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 Game 4 (Sunday, October 4, 2015)





Vineyard loses 3-0 to rivals Bishop Feehan on a field goal

Story and Photos by Ralf Stewart


Bishop Feehan beat the Martha’s Vineyard varsity football team 3-0 Sunday afternoon in an Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) football game postponed from Friday night due to weather. Both defenses played outstanding games, and kept the opposing offenses frustrated while at the same time forcing turnovers and punts.

Jacob Cardoza looks for some running room as btothers Jimmy and Andy DiMattia clear a path. — Photo by Ralph Stewart


The Vineyard struggled on offense, and was held without a first down until 5:30 left in the second quarter. Bishop Feehan had some early success with its running game, but the Vineyard defense stayed strong and refused to give up a big play.


Late in the first half, Feehan’s Joshua Cayer kicked what would prove to be the game-winning 26-yard field goal. Not that the Vineyarders did not have a chance to go ahead: With 2:20 left in the fourth quarter, Zach Moreis tackled Feehan quarterback Matthew Everton and forced a fumble, giving Martha’s Vineyard the ball near midfield. Feehan quickly took the ball back, though, when Benjamin Goslin stepped in front of Jacob Cardoza to intercept a pass. The Shamrocks then got a first down and ran out the clock, ending the game.

Zach Moreis tackles Bishop Feehan QB Matthew Everton, jarring the ball loose. The Vineyarders recovered the fumble to set up one final drive. – Photo by Ralph Stewart


Linebacker Austin Chandler, in his first game back from injury, led the stellar Vineyard defense with 15 tackles. Ben Clark and Zach Moreis each recovered a fumble, while Jacob Cardoza nabbed an interception.


The Vineyard is now 2-2 overall, and 1-1 in the EAC. They play next at Bishop Stang on Friday night.



Game 3 (Friday, September 25, 2015)





Vineyarders beat Coyle and Cassidy, 28-21 under Friday night lights

Story by Jack Shea

Photos by Michael Cummo


The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) football team advanced to 2-1 on the 2015 season with a 28-21 victory over Coyle Cassidy High School in an Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) tilt Friday night at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.


The Vineyarders offense was led by two touchdown runs from senior captain Ben Clark, another from senior standout Curtis Farrell. A blocked punt by sophomore Zach Moreis was returned for a touchdown by junior defensive standout Elijah Matthews in an exciting game featuring outstanding athletic plays from both teams. James Sashin converted four point-after touchdown kicks for the Vineyarders.


Offensively, The Vineyarders were led by Jacob Cardoza’s 167 rushing yards. Ben Clark contributed TD runs of 7 and 18 yards, the last on an intelligently-played change of direction run and a 43-yard bolt by Curtis Farrell. The Vineyarders also had two TDs, including a 50-yard pass play, called back for penalties.


Senior quarterback Tucker McNeely was 4 for 9 passing for 55 yards, including three completions in key situations to Jacob Cardoza, Ben Clark and junior wideout James Sashin.  


In their third game of the season, the Vineyarders revealed themselves to be extraordinarily talented on offense, defense and on special teams/kicking. However a propensity to turn the ball over and to incur unnecessary penalties at critical times occasioned much head-holding in the stands.


A game that could have been a runaway win became a nail-biter as the result of several Vineyarders turnovers and unnecessary penalties.That the Vineyarders were able to overcome their mistakes against a solid Coyle Cassidy team team, unlike their season opener 20-15 loss to Carver High School, indicates that the team is jelling around its talent and will be a force in the EAC.


As an example, Jacob Cardoza had more than 100 all-purpose yards by halftime and the team has been without his tandem running back Austin Chandler, who returns this week from injury.


“We have to be more disciplined,” Vineyarders coach Don Herman said on Monday. “We could be 3-0 but we’re not. This week we face Bishop Feehan, a senior dominant team and probably the top team we’ll face all year.”


The coach said he would emphasize disciplined play this week to reduce personal foul penalties, but he noted that facemask penalties incurred Friday night were the result of reaching for the ball carrier, rather than personal fouls.


The evening began with the singing of the national anthem by senior Darby Patterson, a member of the Minnesinger chorus, and a tribute to 2009 MVRHS graduate and U.S. Marine Ben Ferry.


The Vineyarders began the night with stout defense forcing a three and out. After the Vineyarders' offense stalled, Coyle Cassidy moved down the field before stopped on fourth and one in the red zone, courtesy of a Lucas DeBettencourt tackle.


At this point, both teams realized that running  the middle wasn’t working and Curtis Farrell scored on the Vineyarders' next possession on a 43-yard sweep. Coyle Cassidy mounted an attack, including a pass completion to Gronk-esque tight end Hunter Jones before a fumble recovery gave the ball back to the Vineyarders.


The offense stalled after a holding penalty called back a Jacob Cardoza score, then a red zone fumble gave the ball back to Coyle Cassidy at their nine-yard line before Zack Moreis blocked the punt, leading to Elijah Matthew’s scoop and score and a 14-0 lead with 6:19 left in the half.


Coyle Cassidy was stopped in Vineyarders territory but a facemask penalty gave the Coyle Cassidy a first down at the Vineyarders 29, from which the visitors scored on a sweep by speedy back Connor Rodriguez to cut the margin to 14-7.


The Vineyarders fumbled on their next possession and Coyle Cassidy scored on a 25-yard TD pass to Hunter Jones. The score was 14-14 just before halftime.


Coyle Cassidy stalled in its second half opening drive and Zack Moreis blocked his second punt, giving the Vineyarders the ball at Coyle Cassidy’s 24 yard line, leading to Ben Clark’s savvy 18-yard scoring run for a 21-14 lead.

The Martha's Vineyard defense works together to tackle Coyle receiver Alex Grande. — Photo by Michael Cummo


Ben Clark would add his second touchdown for a 28-14 lead with 3:08 left in the third. The Vineyarders lost a 55-yard passing TD to penalty and surrendered a late TD pass to Hunter Jones, aided by a personal foul penalty, with 4:45 left. Elijah Matthews intercepted a pass deep in Vineyarders territory to seal the win.


In addition to offensive proficiency, the Vineyarders defense, with two interceptions by Elijah Matthews and Ennis Foster and prodigious sacks from Lucas DeBettencourt and James Sashin, showed  great promise for Mr Herman’s final season at the helm.


“I like this team. We’re thin (in depth) but we’re talented,” Mr. Herman said.



Game 2 (Friday, September 18, 2015)





By Wesley Sykes
Cape Cod Times
Contributing Writer 
Posted Sep 18, 2015


BOURNE -- After a tough five-point loss at home against Carver to open the season, Martha’s Vineyard head coach Donald Herman said his team learned that a great week of practice translates to a great outcome on game days.

The Vineyarders reaped the benefits of their great practices by dominating in all three facets of the game, defeating Bourne 48-18 at Jackson Field on Friday evening.


“I think we rebounded really well after last week. Had we played half as well last week as we did last night we’d be 2-0,” Herman said.

Bourne dropped to 1-1 with the loss.


Martha’s Vineyard (1-1) played well behind senior quarterback Tucker McNeely’s (5-for-5 for 75 yards) perfect passing day. He found junior tight end James Sashin for a five-yard touchdown for the first score of the game, capping a nine-play, 64-yard drive that lasted more than four minutes.


Equipped with only 40 varsity players at his disposal, Herman was able to share the ball and keep many of his skill position players happy as five different players found the end zone for M-V.


Senior running back Jacob Cardoza tallied 86 total yards with a score as well as a 30-yard leaping catch in the first quarter that Herman said was “ESPN Top-10 worthy.” He even grabbed an interception on defense to thwart the Canalmen’s opening drive in the second half. Fellow senior running back Ben Clark bruised and battered his way for 41 total yards and two touchdowns.


Sophomore wideout/quarterback Zach Moreis may be small in stature (5-foot-6, 162 pounds), but he came up in a big way for M-V, running for two touchdowns in the second half, including a 44-yard quarterback keeper that made it 48-7 early in the fourth quarter.


Herman credited the big guys up front for their win. The starting offensive line combines for an average height and weight of 6-foot-1 and 241 pounds.

“Whoever controls the line of scrimmage is going to control the game,” he said.



Game 1 (Friday, September 11, 2015)






The Carver High School Crusaders pounced on four first half Vineyarder turnovers and defeated the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football team 20-15 in the season opener for both squads Friday night at a half-filled Dan McCarthy field in Oak Bluffs.

All the scoring happened in the first half. Ben Clark’s 54-yard run and a Curtis Farrell 30-yard TD reception from Vineyard quarterback Tucker McNeely shaved the Crusader lead to five points at halftime.

The Vineyarders played without key defender Lucas DeBettencourt in the second half and two-way starter Austin Chandler missed the tilt with a knee injury suffered in a pre-season scrimmage this week.

Vineyard Football Alumni involved in College Football:

Redshirt Junior Delmont Araujo is playing fullback/linebacker for Southern Connecticut State University.

Redshirt Senior Randall Jette is a four year starting cornerback for Div. 1 University of Massachusetts. He has been named to the Preseason All MAC 1st Team, and preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award (Nations to DB).


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