2018 D3football.com features

  • Big test coming for Centre corner
    November 20, 2018
    Cal Lewellyn isn’t the player opposing quarterbacks want to throw in the direction of on Saturday afternoons. After he picked off seven passes as a freshman, he’s become the cover corner they do their best to avoid. Brian Lester has more in a Road to the Stagg Bowl feature.
  • Cowboys saddling back up
    November 14, 2018
    The fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs for Hardin-Simmons will start with a familiar foe, but the Cowboys are hoping some things have changed since they saw Mary Hardin-Baylor six weeks ago. Brian Lester has more in a Road to the Stagg Bowl feature.
  • Gebele, Denison facing the challenge
    November 13, 2018
    Canaan Gebele wants to begin his career in analytics next year. For now, though, the senior quarterback is focused on finding the trends to help the Big Red get past a team in purple.
  • Berry cruises into Week 11 with 14 on the brain
    November 07, 2018
    Justus Edwards' Week 4 injury not just cost him his season, but perhaps his football career. Even with him recovering miles from campus, his Berry teammates have been there to lend support and have certainly not forgotten him. More in a feature by Brian Lester.
  • Thomas More road show coming to a close
    November 06, 2018
    It's been a long run this season for Thomas More, the only independent in Division III football. The Saints, who will have traveled more than 7,500 miles when it's all said and done, finish the season at St. John's and have a chance to extend their season with a win. Joe Sager has more.
  • With bid within reach, Pirates aren't coasting
    October 31, 2018
    Whitworth has taken down the top teams on its schedule this season and just needs one more win to clinch the Northwest Conference automatic bid. But coach Rod Sandberg is making sure his team doesn't think it can ease across the finish line. More in a feature from Brian Lester.
  • Martin Luther thinking big
    October 30, 2018
    Martin Luther is a small school with a small recruiting base and, of course, a small football team. But the Knights have been on the rise the past few years, and in coach Mark Stein's fourth year, they are competing for a playoff bid. Joe Sager has more in a D3football.com feature.
  • Defense lights UW-Whitewater's fire
    October 24, 2018
    After three seasons out of the Stagg Bowl and one season out of the playoffs altogether, the Warhawks are working their way back up the charts this year, and the defense is leading the charge. More in a feature from Joe Sager.
  • Zooming their way to the top
    October 24, 2018
    Kalamazoo was 1-9 a year ago, and that wasn’t particularly unusual. What is unusual is the Hornets' 7-0 start to the season, their best since the Kennedy administration. Brian Lester has more in a D3football.com feature.
  • New chief Engineer keeps MIT humming
    October 17, 2018
    MIT lost the coach that made the program what it is today, leading it to the best stretch in the history of MIT football. But so far, rather than take a step back, the Engineers are still looking smart under new coach Brian Bubna. Brian Lester has more.
  • Twin freshmen help Del Val find quick chemistry
    October 16, 2018
    After losing nine starters on defense, Delaware Valley has been able to reload thanks in part to Anthony Nobile and Michael Nobile, who have locked down things up front for the Aggies. More in a feature from Joe Sager.
  • John on their minds, in their hearts
    October 15, 2018
    Saturday's Johnnie-Tommie game was more than a rivalry game. It was part reunion, part wake, and full of celebration and memories of John Gagliardi that went well beyond the 40-20 final score. Frank Rajkowski was there and has more of the scene from Collegeville.
  • Remembering John
    October 11, 2018
    Frank Rajkowski, who covered St. John's and John Gagliardi for more than 15 years for the St. Cloud Times, spent countless hours covering the man who wound up college football's all-time wins leader. He gives his remembrance of John.
  • Triple threat leads Puget Sound passing game
    October 10, 2018
    Line up AJ Johnson, Collin Heimbach and Jewell Day on the field at the same time and the Puget Sound wide receivers are a three-headed monster opponents would rather avoid dealing with. More in a feature by Brian Lester.
  • Brockport defense slamming door on foes
    October 09, 2018
    For the Golden Eagles, the negatives have all turned out to be positives, and for opponents, trying to run on Brockport has been impossible. What makes this defense tick, to the tune of negative-11.6 rushing yards per game? Joe Sager fills in the gaps.
  • Maryland vs. Delaware in Jersey showdown
    October 03, 2018
    No. 5 Frostburg State and No. 6 Wesley square off for early supremacy in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and if the rivalry ends after this year, at least it should go out with a bang. Brian Lester has more.
  • Case finally gets crack at Presidents
    October 02, 2018
    Case Western Reserve and Washington & Jefferson were the two best teams in the Presidents' Athletic Conference each of the past two years. As Case gears up for the challenge, it has a lot of players who have never faced W&J, including a freshman quarterback. More in a feature by Joe Sager.
  • It's Showdown Saturday for Trine and Hope
    September 26, 2018
    Trine comes in with the star running back and the playoff pedigree, while Hope is the team looking to make a statement and install itself as the top dog in the conference. Those are the storylines in many places this weekend, but nowhere more than in the MIAA. More from D3football.com's Brian Lester.
  • After the showdown, time for the rebound
    September 25, 2018
    'Every game is a playoff game for us at this point.' The words were uttered by John Carroll running back Mike Canganelli, but everyone knows this fact already: JCU needs to run the table after losing to Mount Union. The Blue Streaks need a new streak starting now. More in a feature by Joe Sager.
  • Keystone: Building from the ground up
    September 19, 2018
    Division III's newest program won't take the field for a varsity game until 2020, but Keystone's coach is out there looking for players and should have a decent shot at competing, once they get there.
  • Cuts both ways
    September 19, 2018
    Having his ACL repaired brought an early end to his sophomore season, but it may well have kickstarted his career. After Alex Darras went under the knife, he shadowed his orthopedic surgeon this summer and will have a leg up when he goes to med school. More in a feature by Brian Lester.
  • Introducing: The Zackfield
    September 18, 2018
    All you have to do to get to the end zone against Washington & Jefferson is get past Zac. Problem is, there are four guys named Zac, Zach or Zack in the Presidents' secondary. More in a feature by Joe Sager.
  • Always on the run
    September 13, 2018
    Cortland quarterback Brett Segala worked his way up from fifth string to the starting lineup in just eight weeks, but ended back on the sidelines the next year. No worries: He made his move back onto the field. Which makes sense. He's always on the move. More in a D3football.com Feature by Jason Bowen.
  • Smallest school still trying to build team
    September 12, 2018
    Typically schools in their fourth year of football get to celebrate a large senior class and often experience a lot of success. But Finlandia played just four countable games last year, has had constant roster turnover and went through two coaches this offseason alone. Brian Lester catches up with a work in progress.
  • Chronicling a comeback
    September 11, 2018
    Down 17-0 in the third quarter on Saturday, UW-Stout not only was back on its heels, it hadn't scored a point all season. But the Blue Devils came back to win by blocking an extra point in overtime. Joe Sager brings you the oral history of the comeback, through the eyes of five key participants.
  • Ready to get back out there
    September 05, 2018
    219 of Division III's 250 teams had games in Week 1. Of the remainders, most get on the field this week, finally. That includes Linfield, which has a key matchup against a former NAIA champion, which already has two games under its belt. Joe Sager has more.
  • When a game isn't a game
    September 05, 2018
    Huntingdon and Guilford combined for 106 points in 47 minutes of play, only to have it all wiped out because of weather. Brian Lester takes us through it all from the Huntingdon perspective, as the team which was leading but also had to drive 496 miles home with a no-contest.