St. Mary’s rumbles over Vineyard in football home opener, 44-22

Vineyard QB Delmont Araujo dodged a Spartan defender early in the first quarter. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Saint Mary’s, Lynn, proved too much for the Martha’s Vineyard football team to manage on Saturday at the Dan McCarthy Field, Oak Bluffs. The Spartans handed the Islanders their second loss of the season in two starts, 44-22.

The visitors scored on the first play from scrimmage following a failed on-side kick effort. Two points were added to Saint Mary’s score following the TD.

The Islanders proved they could move the ball through the sizeble Saint Mary’s defensive line, but they had some trouble holding onto it. Promising drives were cut short by turnovers.

In the second quarter Tyler Araujo capped an MV drive with a five-yard plunge, making the score 24-6. The Islanders added two more on the conversion.

The second MV score was by Alec Tattersall on an 11-yard pass from Delmont Araujo. Ryan Fisher added two more, and that made it 32-16.

Saint Mary’s continued to break away for large gains and added two more touchdowns to their stash.

The last score of the game was by Stuart Hersh, who dashed 14 yards into the end zone. The final score: 44-22.

Coach Donald Herman took understandable pride in the determined, never-say-die attitude of his team, identifying Conor Smith and Delmont Araujo as leaders.

The 0-2 Vineyarders play their first Eastern Athletic Conference game on Friday, here, with Coyle Cassidy.

JV tops Whalers at Mashpee

The Vineyard junior varsity football team trounced Nantucket at Mashpee, on Monday, 26-6. Adonis Camby accounted fo 155 yards for the Vineyard, and teammate Joe Turney went for 110 more.

Camby put MV on the board in the first quarter, a score that was matched by the Whalers.

The score remained 6-6 until the final period when the Vineyarders found the end zone three times and added a two point conversion, making the final count MV 26, Nantucket 6.

Spencer Schofield intercepted three passes keying the defensive effort.

It was the team’s first win in two starts, having lost to Old Rochester in the opening game.