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The Early Preseason Outlook: Plymouth State Panthers

PLYMOUTH STATE PANTHERS

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Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at Plymouth State, which begins its season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Castleton University for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

The Panthers’ 2018 Season: One year after posting a 9-2 record, the Panthers finished with a 6-4 mark, which included a thrilling 29-28 win over Framingham State, along with a hard-fought 10-7 win against Westfield State.

The Panthers did not compete in the NCAA Tournament last fall but certainly proved their nine-win season from 2017 wasn’t a fluke – this team is certainly capable of competing for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) every season.

Plymouth State had 15 seniors on last year’s squad that will certainly be missed this season – these student-athletes were a big reason why the Green and White won 9 of 11 contests in 2017, so look for the rising seniors and juniors to lead the Panthers this upcoming season.

The 2019 Outlook: Plymouth State will be without some key members of last year’s team, as well as the 2017 squad, especially on defense. Graduation losses to Grant McGregorMitch BanuskevichBrady LaFrance and Malcolm Huesman won’t be easy to replace however, the Panthers do return defensive back Matt Shea, who led the defense with 77.0 total tackles.

Defensive back David Salazar will also be a player to watch in the secondary, too. The rising sophomore averaged 5.3 total tackles per contest one year ago, while also recording 2.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

Plymouth State graduated a slew of linebackers, but do return Elijah Bussell and Eric Smith. The duo combined for 53.0 total tackles last season.

On offense, the Panthers must find their replacement for quarterback Zack Edwards, a dual-threat signal-caller that concluded the 2018 season with 15 touchdowns (14 passing touchdowns).

David Hamilton returns for his final season at halfback after rushing for career-highs in yards (911) and touchdowns (eight) one year ago.

Wide receiver Jacob Szulc returns for his third season after leading the team with 26 receptions for 493 yards and seven touchdowns.

Plymouth State will also return a slew of offensive linemen, including Nick Cusano, who competed in all 10 contests one year ago, and Matt Palma, who appeared in nine games.

Plymouth State’s Schedule: We will learn more about this Plymouth State squad by the end of September – the opening month features a pair of non-conference foes, along with back-to-back conference clashes with Worcester State in week three and UMass Dartmouth in week four. Plymouth State beat the Lancers last fall but lost to the Corsairs. Can they win both conference games this season?

The Panthers will travel to Westfield State for an important conference meeting in week six before entertaining Framingham State in week seven for their Hall of Fame Game.

Weeks after their meeting with the Rams, the Panthers travel to Bridgewater State before capping their 2019 campaign with a trip to Western Connecticut on Saturday, November 16.

Players to Watch: David Hamilton (Halfback/ West Deptford, N.J.), Jacob Szulc (Wide Receiver/Concord, N.H.), Terrell Lewis (Wide Receiver/Nashua, N.H.), Jeremy Martin (Kicker/Charlton, Mass.), Nick Cusano (Offensive Line/Wethersfield, Conn.), Matt Palma (Offensive Line/Cheshire, Conn.), Matt Shea (Defensive Back/Windham, N.H.), and David Salazar (Defensive Back/West Newton, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Mass. Maritime Buccaneers

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage shifts to Buzzards Bay for a closer look at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers.

The Bucs will begin their 2019 campaign on Friday, September 13th, 2019 when they host Maritime (N.Y.) in the 12th Annual Chowder Bowl.

The Buccaneers’ 2018 Season: The Buccaneers mustered just two wins last fall, defeating Maine Maritime Academy (22-7) and Worcester State (26-0).

They were competitive in a few conference meetings, including a 17-14 setback to Plymouth State last October.

Mass. Maritime concluded its season with a 21-7 setback to Bridgewater State in the 40th Annual Ocean Spray Cranberry Bowl but hope to right the ship this upcoming season with perhaps an opening day win against Maritime (N.Y.) followed by victories against Maine Maritime and Westfield State.

The 2019 Outlook: The Buccaneers graduated just five seniors from last year’s squad, including wide receiver Paul Sances, who led the receiving core with 48 receptions for 699 yard, but return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, beginning with linebacker Sean Smialek.

Smialek, along with Jack Fontana, led the defense by combining for 122 total tackles and 7.5 sacks for a loss of 31 yards. Both linebackers will be counted on this upcoming season, along with Kyle Johnston, who will be spotted on the defensive line.

The Bucs return a slew of offensive talent, including quarterback Ty Ebdon, who connected on 74 of 164 passes for a team-high 1,030 passing yards and seven touchdowns. Ebdon will most likely target Will Bennett, who led all receivers with four touchdowns.

Halfbacks Benjamin Sheehan and Matt Long return for their final seasons – both tailbacks reached the end zone five-time last fall, so look for the offense to lean on both student-athletes.

Finally, keep your eyes, Matt Wyzykowski, and James Cooke, who will be asked to anchor the Mass. Maritime offensive line.  

Mass. Maritime’s Schedule: The Bucs begin their season with a pair of trophy games – they will compete for both the Chowder Cup and Admiral’s Cup in the second and third week of September before ending the month with a trip to Westfield State.

Mass. Maritime will host Worcester State in early October before visiting Western Connecticut for a late afternoon tilt on Saturday, October 12th.

Weeks later the Bucs will close out their 2019 campaign with the Kelley Cup against Framingham State before visiting UMass Dartmouth one week later.

The Bucs will host Bridgewater State on Saturday, November 16th for 41st Annual Cranberry Bowl.

Players to Watch: Ty Ebdon (Quarterback/Gales Ferry, Conn.), Benjamin Sheehan (Halfback/Wilbraham, Mass.), Matt Long (Halfback/Weymouth, Mass.), Will Bennett (Wide Receiver/Sandwich, Mass.), George Lampros (Kicker/Punter/Bridgewater, Mass.), Matt Wyzykowski (Offensive Line/Old Saybrook, Conn.), James Cooke (Offensive Line/Wrentham, Mass.), Sean Smialek (Linebacker/South Dartmouth, Mass.), Jack Fontana (Linebacker/Grafton, Mass.), and Kyle Johnston (Defensive Line/Raynham, Mass.)


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Framingham State Rams

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We continue with our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ by highlighting the Framingham State University Rams, who will begin their conference title defense on Friday, September 6th when they visit Endicott College.

The Rams’ 2018 Season: It was another successful season for coach Tom Kelley‘s crew, which captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown with an 8-3 mark. Framingham State returned to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2015 but saw their national championship hopes dashed in the opening round against Brockport State.

Yet, despite falling to the Golden Eagles, the Rams remained one of New England’s top programs last fall, as well as the team to beat in the MASCAC. The Rams played their best football late in the season when they scored wins against UMass DartmouthWestern Connecticut, and Worcester State.

The 2019 Outlook: Framingham State graduated 19 student-athletes from last year’s unit, including halfbacks Quron Wright and Sebastein Robert, and wide receivers Mike Calicchio and Napoleon Miller. Additionally, the Rams bid farewell to some key members of their defense, too, so this season is all about the squad’s rising seniors, juniors and sophomores, who will be tasked with attempting to guide the Rams back to the national postseason for the second-straight season.

Quarterback Adam Wojenski returns for his final season and will most likely target Shaquille Joseph, who enjoyed a very successful second season with the Rams. Joseph ranked third on the team in receptions (27) while finishing second in touchdown receptions (6).

Fullback Rufus Rushins could be tasked with being more than just a third-down back for the Rams after finishing third on the team in rushing yards (235 yards). The Rams may also rely on Chris Jenkins or Nick Caliri, too.

Anthony Behonick and Joshua Smiley will be tasked with leading the Rams’ defense this fall – the duo combined for 115 total tackles last season, including five stops for a loss of 17 yards. Additionally, keep an eye on Joshua Onujiogu, who will join Smiley on the defensive line.

The Rams will need some help in the secondary as defensive back Rashaun Rivers graduated this past spring, along with DeSean Hart and Kenny SullivanCully Curran will be the defensive back to watch heading into camp in a few weeks.

Framingham State’s Schedule: The Rams will be tested immediately with trips to Brockport and Endicott before welcoming Westfield State to Framingham on Saturday, September 21st for a 12 p.m. kick-off in week three.

Framingham will enjoy an early bye week during the final weekend of September before entertaining UMass Dartmouth on Friday, October 4th.

Framingham State closes the month of October with two key contests against Plymouth State and Western Connecticut before heading to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to compete in the annual Kelley Cup game.

After the Kelley Cup, the Rams will play their final home game against Bridgewater State. The game could decide this year’s MASCAC champion, so make sure to circle Saturday, November 9th on your calendar.

Players to Watch: Joshua Onujiogu (Defensive End/Wareham, MA), Adam Wojenski (Quarterback/Stratford, Conn.), Shaquille Joseph (Wide Receiver/Somerville, Mass.), Rufus Rushins (Fullback/Defensive Line/Lynn, Mass.), Henrique DeBoni (Kicker/Rio Claro, Brazil), Jared Archer (Offensive Line/Mansfield, Mass.), Andrew Fennelly (Offensive Tackle/Wayland, Mass.), Anthony Behonick (Linebacker/Rutland, Mass.), Joshua Smiley (Defensive Line/Springfield, Mass.), Jack Sullivan (Linebacker/Dartmouth, Mass.), and Cully Curran (Defensive Back/Arlington, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Fitchburg State Falcons

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Fitchburg State Falcons, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Cortland State for a 12 p.m. kick-off.

The Falcons’ 2018 Season: Fitchburg State capped its season with a 32-29 win over UMass Dartmouth to provide the Green and Gold with some momentum (and optimism) heading into the offseason.

The Falcons mustered just two wins last fall but were competitive in a few conference clashes, including an early-season setback to Worcester State.

The Falcons’ 2018 squad featured 34 first-years and 27 sophomores – the experience these student-athletes gained should help them this upcoming season.

The 2019 Outlook: As noted above, the Falcons were young last year, so the experience the squad gained should help them be more competitive this fall, both in and outside the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The Falcons graduated nine members of the 2018 squad, including halfback Sterlin Garvin, who led the unit with 10 rushing touchdowns along with defensive back Jared Citizen.

But despite the graduation losses, the Falcons return a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, including linebacker Melchior Lynch, who led the defense with 58.0 total tackles, and quarterback Brandon Brown. Brown was a first-year quarterback last season – he was spotted under center in all 10 games but did split some reps with Connor Fitzsimons, who could also be counted on to lead the offense this fall, as well.

Brown finished second on the team in rushing – he rushed for 519 yards on 85 carries and four scores – while Jacqua Solomon tallied 498 yards on 109 carries and one touchdown.

Back for his final season is wide-out Jesse Brown, who led the receiving core with 44 receptions for 493 yards and three touchdowns. He, along with Kevin Quinn will most likely be Brown’s go-to targets.

Connor Briggs will be a player to watch on the offensive line, along with Darious Morkeski.

Fitchburg State’s Schedule: Following an opening day meeting with the Red Dragons, the Falcons will host Castleton University before hopping into conference play with games against Bridgewater State and UMass Dartmouth.

The schedule won’t get any easier for the Green and Gold as the calendar turns from September to October with some important conference meetings with Plymouth State and Framingham State.

A late-season meeting with Worcester State on Friday, November 1st will be a game to watch, as well, before the Falcons cap their season with a ‘Senior Day’ clash with Western Connecticut. 

Players to Watch: Brandon Brown (Quarterback/Lake Mary, Fla.), Connor Fitzsimons (Quarterback/Flushing, N.Y.), Jesse Brown (Wide Receiver/ Yonkers, N.Y.), Kevin Quinn (Wide Receiver/Holliston, Mass.), Connor Briggs (Offensive Line/East Taunton, Mass.), Darious Morkeski (Offensive Line/Methuen, Mass.), Melchior Lynch (Linebacker/Roxbury, Mass.), Caleb Gonsalves (Defensive Line/Mashpee, Mass.), Samuel Kenny (Defensive Line/South Yarmouth, Mass.) and Richard Austin (Defensive Back/Wareham, Mass.).


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The Early Preseason Outlook: Becker College

BECKER COLLEGE HAWKS 2019

By NoontimeSports.com| @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Becker College football team, which begins its 2019 campaign on Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m. against Anna Maria College in Leicester, Massachusetts.

The Hawks’ 2018 Season: Becker recorded just one win last fall, defeating the University of New England in its second to last contest of the 2018 season. Becker’s Jake McHugh toss two touchdowns in the win, while Michael Bianco rushed for 180 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown, while also recording five total tackles and one interception. The win, however, was followed by a difficult loss to Western New England, but the Hawks certainly hope they can use their win over UNE as motivation for some additional victories this fall.

The 2019 Season Outlook: The Hawks graduated seven players from last year’s squad, including Michael Bianco, offensive lineman Daniel Whittenburg, and wide receiver Ryan Fernandez, but should welcome back some talented underclassmen that logged important minutes on both offense and defense. David Collins will most likely be counted on to lead the offense – he should be the team’s number one halfback this fall – while Jared Zieman, who played linebacker, will most likely be the focal point of the Hawks’ defense. The experience the squad gained last season should help them be competitive in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).

Becker’s Schedule: After entertaining Anna Maria in week one, Becker will hit the road for three-straight September contests, including a local Friday evening tilt against Worcester State. One week after their meeting with the Lancers, the Hawks will then visit MIT and Endicott College before returning home to host Husson University (10/5). Husson, as well as Nichols College (10/19) and Salve Regina (10/26) will present the Hawks with some challenges – it will be an interesting stretch to follow – before they cap their season with a trio of conference tilts, including a season-ending meeting with UNE.

Players to Watch: David Collins (Running Back/Staten Island, N.Y.), Jared Zieman (Linebacker/Bethel, Conn.) and Christian Perkins (Linebacker/Melrose, Mass.).


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