By Matt Ferris
Coming off an 8-3 season, Framingham State football is back and looks ready to have another good season.
The Rams came up one game short of winning the MASCAC title last season and advancing to the NCAA Division 3 tournament. But redemption in 2017 is looking very possible for Framingham, which is already o) to a quick 2-0 start.
Framingham only lost a handful of key players from the 2016 team, including linebacker Aaron Owens, cornerback Jaleel Wingard and running backs Jalen Green and Trevon Offley.
They are returning much of the offense, including quarterback Adam Wojenski, their top three receivers from a season ago – Napoleon Miller, Michael Calicchio and Stephen Beahn, and their top rusher, Quron Wright. The Rams are also returning much of their defense, including linebacker Svenn Jacobson and defensive backs Jaquan Harris and Kenny Bartolo.
In the preseason poll, the Rams were picked to finish second in the conference behind last year’s champion, the Bridgewater State Bears.
That makes the week 3 game even more important. It could potentially be a game which decides the MASCAC champion.
After a blowout against Endicott in week 1, Framingham is looking very good. The Rams totaled over 500 yards of offense, gaining 233 through the air and 269 on the ground. The Rams’ defense also forced three turnovers, forcing two fumbles and one interception.
In week 2, the Rams beat Cortland State in an impressive victory. Framingham tallied 435 yards of offense, including over 250 yards on the ground. They also forced three turnovers for the second straight week. Framingham has historically struggled against Cortland in the past, so this win shows the Rams are ready to make some noise this year in the MASCAC and beyond.