Recruiting: What I look for as a coach in recruits

December 16, 2021

In college football the margin between winning and losing is often miniscule. Many games are won and lost based on a handful of plays. However, those games are not won just on Saturdays, but in the months and years prior as programs recruit to close the gap with teams above them and extend the gap of teams behind them. Those 4-5 plays in a game could be years in the…


College: Recapping Week 1 in New England College Football

September 6, 2021

Image courtesy of WPRI 12 The Rams offense was impressive in a week one win over Bryant. Week one is in the books in college football. 12 of the 15 division one programs played this weekend and several made a great first impression. Here are my thoughts. 1. Merrimack struggled early on with St. Anselm’s, an old NE-10 foe but pulled away in the second half winning 55-23. Quarterback Westin…


College: The Wildcat Way: The Matt O’Neill Story

August 25, 2021

From the time Matthew O’Neill was a junior on the Weymouth High School football team, he’s embraced the struggle. Now, the 6-foot-4, 318 pound offensive lineman sophomore has an opportunity to start for the University of New Hampshire football team. The road to get to this point has been quite an obstacle for O’Neill. Starting in his junior season for the Weymouth Wildcats, O’Neill tore his ACL in a preseason…


College: Extra year of eligibility will challenge local D1 programs

June 3, 2021

When the NCAA granted all Fall athletes an extra year of eligibility, it was met with wide spread support and universal applause. What the NCAA didn’t take into account however is the affect it would have on programs and the coaches running those programs. It created a whole new set of challenges for coaches in terms of recruiting and roster management. It is hard enough to be a coach in…


College: Strong defensive effort propels Bryant to their second straight win

March 24, 2021

The Bryant defense has been ballin lately. Isn’t that what the kids say nowadays? In all seriousness, the Bulldogs defense dominated Wagner on Sunday in a 27-7 win. Bryant held Wagner to 197 yards of total offense and picked off Seahawks quarterbacks three times. The Bulldogs defense was supported by a strong running game. Sophomore Shai Young rushed for 72 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown. Back up…


Boston College: It’s official. The Eagles are playing but the schedule is different

July 31, 2020

The ACC announced on Wednesday that the conference is playing football this fall. The conference will play ten conference games and one non conference game. This allows for late season rivalries like Clemson and South Carolina, Florida and Florida State and Kentucky and Louisville to continue. If all goes well with COVID-19, all fall sports in the ACC will begin between Sept 7th and Sept 12th. The conference will play…


CAA joins the Ivy League and the Patriot League I’m canceling their fall sports season

July 17, 2020

The Colonial Athletic Association announced yesterday that they are canceling the fall sports season. They are joining the Ivy League, Patriot League and MEAC as the latest conference to cancel their football season. The CAA consists of 10 member schools in eight states. Those schools are James Madison, Albany, Villanova, New Hampshire, Towson, Maine, Elon, Richmond, Delaware, William & Mary, Stony Brook, and Rhode Island. The decision means that local…


College: The Ivy League panicked in cancelling the 2020 season

July 10, 2020

The Ivy League announced on Wednesday that they are cancelling the 2020 Fall Sports season. No announcement was made as to whether or not the league was planning on playing in the spring. The announcement has been speculated for weeks and while it is no surprise, it is still disappointing. All of the schools in the Ivy League are in the Northeast. The Northeast has seen a dramatic decrease in…


NEFJ Notebook for 6/21/20

June 21, 2020

1. First, Happy Fathers Day to all the dad’s out there. Moms are the glue that keeps a household together. Dads are the foundation. 2. I have to admit, it stung seeing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Buccaneers uniforms. It wasn’t suppose to end this way but thus is life in pro sports. (Photos courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 3. Speaking of the Buccaneers. They have shut down…


Opinion: Random thoughts on the week that was

May 30, 2020

By Kevin Stone/@kstone06/@newftbj For the first time since what feels like March, we’ve had a bit of a dead period this past week in terms of football news. As both college football and the NFL continue to try and navigate the pandemic and get athletes back into buildings to safely begin working out with teammates, here’s a few random thoughts on the world of football as we head into June:…