DARTMOUTH, Mass. --  The third Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings of the 2018 season have been released, and MIT once again holds the top spot in this week’s poll.


The Engineers received 11 first place votes to top second place Western Connecticut (which received two first place votes) in this week’s rankings, while Springfield sits in third place.  Williams and Amherst (who each garnered a first place vote) round out the top five, while Framingham State, Tufts, Western New England, Endicott and Trinity complete this week’s poll.

The New England Division III Football Poll is presented by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which also serves as the title sponsor of the weekly Gold Helmet Awards presented by the New England Football Writers Association throughout the season.

Rank School (FPV), Record, Points, Previous Rank   
1 MIT (11), 6-0,146,1 
2 Western Connecticut (2), 5-0, 129, 2            
3 Springfield, 5-1, 109, 3
4 Williams (1), 4-0, 102, 4
5 Amherst (1), 4-0, 97, 5
6 Framingham State, 4-1, 76, 6
7 Tufts, 4-0, 60, 8 
8 Western New England, 4-1, 59, 7
9 Endicott, 4-2, 20, RV            
10 Trinity, 3-1, 17, 10                            
Also Receiving Votes: WPI (5), Bridgewater (3), Husson (1), Coast Guard (1)

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"Launching this new initiative allows us to shine a national spotlight on some of the most deserving high school student-athletes honored at the local level by our expansive Chapter Network," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We hope that this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school player can receive." The 67 honorees were selected from a pool of over 3,500 student-athletes selected by NFF chapters nationwide.Criteria to make the class include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.

Gwodz is currently dually enrolled at MIT and Harvard where he is studying Chemical Engineering and Business Administration. He is a back-up quarterback at MIT which is undefeated through the first six weeks of the season.

Knight, Romero Named Week 6 Recipients Of NEFW/Grinold Chapter Gold Helmet Awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -New Hampshire senior quarterback Trevor Knight and Norwich sophomore wide receiver Manni Romero are this week’s recipients of the New England Football Writers Association Gold Helmet Awards presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Knight, a native of Amherst, N.H. and a graduate of Nashua South High School, completed 22-of-38 pass attempts for 237 yards and tied his career-high with four touchdown passes in a 28-0 victory over Holy Cross, while Romero, a native of Phippsburg, N.J. and a graduate of Phippsburg High School, hauled in 10 receptions for a school-record 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Cadets’ 33-24 setback to Merchant Marine.

The Gold Helmet Awards are presented each Wednesday afternoon at the weekly New England Football Writers Association Media Luncheons that take place at Harvard University’s Dillon Field House.  For the fourth straight year, the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation is the presenting sponsor for both the weekly and end-of-year Gold Helmet Awards presented to student-athletes from FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III institutions throughout New England. For more information on the Gold Helmet Awards and the New England Football Writers Association, please visit www.newenglandfootballwriters.com.

2018 Middleborough High School graduate Evan Gwodz has been selected one of 67 scholar-athletes nationwide to be named to the first National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class. The announcement marks a new initiative by the NFF to honor the top high school scholar-athletes from around the country and the NFF Chapter Network as the best and the brightest at the local level.

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Middleborough High Grad Gwodz Named to Inaugural NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Class