Western Connecticut senior running back Octavias McKoy has been among the most dominant players in Division III the last three weeks, setting numerous program records along the way.
McKoy, of Stratford, has been named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the week three times in a row (this week sharing the honor with Bridgewater State quarterback Mike McCarthy.
He has 761 yards and 14 touchdowns the last three games. On Oct. 5, McKoy had 163 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries in a 49-26 victory at Bridgewater State. He followed that will the best offensive performance in Western history, gaining a school-record 372 yards and five touchdowns (both school records) in a 54-53 loss to Mass. Maritime. Last week in a 70-14 victory over Fitchburg State, a game in which Western set its single-game record for points, McKoy finished with 226 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries.
For the season, McKoy has 18 touchdowns, breaking Ben LaBelle’s previous record of 16 in 2000.
Western, which snapped a 28-game losing streak last season, left the New Jersey Athletic Conference for the MASCAC this season. The Colonials are 4-2 overall, 3-2 MASCAC.
Western plays at Worcester State (3-3, 1-3) Saturday. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.
A look at Saturday’s other games involving state teams …
Sacred Heart (7-1) at St. Francis (Pa.) (2-4), noon: Sacred Heart is 2-1 in Northeast Conference play after victories over Central Connecticut and Bryant. Last week's victory at Bryant improved the Pioneers to 4-0 on the road. St. Francis (0-1 NEC) scored two defensive touchdowns last week and defeated Monmouth 28-10. Sacred Heart leads the NEC in scoring offense and scoring defense, outscoring opponents by an average of 40.1-20.3. The Pioneers are also a conference-best plus-15 on turnovers and are best in the NEC in rushing yards a game (245.4), total offense (433.3) and total defense (313.1). St. Francis senior Kyle Harbridge leads the NEC with an average of 171 yards a game. Sacred Heart junior Keshaudas Spence is second at 117.6.
Wesleyan (5-0) at Bowdoin (2-3), 12:30 p.m.: Wesleyan clinched its second consecutive winning season last week with a victory at Amherst. That win, which left the Cardinals tied atop the NESCAC with undefeated Trinity, was Wesleyan's first over its Little Three rival since 2002. Freshman Justin Sanchez had two interceptions and seven tackles against Amherst and was named the conference's defensive player of the week. LaDarius Drew (97.6 yards a game) and Kyle Gibson (90.4) are the second- and third-leading rushers in the conference. Wesleyan is allowing a NESCAC-best 7.2 points a game, having outscored opponents 183-36.
Yale (3-2) at Penn (3-2), 1 p.m.: Yale leads the series 45-34-1 but Penn has won 16 of the last 21. Yale did win last season's meeting. Penn went on to finish first in the Ivy while Yale finished last. Yale (1-1 in Ivy play) is coming off a 52-31 loss to Fordham at Yale Bowl. Penn is 2-0 in the conference, tied with Harvard and Princeton. Penn allowed just 33 rushing yards and 118 of total offense in last week's victory over Columbia. Yale junior running back Tyler Varga is second in the Ivy League and 10th nationally with 121 rushing yards per game. Yale senior defensive end Dylan Drake will be playing against his brother, Penn sophomore defensive end Tyler Drake.
Trinity (5-0) at Middlebury (4-1), 1 p.m.: Trinity is looking for its 15th consecutive victory, last losing at Amherst in Week 7 of the 2011 season. Middlebury's only loss was at Amherst Oct. 5. The Panthers have won two in a row, home against Williams and at Bates. Middlebury senior quarterback McCallum Foote is, by far, the NESCAC's leading passer, averaging 344.4 yards a game. Last season, Trinity held Foote to 133 yards but the Bantams had a much more experienced defense. Trinity senior running back Evan Bunker had 154 yards in last week's victory over Bowdoin and moved into the NESCAC lead at 109.4 yards a game.
Coast Guard (3-4) at Endicott (4-3), 1 p.m.: This is a pivotal game in the race for the New England Football Conference title. Coast Guard (3-1) is in third place behind Endicott (3-0) and Salve Regina (4-0). Last week, freshman quarterback Derek Victory was 21 of 23 for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears defeated Maine Maritime 40-0. It was coach Bill George's 49th career victory, the most in Coast Guard history. Coast Guard had a season-high 463 yards of offense. Endicott leads the NEFC in scoring at 38.2 points a game. Junior quarterback Drew Frenette averages a conference-best 268.8 passing yards a game. He has 1,359 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Central Connecticut (2-5) vs. Salve Regina (5-1), 1 p.m.: Central (1-1 in the Northeast Conference) had a bye last week and hasn't played since a 59-36 loss Oct. 12 at Sacred Heart. The Blue Devils are allowing a conference-worst 41.1 points a game and opponents have posted 50-plus points three times. Central junior Rob Hollomon is second in the NEC with 201.4 all-purpose yards per game (Harbridge, 217.8). At Sacred Heart, sophomore quarterback Nick SanGiacomo threw for 363 yards, a career high and 14 shy of the school record (Keith Toolan, 377 in 1997). Division III Salve Regina leads the New England Football Conference. This is Salve's first game against a team outside of Division III since 1997 (victories over Assumption and Stonehill, both Division II).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun