The Vineyard varsity football team won its third game of the season in as many starts, and its first EAC conference win, Saturday at Taunton, besting Coyle & Cassidy, 41-32.
Coyle scored first. Unable to move the ball from their own 30-yard line and facing a fourth and 11, the Warriors faked a punt and ran for a first down on the MV 35. Five plays later Andrew Rodrigues broke tackles and ran into the end zone. The extra-point kick was good and Coyle was up, 7-0.
The Vineyard began its offence on its own 30 after a 20-yard kick return by Randall Jette. Runs by Jette, Montambault, and Costello moved the line of scrimmage to the Coyle five, where CC’s defense stiffened and denied the Islanders a TD.
But not for long. On its next possession, Brian Montambault scored on a 45-yard run. Dhonathan Lemos’ extra point kick was good and the score was tied, 7-7.
It was in the second quarter that the Warriors began to shoot themselves in the foot. They were called for a block in the back, then the first of four facemask infractions. Even so, Coyle managed to score from the two-yard line to lead again, 13-7.
Coyle being offside, then being guilty for its second facemask infraction helped the Vineyard’s next possession. Jette scored from the 4 and Lemos split the uprights: MV 14, CC 13 at the half.
The Warriors began a 13-play scoring drive from the Vineyard 45 and took a 19-14 lead.
The Purple & White answered with a two-play, 55-yard scoring drive aided by two more facemask penalties. Lemos big toe made the score 21-19, Vineyard.
The Islanders contained Coyle and took over on their own 28, Runs by Jette and Montambault put the ball on the CC four from where Jette scored, and Lemos followed with an extra point,
CC answered as Birmingham ran for a 20 yards TD. Jette replied with a 90-yard run and his fifth score to make it 34-25.
The Warriors began the fourth quarter with a 51-yard effort cutting the lead to 34-32.
Harry West covered the on-side kick on the MV 48. Seven plays (and a Coyle personal foul) later, Jette carried three yards for the Vineyard’s last TD and a two point conversion made it 40-32, the final score.
Jette had run for 192 yards, Montambault carried for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Next game will be Friday, 6:30 pm, with visitors South Shore Vocational.
The Coyle junior varsity team outweighed the Islander jayvees and they brought a strong-armed quarterback who posed a constant threat to the MV defense. But when the whistle blew, signaling the end of the game, the score was tied, 18-18. The Vineyarders made up in grit and speed what they lacked in bulk.
The opening of the Flag Football season has been pushed back to allow late registrants to get involved. For players in 4th to 6th grades, practice will begin Monday, October 4. The first games will be played Saturday, October 16.
The younger league will be open to youngsters in grades 1 through 3.
Interested persons are invited to attend the coaches meeting at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, September 30 at 6:00 pm. Those interested in coaching at either level are welcome to attend the coaches meeting at the B&G on September 30.
Cheerleading practice will begin Thursday, September 30.
Punt, pass, kick
A punt, pass, kick competition will be held at the B&G Club on Saturday, November 2. Entry is free and open to all children, boys and girls, from 6 to 13 years. All children must be registered by an adult who will be responsible for the child during the event. Participants must wear sneakers. Cleats are not allowed.
Winners in each division will be recognized at half time during a future home MVRHS football game.