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The Island Cup
(Saturday, November 30, 2013)
NANTUCKET — Martha's Vineyard just won't let the Island Cup
The Vineyarders won the Cup for the 10th straight time,
shutting out Nantucket 14-0 on a sparkling but cold island
afternoon at Vito Capizzo Stadium.
Sophomore Jacob Cardoza ran for 127 yards and scored all the
Vineyard points in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 67
and 4 yards and a two-point conversion after his second
Another sophomore, linebacker Austin Chandler, recovered a
pair of fumbles to set up both touchdowns.
Nantucket still leads the overall series, 35-28-3, but since
the Island Cup became the prize the Vineyard has an 18-17
"It's a good feeling," said MV coach Donald Herman. "We had
several sophomores who I thought just played their tails
off, played older than sophomores. We have six or seven
sophomores that play. Jacob Cardoza, Austin Chandler, who
recovered both of the fumbles. For a sophomore in this
environment, that's encouraging."
MV's defense held Nantucket to 114 yards of offense, 41
coming on a screen pass on third-and-12 on the opening drive
of the game. Whalers freshman Keenan Phillips fumbled the
ball away at the MV 33 at the end of the play and two plays
later, Cardoza moved around the right side on a jet sweep
and streaked 67 yards for a touchdown. That was only 2:21
into the game.
Later in the quarter, Nantucket's Andrew Ray, only the third
Whalers' sophomore in the last 30 years to play every game
at quarterback, lost the handle on the ball and Chandler had
his second fumble recovery.
This one was at the Nantucket 39.
The methodical Vineyarders took their time on this drive,
using nearly five minutes and 10 plays to march to the end
zone. Cardoza started to sweep right, then cut up and went
in untouched with 39 seconds left in the quarter.
He then ran in a two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead, and
the Vineyard defense did the rest.
"It means everything," Cardoza said. "I worked hard all
season for it. It's a great feeling inside. I feel good for
everyone on this team."
While the sophomores were in the limelight, Herman credited
the return of a senior with having a huge influence on the
"The big thing was getting (senior linebacker) Tony Canha
back," Herman said. "He had missed five games (injury). He's
one of our better players and we really missed him. He's a
senior and an emotional leader as well."
Added Herman, "How often do you shut Nantucket out on
Nantucket? I can't be more pleased. We were outsized all
year but our kids kept fighting. Look at the size
Everyone involved said the first Nantucket fumble and MV
quick score was the big turning point. The crowd was big and
loud, ready to be involved, the Whalers were sky high, and
the air just left the field.
"That was huge," Herman said. "That was a momentum changer.
Third and forever, we even called the screen out and they
still executed it well. Getting the fumble recovery turned
things around. We got them on their heels a little bit and
we made some runs."
MV controlled the clock, gaining 275 of its 285 yards of
offense on the ground. Senior Joe Turney picked up 53 yards
on 11 carries, sophomore Ben Clark 52 yards on eight and
sophomore Isaac Higgins 39 yards on seven.
Nantucket had only one of its nine drives reach MV
territory. The Whalers got to the MV 40 early in the fourth
quarter but the drive stalled on downs.
"Tough, physical football game," said Nantucket coach Bill
Manchester. "What did we have, three turnovers? I was
pleased with how hard the kids played. But again, you can't
make those mistakes.
"We played a great second half. We just couldn't get
anything going offensively. We're still a young team. We
lost some kids. As late as Wednesday we were fine tuning
what we do on offense. You like to have that done in
Vineyard Brings Home Island Cup in 14-0 Shutout
Sara Brown & Ivy Ashe
Saturday, December 1, 2013
The coveted silver trophy is back on Martha’s Vineyard, with
the Vineyard football team defeating Nantucket 14-0 in the
annual Island Cup.
Sophomore Jacob Cardoza carried the ball and the day for
the Vineyard with two touchdowns. — Ivy
It was a low-scoring game at Vito Capizzo Stadium on
Nantucket, but a vocal crowd of Vineyard fans were on hand
to watch the Vineyarders shut out the Whalers.
The only points of the game came in the first quarter, when
the Vineyarders got off to a quick lead after less than
three minutes. After a handoff by quarterback Tony Breth,
sophomore running back Jacob Cardoza rushed for 78 yards to
score a touchdown, and the Vineyard had a 6-0 lead. The
extra point attempt was no good as Nantucket blocked the
With less than a minute left in the first quarter, Cardoza
scored another touchdown with another handoff from Breth.
The Vineyard were successful on a two-point conversion.
Big welcome home for the team in Vineyard Haven Saturday
night. — Mark
The rest of the game remained scoreless.
In the third quarter, the Vineyard had possession of the
ball for much of the time. In the fourth quarter, senior
defensive back Joe Turney stopped a Nantucket drive on an
interception. This put the ball back in Vineyard hands, and
the team consistently kept the ball when they had it.
As the clock wound down, players celebrated by dumping the
water cooler on coach Don Herman.
The Vineyard and Nantucket will both end their seasons with
a 5-6 record. But the Vineyard has taken the lead in the
Island Cup series, 18-17, and has now won the Island Cup for
10 years in a row.
Vineyard fans and supporters joined the team in traveling to
Nantucket on a the Steamship Authority ferry Nantucket.
After clinching the win on Nantucket. — Ivy
Arriving in Vineyard Haven Saturday night, the team received
a hero's welcome. A row of ambulances and fire trucks
sounded their horns and flashed their lights while a crowd
gathered at the terminal, phones and cameras at the ready.
The team marched off the boat to loud cheers, with a purple
Vineyard flag waving and the cup held aloft.
Earlier in the day, the junior varsity team ended their
season with a 8-8 tie with the Whalers.
Downtown Nantucket was decorated with Christmas trees and
blue and white balloons. The temperature at game time was a
crisp 36 degrees.
Martha's Vineyard wins 35th
Island Cup over Nantucket
Martha's Vineyard defeated Nantucket 14-0 Saturday at Vito
Capizzo Field on Nantucket, to capture the 35th Island Cup.
The Vineyarders dominated the game with a steady running
attack, and took advantage of two early Whaler turnovers to
post an early lead, then controlled the football and the
clock the rest of the way.
Sophomore running back Jacob Cardoza scored both Vineyard
The defense sparked the first score, recovering a fumble to
stop Nantucket's opening drive.
On the Vineyarders' very first offensive play from
scrimmage, Jacob Cardoza took a handoff and ran 66 yards for
a touchdown to give his team a 6-0 lead.
The defense grabbed another fumble recovery on the next
series, and again Martha's Vineyard took advantage.
Quarterback Tony Breth marched the team down the field.
Jacob Cardoza capped the long drive with a four yard
touchdown run. He also ran for the two-point conversion. The
Vineyarders took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Vineyarders controlled the clock by
running the ball and racking up first downs.
The defense shut out the Whalers offense, and sealed the win
when Joe Turney intercepted a pass with less than three
minutes left in the game.
The victory breaks a tie in the overall Island Cup series.
Martha's Vineyard now leads the competition for the Island
(Friday, November 15, 2013)
Archbishop Williams 32, Martha's Vineyard 21: Kylan
Philbert-Richardson ran for 195 yards and a pair of
touchdowns to lead the Bishops over the Vineyarders in
Philbert-Richardson scored his first on a 5-yard score for
Archbishop Williams (4-6) in the opening quarter, but
Martha's Vineyard (4-6) struck right back with a 17-yard
pass from senior Tony Breth to DeShawn James.
The Bishops then scored twice to open the second quarter,
including an interception returned for a score and a 20-7
lead. James pulled the Vineyarders within 20-13 before the
half, however, with a 80-yard kickoff return.
Philbert-Richardson put Archbishop Williams back up by 13
with his second touchdown, rumbling 64 yards for a 26-13
lead in the third quarter.
The Bishops added another score to start the fourth quarter,
with Breth hitting senior Tyler Paulson with a 8-yard
touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
The Vineyard got 58 yards rushing from sophomore Jacob
Cardoza and 45 yards on the ground from sophomore Ben Clark
while senior Kyle Stobie had 12 tackles and senior Andrew
Jacobs-Walsh had 10 tackles.
Martha's Vineyard hosts Nantucket for the Island Cup on
Saturday, Nov. 30.
(Friday, November 8, 2013)
MV 29, Fairhaven 22: Jacob
Cardoza scored three touchdowns and the Vineyarders
accumulated over 300 yards in total offense as they came
from behind to thump the Blue Devils in Fairhaven.
After going on top 7-0 on Cardoza's first score , a 12-yard
run, and a successful kick by James Sashin, Martha's
Vineyard (4-5) surrendered two scores to Fairhaven (3-6)
including a recovered kickoff in the MV end zone that the
Vineyarders failed to retrieve. That bungled play allowed
the Blue Devils to seize a 14-6 halftime advantage.
However, the Vineyarders took control with 16 points in the
third quarter on a Cardoza 4-yard scamper and the subsequent
two-point rush by Cardoza, followed by a safety and a
DeShawn James 34-yard scoring run.
After Fairhaven narrowed the gap to 23-22, Cardoza locked
things up with a 40-yard TD jaunt in the final quarter.
Cardoza had 91 yards rushing on 12 carries and he had a
17-yard pass reception. Issac Higgins added 59 yards on 10
carries and Joe Turney had one carry for 52 yards before he
Defensively, Kyle Stobie had eight tackles and David Macias
had seven. Ben Clark had a pair of QB sacks and he recovered
Game8 (Friday, November 1, 2013)
Martha's Vineyard Regional High School fell to Norwell High
School Friday night by a score of 22-8. It was the
Vineyarders final home game of the football season.
The Division 3 Clippers ran for three touchdowns, two in the
first half. Martha's Vineyard could not match that output.
The Vineyarders scored their only touchdown on a six yard
run by senior Joe Turney in the second quarter. Turney and
quarterback Tony Breth teamed up for a two point conversion
to make the score 8 to 8.
Jacob Cardoza led the Vineyarders with 97 yards on 13
carries and Kyle Stobie returned from an injury to lead the
defense with 11 tackles.
The loss left the Division 5 Vineyarders with a 3-5 record.
Three road games remain in the season.
The Vineyarders play Fairhaven next weekend, followed by
Archbishop Williams in Braintree.
The Nantucket game is 1 pm, Saturday, November 30 on
(Saturday, October 25, 2013)
Athletic Conference Game
October 25, 2013
Martha's Vineyard beat the visiting Coyle & Cassidy Warriors
18-7 on homecoming night Friday at McCarthy Field.
The Vineyarders defense forced five turnovers, and held on
long enough for the sputtering offense to get back on track.
Senior running back Joe Turney scored two touchdowns.
Martha's Vineyard got off to a quick start, capitalizing on
a botched punt. The snap sailed over the Coyle & Cassidy
punter's head, and the Vineyarders recovered on the two
Joe Turney scampered into the end zone for the touchdown,
the first regulation time touchdown for Martha's Vineyard in
more than three games.
The extra point try was no good, so the Vineyarders lead
6-0, and that's the way the half ended.
Late in the third quarter, Coyle Cassidy tied the score when
quarterback Tristan Blaisdell capped a 61 yard drive with a
touchdown pass to Henry Brechter. The Warriors converted the
extra point to take a 7-6 lead.
The Vineyarders defense shut down Coyle & Cassidy in the
fourth quarter, giving the offense a chance for some late
With just over a minute left in the game, sophomore running
back Jacob Cardoza took a handoff and sprinted 34 yards to
the end zone. Martha's Vineyard lead 12-6.
When Austin Chandler intercepted a pass deep in Warrior end
of the field, it sealed the victory.
Joe Turney scored on a nine yard run to give the home team
some insurance on homecoming night.
Final score, Martha's Vineyard 18, Coyle & Cassidy 7.
The Vineyarders finished the regular season with a 3-4
record (2-2 Eastern Athletic Conference).
(Saturday, October 19, 2013)
Athletic Conference Game
Somerset Berkley 32, Martha's Vineyard 0: Was
Martha's Vineyard coach Don Herman being facetious Saturday
when he said "We were good at making anybody in blue look
like an All-State player?"
Good question considering Somerset Berkley trounced the
Vineyarders 32-0 in an Eastern Athletic Conference game in
Among other things:
The Raiders' Chip Wood amassed 295 all-purpose yards.
Somerset Berkley (3-3, 3-0 EAC) recorded 255 yards of
total offense (223 on the ground) as compared with only 72
yards for the Vineyarders (2-4, 1-2).
The Vineyarders twice were unable to capitalize on
Raiders' turnovers, each of which gave them excellent
The bottom line was the Vineyarders' inability to stop the
Raiders' running game — a game in which they basically dare
the opposition to stop the run.
"That's been their game plan ever since (coach) Nick (Freitas)
has been here," Herman said. "It's been working for him. But
we just laid an egg today.
"We were bad in all aspects of the game. We showed some
signs of brilliance every once in a while on defense. But
special teams, two big plays let us down. And offensively we
The special teams plays Herman referred to were delivered by
Wood caught the opening kickoff and busted 80 yards down the
left sideline for a 6-0 lead.
After Martha's Vineyard went three-and-out, Wood returned a
punt 50 yards to the Vineyarders 19.
Three players later, Kyle Crombie sprinted 5 yards for a
touchdown and then Mark Tonucci (18 carries for 90 yards)
ran for a two-point conversion.
Late in the opening period, Andrew Jacobs-Walsh intercepted
a Joe Fingliss pass which gave the Vineyarders a first down
at the Raiders 17. But four plays only gained six yards.
Then, early in the second quarter, Kyle Stobie recovered a
Fingliss fumble at the Vineyarders 42. But four plays only
gained four yards.
The Raiders made the Vineyarders pay after that second
turnover when Wood broke a counter 28 yards for a score and
a 20-0 lead at intermission.
In retrospect, the Raiders burned the Vineyarders all day
with that play.
"It's a counter play," Herman said. "We used to run this
offense in years past. You run a super power off tackle and
then you run a counter away from it.
"Those were the two best plays they ran and they worked."
Not surprisingly Wood broke another counter 48 yards for a
score in the third.
"We are down in numbers," Herman said. "But we had two good
weeks of practice and to come out here and play the way we
did is a little disappointing."
(Friday, October 4, 2013)
Athletic Conference Game
October 4, 2013
Martha's Vineyard defeated rival Bishop Stang Friday night
in a varsity football edge-of-the-seat overtime thriller in
Both offenses struggled in the first half. The Vineyarders
red zone woes continued. In the second quarter they had the
ball first and goal on the 10 yard line, but a costly
penalty and a sack pushed them out of scoring range.
The first half ended 0-0.
Both teams proved equally ineffective in the second half.
Linebacker Kyle Stobie stepped up for the Vineyard defense,
making a key tackle to end a long Bishop Stang drive that
spanned the third and fourth quarters.
For the second week in a row, Martha's Vineyard went to
overtime after failing to score in regulation time.
Bishop Stang won the overtime coin toss and got the ball. It
took them only two plays to get in the end zone. Their two
point conversion attempt failed, and the Vineyarders trailed
6-0, needing a touchdown to stay in the game.
The Vineyarders fate looked bleak after two failed running
plays. But on third down quarterback Tony Breth rolled out,
and found Mike Mussell in the end zone for a 9 yard
Mussell, the starting quarterback for the first four games,
injured his hand in last week's game, and saw limited time
at the receiver position. The two seniors teamed up when it
Joe Turney took a handoff on the conversion attempt and
scampered into the end zone for two points, sparking a
celebration in the end zone.
Final score: Martha's Vineyard 8, Bishop Stang 6, in one
The Vineyarders are off next week, and will face Somerset-Berkely
on October 19.
NORTH DARTMOUTH — Practice makes perfect. Just ask Martha's
Vineyard coach Don Herman.
After the Vineyarders bowed 9-6 to Feehan last week in three
overtimes, they dispatched Bishop Stang 8-6 in "only" one
overtime Friday in an Eastern Athletic Conference game.
One key to the victory was the versatility of Mike Mussell,
the Vineyarders' starting quarterback who shifted to split
end because of a fractured right thumb.
After Stang won the coin toss prior to overtime, the
Spartans (2-2, 0-1) opted to take the ball instead of
That move paid off when quarterback Matt Golden wedged into
the end zone from the 4. But in what proved to be a key
play, the Vineyarders (2-3, 1-1) stuffed Jack Landry short
of the goal line for what would have been a two-point
When the Vineyarders got their chance, senior backup QB Tony
Breth lofted a 4-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Mussell.
Joe Turney then busted off left tackle for the two points
that proved to be the difference.
Playing a position other than quarterback wasn't an unknown
commodity for Mussell.
"He can still catch and he can still block," Herman said of
Mussell. "He played split end last year for us so it's not
something that's foreign to him.
"He was our backup quarterback last year but he also played
some split end. It's not foreign to him."
Playing quarterback was foreign to Breth who guided an
offense that had more opportunities to score than Stang's.
"Tony, on the other hand, really hasn't played quarterback
since his sophomore year on the junior varsity," Herman
said. "He's been taking some snaps in practice all along.
But of course this was the first time he was thrust into the
situation (of being a starter). ... You have to tip your hat
to the way he responded, especially playing both ways for
the first time in this kind of game."
Herman didn't have to think long when asked why he called
for the play that resulted in the TD pass from Breth to
"It was just something we felt would be there," he said.
"Mike was wide open. And he actually was the second
"Tony checked down to his number two receiver which was an
indication of his composure."
The same could be said of Herman's defense, which held Stang
to 142 yards of total offense.
"I can't say enough once again about the effort the defense
gave — last week and this week," Herman said. "They just
played their tails off."
(Friday, September 27, 2013)
9 (3 OT)
Athletic Conference Game
Bishop Feehan 9, Martha's Vineyard 6: Brendan
Mulligan's 20-yard field goal in the third overtime gave the
Shamrocks the victory over the Vineyarders in the Eastern
Athletic Conference opener for both clubs.
MV drops to 1-3 overall while Bishop Feehan improves to 1-2.
The game was scoreless at the end of regulation, but the
Vineyarders scored on their first possession of overtime on
Mike Mussell's 6-yard pass to Joe Turney to take a 6-0 lead.
Feehan scored on its first play on an Isaiah Douglas 10-yard
Both teams failed to score on their conversion attempts
having to go for two points by rule in overtime.
Neither team scored in the second overtime and after MV
failed to score in the third overtime, the Shamrocks kicked
the winning field goal on 4th-and-goal from the 2.
The Vineyarders had a chance to win the game in regulation
but missed a short field goal with 10 seconds to play.
"We had numerous opportunities to put it in the win column
in regulation," said MV coach Donald Herman.
Andrew Jacobs had 12 tackles to highlight a strong defensive
performance for the Vineyarders while Tony Canha added 11.
(Friday, September 20, 2013)
RANDOLPH — Just like special teams can be special in hockey,
so were Martha's Vineyard's teams special Friday during an
18-6 non-conference victory over Randolph.
DeShawn James returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown and
Andrew Jacobs-Walsh recovered a blocked punt in the end zone
which enabled the Vineyarders to win their first game in
"Believe it or not there were some years when we would do
that special teams were a very integral part of our team,"
coach Don Herman said. "It was the difference tonight."
Another difference, as compared with the Vineyarders two
losses, was the play of their defense.
Not only did Tony Canha intercept two passes but the
Vineyarders held Randolph (0-2) to a total of nine yards
"It was a big change from last weekend," Herman said,
referring to a 60-41 loss to Brighton. "We wanted that team
to run the football because we felt we could handle their
run game. They have good athletes and put them in space.
"We held them to one big play. But, defensively, we played
The Vineyarders also held Brent White and John Sass to a
combined 7 of 24 passing for 85 yards and, as mentioned, the
two picks by Canha.
Canha also scored his team's first touchdown when he dived
over from the 1 early in the second quarter.
Then, just past the midway point of the third quarter, James
took a punt in the middle of the field, cut to his left and
dashed 88 yards for a score that gave his team a 12-0 lead.
But the Blue Devils needed less than a minute to halve their
deficit when White connected with Nathan Fernandes for a
26-yard TD pass.
With just under six minutes left, Randolph's Jason Freeman
attempted to punt from his 21. But he kicked the ball into
the back of one of his teammates and Jacobs-Walsh pounced on
it in the end zone for the 18-6 margin.
"Last weekend against Brighton, we were disappointed
defensively," Herman said. "Offensively when you score 41
points you're supposed to win.
"So that was a big letdown. Tonight was huge. This was a
really big win for us. We go into our league play next
weekend. We've got Bishop Feehan at home so this was a big
(Saturday, September 14, 2013)
Brighton 60, Martha’s Vineyard 41: The
good news for Martha’s Vineyard is that one week after being
shut out, the offense responded with 41 points. The bad news
is the Vineyarders still lost.
Jalen Apperwhite threw four touchdown passes – three to
Michael Derdus – and Ricardo Edwards returned a kickoff 53
yards for another score as the Bengals pulled away for the
victory on Saturday.
Ahead 30-29 at the half, Brighton (1-0) outscored MV 30-12
in the second to avenge last season’s 45-38 defeat to the
Martha’s Vineyard (0-2) struck first on a 5-yard run by Joe
Turney but it did not take long for the Apperwhite-Derdus
combination to take shape. A 65-yard TD pass to Derdus and
the 2-point conversion gave Brighton an early 8-6 lead.
But the Vineyarders’ Mike Mussell wasn’t going to be
The junior signal-caller hit his first of four TD passes,
this one to Turney for 17 yards for a 14-6 lead. The Bengals
were quick to answer as Edwards recorded his kickoff-return
TD to tie the score at 14.
The seesaw affair continued into the second quarter with
both teams exchanging two touchdowns apiece with the
difference at the half being an extra point.
A 7-yard TD run by Edwards would give the Bengals a lead
they would not relinquish. Dexter Andrews followed with a
10-yard run and Brighton was ahead 46-29.
The Vineyard tried to climb back into the game with TD
passes to Tyler Paulson and DeShawn James but an 80-yard TD
run by Andrews put the game away.
Mussell finished 15 of 29 passing for 238 yards, four TDs
and one interception.
Martha’s Vineyard will next play at Randolph on Friday.
(Saturday, September 7, 2013)
Players of the Game:
#23 Joe Turney
#26 Tony Canha
#26 Tony Canha
& #45 Luke McCracken
September 08, 2013
Bedford 21, Martha’s Vineyard 0: The
final score is a bit deceiving as Martha’s Vineyard kept its
game against early-season Division 4 favorite Bedford a lot
closer than the Buccaneers had anticipated before losing
21-0 on the island.
But in the end, Bedford rode three touchdowns and a
defensive stand that stifled the Vineyarders inside the
visitors' 1-yard line when the game was still up in the air,
to a season-opening win.
The Buccaneers scored only one TD in the opening half
despite three Vineyard turnovers, something that caught the
attention of MV coach Donald Herman.
“I’m not happy with the turnovers, but the fact that we only
surrendered seven points in that half was a good thing,”
The visitors went up 7-0 in the second quarter on a Joe
Zampill 14-yard scamper and then jumped up to a 13-0 lead in
the third quarter when Olas Abner raced into the end zone on
a 4-yard run.
The Vineyarders drove down the field and early in the fourth
quarter were in position to draw to within seven points with
the ball on the Buccaneer 1-yard line and two downs to punch
it in. But Bedford’s defense stiffened and stopped MV short
of the end zone.
“Our youth and inexperience hurt us in the second half,”
Herman said. “We had a key injury and the kids filling in
tried hard, but could not contain Bedford.”
Kyle Stobe, a senior middle linebacker, was injured and
missed the second half. Prior to that, he and Tony Canha (12
tackles), had done a solid job patrolling the center of the
field and helping hold Bedford in check.
Also playing well on defense for MV were tackle Lochlund
Chimes and safety Joe Turney.
The Vineyard is back in action Saturday in a nonleague game
Martha's Vineyard bruised by
Bedford in pigskin opener
By Jack Shea
September 8, 2013
The Island's high school football season opened last
Saturday with a 21-0 loss to a bigger, badder Bedford
Buccaneers High School team that smashmouthed its way to a
tidy win in just over two hours at nearly full Dan McCarthy
The game was closer than the score indicates as the smaller,
youthful Vineyarders were down 7-0 at halftime and 13-0 late
in the third quarter when the Purple threatened to make the
contest a one-score game again before the Bedford defense
stopped two consecutive rushes inside the one-yard line. The
Bucs capped the scoring with a TD late in the fourth
Earlier in the day, the Vineyarder junior varsity fell to
the Buccaneers, 42-14.
Before team captains Kyle Stobie, Lochlund Chimes, Tony
Canha, and Tony Breth won the coin toss, the program
answered its first 2013 challenge: how to replace 2013
graduate Maggie Riseborough's consistently remarkable
delivery of the national anthem before games. The strategy
was a soulful a cappella duet from senior Sophie Nelson and
junior Zana van Rooyen. The stadium then became silent in
memory of Joe Jerome (MVRHS, 2008) who died at age 24 last
As advertised, the Vineyarders were small, fast, and
athletic, but their offense sputtered all day and did not
record a first down in the first half. The Vineyarders
committed three first-half turnovers, an interception and
two fumbles, one of which led to a Bedford score. Island
momentum was absent until senior quarterback Mike Mussell
Jr. unveiled a crisp short passing game late in the game.
Mussell was 8 for 14 for 86 yards, principally targeting
senior running back Joe Turney (3 receptions for 54 yards),
fullback Tony Canha, and wideout DeShawn James. Turney also
had 47 rushing yards on six carries.
On defense, the Vineyarders settled in quickly, despite
giving up an early second quarter touchdown on a 49-yard
Bedford drive. Bending, not breaking, the defense held until
another long Bedford drive in the middle of the third
quarter made it 13-0. Senior linebacker Kyle Stobie was lost
for the game in the second quarter with a left shoulder
injury. X-rays taken Sunday were clear, Coach Donald Herman
In the stands, fans were cognizant of the size disparity
between the teams. "I bet our O.L. (offensive line) maybe
averages 190 (pounds)," veteran fan Richard Stone said to
Frank Daly, another longtime fan. Mr. Daly brings a bell
which is rung only when he feels victory is in hand. The
bell would not toll on Saturday.
Minutes after the final gun, Mr. Herman wasn't buying size
difference as a reason for losing. He considered the ground
in front of him for a moment before answering a question
about team performance. "I don't mind the loss. Losing the
game doesn't bother me. The lack of effort is what bothers
me. It can't be just a few players attacking the ball.
Everyone on the team, I don't care whether you're a senior
or a sophomore, you have an obligation to commit yourself on
every play," he said.
Defensive standouts were pretty easy to spot: the same three
or four names were called by announcer Ken Goldberg all day.
Stobie was one. Defender Tony Canha's name was called on
five consecutive plays in the second half, one forcing a
Bucs' punt. Senior Lochlund Chimes showed up and sophomores
Austin Chandler and Isaac Higgins heard their names several
times. Chandler made two consecutive tackles for minimal
gain in the first half as the defense found its legs early.
Offensively, the game was decided on running plays between
the tackles. Bedford was successful; the Vineyarders were
not. Bedford senior mega-backs Olin Abner and Robert
McDonald sledgehammered the Vineyard D-line on alternate
plays, keeping the chains and the clock moving.
Fans are hoping to hear Mr. Daly's bell knell next Saturday
when the Vineyarders host the Brighton Bengals at 1 pm.