Vineyard gridders edge B-P
Old Mayflower League rivals Martha’s Vineyard and Bristol-Plymouth renewed acquaintances Friday afternoon in Taunton. The teams hadn’t met on the gridiron since the Vineyarders joined the Eastern Athletic Conference in 2009.
The Craftsmen came into the game seeking their first win over the Purple and White since 1996. The Vineyarders were simply abysmal last week in a season opening 25-0 loss to Old Rochester.
Friday’s game was a nail-biter, with each team answering the other throughout, until Brandon Watkins scored on an 11-yard run with 33 seconds remaining to give the Vineyarders a 28-26 win.
The Craftsmen marched to the Vineyard 40 yard line in the final seconds but John Henry O’ Shaughnessy stepped up and intercepted B-P quarterback Colin McGrath on the game’s final play.
The teams battled to and fro from the outset. Shutout by ORR the week before, the Vineyarders scored 2:27 into the game. On 3rd and long at the B-P 47, quarterback Alec Tattersall rolled left, dodged a tackler, and threw to Brandon Watkins for a 47-yard touchdown. Mike Cutrer added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.Adam Mota scored one minute later on a 53-yard run to make it 7-6 but the extra-point was blocked.
As in the second half, the first 22 minutes also ended with a key interception. Following a 12-play, five-minute touchdown drive, capped by a Tattersall 1-yard run with 41 seconds left on the clock, B-P’s Elijah Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 68 yards to make the score 14-12. The two-point conversion was good and the teams were tied.
The Craftsmen surprised M.V. with an onside kick and recovered at the Vineyard 41. McGrath threw a screen pass to Edgar Kelly, good for 36 yards. After a delay of game penalty, on second and goal from the 10, McGrath rolled out to throw. Tony Canha picked off the pass and restored momentum to the Vineyarders at halftime.
The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. Elijah Jones gave the Craftsmen a 20-14 lead, following a 41-yard scamper.
A kick return and two plays later, Brandon Watkins broke loose and scored on a 57-yard run to tie the game. The Vineyarders took the lead, 22-20, when Watkins grabbed the snap for the extra point and passed to Joe Turney for two points.
The Vineyarders are 1-1 overall. Next week they play Brighton at White Stadium in Boston.
The Vineyarders put up a big ‘W’ in the Eastern Athletic Conference standings with a 4-2 win over perennial league power Bishop Stang on September 13 at MVRHS .
After spotting the Spartans a 2-0 lead, M.V. roared back. Taylor Poggi scored first from Kendall Robinson, who chalked up four assists on the day. Katherine Dorr tied the game at 2-2 and Chantal Booker put the Vineyarders (3-0-1, 2-0 EAC) ahead to stay. Katie Stewart scored the insurance goal with eight minutes to play.
Tayla Kuehne and Issy Smith were stellar on defense and goalie Kathryn Atonsson made 11 saves.
Tuesday’s scheduled game at Somerset was postponed due to travel concerns over high winds.
The Vineyard harriers spilt an EAC meet with host Somerset on September 12. The boys were nearly perfect, claiming nine of the top ten spots in a 15-50 victory. The girls, who coach Joe Schroeder said are “still finding their legs,” lost to the Raiders, 23-32.
The Vineyard boys swept the first eight positions. Mike Schroeder led the way and finished in 17:34. Cooper Chapman was next in 17:55, followed by Sam Oslyn (18:06), Jeremy Alley-Tarter (18:18), Kyle Joba-Woodruff (18:22), James Roddy (18:45), Isaiah Maynard (18:49) and Andrew Wiley, who finished the 3.1 miles in a personal best 18:55.
Cam Warren of Somerset broke up the Vineyard stranglehold to place ninth in 18:57. Thorpe Karabees took tenth in 19:24.
Julia Neville led the Vineyard girls and placed third with a time of 22:08. Lilly Neville was second (22:35), Hannah Moore, sixth (23:51), Willoe Maynard, ninth (25:27), and Lucy Norris, tenth (25:40).
Next up, on Saturday, is the 38th Manchester Invitational at challenging Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H. The Vineyarders will compete in six races (freshmen girls, boys; jayvee girls, boys; and varsity girls, boys) along with more than 2,000 athletes from across New England and New York State.
Following the Granite State event, the team will head to the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket, Maine for it’s annual rafting trip, which this year will be on the Penobscot River.
The Vineyarders (3-4 overall, 2-2 EAC) suffered a deflating setback to conference rival Coyle and Cassidy of Taunton, on a blustery Tuesday afternoon at Farm Neck.
The play of Brendan Meseda, who was the team’s low scorer at 39, was the lone bright spot for M.V.
The 253-256 loss to the Warriors came on the heels of a solid road win over Whitman-Hanson on Monday. Kat deBettencourt shot a scalding 31 to lead the Vineyarders. Her brother Mike carded a 37.
Friday, at the Woods Hole Golf Club, the Vineyard golfers played well in a 248-257 defeat to an outstanding Falmouth team.
The best Island effort of the week proved to be a dominating 235-265 EAC win at Somerset on September 13.