Mass. College Football: Worcester State’s Hippert Receives Nod On D3Football.com Team Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Worcester State University athletic department, here’s this afternoon’s release about junior Casey Hippert, who was selected to this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week as a tight end:

Minneapolis, MN — For the second time this season, junior Casey Hippert (Douglas, MA) has been honored on the D3football.com Team of the Week as a tight end.

Hippert hauled in a career-best nine passes for 163 yards which included an 81 yard score in the first quarter to help lead the Lancers offensively as they fell to Western Connecticut 55-35 this past weekend.

His 81 yard strike is currently the longest receiving play in the MASCAC on the campaign and it is a distant second among New England to the 88 yard grab by freshman Grant Klimek (Toms River, NJ) of Nichols made on against West Conn on September 13.

Hippert is currently second in the conference with 844 yards receiving with an average of 120.6 yards per game while he is fourth in receptions (49). Both totals are currently seventh in the latest NCAA Division III rankings as he sits at the only tight-end in the nation in the top 50 in both categories.

With his solid game this past weekend against Western Connecticut, Hippert slides into seventh on Worcester State’s all-time list with 93 receptions and with 1,623 career receiving yards he is just 274 off of the top five.

Hippert also earned D3football.com laurels on September 18 when he caught a then career-best eight passes for 183 yards which included a key reception on third down to help the Lancers set-up the game-winning touchdown in their 15-14 win over WPI.

Worcester State (3-4) makes the trek up to Plymouth State this Saturday for a 1 PM meeting on the road. It marks the first meeting against the Panthers since the 1988 NEFC Championship game.

Mass. College Football: Worcester State’s Bumpus Earns D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award

Worcester State's Kevin Bumpus earned the D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award yesterday at the New England Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)
Worcester State’s Kevin Bumpus earned the D2/D3 Golden Helmet Award yesterday at the New England Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon! (Photo Credit: Harvard Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Worcester State junior quarterback Kevin Bumpus earned this week’s Division II/III Golden Helmet award for his impressive performance last weekend in the Lancers season-opening victory over Anna Maria.

Bumpus completed 20-of-35 passes for a school-record 427 yards with four touchdowns.

After his team’s first game concluded, Bumpus was recognized as the MASCAC (Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference) Offensive Player of the Week.

As noted in the school’s release, Bumpus becomes the first player to earn this award since Izzy Ayala in 2004.

After the New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston luncheon concluded, Noontime Sports caught up with the Bridgewater native.

On being named this week’s recipient: “I have known about the award and for Coach to put me in the position to win an award like this is a great honor and for (the New England Football Writers’) to elect me for an award like this is just very humbling and leaves me speechless. I’ve got great teammates and good wide receivers, which makes my job a lot easier, though. They take a lot of pressure off me, which is awesome.”

On what worked against Anna Maria: “We saw some things we could take advantage of and we absolutely did from an offensive standpoint and our defense put us in good positions. I feel like we won the field position battle in the game, so we had a couple short drives here and there, which made my job a lot easier. We saw some stuff on film that we thought we could take advantage of and we absolutely did.”

On facing WPI on Friday: “It’s definitely a unique rivalry. They’re right down the street and it’s like a battle for Worcester almost. I actually got to see them play against Curry the other night and they’re a great football team. The atmosphere around the game is very exciting and I hope it’s the same type (for this week’s game), especially being on a Friday night.”

On scouting WPI’s defense: “They’re very fast and they’re a very disciplined football team. They rarely make mistakes, so we’ve been working in practice all week on things we can try to take advantage of and hopefully they workout in our favor.”

On working with former QB Corey Spencer: “I’ve been able to bounce ideas off Corey from stuff he saw last year, so he’s great to bounce ideas off of him and ask questions like what did you do when they went this coverage or what did you do when the defense rolled to Cover 3? He really is just a great guy to bounce idea off and give me advice and how’s my footwork and what should I be doing on this play. He’s really great to have around.

“I met him my first year at Worcester State and he’s just a great kid, very personable kid and I have a great relationship with Corey, and (it will help) me week-to-week.”  

Worcester State’s Spencer Sets Single-Game Records Against Fitchburg State

Worcester State’s Corey Spencer enjoyed another career day on Saturday against Fitchburg State! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friend Steve Miller Jr. from Worcester State, here is a quick note he passes along pertaining toward Corey Spencer‘s outing against Fitchburg State: 

Worcester State quarterback Corey Spencer (Arlington, MA/Malden Catholic) set single-game records for passing (421 yards) and completions (38). His passing yardage (2667) and TDs thrown (22) this campaign are second-most in a single season with one game to play

VIDEO: Inside Worcester State Training Camp

By NoontimeSports.com 

WORCESTER, MA — On Wednesday, Matt Noonan caught up with Worcester State’s head coach Brien Cullen, senior quarterback Corey Spencer and sophomore tight end Casey Hippert to discuss the upcoming season for the Lancers. All three men seemed very excited and optimistic about their upcoming season.

Last year, the Lancers finished 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the New England Football Conference’s Bogan Division. This year, despite 19 graduating losses, Cullen and his squad will attempt to end their campaign with either a conference championship or an ECAC title victory.

Snapshots From Camp: Worcester State Lancers

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Wednesday, Worcester State allowed the local media an opportunity to sit in and watch practice, and yes, we snapped some photos, which we’ve provided below.

The Lancers are coming off an 8-3 season and were recently picked to finish the upcoming year in fourth place in the Bogan Division in the New England Football Conference, according to the league’s preseason coaches’ poll. 

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