hersch highlighted his team’s win by completing 14 of 23 passes for two touchdowns while adding 46 yards on six carries and one score. Halfback Keon Smart led all rushers with 129 yards on 21 carries.

Colby’s defense intercepted quarterback Jack Dickinson twice while recording three sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

The Mules outgained the Ephs, 357-264, and will attempt to win their second-straight contest on Saturday against a Trinity College squad that was able to squeak past Tufts University last weekend.

Trinity has won its last five meetings with the Mules.

Dean College (0-3, 0-0 ECFC): Coach Andrae Murphy’s Bulldogs have produced the most points amongst all Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) squads through three weeks.

Yet, despite producing 108 points in three contests, the Bulldogs have surrendered 137 points, including 77 points earlier this month in a crazy setback to Nichols College.

Dean is inching closer to its first win – perhaps it occurs this weekend when the Bulldogs visit MIT?  

Wide receiver Quintus Reid has been a player to watch this fall – he currently ranks third in the ECFC in receiving yards (266) and is tied for second in touchdown receptions (four) with Anna Maria College’s Justin McMillian.

Reid’s teammate, Mozes Mooney, leads all ECFC receivers with five touchdown receptions.

In addition to Reid and Mooney, fans of New England small college football should keep their eyes on quarterback Nathan Cisco, who previously competed for the University of Idaho. Cisco has tossed eight touchdowns this season.

Framingham State (1-2, 0-1 MASCAC): This is an important week for the Rams.

Coming off its first loss to UMass Dartmouth since 2016, the Rams will look to bounce back against Westfield State on Saturday.

A win against the Owls would even their overall record, but also provide the Black and Gold with some much-needed momentum heading into an important matchup in week five with Plymouth State. The Panthers are idle this weekend, but currently sit atop the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) standings with a 3-0 record.

Halfback Devaun Ford will be one of many players to watch on Saturday – the Mashpee, Massachusetts native has rushed for a team-high 264 yards and two touchdowns this season. He led all rushers with 143 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown last week against UMass Dartmouth.

In addition to Ford, the Rams will need some key members of its defense to have a big game. Keep your eyes on Dylan DeWolfe, Gerell Boyce, and Cully Curran.

Nichols College (3-0, 0-0 CCC): In the words of coach Dale Olmsted, last Saturday’s win against Coast Guard Academy was a “team effort.”

The Bison scored their third-straight win, thanks to quarterback Xavier Powell, who concluded the non-league matchup with 318 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.  

Derrick Revolus recorded three interceptions to go with 10 total tackles, including seven solo stops. Joshua Sayer led the Nichols defense with 13 total tackles – he also recorded one pass breakup.

The squad’s effort from last week will certainly be needed this week as Nichols concludes its non-conference slate with a visit to Hartwick College on Saturday. Hartwick was idle last weekend after dropping its initial contest of the 2022 season earlier this month to King’s College.

Western Connecticut (2-1, 1-0 MASCAC): Quarterback John Giller has the Wolves heading in the right direction.

The sophomore signal-caller has tossed seven touchdowns in three contests while completing 47 of 93 passes for 716 yards.

Last week against Westfield State, Giller recorded a season-high 305 passing yards to go with three touchdowns. Eli Koukoulis caught two touchdowns – he is currently third on the team in receiving yards (117) but tied with Julian Ferguson for touchdown receptions (two).    

WestConn’s defense has received a boost from Jaeden Alexander, Nosa Uzamere, and Stephen Johnson – expect this trio, along with other members of the defensive unit to provide some challenges for Bridgewater State’s offense on Saturday.

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Three

Will Kirby and the Trinity College football team will begin their 2022 campaign at Tufts University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Trinity College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

A brand-new week of New England NCAA Division III football begins this evening with Western Connecticut visiting Westfield State.

Tomorrow, we have a slew of games to watch – and yes, follow, too! – which means it’s time to share our weekly picks, along with our predictions.

Last week, we picked five of ten contests correctly to bump our season record to 12-8. Hopefully, we can pick a few more games correctly this week – fingers crossed!

Enjoy the games, everyone, and make sure to circle back for our week three roundup on Saturday, as well as any leftover thoughts on the Noontime Sports Podcast.

Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Three

Bridgewater State at Plymouth State (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Bears, which have struggled in its first two contests. Plymouth State has been a pleasant surprise, winning back-to-back games to secure the top spot in the MASCAC standings. Look for the Panthers to lean on its ground game to score an important conference win. PREDICTION: Plymouth State over Bridgewater State

Montclair State at Salve Regina University (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m.): Somehow, some way, the Seahawks have found ways to win games this fall. But on Saturday, the early-season momentum will end against a Red Hawks squad that is eager to bounce back from a week two setback to Delaware Valley. PREDICTION: Montclair State over Salve Regina

TCNJ at Endicott College (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m.): Can the Gulls pitch its third-straight shutout? It’s certainly possible. Endicott’s defense has been a unit to watch through two contests, thanks to some big plays made by Hector Johnson, Tyler Davis, and Jackson DeAngelo. PREDICTION: Endicott over TCNJ   

Curry College at Dean College (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m.): Both teams are winless, so someone is going to provide their first-year head coach with a victory. PREDICTION: Dean over Curry

Union College at Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m.): Springfield faces a challenging week three test against a Union squad that is averaging 59 points through two contests. If Springfield is going to be successful, they must find a way to slow down a high-powered Dutchmen offense that is led by quarterback Donovan Pacatte. PREDICTION: Union over Springfield   

Williams College at Colby College (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.): The Ephs’ title defense begins in Maine on Saturday, but the biggest question surrounding coach Mark Raymond’s squad is who will be playing quarterback against the Mules. We’re not sure (as of Friday morning), but it is likely you’ll see Jack Dickinson or Luke Bobo under center. PREDICTION: Williams over Colby

Bates College at Wesleyan University (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.): Coach Matt Coyne returns to Middletown, Connecticut leading a Bobcats squad that produced three wins last season. The Cardinals return some key members from its six-win season – we expect Wesleyan to be in the mix for the NESCAC crown this fall. PREDICTION: Wesleyan over Bates

Trinity College at Tufts University (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.): The Bantams finished second in the NESCAC last season, but the hope for this season is for Trinity to win its first conference crown since 2018. And they certainly have the players to accomplish this goal. Expect a high-scoring affair on Saturday with the Jumbos. PREDICTION: Trinity over Tufts

Framingham State at UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.): Seeing UMass Dartmouth drop its final non-league matchup to Anna Maria College last Saturday was shocking – can we say a head-scratcher? If the Corsairs are going to bounce back, they will need to beat a Rams squad that has scored four-straight wins over the Blue and Gold since 2017. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Framingham State

Middlebury College at Amherst College (Saturday, Sept. 17 @ 2 p.m.): Coach Bob Ritter begins his final season with Middlebury with a week three visit to Amherst, a squad that we believe might surprise some NESCAC fans this fall. Nick DiPrinzio says “accountability” will be the word he and his Amherst teammates will use this fall to hopefully produce a winning season. PREDICTION: Amherst over Middlebury

New England D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch in Week Two

Springfield College quarterback David Wells and the Pride host Rowan University on Saturday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to the second week of the New England NCAA Division III football season.

Like last week, we have a few games to watch (and follow) this evening before a busy slate begins tomorrow at noontime.

Last week, we picked seven of ten games correctly – that’s not a bad start, eh? – so let’s see if our early-season momentum can continue this week.

Enjoy the games this weekend – make sure to stop by on Saturday for our week two roundup!

Dean College at Nichols College (Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.): The Bison overcame a 20-3 deficit at the break to score an opening day win last Friday over Westfield State. Tonight, their second-half momentum continues – look for a big game from halfback Zahir Booker, who concluded last week’s meeting with the Owls with 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Nichols over Dean

Endicott College at WPI (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Last year, the Gulls scored three touchdowns in the final session to secure a hard-fought 28-21 victory over the Engineers. Tonight, look for Endicott to lean on its ground game – last week, the ground attack powered the Gulls to a 27-0 victory against St. Lawrence University. PREDICTION: Endicott over WPI

Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Maritime College (Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.): Does anyone want some chowder? The Mariners captured the 13th Annual Chowder Bowl last September, thanks to its defense that intercepted quarterback David Keogh. Let’s see if the MMA defense can have another big game this evening against a Privateers squad that dropped its season-opener last week to Hartwick College. PREDICTION: Massachusetts Maritime over Maritime (N.Y.)   

UMass Dartmouth at Anna Maria (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): I was pretty impressed by the Corsairs last week – quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos recorded five touchdowns in his team’s 35-14 win over Husson University. This week, the Corsairs will once again rely on Aviles-Santos’ arm, but also lean on halfback Marvens Jean, who is currently the second leading rusher in NCAA Division III with 254 yards. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Anna Maria

Rowan University at Springfield College (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): As expected, the Springfield rushing attack shined last Friday evening in their season-opening win against Western New England. Expect another big day from this offense – I’ll say quarterback David Wells will finish the game with two touchdowns. PREDICTION: Springfield over Rowan

St. John Fisher at Framingham State (Sept. 10 at 12 p.m.): If the Rams are to score their first win of the 2022 season, they will need to stop Malachi Duvall, who concluded St. John Fisher’s season-opener with four rushing touchdowns. PREDICTION: St. John Fisher over Framingham State

Salve Regina University at MIT (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): It’s hard to get a gauge on both squads after one week. But I have a hunch that coach Kevin Gilmartin’s unit will score more than one touchdown this week against the Engineers. PREDICTION: Salve Regina over MIT

Bridgewater State at University of New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Last week, the Nor’easters scored their first-ever win over Coast Guard Academy. And last year in week two, UNE stunned Bridgewater State by erasing a 14-point deficit at the break to secure a hard-fought 23-20 overtime win. PREDICTION: UNE over Bridgewater State

Westfield State at Western New England (Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.): Cameron Danahy helped the Owls’ defense keep the Bison at bay for 30 minutes but struggled to stop the Nichols offense in the second half. If the Owls are going to be victorious on Saturday, they will need their entire defense to find a way to slow down a Golden Bears squad that was held to just 14 points last week. PREDICTION: WNE over Westfield State  

Curry College at Coast Guard Academy (Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m.): Quarterback Justin Mullaney threw three touchdowns last week in Curry’s season-opener against MIT with two of them landing in the hands of Gabe DeSouza. Look for the duo to connect a few times on Saturday so coach Todd Parsons can score his initial win with the Colonels. PREDICTION: Curry over Coast Guard Academy

Framingham State Picked To Capture The MASCAC Football Title

Devaun Ford and the Framingham State football team were picked to capture the MASCAC crown this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

By Matt Noonan

For the last few seasons, Framingham State has been the team to beat in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

The Rams, which have represented the conference in the NCAA Division III football tournament six times, were picked to win the league crown this fall, according to today’s preseason poll.

Framingham State secured five first-place votes, edging out UMass Dartmouth, which earned four votes, for the top spot. The Corsairs are projected to finish second this fall after winning nine contests last season.

Bridgewater State secured the third position followed by Western Connecticut (fourth) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (fifth).

Plymouth State was picked to place sixth this fall while Worcester State, Westfield State, and Fitchburg State secured the final three spots, checking-in seventh, eighth, and ninth, respectively.

For Framingham State to repeat, they will need to lean on a few members of last year’s squad, including halfback Devaun Ford and linebacker Dylan DeWolfe.

The Rams face a pair of non-conference foes in the first two weeks that should prepare them for their initial league meeting with UMass Dartmouth. The two teams will meet Saturday, September 17 in Dartmouth with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Eight of the nine MASCAC squads will be in action this weekend, including three on Friday, September 2. Massachusetts Maritime will begin its 2022 campaign next Friday, September 9 when they visit Maritime (N.Y.) for the 14th Annual Chowder Bowl.