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
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.
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
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)
COYLE & CASSIDY
Vineyarders beat Coyle and Cassidy, 28-21 under Friday night
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
this team. We’re thin (in depth) but we’re talented,” Mr.
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
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
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
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
“Whoever controls the line of
scrimmage is going to control the game,” he said.
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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The Cash N Carry cannon is locked and loaded, and of
course we all join in to say Goodnight Norm.